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FEATURES 4  Business Networking 6 Not Your Average Fish 'n' Chip Shop 8 Sunny Coast Snaps Up Spanish Photographers 10 Specialist Aged Care Tailored to Individuals 12 Coffee With Donna - Help Your Business Thrive 14 Art Enthusiasts Navigate Coast Trail 16 Bright Future Ahead for Wardle Partners REGULARS

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CALOUNDRA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY INC. A Level 1, 74 Bulcock St (PO Box 177) Caloundra 4551 P 07 5492 5977 E ADVERTISING AND CONTENT SUBMISSIONS To enquire about advertising space, or discuss content, please contact the Editor of Caloundra Buzz magazine | GRAPHIC DESIGN AND PRODUCTION BY: Marx Design | FRONT COVER: Matt and Annie Taylor from Seafood Market @ Caloundra IMAGE CREDIT: Roxanne McCarthy-O'Kane



BUSINESS NETWORKING The Chamber recently hosted a number of functions and events which presented the opportunity to mix and mingle with other professionals. The Business After Hours event hosted at HeliMods, the 2017 Sunshine Coast Business of the Year was a big start to the year. Another great event was the February Smart Lunch Club which centred on networking and making business conversations held at Rumba Beach Resort. Michael Shadforth, President of Caloundra Chamber Of Commerce

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CHANGE ON THE HORIZON There is no doubt the Caloundra market is growing rapidly and as a business, you need to make decisions on which opportunities to go after and which threats to protect yourself from and there are some actions you can take that will allow you to tick both of those boxes at the same time. The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce and its members have been working hard to ensure there is a strong level of support for businesses to enable them to navigate this era of significant growth. Building on these networks will provide businesses with a cohesive and collaborative unit, which will see everybody achieve greater things in their respective industries.

Glen Palmer (Core Business Accountants), Donna Niazov (Family Friendly Carpet Cleaning & Pest Control), Cameron Blair (Blue Label Finance Pty Ltd) & Peter Casey (Sunshine Coast DJ Hire & Photo Booth)

You can no longer ignore the online world. To do so will be at your peril. Get online and think about export opportunities and network with other businesses that are already operating outside of the region. You could have very similar or complimentary businesses and making those connections will strengthen your reach and broaden your customer base. Establishing referral channels will not only strengthen your networks but will also give you inspiration when you see how others in your industry operate. When it comes to your customer base, stretch your networks out in this arena as well. Taking the time to find excellent staff and tapping into talent pools to secure the best of the best will make a huge difference to the way your business operates and the image you project to your customer base, which will see both a growth in clients and how much they are spending.

Jenny and Glen Phelan (EmpowerUs Australia) & Tim Bowen (Bowen Consulting)

With the arrival of new residents in Aura and an influx of professionals taking advantage of the establishment of the health hub at Kawana, Caloundra is already rapidly changing, and business owners need to plan for the significant growth we will see in the next few years. But beware that focusing on market downturns can be detrimental. If you are planning for the fiscal cliff, you may miss opportunities. The Chamber is a fantastic source of information and advice that can help you make those big decisions and we are ready to support our members. 4 CaloundraBuzz Autumn 2018

Alexandra Brunswick (Women's Lifestyle Expo) & Rochelle Coombs (STEPS Charity)


Mark Davis (Sunshine Coast Daily) & John Morley (Business Rebel)

Kristine Ruth (Channel 7), Karen Young (Best Western Lake Kawana), Samantha Carter (Alfies Events Hire), Jerry van Driel-Vis

Ian Robinson & Caron Robinson (Mortgage Choice Currimundi) & Bryan Meri (One Spot Finance)

Paul Nay (PMCN Consulting Pty Ltd), Marina Baldwin (Sargent Baldwin lawyers) & Bruce Sargent (Sargent Baldwin lawyers)

Tracey Monkley (Air Fraser Island) & Simone Venning (STF Curtains and Blinds)

Christine Pitcher (Coast2Bay Housing Group) & Sharon Seymour (Larosh HR)

Helen Oakford (Max Employment), Mark Pearce (Oceanview Helicopters), Vickie Rosso (Max Employment) & Peter Casey (Sunshine Coast DJ Hire & Photo Booth)

Karen Faa (Civil Celebrant) & Angela Miles (STEPS Charity)

Kimberley Lynch (Fuji Xerox Business Centre Sunshine Coast), Karen Faa (Civil Celebrant) & Tracey Monkley (Air Fraser Island)



CATCH OF THE DAY SEAFOOD MARKET @ CALOUNDRA An ideal day for Matt and Annie Taylor is to fish and crab in the Pumicestone Passage or the offshore reefs of Moreton Bay and then prepare a tasty meal from their catch to entertain friends and family. So when the opportunity arose for them to own their own seafood business, it was too good to miss.

