Innisfail Chamber of Commerce
Innisfail Chamber of Commerce

MEDIA RELEASE – Shop Local and Win

Shopping Enhancement Raffle

The Innisfail District Chamber of Commerce Industry and Tourism has been promoting a local shopping project called the Shopping Enhancement Raffle (SER). The main prize is a white Holden Barina Spark.

Recently our SER prize car that had been displayed in Cancutter Court was damaged by an intruder who scaled the security fencing and ran across the car causing some minor damage. The whole incident was caught on CCTV and after investigations; the police have now caught the offender. Charges have been laid against this individual.

We did not initially communicate the incident due to ongoing police investigations, but I want to now inform you all in our community, that we are back on track with the Car, and it will be ready for the draw evening on Friday 1st December.

Please encourage as many of your family and friends to come into town on this evening and be a part of a great event with the lighting of the Christmas tree, and the draw of all the Chamber prizes.

Repairs for the prize car have been organised through Perry Auto’s Innisfail to ensure quality work was received. The car will be presented at the draw in a new condition.
See you all on the 1 December 2017 at the draw.


President’s Post – September 2017

August was a busy month with our AHM and general dinner meetings conducted. At our dinner meeting we had informative presentation by Shane Charles from TSBE group, who was introduced by Mayor Kremastos. Shane gave us an overview of how and why their group were established, their drivers for change, and their current situation and ongoing projects.

Our AGM that followed, produced a new dynamic team with a diverse set of skills and views. This will enable us to provide the best opportunities for growth for our members. We will only achieve our vision for growth, if we all work together with a common goal, regardless of our individual views and opinions.

For both the above meetings we had solid attendances with the new executive CCRC team visiting, and they were all introduced to the meeting by our Mayor John Kremastos.

I attended various meetings over the past 4 weeks, ASIM board meeting, 2 CSIRO Mosquito Eradication program updates, Community Groups Meeting and a meeting with David Bokeyar from Australian Regional Management (owners of the Central Market Innisfail). We will have a presentation from this group in coming months.

Administrative improvements continue with Business and Car Bumper Stickers made for our members, along with the introduction of Loyalty Cards, and there has also been solid membership growth. We are now over 80 financial members for 2018 Financial Year, and this is still growing, thanks to the efforts of Moira.

The SER is now in full swing with all participating business receiving their tickets, ticket boxes and informative posters for their business windows / advertising. We will once again start the next round of radio advertising, and there has been an update in the recent Advocate. My thanks to Renee and Lisa for their hard work and dedication to this project. The business case for the project scope was aimed at 65 business, and we achieved 68, so I believe.

Now the challenge is up to us all to openly promote this program to all the community and businesses, to keep it in the forefront of everyone’s minds as we head up to Christmas. It will only be a success if we make it.

The team for 2018 now has some goals that we need to aspire to and these will be discussed during new business. The main one being to investigate and establish an income stream within 2 years.

The Team are now going through what actions are required to continue the growth of the chamber and will investigate various methods of income and new events for our members.

As always, we welcome any suggestions from our members as this is your Chamber affecting outcomes for you.

Ron Donges


September Meeting

Click here to download an invitation to September’s Meeting of the Innisfail District Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Industry.


Hi members and visitors,

          Nearly budget year end already, and many of us are trying to achieve a strong finish. The Chamber has had a busy time of late, with a successful meeting in May with the Sunstruck Solar Presentation, and getting the finishing touches completed on our new Office/Meeting Room facility. This facility is in the CANEGROWERS building Innisfail in Rankin street, with our entrance off Grace street next to APM Employment. We are having our Grand Opening this Friday the 23rd June, and all members and their guests are welcome.

This new facility will also be available to our members and interested parties for conducting Training Sessions, Business Forums, and General Meetings.

We also heard in early June of the World Rafting Championships to be held in Tully in 2019. This was a great achievement in winning this bid, and it will have a huge flow-on effect to all the business community within our Cassowary Region, and I strongly encourage all businesses to keep an open mind as to how they may get involved.

We have also commenced organising our exciting 2017 Shopping Enhancement Raffle (SER) which is designed to provide an increase to the shopping throughput within our Innisfail Business community. We have engaged the professional services of Creative Events Innisfail and both Renee and Lisa will bring a dynamic approach to this event. Businesses and Advertisers can expect a visit from these two ladies in due course. We will have a CAR as the major prize, which will be available for viewing in the main street in coming months. Stayed tuned for this exciting event, as it will run up to the Christmas period.

