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The Tonkin family have been involved in the scrap metal and steel business in Far North Queensland for over 50 years. The Company, then trading as "Tonkin Metal Industries", was founded by Vic Tonkin in the 1950's. It was one of Cairns' biggest scrap metal recycling businesses.

Wayne Tonkin, Vic's son, began managing the Company in 1980. During this time, the business was renamed "Tonkin Steel" and the company changed its focus to selling new steel, which was sourced locally or if required, it was imported.

In 1998, a Tonkin Steel branch was opened in Atherton. Operations were expanded further with a 2nd branch opening in Townsville in March 2004.

Wayne remains committed to the success of Tonkin Steel. This means keeping up with the latest steel products and technological innovations in the steel industry.


74 Cook Street, Portsmith
Cairns QLD 4870
Ph: (07) 4035 7000
Fax: (07) 4035 7001
Mon - Fri 7:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 8:00am - 12:00pm


772 Ingham Road, Bohle
Townsville QLD 4810
Ph: (07) 4755 5555
Fax: (07) 4755 5556
Mon - Fri 7:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 8:00am - 12:00pm


Cnr Albrecht St & Maxwell Crs
Atherton QLD 4883
Ph: (07) 4095 4855
Fax: (07) 4095 4854
Mon - Fri 7:30am - 5:00pm
Sat 8:00am - 12:00pm


Cnr Costin and Mason Streets
Mareeba QLD 4880
Ph: (07) 4048 4130
Fax: (07) 4048 4144
Mon - Fri 7:30am - 4:30pm
Sat 8:00am - 12:00pm