The Taylors took over the long-established Marsay Brothers Seafood almost five years ago and have transformed the fish and chippery and fresh produce favourite into Seafood Market @ Caloundra - an all-round foodie’s delight that is attracting regular customers from outside the Sunshine Coast region.

Its success speaks for itself. It took the couple just six months to “find their feet” and start to transform the business. From then on, customers were delighted to see a continuous stream of new and exciting deli items and pre-made take-home meals on offer. “We can comfortably say that we’ve got the largest range of fresh and cooked fish and seafood products in the region. We wanted to be innovative and offer people more than just fish and chips and fresh fish, so we got creative and our chefs also expanded their repertoire and now we are market leaders,” Mr Taylor says. 6 CaloundraBuzz Autumn 2018

On top of sourcing fresh local seafood daily from trawlers at Mooloolaba and Scarborough, the trade qualified chefs at Seafood Market @ Caloundra have a vast array of experience with seafood and work their magic to create restaurant-quality delights such half-shell scallops topped with smoked salmon and camembert, oysters Kilpatrick and mornay, chargrilled bugs and prawn as well as creative mouth-watering weekly specials, just to name a few.

menu, such as the chargrilled section and salad bar, but by offering pre-made meals that people can take home and simply heat and serve. These include crab and prawn lasagnes, king prawn and salmon sausages, curried prawn and scallop pies, seafood chowder, garlic prawns, lobster mornay pies, crab and prawn bisque, sandcrab ravioli, fish korma and prawn laksa. Everything is freshly made in-house with the seafood they offload daily from the trawlers.

“It’s about offering more and having a point of difference. The best thing is, that these restaurant quality options are available at fish and chip prices,” Mr Taylor says.

It's about offering more and having a point of difference.

We got creative and our chefs also expanded their repertoire and now we are market leaders. With more Coast residents being time-poor and looking for easy ways to eat of an evening, Mr Taylor says they wanted to make it easier by not only having healthy options on the

“We have shared some of the recipes that we cook at home and our chefs have created some spectacular meals and people love it. The seafood chowder is probably the biggest seller. We’ve sold over 10,000 serves of the chowder in both the fresh and takeaway versions. It is a family recipe that goes back two generations and one we have loved at home. Its success speaks for itself,” Mr Taylor says.


As if all of these options aren’t enough, Seafood Market @ Caloundra also have a range of deli lines from infused olive oils, flavoured salts, five different mayonnaises to prawn and mango

We've always had a love of catching fish and making them into healthy family meals. dip, chunky crab dip, smoked salmon dip, smoked tiger prawns and mussels, marinated calamari, whisky cured salmon and much more. “All these value-adds are bringing people in and making us a talking point. We have

customers that come down from Noosa and the hinterland and even as far away as Gympie and Toowoomba on a weekly basis and the good thing is they then go on to spend in the Caloundra CBD, which is great to see. To get to the point where we are a destination that draws people in to spend their money in town is very rewarding and we will be expanding again this year with another top-of-the-line offering, but it’s top secret for now,” Mr Taylor says. With a winning recipe for their business, they have almost doubled their staff numbers from around 15 to 30, all Caloundra residents and they also contribute around $20,000 each year to the community through sponsorships of local sporting and community groups.

“We’ve always had a love of catching fish and making them into healthy family meals and we felt this business went hand in hand with that. We are pleased to give people another option and to satisfy consumer’s want for more choice and healthier choices. While fish and chips continue to be popular, there is often one member of the family who would prefer something else and we can cater for them with what we have on offer,” he says.

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SUNNY COAST SNAPS UP SPANISH PHOTOGRAPHERS Carlos Vaquero and Patricia Lopez were industry leaders in their native Spain, being in such high demand that they were flown all over Europe to photograph weddings.

