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About Us

Message from the Chamber President

The Ipswich Chamber of Commerce & Industry is an independent, apolitical organisation, committed to working with all levels of government to support and strengthen the Ipswich business community.

Strong partnerships underpin the success we are enjoying as a city. The Ipswich Chamber of Commerce & Industry is your partner in business, focusing on economic, social and environmental issues that affect Ipswich business.

This site is updated regularly and includes information of all upcoming Chamber events, a members listing by industry type, as well as a section of relevant local and national media items so please visit often to stay up-to-date on what is happening with your Chamber.

We welcome your feedback and I would invite you to contact our offices with your thoughts on the website or for any other ideas or enquiries.

Regards,
Phillip Bell, Ipswich Chamber of Commerce President

Phillip Bell, Ipswich Chamber of Commerce President
Phillip Bell, Ipswich Chamber of Commerce President

Our History

The Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and Industry was launched on 31 May 1906 at a public meeting held in the Technical College on Limestone Street.

The formation of the Chamber emerged in response to the growing and diverse business activities in the wider Ipswich region including retail, mining, milling, heavy industry and a wide range of farming interests. Speakers at the launch included the president of the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, Mr A.J. Carter and T.C. Beirne. Mr Ambrose J. Foote of the famed Ipswich retail icon Cribb and Foote moved the first resolution – “That in the opinion of this meeting, it is desirable that a Chamber of Commerce and Industry should be established in Ipswich”.

The very first Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomed forty financial members who then elected Ambrose Foote as the first president.

The agenda for the Chamber in its first year is much the same as today: to promote the best interests of local business and industry and to discuss anything affecting the best interests of the city and surrounding districts.

The Chamber’s membership of forty in its first year has grown to number in the hundreds today. This is a tribute to the breadth of business resilience and talent in our region, and to the Chamber’s commitment to renewal in order to meet the evolving and changing needs of members.

The Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and Industry continues to build on its proud past and look to the future with positivity and confidence.

Did you know? The Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and Industry was launched over 110 years ago in 1906.

That in the opinion of this meeting, it is desirable that a Chamber of Commerce and Industry should be established in Ipswich.

– Speakers at the launch of the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce

Today's Chamber

The Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been an integral part of the business community for the past 110 years and is the Ipswich business body whose primary goal is to inform, connect and represent local businesses in the region. The Ipswich Chamber’s most fundamental mission is to generate more business activity for the community.

We help business owners grow and prosper and provide businesses the opportunity to connect and engage with each other to form strong business partnerships that have real value.

The Chamber acts as an advocate for business and has an established inter-regional collaboration with other key business groups

OUR VISION

The Ipswich Chamber of Commerce & Industry is the leading organisation promoting and enhancing business and community development in the Ipswich region.

OUR MISSION

To provide leadership in the Ipswich business community to promote, facilitate and stimulate economic growth, business development, advocacy and education through programs and events.

Past Presidents

  • 2016 – Present Phillip Bell
  • 2014 – 2015 Anita Dwyer
  • 2012 – 2013 Brett Kitching
  • 2010 – 2011 Michael Munt
  • 2009 – 2010 Michael List
  • 2007 – 2009 Martin Corkery
  • 2005 – 2007 Craig Thomas
  • 2002 – 2005 Tony Russel
  • 1999 – 2002 Neil Harding
  • 1997 – 1998 Mark Edwards
  • 1995 – 1996 Neal Axelby
  • 1995 – 1995 Leon Rose
  • 1993 – 1995 Bob Townsend
  • 1991 – 1993 Drena Strange
  • 1990 – 1991 Peter James
  • 1989 – 1990 Mark Willis
  • 1988 – 1989 Neil Russell
  • 1986 – 1987 Mark Hoepner
  • 1985 – 1986 Jon Richardson
  • 1983 – 1985 John Roberts
  • 1982 – 1983 Mark Willis
  • 1978 – 1982 Col Ryan

Our Board