The Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Inc. is a membership based not-for-profit organisation that was established over 30 years ago in the town of Ingham in Tropical North Queensland.
The Hinchinbrook Region covers the area from Mutarnee to the southern boundaries of the Cassowary Coast. Ingham is the commercial centre. The Hinchinbrook Chamber provides leadership to assist the local community and promotes a positive image of the district to the outside world.
We are an organisation that is committed to growth and prosperity for our community. Our success depends on our members and their contribution to our organisation. All members present and new are an important and integral part of our team of valuable businesses and representative bodies, that make up the commercial, industrial, farming, milling, tourism and government sectors, as well as community groups and education providers of our community. We are a valuable source of information from Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, Government, Townsville Enterprise, other organisations and many more, so that members can keep up with what’s happening in our district and beyond.
The forerunner of the Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Inc. was the Ingham Chamber of Commerce. Though there is absence of formal records it is recorded in newspaper reports as early as 1907 that members of the Ingham Chamber of Commerce attended the Sugar Conference held in Townsville in February of that year. One of the delegates, William Canny, was both a member of the Chamber and a member of the Victoria Farmers’ Association.
In this early era the interests of the association included, sugar field labour, a need for a State Farm, a road over the range to Ewan, a scheme for settling cane cutters on small blocks of land on the Stone River reserve and the need for ‘police protection’ at Lucinda. Though a small group, six attended a meeting in the Shire Hall in November 1915 for instance, their interests were far ranging. Later these interests included aspirations for the construction of substantial buildings of concrete or brick in the town of Ingham, a central mill for the upper Herbert at Longpocket, and objection to the council selling shire tram lines to the Colonial Sugar Refining Company (CSR).
Prior to the destructive flood of 1927 the Chamber was already suggesting that radio could be of great use for warning and keeping residents informed during times of crisis. Unfortunately, given the degree of loss of life during the 1927 flood, commercial radio did not come to Ingham until 1931. Membership numbers were recorded as being 62 in 1953 but declined markedly after that and there were concerns that the Chamber would fold. Records indicate that the Chamber reformed in the early 1960s.
The Chamber's Goals
– To create economic prosperous opportunities for all businesses within the Hinchinbrook Region.
– To inform and communicate with businesses, so they can make better decisions and develop better planning and business strategies.
– To implement chamber projects which will highlight, showcase and empower Hinchinbrook businesses.
– Tap into other region’s business links and networks.
– Be a link to local, state and federal government.
– Identify opportunities to bring outside economic opportunities into the region, where this leads to investment, employment and increased local business engagement.
The Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Tourism Inc. has a number of key business objectievs that it believes are necessary stepping stones towards achieving its long term goal.
– Achieve 10% growth in members annually.
– Be dominant in the marketplace.
– Sustain rapid growth without compromising and affective its existing members.
– Develop and sustain dependable, long-term relationships with business/partners.
– Continue to develop key linkages and resource mechanism that will assist in growth.
– Utilise the most up-to-date information and grant funding.