With almost 30 years of combined experience under their belts when they decided to move to Australia and established H2H Studios in 2016, they were astounded to find their successful business formula was not gaining as much traction in the Brisbane market. The couple, who now live in Little Mountain, have tweaked their business model several times to adapt to the market conditions firstly in Brisbane, and again when they made the lifestyle move to the Sunshine Coast. With a new language to perfect, cultural differences to navigate and a reputation to build half a world away from their hometown of Madrid, they had many challenges to overcome. “We started to implement the same successful model we had in Spain, but we quickly found that Australia is completely different to Europe and everything that was working well for us over there was not doing so well in Brisbane. We would send out emails to clients and realised later on that they were

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expecting us to call, which in Europe is seen as disrespecting people’s boundaries. The market was telling us ‘no guys’ so we worked through different business models to find one that fits,” Mr Vaquero says.

Our photography is emotional, it's about the connection between the people.

Having photographed more than 1000 weddings, Mr Vaquero’s skills were among the best, but they had to adapt to the Australian wedding culture, where couples book photographers up to two years in advance as opposed to Spaniards, who book just a few months ahead. Time-specific packages are unheard of in Europe, with photographers spending around 12 hours shooting the entire wedding day.

“We were trying to emulate what other people were doing, but we wanted to make sure we were still bringing our unique personality to it and not pricing ourselves out of the market. We were leading the market in Spain, but seen as newcomers in the region, so we had to start out with competitive pricing and begin to build up the brand,” Mr Vaquero says. “Because so many couples book well in advance, which we didn’t know until we arrived, we had to get into that cycle and wait for one complete spin – almost a year – before our booked wedding dates rolled around, which did a bit of damage to our savings. But we were able to work on events in the meantime.” But they persisted and decided in early 2017 to relocate to the Sunshine Coast and found a more welcoming community that places value on supporting local businesses. They also worked on their business model and with a strong drive to become a global image


company, they found a clearer focus through creating specific brands for different styles of photography.

controlled way, and having dedicated brands for each sector has been their most successful way to achieve this.

Their umbrella company, H2H Studios, now has four targeted brands; LIFE Portraits, for family and individual photos as well as boudoir; Wedding Experience; VALO Photography, for corporate and business clients; and Light Studios Photography for architecture and real estate clients.

The market was telling us 'no', so we worked through different business models to find one that fits.

...We wanted to make sure we were still bringing our unique personality to it. Mr Vaquero says they had become passionate about so many variations of photography throughout their careers that they wanted to be able to target different markets in a more

Ms Lopez says this move, along with collaborating with graphic designers to offer website design services, has put them on track to fulfil their long-term business plan of becoming the biggest global image company. She says their philosophy of getting to know their clients on a more personal level resonated more with Coast clients than it did with the more reserved city residents.

“Our photography is emotional, it’s about the connection between the people. We love working this way. It’s rewarding for us personally because we care about people and we try to get in depth and know what’s important for our clients to be able to capture that image that will be a favourite of theirs for a lifetime. In a way, corporate photography is the same because you get to know the people behind the business and what makes them unique and real estate photography is about finding out more about the owners and why they have chosen to present their home a certain way,” she says. “There’s a soul behind every person, every professional and every home and for us, uncovering that is quite important – it’s what we do.” Mr Vaquero adds.



HOME CARE ASSISTANCE RECOGNISED AS INDUSTRY LEADERS A business that is just 18 months old is already an industry leader and has been capturing attention for its alternative option for families, with a large focus on flexibility.

Kendall Morton started Home Care Assistance after finding some large gaps in the industry she had worked in after leaving careers in teaching and accounting. Although she was already juggling work with four children, Mrs Morton knew there was a real need in the region for an in-home aged care service that wasn’t confined to traditional business hours, but that could provide any kind of service at any time. So, she set about creating it and now her team of 35 staff operate from Redcliffe to Bundaberg and has already helped 500 clients.

There are high incidents of depression and isolation is huge in the aged population, so we ensure our clients are kept active... Mrs Morton says they have moved away from a 'task-based' model of in-home aged care and focus more on the personal happiness and sense of purpose for their clients.

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“There are high incidents of depression and isolation is huge in the aged population, so we ensure our clients are kept active both physically and mentally with a ‘use it or lose it’ mentality and some of our clients have described that as life changing,” she says.

up and go out with one of our staff members and another who had to go to bed at 5pm because their former service provider didn’t have the flexibility to administer their eye drops at 10pm, when they wanted to go to bed.”

“We have one client who hadn’t been out for lunch for 18 years, so she likes to get dressed

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Some of our clients have described it as life changing.