The Chamber has recently advertised and interviewed for an Administration Officer- fulltime position, and we will be making an announcement of the successful applicant shortly. This position will enable the Chamber to offer a professional level of service to our membership and to the wider community.   

Our 2014 Chamber Business Plan was recently reviewed with Peter Faulkner from CONUS, and Pete will be making some changes and recommendations considering the changing times, and for the tasks that have been completed. It is planned for a presentation of the updated Business Plan at our July General Dinner Meeting on the 18th July.  

There is much happening within our region and many wonderful things yet to come. So, let’s stay positive and proactive towards what is arguably the greatest regional area in Qld.



Ron Donges


IDCCIT attends Tully Community Expo

On Saturday the 20th May, we attended the Tully Community Expo at the Show Grounds in Tully. This event was organised by the Tully Chamber of Commerce, and it was a great day with a variety of exhibitors, along with a car show, pony rides, gymnastics and MC’d by Glen from the 4KZ Breaky Show.

Whilst number were down on last year, it was still a very successful day and the IDCCIT wishes to thank all those who attended and supported this worthwhile event. Thanks to Glen from 4KZ and to Fiona from the Tully Chamber for all their efforts.

Check out some of our pictures from the day.


It has been a busy time for the Chamber over the last month, and I will apologise for the lack of an update for April. We have been undergoing some internal changes to further improve the experience for our members. We are proud of our new webpage, thanks to Greg Provians from Rusty Mango Design, and we now encourage all our members to send through their business information, photos, good news stories and the like, to be included on the page. It is your page and for your benefit, so let’s utilise it to ensure its potential.

Our may General Dinner Meeting will be an electric (or should I say Solar) experience, so we encourage all members, guests, and the general public to attend. Sunstruck Solar NQ in conjunction with Zenus Appollo will be providing a very informative and cost effective presentation on Solar Energy Installations, including design, installations, maintenance and financial packages that are designed to reduce your power costs to your business. This evening will be at Brothers Leagues Club Innisfail, on the 16th May at 6.00pm for a 6.30 start.  Costs will be reduced to $25 for members and $30 for non-members with a meal and desert provided. RSVP to:- by Monday the 15th May at the latest.

I am pleased to announce that the Chamber now has a new office/meeting facility to call home, located within the CANEGROWERS Innisfail building, in Rankin Street Innisfail. The entrance to the IDCCIT facility is off Grace Street, utilising the same doorway as APM Employment. We will be announcing an official opening day soon, along with some other new additions, so stay tuned.

A Shopping Enhancement Raffle is in the planning stages which will operate in the second half of this year. This promises to be exciting event for the business and general community of Innisfail leading up to Christmas, with the major prize of a New Car along with Cash Shopping Vouchers to spend in participating businesses.  The winners will be announced at the Christmas evening in town, that is also in the planning stages.  We can’t wait to get this get this “kicked Off”.

A new MOU (memorandum of understanding) has been agreed to and signed off with the Cassowary Coast Regional Council. The Chamber and the CCRC are bound to work together for the benefit of our business and general community. Both parties see this as a vital tool in growing the potential of our region. In addition, a recent meeting with Ports North has revealed positive plans for our Mourilyan port facility for the future, and Ports North are committed to involving the community in the potentials that exist for this unique port complex. They have also committed to working closely with the CCRC to ensure that their future plans are aligned with the vision of the CCRC.

Until next time, stay safe and enjoy the unique part of the world.

Cheers for now,

Ron Donges – President
May 2017

May Dinner Meeting

16th May 2017 – 6.30 pm

Venue: Brothers Leagues Club

Guest Speaker:

Solar Energy Installations for Businesses

Saving Cost to Your Business with Solar

RSVP or 0400148149

$25.00 Members and $30.00 for non Members 2 Course Meal Provided


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

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

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

How we are helping Business in Innisfail:

Business Networking

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  • Establish relationships with the Council and other Government departments
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  • Share your good news stories and pictures
  • Get the latest promotions, programs, events, and news from the greater business communities
  • Direct connection with other Regional Chambers and the Qld Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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