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About ACCI

The Albany Chamber of Commerce (ACCI) is a not-for-profit, member driven proactive organisation providing professional services, cost-effective information and support for business.

ACCI has been the voice of business in Albany and the Great Southern since 1892.

ACCI receives no external funding for its day-to-day operations, and as a consequence can provide fully independent advice and assistance on a whole range of business activities and information.

In addition, it can refer businesses on to other private and Government agencies for assistance including business planning, recruitment and training, financial, taxation and legal advice, sales and marketing, occupational health and safety information, statistics and strategic planning needs.

The chamber is the voice of business; whether on behalf of individual members, as an industry group, or the business community as a whole. It is represented on numerous committees and boards to lobby and provide input into policy development and reviews.

Further, ACCI’s alliance with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCIWA) provides members with access to an extensive suite of business services.

The chamber comprises a wide range of businesses and organisations representing a diverse number of industries, and its executive committee is voted for by its membership.

The ACCI aims to be a leading example in the community.

The ACCI’s new Collie Street offices set a bench mark in environmentally sustainable commercial design in Albany, with a minimal carbon footprint, utilising abundant natural light and ventilation, coupled with solar power generation and water harvesting.

ACCI’s vision is: "To be a significant force in the development of a vibrant and sustainable business environment in the region".

The Meaning and Significance of the ACCI logo

The colours of blue and green are reflective of the environment in which we live, work and play.

The green in the logo represents the green of the surrounding countryside incorporating farmland, horticulture, agriculture, forestry, agribusiness, viticulture, as well as the many national parks and public open spaces that contain many of Albany and the Great Southern’s famous tourist attractions.

The blue represents both the sea and the sky. 

The sea, consisting of the Southern Ocean, King George Sound, and Princess Royal Harbour, forms a magnificent backdrop to the city of Albany and is the aquatic playground for many boaties, sailors, surfers and fishermen who make good use of the spectacular marine environment. The sea is also home to many commercial fishermen and tourism, cruise and charter boat operators who earn their living from the sea, not to mention the Port of Albany, so vital in the role it plays in the economic lifeblood of the region.

The sky is home to Albany’s prolific birdlife, which attracts birdwatchers from around the globe. It is also important as an air transport link for local, interstate, and international tourists and business travellers. The night sky, devoid of light pollution, provides a haven for stargazers.

The white dividing line between the green and blue on the stylised triangular letter ‘A’ represents the many magnificent beaches of the region.

Each side of the stylised triangle contained within the letter ‘A’ of the logo represents ACCI’s triple bottom-line philosophy of Planet (environment), People (social & cultural) & Profit (economic). 

History

The ACCI, founded in 1892, is a story of achievement over more than 100 years by one of the most influential bodies in the socio-economic development of Western Australia’s Albany region, so wrote Les Johnson in his book The Albany Chamber.

The Albany Chamber comprehensively documents the organisation’s formation and history, as well as each president’s contribution to the organisation, over the past 120 years.

"The Albany Chamber of Commerce exemplifies a universal phenonomen in the world of business, trade and industry in the successful idea of advancing common interest through a form of unity. The Albany Chamber of Commerce was born on the evening of Monday, 28 November, 1892, at a meeting chaired by the mayor, Mr John McKenzie, in the Albany Town Hall." Its foundation president was John Moir, or ‘Gentleman John’, as he was known.

In 1892, the mission of the chamber was "to watch over and protect the general interest of commerce; collect information on all matters of interest to the commercial community; use every means within its power for the removal and redress of grievances; and for the promotion of the trade of the colony".

These ideals set the foundation for what the chamber represents today. The fact that old and new businesses alike have sought the opinion of the chamber on various matters over the years is an accolade for the achievements of the chamber over almost 120 years of history.

Source: The Albany Chamber, Les Johnson, October 2004.