This ultra-personalised approach has seen Home Care Assistance win the Sunshine Coast Business Award in the ‘Health’ Category as well as the Customer Service and Engagement award and Mrs Morton was a finalist for the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network Young Business Woman of the Year Award. The 34-year-old says the recognition is great validation that the business model and the team are working seamlessly together. “The recognition means that our approach to our clients and their families is on the right track and we are delivering a client-centered model and we have also managed to keep the personal touch as we grow,” she says. The next big project for Home Care Assistance is the introduction of a Music and Memory program, which promotes the links between music and improvements in both movement and speech, which can have profound benefits for people with dementia. “Later in the year we will be ramping up our NDIS preparations as NDIS rolls out on the Sunshine Coast on January 1, 2019. We will be looking at areas that we believe we can specialise in, in order to replicate the customer service we have provided in Aged Care across the disability sector,” Mrs Morton says.

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A BUSINESS COFFEE DATE WITH LOCAL ENTREPRENEUR Introducing Donna Niazov, a rising star in Caloundra’s business community and someone that is very passionate about her local community.

Donna sits on the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce executive committee and holds volunteering positions as president of the Sunshine Coast Jewish Community and event chair of the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s network.

Building strong relationships is much more important than money for any business because it connects the community through trust. Donna and her husband Miki started their business four years ago and Family Friendly Carpet Cleaning and Pest Control has become one of the Sunshine Coast’s leading familyrun businesses servicing more than 2000 homes and 60 resorts.

What do you think is the most important thing in business?

Building strong relationships is much more important than money for any business because it connects the community through trust. While time-poor business owners can view networking as wasted time, it is actually one of the best ways you can invest your time. Getting to know the people behind the brand is important to foster collaboration. This type of contact is different, it’s not about putting them on your emailing list and trying to sell to them. For me, it’s all about giving and I try to see how I can help someone’s business once I know more about the people behind it.

I also believe that you should invest a lot in your team, whether that is yourself, your staff or your partners.

It is also important to build alliances with other local businesses and pass referrals between each other. Systemising your business without losing that personal touch, to me, is also the key. What advice would you give for business owners or future entrepreneurs?

Never stop looking at how to be better at what you do. We take the time to get to know our clients and we have invested heavily in systems that make our customers lives a lot easier. We spent a year developing a specialised portal and every resort manager I have shown this to has been completely blown away. It is all about giving our customers the best experience that we can. I also believe that you should invest a lot into your team, whether that is yourself, your staff or partners. Self development is so important, so invest in it. What will be the major focus of your business in 2018?

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TIPS TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS THRIVE IN 2018 year and we will also be releasing a signature product created by Miki. Like everything we use, the product will be safe to use anywhere in the home. We haven’t used every single odour-control product on the market, but those that we have, we’ve found they make everything smell great, but sometimes it’s only a matter of minutes before the original smell is back. Miki has been working hard at perfecting our product, which doesn’t mask the smell, but breaks it down and gets rid of it.

Never stop looking at how to be better at what you do. What are you most excited about right now?

People and business is what excites me. Right now, there are some amazing businesses in Caloundra and as I get to meet the business owners, I have been blown away by how they have started and where they are and where they are going. I get super excited when people prove over and over again that with enough passion and drive anything is possible, it really motivates me.

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ART ENTHUSIASTS NAVIGATE COAST TRAIL With diverse environments from azure ocean waters and sandy stretches of beach to the lush greens of the rainforest and majestic Glass House Mountains all a short distance from one another, there is no shortage of inspiration for the visual artists who live in the region.

In fact, Art on Cairncross co-owners and directors Tony Gill and Jane Caraffi can attest that the visual arts industry is thriving here and they are doing what they can to attract more visitors to the region to explore the vast array of masterpieces created regularly by our talented artists. Art on Cairncross is the combination of the galleries formerly owned by Mr Gill and Ms Caraffi; Tony Gill Galleries of Montville, which was established in 1995, and Caraffi's, which was established in Maleny in 1998. The gallery attracts art lovers from all over Australia and the world because of the calibre of fine art displayed including ceramics, glass and sculpture.

The trail is all about getting people to the area specifically to spend a day or two looking at all they have to offer.

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But far from keeping their success to themselves, the duo has been instrumental in creating the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail. The trail first came to life in the late 90s in brochure form when they co-ordinated 19 other galleries in a co-operative venture. This map focused on the hinterland, and subsequent versions were produced in conjunction with Hinterland Tourism and later with regional public galleries, but Mr Gill says the time had come to modernise the trail and they launched a region-wide trail on a dedicated website in 2015 and it recently underwent another revamp.

