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Uniting, connecting, supporting and representing the Whitsunday business community.

The Airlie Beach Chamber of Commerce was established in 2013, building on the efforts and achievements of previous Airlie Beach Chambers. Initially, most of the Chamber members were located around the Main Street of Airlie Beach. As the new committee worked towards expanding the membership, it became apparent that the larger membership is based throughout the region and Airlie Beach Chamber was now a misnomer. In December 2015 the name was changed to Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce to truly reflect the current membership and the Chamber’s coverage.

The Chamber is an apolitical and financially autonomous organisation working to continually improve business conditions in the region. While we work collaboratively with all levels of government and other representative bodies, both in the private and public sectors, the Chamber’s greatest asset is its independence. It allows us to advocate on a range of issues to advance the concerns and interests of our members in regional opportunities and community affairs.

As the voice of local business and industry, our purpose is to “make business connection” and leverage local opportunities.  Our current membership is 120+ and is drawn from the entire Whitsunday business community.

The Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce remains focused on its responsibility to build business capacity and to advocate for the best possible business environment for our members to operate in and to take advantage of opportunities. It aims to build and sustain economic growth over time.

Latest news

CCIQ calls for more clarity around new GST distribution

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has welcomed the announcement of the Federal Government’s proposed GST arrangement that no state will be worse off but calls on the government to reveal where the extra money will come from.

Following a Productivity Commission report last month which suggested a cumulative cut to Queensland’s GST funding by as much as $11.7 billion by 2026/27, the announcement by Treasurer Scott Morrison provides some temporary relief until the full picture is revealed.

CCIQ Head of Media and Industry, Dan Petrie said that the GST is a policy area that is critically important to all states and reassessing the current formula is a logical first step.

“While a positive step, we must bear in mind that the new GST distribution formula is not tax reform and should not be the end game.

“For years, we’ve been advocating for broader structural reform of the federal tax system, which would leave room for State and Territory governments to remove inefficient taxes such as payroll tax and stamp duties.

“The GST as a consumption tax is not a sacred cow,” Mr Petrie said.

CCIQ remains vigilant on reminding governments at both state and federal levels that it is largely the business sector that collects the tax which pays for the schools, hospitals and government functions the states administer on behalf of the tax payer.

“We are eagerly awaiting the finer details of the new carve up, specifically as to where the extra money will come from.

“If the Federal Government is proposing the money come from its surplus for example, we would obviously take issue with this.

Thursday 5 July, 2018 | By: Daniel Petrie

Source: www.cciq.com.au

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Allan Milostic
0419 343 345

c/ PO Box 850,
Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802