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This year the Chamber has substantial revamped it’s membership model in response to extensive feedback and a desire to better taylor packages to meet individual business needs.

The Chamber is far stronger this year than at any time in recent times – we have merged with Proserpine Chamber, we have a new name, a new board, new constitution, new strategic plan and are powering ahead on several fronts.

Whether you are in Tourism, Retail, Services or trade – if you are in business – you should be a member.

The more members, the stronger we are and the better we can represent local businesses. Visit our website to view membership options and renew or join.


Gus Walsgott presented for The Chamber at the Queensland Government’s Mackay Isaac Whitsundays Regional Forum welcome dinner on Sunday evening.

With key Queensland Cabinet ministers and departmental advisors in attendance as well as local dignitaries, it was an opportunity to highlight the 10-point advocacy plan based on regional business priorities.

As acknowledged by Julieanne Gilber MP, Chambers of Commerce play an important role as a resource and source of expertise across all levels of government.

We look forward to working closely with the Regional Forum over the next two-year cycle to ensure that business concerns are heard.


The focus group phase of our Vision for the Whitsundays project has come to an end. It has been a great exercise engaging the business community in crafting a view of our economic future.

The conversations have been rich and diverse, drawing on the perspectives of our young people and community elders, explored possibilities on sustainability and resilience, arts and culture, innovation and technology to identify drivers of economic growth unique to our region.

We will be sharing some preliminary findings by the end of the year. There is still time to have your say by providing a formal submission or completing a quick online survey which must close December 1, 2023.


We will be hosting our final Pop-Up Chamber for 2023 from 7.30am Wednesday, November 29, 2023, in Proserpine in conjunction with Fresh Fields News and Hummingbird Refrigeration.

Come on down and meet the Chamber team, other business owners, and grab a coffee to start your day. Additionally, we have joined forces with Tourism Whitsundays for the ultimate end of year celebration for the Whitsundays business community, from 6pm Thursday, November 30, 2023, at the Reef Gateway Hotel, Cannonvale.

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