The community of art galleries has always been collaborative in the area. Mr Gill says the website now incorporates over 17 commercial galleries, eight public galleries, six artisan galleries, upcoming exhibitions and events, and allows

information about artists’ open studios too. “We provide art lovers with a map so that if they don’t find something they love at the first gallery, they know where to move on to. The community of art galleries has always been collaborative in the area, so the trail is all about getting people to the area specifically to spend a day or two looking at all they have to offer, or better yet, making a week of it and truly taking in the region,” he says.

With interpretative art, your perception can change each time you look at it and that's what keep it engaging.

Mr Gill, who was instrumental in establishing the Sunshine Coast Art Prize based out of the Caloundra Regional Gallery, says his role as a gallery owner is to be a “conduit between the artists and the public”. He is always thinking of ways he can expose their artists’ work to the general public. One such way is through pop-


up galleries like the one he has installed at the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce office. Those who venture into the Bulcock Street office can enjoy more than 20 artworks by renowned Coast contemporary artist Judith Laws, which have been selected for their coast and hinterland theme. “If you can’t bring the people to the gallery, you bring the gallery to the people. It’s about an absorption of a space and it’s something Judith is renowned for. I think in our organised world of realism, this

appeals to people but also confuses people. Where there is realism, we can see it and appreciate it for what it is, but then we’ve seen it. With interpretative art, your perception can change each time you look at it and that’s what keeps it engaging,” Mr Gill says.

If you can't bring the people to the gallery, you bring the gallery to the people.

With the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board working to form an arts plan for the region, Mr Gill hopes an iconic, state-of-theart gallery with a view of the Glass House Mountains could be funded and become “our Guggenheim,” to cement the Coast’s place as a sought-after visual arts destination.



BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD FOR WARDLE PARTNERS The finalisation of the Sunshine Coast Council’s Caloundra Centre Master Plan early last year was the trigger point for Wardle Partners and Compass Financial Solutions to decide to invest in their own building to secure a permanent future for the long-standing Caloundra accounting and financial services practices.

Wardle Partners and Compass Financial Solutions first opened their doors in 1982 as Garry Wardle & Associates. Their formula for providing good old-fashioned customer service means their team of accountants, audit, self-managed superannuation fund, wealth creation and protection experts have foundation clients still on the books. Mark Mackenzie, who has been a director since 2004, says the potential for a bright future for businesses in the Caloundra area has been taken to the next level with the Caloundra City Master Plan being locked in, the council’s investment in streetscaping along Bulcock Street and the establishment and growth of neighbouring Aura.

We wanted to invest in our own building and we had the confidence to do that. “Plus, it’s a great place to do business,” he adds. “We were renting premises in Bulcock Street and we wanted to invest in our own building and we had the confidence to do

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that. With that decision, we wanted our new space to represent who we are. We made the decision to start a blank canvas and engaged Dimension Building to do a complete refurbishment.” Having occupied the same prominent office space for 17 years, the news that Wardle Partners, Compass Financial Solutions and their in-house loan brokers Blue Label Finance were moving saw heightened community interest in what the future would hold for the long-standing companies. While the relocation ended up being just a few hundred metres down the road, to 8 Otranto Ave, the look and feel of the business has been completely altered thanks to the out-of-the-box thinking and creative talent that is the signature of Hilary Sharp from Box Clever Interiors. Compass Financial Solutions director Graham McIntyre says they wanted to create a warm, professional and approachable feel and the result is a true statement office, which has attracted widespread attention and praise

from passers-by and the firms’ clients who love the use of warm tones of walnut, blues, green and white to create a calming atmosphere, which resonates with the coastal environment that is walking distance from the office.

People want to know that we are here for the long haul, and we are. Ms Sharp incorporated statement pendant lighting beside the stairs, utilised natural light throughout the office and brought in some of the latest interior design trends, including timber veneer wallpaper, porcelain tiles, bespoke cabinetry in the directors’ offices and the main hallway has become a dedicated art gallery space, with Marie Pigott from the Friends of the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery selecting new pieces to display and offer for sale on behalf of local artists every two months. Having a close association with Sunshine Coast Access Advisory Network, the design also ensured the new offices offer modern disability access and facilities.


