On the 19th October 1963 the bridge was officially opened and Bribie Island was no longer a little island off the east coast of Qld.
Bribie Island Chamber of Commerce was inaugurated on Tuesday 27th November 1963
The following extract is taken from HISTORY OF BRIBIE ISLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE “The First 40 Years” compiled by Garth McGarry life member.
THE STATE GOVERNMENT ATTEMPT TO RETARD BRIDGE:
The Bribie Bridge, a modern prestressed concrete structure across Pumicestone Passage neared completion in 1963 published advice when the State Government agreed to build the bridge, was to pay for it by sales of Crown land on the Island, The building of the bridge had created record land sales and, according to newspaper reports, already covered the cost of the bridge.
Without warning, The State Government announced it would slow development on Bribie Island to impose a heavy toll on the Bribie Bridge.
Suddenly the community was in the midst of a storm, using words such as treachery, deceit, trickery and dishonesty.
Needed was an organisation, above politics, to represent all the community. A Chamber of Commerce met that requirement.
We are now working on the 47th edition of the Bribie Magazine. Yes 47 years promoting Bribie Island, a huge milestone for any publication, one we are extremely proud of.
There have been many achievements made by the Chamber over the years and the list will continue to grow. To list just one;
Many may not be aware that the Bribie Island Chamber of Commerce introduced the Bribie Island personalized car registration plates with our Logo many years ago and available through Qld Transport.
Bribie Island Chamber of Commerce Inc., is a group of volunteers dedicated to supporting businesses, promoting business growth, community development and regional prosperity thereby encouraging industry, tourism and employment in our region. Chambers of Commerce provide businesses with a united voice to all levels of Government. www.bribie.com.au