Welcome to the Gulf Chamber's website. Started in 2011, the chamber seeks to engage, support and link businesses in all sectors across the Gulf of Carpentaria region. Member driven, it is comprised of businesses and organisations with an interest in the Gulf Region with the aim of providing information, services and support.
Our chamber is still young and faces challenges - not the least of which is the size of the region and distance between towns - economic activity is diverse and includes numerous pastoral properties and associated industry, mining, tourism, commercial fishing, transport, retail, trades and services. We are all volunteers at this stage, working to build a strong voice, develop action focused goals and associated projects as well as providing a useful network to share information, issues and ideas for our gulf business community.
One of our first projects involved a productive partnership to develop a dedicated Gulf Savannah tourism website. Partners include the Councils of Etheridge, Croydon, Carpentaria and Burke, Savannah Way Pty Ltd and Queensland State Govt through Tourism Queensland and DEEDI. This website offers opportunities across the region for promoting events, tourism news and regional investment opportunities. By organisations listing at no charge their community events on the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse/Queensland Tourism site - they automatically link to over 60+ sites nationally - so a great way to increase the regional profile and promote your fundraiser events and special activities such as rodeo's, fishing competitions, musical events and fete's and food experiences.
Other issues being dealt with in an ongoing way include power supply/cost and reliability, buy local initiatives, supporting the future of the Gilbert River and Flinders River Irrigation Schemes, support for the future of the live cattle export trade, supporting a long term sustainable future for the Gulf commercial fishing/prawn industry, promoting co-opetition across the region and encouraging new investment and diversification. Another very important and topical regional issue is that of new and existing infrastructure to ensure the future strength, sustainability and vibrance of the region.
Currently there is a project underway to construct a 5MW Solar PV Power Station in Normanton and further information on this can be found by clicking here . In addition there is a Community Information meeting on this project being held in Normanton on 17th March - 5.30-7pm - Meeting Flyer
Please feel free to contact us is you would like any more information or if you would like to support or assist the Gulf Chamber as we develop and grow.