“It is important for business owners to realise the physical appearance of their business has a vital role to play in the message they are sending out. It is an extension of their brand,” Ms Sharp says.

been with the business for more than 10 years, with the core team established for 16 years, and this goes a long way to establishing their reputation for stability and local knowledge.

Mr McIntyre says the investment in the new office space is a clear indicator to the community that they are “going to be in Caloundra for a long time.”

It's a great place to do business.

Mr Mackenzie says clients have built a rapport with the staff, the majority of whom have

“People want to know that we are here for the long haul, and we are. It’s a big deal for someone to build a relationship with their

financial matters and by investing in our own building and creating a real destination for our clients, we are providing them with reassurance that we will always be here. We are also big believers in keeping business local, so all of our work is done in our offices, by our team,” he says.

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DRAGONBOAT NATIONAL TITLES 3 - 8 March, 2018 Lake Kawana

4 March, 2018 Keith Hill Park

The Australian Dragon Boat Federation is holding its 2018 National Championships on the Sunshine Coast. Paddlers from all over Australia will gather to compete for the honour of being the best Club or State crew in the Nation.

The series welcomes triathletes of all ages and abilities to compete in a fun, friendly environment. From the first timer wanting to 'just tri it', to the weekend warrior looking for a challenge, to the serious triathlete wanting to work on their speed.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES BATON RELAY 27 March, 2018 Kings Beach Amphitheatre

TWILIGHT MARKETS CALOUNDRA 30 March - 13 April, 2018 The Esplanade, Bulcock Beach

Join in the celebration as the Commonwealth Games Queen Baton makes its way through Caloundra as a part of the South East Queensland leg of the relay before heading to the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games starting on April 4.

The markets are a community gathering place where people browse, buy, eat and enjoy with a backdrop of Caloundra’s best views. Immerse yourself in the cool, beachside atmosphere making Friday nights a unique experience.




30 March - 1 April, 2018

7 April, 2018 Queensland Air Museum

The Windansea Surf Club present the 44th annual Pa & Ma Bendall Memorial Surfing Contest. This event is held over the Easter long weekend at Moffat Beach. Drop in and see Caloundra’s surf culture very much alive and on show.

Get up close and personal with the stunning aircraft collection on show at this unique museum with exhibits almost a century old to the more modern F-111. Come along and enjoy a day inspecting the museum’s operational engine and aircraft collection.

The Kuluin Motors fundraiser is ready to rock n roll supporting the ‘Love Your Sister’ charity raising funds for cancer research. A day full of fun for the whole family including cool hot rods, live airbrushing/pinstriping displays, retro rockabilly & automotive trade stands & black jack & roulette tables.

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28 - 29 April, 2018 The Events Cente Caloundra

7 - 11 May, 2018 Oaks Oasis

The Sunshine Coast Dance Eisteddfod is an annual event regarded as a friendly but professional dance eisteddfod attracting competitors from across Australia.

What’s a Riley? It’s a vintage and classic car built pre-1969, hailing from the UK and the original Riley Motor Corporation. 80 much loved Riley vehicles and their owners will come together for some fun in Caloundra.

HOT 91.1 LADIES OAKS DAY 1 June, 2018 Sunshine Coast Turf Club One of the hottest events on the Sunshine Coast social calendar! Enjoy the combination of racing on the field and socialising off the field. It’s a fashionable affair so get dressed to impressed and head trackside for all of the action of a big race day.

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RILEY MOTOR CLUB SET TO CRUISE INTO CALOUNDRA While major events like the music, film and sporting festivals bring thousands of people to Caloundra each year and collectively inject millions of dollars into the local economy, there is a lot to be said for the more intimate events that draw people in from around the country to get a taste of our slice of paradise.

One such event on the horizon is the National Riley Motor Club Rally, which will see around 120 Riley owners with 80 cars gather at the Oaks Oasis Resort in Caloundra on May 7 and spend five days exploring all the region has to offer. The eye-catching cars were made from 1898 through to the 1960s and the club will visit Caloundra for its annual rally for the first time in its 63-year history. Queensland Riley Club president Ken Lonie and his wife Wendy live in Maleny and were instrumental in securing the event, which is hosted by a different state each year, for Caloundra.

