Innisfail Chamber of Commerce

Archive for March, 2017


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Hi to all,
What a great month March has been. At our March dinner meeting we were given a comprehensive presentation by our Mayor Mr John Kremastos, on the CCRC’s 12 months to date, and what their plans are for the future. All members enjoyed a great time networking over a delicious meal at Sapore’s.

The chamber is working on a proposal to hold a Shopping Enhancement Raffle in the leading months up to Christmas 2017, which is designed to promote and encourage increased shopping activity in the Innisfail Region. Details of this proposal will be made public in coming months.

I am pleased to announce that we are getting close to finalising our new home, consisting of office space, general meeting / training rooms and an Executive Meeting room. This facility is in the Cane Growers Building on the Grace Street side next to APM Employment. Once we complete some minor internal changes, we will be announcing an open date.

The Chamber also met with the Mayor and other officers from the CCRC to discuss the current MOU that exists between the Chamber and the CCRC. It was decided to continue it in its current form with some minor changes to positions and signatories. It is vital that the CCRC and the Chamber have an open and honest working relationship that will enhance our regions businesses.
The Chamber congratulates the Feast of the Senses Committee for another successful event this year and for the world record breaking Banana Split construction. My thanks to all who participated and creating this unique record.

April is shaping up to be another busy month for the Chamber with our Dinner meeting to be held at Brothers Leagues Club at 6pm on the 18th April.

Ron Donges

Next Dinner Meeting

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21 March 6.30 pm RSVP today
Guest Speaker
John Kremastos Mayor CCRC

Venue – TBA

$25.00 Members $30.00 Non Members
Payment on the night

Please RSVP to or
Kylea Bergquist on 0400118762

PRESIDENT’S POST – New Year Message 2017

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As 2016 fades and 2017 looms closer, it is great to reflect on what the year has been for us and explore what opportunities lie ahead in the new year.

No matter whether you are a one man show or part of a corporation, all businesses face a variety of challenges each day. For the most part, 2016 has certainly been another year of tough trading conditions within our local region, and at times it is hard to see the way forward. There have also been many positives as well, with a strong Sugar season now completed and good prices remaining, a stable season for Bananas with prices remaining steady, a new regional council elected who have provided a revitalised drive for change, and no adverse weather events to speak of. (thankfully)

We do have many things to be grateful for in the Cassowary Coast region with a strong sense of community, tolerance towards our fellow man, and a determined business attitude, just to name a few.

The Cassowary District Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism has been actively involved in our business community throughout 2016, with monthly general meetings each third Tuesday of the month, and open to all business owners, operators and interested parties. We have heard from some great business and have listened to presentations from various business sectors within our community. We have sponsored community events such as the Christmas evening, and we continue to support the 2017 Feast of The Senses, which promises to be the greatest one to date.

Personally, since being elected President in October 2016, I have attended several meetings including the Cassowary Coast Economic Development Committee, represented the IDCCIT on the Rates Reference Group, which was an initiative of the CCRC, and spoke to various businesses regarding the challenges facing them in this community. And this is where you come in.

As a business owner or operator, the Innisfail District Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism provides you with a source of business networks, a forum to promote your ideas, a platform to air your concerns, a consolidated voice to our council and government leaders, and an opportunity to enhance your business outlook within this community and to wider a field. It starts with you

The IDCCIT is only ever going to achieve what is can with your involvement, it will only be as successful as it can be with your direction, and it will only continue with your ownership. So, as we all ponder our New Year’s resolutions for 2017, one of yours should be to” revitalise your membership in the Chamber, or become a new member”. Either way, you will have a real voice in this community, a real say in how the future is shaped, and a sense of personal ownership that you made a difference.

Our next general meeting will be held on the 21st February 2017 at a venue yet to be advised. Simply check out this WEBSITE for further details.

On behalf of the Chamber, I wish you all a safe, happy and prosperous New Year, and may we all look forward to exploring and implementing the future opportunities together, for 2017 and beyond.

We live in a great part of this world……………..lets work together to keep it that way. “SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL”

Cheers for now

Ron Donges

0400 148 149


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Hi all,

Well, 2017 is off to a flying start for many of us, with the Christmas break now a distant memory. The Chamber is also busy working on many improvements, along with setting out a speaker program for the remainder of the year.

Our recent February Dinner Meeting was an interesting evening with guest speaker Peter Jordan from ClearWay Financial Management. Peter’s presentation on the changes and challenges in the financial management services sector was an eye opener, and one area of our busy lives that we may not give appropriate consideration to. The Chamber thanks Peter and his staff for their time and their venue for our meeting.

We are currently working on improving the Chamber and its culture, and how it needs to interact with the business sector and the wider community. To achieve this, we firstly need to establish a Homebase where people can visit, talk and network. We are waiting on approval to utilise a shopfront, office and meeting room within the Shire Hall complex, which is intended to be manned at least 2 days a week by volunteers. Stay Tuned!!

Secondly, we need to get our information bases up to date, especially in relation to the businesses within our region and their contact details. We have also initiated our Facebook page which we encourage you all to visit, like and share. We also encourage all businesses and interested parties to send in stories, snippets, photos that you may want uploaded on the Chamber Facebook page. It is your page, so make great use of it.

We continue with our webpage with all our news, views and upcoming meeting and event information. In addition, and we will endeavour to do a monthly update in the Advocate.

As we all look for ways in which to improve our businesses and the bottom line, we need to be mindful of some basic pitfalls. An issue has been lodged regarding the lack of suitable parking for customers and visitors to our main business areas in the centre of town. As business owners /operators, we need to ensure that we make as many parking spaces available for our customer base as possible, to ensure that we maximise our selling potential. We as owners /operators should not be parking our vehicles in the main streets, but rather look for alternative parking spots away from the main trading areas.

The Chamber will be formally advising the Cassowary Coast Regional Council to take a tougher stand on this issue, and act accordingly, so we can ensure every opportunity is made possible for the buying public to park and shop with ease. I ask, that as business owners/operators, that you ensure you are complying with the parking regulations as set out by the signed conditions. There is a 2-hour parking limit within the main town centre areas and this should be for customers / visitors only, not business owners /operators. We thank you for your consideration.

Finally, we have a great Dinner Meeting planned for March with our guest Speaker – Mayor John Kremastos. Our Mayor will present his thoughts on the latest round of funding that has been provided by the state government. Meeting will be on Tuesday evening the 21st March, 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Webpage for Venue details.

Cheers for now,

Ron Donges

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