Annual Membership & Sponsorship Program

The Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce offers an invaluable insight into the area’s business environment by providing through its members

  • Direct contact to local business’s management and decision makers
  • Industry specific feedback from business owners & stakeholders
  • Face to face networking functions with local businesses
  • Direct and established relationships with local government bodies such as Regional Council, State Government
  • Synergy with other valuable organisations
  • Advertising and promotion opportunities to a focused, quality target group

This year the WCCC would like to offer members more than a membership but valuable opportunities for connecting with relevant clients and skate holders and promoting your businesses through the many channels offered by the Chamber.

Standard Membership

    Annual Fee: $145

    Members of the Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce get a strong independent voice and representation to local and state government bodies

    Standard membership includes:

  • Free access to all information portals
  • Free regular Business Boost with timely updates on businesses opportunities
  • Access to Networking breakfasts providing industry insight from professional speakers
  • Access to chamber organised networking events and meetings
  • Access to discounted billboard signage
  • Special offers and discounts from members to members

Sponsorship Program

The Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce sponsorship program offers members and businesses unmatched opportunities to connect to a relevant network of members, and participate in unique networking events.

1. SILVER Sponsorship

Annual Fee: $495


  • Standard membership

a) Advertising and Promotion Opportunity

  • Sponsorship of one Business Boost Newsletter reaching over 150 members, business owners and stakeholders directly
  • Two (2) free entry tickets to all Networking Breakfast events held by the Chamber of Commerce (please refer to the calendar of events)
  • One 5 minute presentation, or provision for banners, marketing brochures and / or advertising material at a Chamber event of your choice

2. Gold Sponsorship - Only Six Available

 Annual Fee: $2,950


  • Standard membership


a) Exclusive access to information and members

  • Gold member will be assigned an “Industry Specific” committee member who is able to gather and provide detailed feedback and industry specialised information from members, key stakeholders, and affiliated organisations.
  • Invitation to sit at three (3) WCCC committee meetings
  • Invitation to join the WCCC in special functions and meetings with senior representative by invitation only


  • Two (2) free entry tickets to all Networking Breakfast events held by the Chamber of Commerce (please refer to the calendar of event)
  • Two (2) free entry tickets to all Chamber organised networking events and meetings
  • Two (2) free entry tickets to Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas function

b) Advertising and Promotion Opportunities:

  • Sponsorship of one Business Boost Newsletter reaching over 150 members, business owners and stakeholders directly
  • Sponsorship of one Networking Breakfast providing
  • Sponsorship acknowledgment and logo appearance in all print and digital correspondences to members prior to the function including: Invitations emails, Business Boost, Facebook Page and WCCC website
  • Display of signage at the Networking Function
  • 1 x 10 minute presentation to the members attending the function
  • 2 weeks free signage on the WCCC Airlie Hill billboard
  • Advertising on the WCCC Website including
  • Year round display of corporate logo on the Home Page
  • Signage at chamber organised networking events and meetings, including the annual WCCC Christmas Function
  • Display of corporate logos on all Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce’s print and digital correspondence
  • Ongoing acknowledgement at all Chamber events and in media announcements

Become a Sponsor

* Required
SILVER sponsorship $495 for advertising and promotion
GOLD sponsorship $2950 for exclusive access and detailed industry feedback
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The Curious Case of a QLD Infrastructure Business Case

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

All regions of Queensland want to see more major infrastructure projects to kickstart their economies.

We’re talking about major, significant infrastructure projects with at least a nine-figure price tag that are essential to accommodate the growth of our cities and towns for the next few decades , projects which NSW and Victoria seem to have plenty of. As our southern State counterparts further ramp up investment in infrastructure over the remainder of this decade, construction will continue to lag in Queensland compounded by our ageing workforce.

The Queensland Major Projects Pipeline 2018 report shows that while there are 190 projects valued at $39.9 billion in the pipeline, 98 of them (51%) are still awaiting funding and 17 per cent of the overall pipeline is unlikely to proceed.

Unfortunately, infrastructure announcements have become a key metric for political popularity, and real effective growth planning takes a back seat to governments’ obsession with opinion polls. Too often, projects are committed to before a business case has been prepared, and even before comprehensive analysis of any alternatives has been undertaken.

As a result, funding presents itself the largest hurdle in getting projects up and running due to the business cases not stacking up. At the same time, funding can be given almost on a political whim, despite there being independent bodies at both the federal and state level signalling priority on other more important infrastructure projects.

The State Infrastructure Plan and Building Queensland’s Infrastructure Pipeline Report comprise an extensive list of major infrastructure proposals, yet the business cases - undertaken by the State Government - struggle to convince the Federal Government to hand over funding required to start the projects.

Few things are to blame.

Firstly, in an era of gold-plating our infrastructure, major projects become too expensive and the ROI is considered too low. The lack of long-term thinking when it comes to town planning means corridors are no longer reserved, instead we go underground for our transport infrastructure which is not only outrageously more expensive, but also more hazardous to construct and use, much longer to build, and much more difficult to operate and maintain.

Secondly, as the business case framework is being driven by the States – and not templated by the Federal Government – the assessment process drags on as the back and forth for more information plays out.

Thirdly, as the business cases are never released for public scrutiny, politicians are able to play political football and rely on public and media pressure to try and get projects over the line, or otherwise quashed.

The framework for business cases for major infrastructure projects must change. Early this year in July, Infrastructure Australia released a set of guidelines for future infrastructure projects designed to lift government works to the same level of accountability, planning and cost rigour as the private sector.

Outlined in the guidelines are 11 infrastructure decision-making principles:

  1. Governments should quantify infrastructure problems and opportunities as part of long-term planning processes.
  2. Proponents should identify potential infrastructure needs in response to quantified infrastructure problems.
  3. Proponents should invest in development studies to scope potential responses.
  4. Where an infrastructure need is identified, governments should take steps to ensure potential responses can be delivered efficiently and affordably.
  5. Governments should undertake detailed analysis of a potential project through a full business case and should not announce a preferred option or cost profile before undertaking detailed analysis involving multiple options.
  6. Proponents should assess the viability of alternative funding sources for each potential project.
  7. Project proposals should be independently assessed by an appropriate third party organisation.
  8. Governments and proponents should undertake meaningful stakeholder engagement at each stage, from problem identification and option development to project delivery.
  9. Governments and proponents should publicly release all information supporting their infrastructure decisions.
  10. Governments should commit to, develop and release post-completion reviews.
  11. Where projects are funded as part of a broader program, the corresponding decision-making processes should be robust, transparent and prioritise value for money.

Successful initiatives such as City Deals is a model which needs to be rolled out across the State and the country a lot quicker than it currently is. The announcement of a South East Queensland City Deal, following the success of the Townsville City Deal, is a genuine bi-partisan approach and a step in the absolute right direction when it comes to long-term planning.

Infrastructure needs to separate itself further from politics. The undertaking and success of major projects has been proven to be directly tied to the economy, and our economy is more important to the small business community that political point-scoring.

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Allan Milostic
0419 343 345

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Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802