We will be encouraging our interstate visitors to stay on in Caloundra... to experience more of the region. This year’s rally will have somewhat of an international flavour, with enthusiasts coming from New Zealand and Ms Lonie says club members will enjoy sightseeing along the Pumicestone Passage, dinners at local venues,

drives through the hinterland and up the coastline, French cooking classes, a museum tour at Koogie Downs in Chevallum and a movie at the Pomona silent theatre.

Most of our members are retirees who are pursuing their passions. There will be two opportunities where the public are welcome to look at the aweinspiring vehicles, an auto gymkhana on May 8 on the grassy oval at the Oaks Oasis Resort and May 10 at noon at the Montville Primary School Oval. Ms Lonie says they “happened upon” the first of their three Rileys, a 1932 cream-coloured Monarco which is quite rare. They promptly joined the club 12 years ago and have been enjoying the camaraderie ever since. “Most of our members are retirees who are pursuing their passion. It is a very healthy interest as it covers the physical, mental and social aspects which are vital to wellbeing. We will be encouraging our interstate visitors to stay

on in Caloundra once the rally is over to experience more of the region,” she says. Caloundra Tourism chair Ken Jeffreys says there is a “cyclone of activity” from Boxing Day through to Australia Day each year, where all the accommodation houses are booked out. But occupancy rates traditionally “take a dive” once school resumes.

...talking to friends and family about this new place they have discovered called Caloundra. “It is an essential component of us moving forward that we stretch out that peak tourism season into the shoulders and one of the easiest ways to do that is to become an attractive destination for organisations, such as the Riley Motor Club. Not only do they bring dollars into the town immediately, but there’s a flow-on effect through their social media posts, through their talking to friends and relatives about this new place they have discovered called Caloundra,” he says.



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Avena Plumbing & Drainage Offering the Sunshine Coast community the full spectrum or drainage and plumbing services - including excavation and earth moving. With a strong customer focus we work to get the job done right the first time. 0459533162

Blue Label Finance Pty Ltd Finance Broker assisting people in buying their new home, business or commercial property. Specialise in vehicle, plant and equipment finance. 5455 6557

CCM: Cherubs Hub Family Day Care Operating throughout QLD offering quality education and care. Family Day Care is provided by professional and passionate Educators; that have a love for scaffolding children’s learning. 1300 243 782

3327 1600

CK Counselling Services

0402 309 407 connect/ckcounsellingservices/ service/55985

Cloud Nine Real Estate Offering clients exceptional and professional service, we strive to not only meet your expectations. Whether you are a Seller, Purchaser, Landlord or Tenant, Cloud Nine real Estate are dedicated and committed to making "A Wow Experience" for your next real estate venture.

Easy Teams Helping people grow successful teams the easy way. Easy teams focus on leadership, communication and collaboration skills; three proven keys that boost engagement and drive performance. 0414 345 348

EmpowerUs Australia The Manaian Way removes the cost of living with a unique social model starting with guardianship which can be explored on the website. 0414 004 524

Ferrall & Co Lawyers With over 13 years of experience, Rowena Ferrall understands that the legal process is a daunting one for most people and helps her clients every step of the way through the entire process. 07 5491 2159

Fits in Commercial Fitouts

1800 256 839

Design, construct and fitout with highly specialised and client focused team to receive results.

Compass Financial Solutions

5492 0350

Compass Financial Solutions Adviser can help you get the most out of life - with expert advice and professional service that adds up to total financial. Compass understand that the decisions you make about your financial future are important and need to be made with the help of someone you can trust. 5492 0350

Fox Finance Group Finance Brokers who provide expert assistance with Motor Vehicle and Equipment Finance, Home Loans, Business Loans and Financial Planning. 1300 665 906

Ginger Lily & Rose Floral Studio Pty Ltd Wedding and Event styling featuring jaw dropping installations and wildly romantic, lush arrangements that take your breath away. 0402 014 256

Headland Property Maintenance Property Maintenance specialists with over 30 years of experience in renovation & construction. Carpentry, plumbing, roof and gutters, fencing, doors, locks and painting. 0438 191 459

Integrated Sustainable Design Providing businesses with proven strategies to reduce/fix energy and fleet costs by up to 80% through the use of integrated solar power and electric / fuel cell vehicles. 0424 244 950

Inspire for Life Inspire for Life is committed to coaching people to achieve their highest potential in a judgement free and confidential environment allowing you to discover the true you. 0407 157 460

Melaleuca - The Wellness Company Sharing information on how you can have a non-toxic household with over 400 products that we use and need everyday without it costing the earth. 0458 256 252

Niche Training Solutions Boutique organisation that aims to provide high quality training and compliance services as well as products to organisations within the training and education sector. 3150 0181

Oceanview Helicopters

Prodigy Fitness

Oceanview helicopters is the Sunshine Coasts premier helicopter tourism company. We are a passionate, family owned local business offering a range of services from scenic flight & winery tours to aerial photography, charter and airwork also specialising in heli wedding packages.

