About Us

As the oldest and longest standing Chamber on the Gold Coast, the Southport Chamber of Commerce has been a voice for local businesses since founded on April 23, 1912, by inaugural president Edward Fass.

Edward’s vision for Southport is one I’m proud to still stand behind today – over 100 years later – which is by ensuring a strong business environment, the community as a whole will prosper and develop.

Fast forward to 2023, and I’m pleased to deliver the Southport Chamber’s renewed strategy has been endorsed by the current Board and will focus on three pillars: to inform, advocate and connect.

We seek to deliver on these aims by keeping local businesses up to date and informed with local activities and community issues, offering a variety of networking nights, breakfasts and lunches with guest speakers and VIPs, and working with all three levels of government as a voice for the Southport community and advocate for local issues.

With nearly 400 members, the Southport Chamber of Commerce has never been stronger – or more relevant. It has been called upon extensively to provide information and support for businesses in the post-covid economy and through the current business confidence challenges with the skills shortage, inflation and other workforce challenges. The Southport Chamber has been represented on the City Heart Taskforce, the Regional Policy Committee, and at the Gold Coast Community Cabinet.

Our Chamber’s long-term vision for Southport is to create a vibrant, urban CB&LD (Central Business and Living District) worthy of the sixth-largest and fastest growing city in Australia. To achieve this vision, we know a renewed planning scheme is needed to continually attract businesses to the CBD and ensure our strong business community evolves over the next 100 years and beyond.

We need consistent, active support from the City of Gold Coast, the Queensland State Government and Federal Government to create this intentional CBD growth plan, and we look forward to working with all three levels of government to achieve this vision.

We offer a range of services to our Members including:

  • Networking events including breakfast and after work social meetups
  • Inclusion of your business in both our Member's and Local Business Directories
  • Regular Newsletters with information about local events and activities
  • Business surveys and results data
 
 

Board of Management

The Board of Management includes a diverse range of professionals who are passionate about steering the direction of Southport and its surrounds. If you have any concerns with what is happening in your area of Southport or questions about how the Chamber can be of service to you, please feel free to contact any of our Board members.

Trevor Bruger

President

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Ariana Margetts

Vice President

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Sidnee Jennings

Vice President

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Doug Garvie

Vice President

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Sam Rees

Secretary

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Allan Godbee

Treasurer

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Katie Bond

Board Member

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Lavinia Rampino

Board Member

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Graeme Isaacson

Board Member

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Our valued corporate members

Our corporate members are highly valued for their contribution to the Southport Chamber.

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Our valued gold members

These members are highly valued for their contribution to the Southport Chamber.

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