Prodigy Fitness Strength & Movement Facility in Caloundra helping you achieve your fitness and mobility goals. The Sunshine Coast's newest holistic performance facility.

0403 288 204

Olivia Sainsbury Consulting Pty Ltd Management consulting firm providing workshop facilitation, strategy development, project management and design leadership to business and the government. 0414 854 770

Platinum Properties Sunshine Coast Platinum Properties Sunshine Coast situated in the heart of the Sunshine Coast between Caloundra and Mooloolaba. Services including buying and selling real estate and property management. 0434 673 248

Praesidium Global Praesidium Global designs, develops, manufactures and assembles military unmanned ground vehicles. Also provides in-house, end-toend mechanical, electronic and software integrated solutions leveraging computerised engineering methodology. 1300 899 218

0447 636 643 realyoucaloundra/about

STF Curtains and Blinds STF Curtains and Blinds is your specialist in curtains and blinds in Caloundra. With 25 years of experience we deliver a product with the highest quality and best price from our Moffat Beach showroom. 0412 929 220

Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre The Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre includes high quality accommodation, facilities, meeting spaces, instructor-led activities and delicious healthy catering which can be enjoyed in our brand new undercover outdoor eating area. 5420 7500

Where Corporate Meets Creative Jill Chivers is a speaker, writer, coach, consultant, professional facilitator and workshop leader. Where Corporate Meets Creative is an approach that helps you get the right help at the right time. 0416 074 911

Women's Lifestyle Expo A diverse range of exhibits including health and fitness, jewellery, skincare and makeup, education and training, finances and personal growth and life coaching at the expo which will be held 31 August & 1 September 2018 on the Sunshine Coast. 0437 791 133

CALOUNDRA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBER DIRECTORY The Caloundra Chamber has well over 500 members who come from a broad variety of industries. The full list of members and their contact details is available online at in our Business Directory. To become a member, visit


0423 677 444

Alexami Cosmetics

07 5438 1132

Battery Hill Dental

07 5358 0413

Birbari's Massage and Wellness

0417 988 095

Blend Hair and Spa

07 5438 9611

Caloundra Bulk Billing Surgery

07 5438 1488

Caloundra Private Clinic

07 5491 1522

Caloundra Vision Optometrists

07 5491 1288

Connect Hearing

07 5438 1656

First Choice Hearing

07 5493 0382

Gorgeous Brows

0420 220 632

Golden Beach Optometrists

07 5492 3733

Fed For Wellness

0412 449 983

Flourish Health and Wellness

0412 241 683

NATURAL 0420 882 322

Melaleuca - The Wellness Company

1800 073 399

Penny Black Organic

07 5476 8315

Pelican Waters Pharmacy

07 5492 3455

Physio by Jenny

07 5499 6044

RAD Health Coaching

0400 067 843

SCENAR Sports and Health

07 5492 5550

Shine Beauty Salons

0413 511 411

Star Discount Chemist Caloundra

07 5491 1050

Suncoast Chiropractic & Psychology

07 5492 5588

Una Clohessy

0420 716 207

Wellness Chiropractic

07 5491 3633

Wheatgrass Pty Ltd

07 5492 6772

Aerial View Photography

0414 884 635

Greg Gardner Photography

07 5494 5444

Kiah Lucey Photography

0400 357 150

H2H Studios

0455 272 583

Robyn Hills Photography

0407 926 056

Whisper Images

0409 049 074


UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS To view our full Events Calendar, or to register to attend, visit






Monday 12

Membership Introduction

Caloundra Chamber Office


Friday 23

Business After Hours

Sunshine Coast Turf Club


Tuesday 3

Smart Lunch Club

Rumba Beach Resort


Monday 9

Membership Introduction

Caloundra Chamber Office


Friday 20

Better Business Breakfast

The Events Centre, Caloundra


Tuesday 1

Smart Lunch Club

Rumba Beach Resort


Monday 14

Membership Introduction

Caloundra Chamber Office


Thursday 17

Business After Hours


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