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FEATURES 4  President's Pen 6 Cover Story - Experience the Thrills 8 Give the King 5 Stars 10 26 Degrees in Caloundra 11 Ahoy, Cptn.! 12 Laurisha Jewellery 14 Who is Best in Business? 16 A New Era for Caloundra Motors 19 Ring in the New Year in Caloundra




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BUSINESS NETWORKING The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce held their Better Business Breakfast at The Sebel Pelican Waters Golf Resort & Spa on Thursday 20 October 2016.

Fabianne Keily (Real Woman Global), Alicia Aberley (SmartCity Vocational College)

Michael Shadforth, President of Caloundra Chamber Of Commerce Guest speaker John McGrath (McGrath Estate Agents), Grant Kimmorley (Fuji Xerox), Hon. Leeanne Enoch MP (Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business), Michael Shadforth (President Caloundra Chamber of Commerce), Cr Steve Robinson (Sunshine Coast Council)

Jeanette Marshall (Blend Hair & Beauty), Jenny van Leeuwen (Physio by Jenny)

THE SECRET OF CHANGE “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new”. I love this quote from Socrates and absolutely believe it to be the truth. I’ve seen so much energy wasted on trying to change the inevitable instead of applying that same energy in more positive directions.

Bridget Dyer (Diamond Partners Wealth Management), Brett Wardley (Sunshine Toyota), Kirra-Lee Smith (Diamond Partners Wealth Management)

Sean Rayfield (Jaw Global), Meagan Cross (Workplace Central), Kym Rayfield (Jaw Global), Tatiana Porter (Workplace Central)

We should be always turning our mind to these questions: What’s the best way to deal with this new situation? How can I gain some advantage from it and how can I apply myself to being better? So much is changing on the Sunshine Coast. Driving along Nicklin Way now, you will see bulldozers and heavy machinery forging ahead with the Oceanside development at Bokarina. The first bridge has opened in Aura heralding the start of a whole new suburb called Baringa. The land surrounding the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital at Birtinya is undergoing change at a rapid rate as developments ranging from vertical aged care centres to lakefront apartments and housing sites get underway. In a recent speech, the Mayor has confirmed that the Sunshine Coast is the third largest economy in Queensland. We are big and getting bigger. More than $10 billion is currently committed in public and private sector investment. That’s confirmed projects underway now. There will be an influx of people coming to the Sunshine Coast. Our region will swell from its current size of roughly 300,000 to become 500,000 in twenty or so years. How all of us respond to change is entirely our own decision. We can do nothing. We can vent and complain about the disruption, construction, congestion, lack of customers or turn our minds to how we can realise some opportunity from the abundance on our doorstep. I encourage you all to expend your energy on new ways of thinking about your future business.

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Jennifer Forster (The Hive), Jodie Hedley-Ward (McGrath Estate Agents Caloundra), Belinda Brill (Your Asset Group)

Nicky Reeve (Caloundra West Customs), Penny Watson (McGrath Estate Agents Caloundra), Jess Starkey (Hair by Jess)

Sunshine Coast Daily team members Jorgia White & Nicky Moffat with Robyn Hills (Robyn Hills Photography)

250 guests attended the sold out event to hear guest speaker John McGrath (McGrath Estate Agents) share his presentation "What's your Why?" Attendees also had the pleasure of hearing from special guest Leeanne Enoch MP (Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business, Queensland State Government). We thank our event partners McGrath Estate Agents Caloundra, Fuji Xerox Business Centre Sunshine Coast, Ord Minnett Buderim, Workplace Central, Hot 91, Sunshine Coast Daily and Mask Events Australia for helping us make the event such a success. We would also like to thank our amazing photographer Brian Rogers Photographics for supplying such great images as always.

Melinda Bingley (MAB Personal Training), Tony Eastwell (Pelican Motors), Scott Kidston (ATF Sunshine Coast), Amy Woods (MAB Personal Training)



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Ann Spencer, David Hedley-Ward, Linda Weaver & Anna Ferguson (McGrath Estate Agents Caloundra) with Vickie Magic (Business Matters Magazine)

Gemma Hardie (NAB), Scott Kidston (ATF Sunshine Coast), David Wickham (NAB)







"It helps both us and our customers to recharge and keeps us all engaged over winter, which is a time that would be an extremely quiet period. We usually take about 20 people on each of the four trips we do over May, June and July each year, but it's so popular that we are at the stage now where we need to start looking at a second destination. It suits a broad range of people of all ages and experience levels, from people who are still learning to world class kite surfers. Families can travel together as the hotel offers child care, art lessons and other activities for older kids,” Mike said. In what is possibly a world first, Kitethrills offers a wave caddying service on their Mauritius adventure tour. Mike said it was like a golf caddy, but in this case, he is out in the ocean with you, communicating via a Bluetooth headset to help you catch the perfect wave, which he then captures while riding the shoulder armed with a camera. The opportunity to expand and explore new revenue options opened even further in 2013, when a vacancy became available after redevelopment in the former cafe on the corner of Westaway Pde and Watson St, opposite his existing premises. Mike snapped up the space, moved the shop and started the Beach Espresso Cafe. It was his first foray into hospitality and Mike has been pleased with how it has complimented and even strengthened the retail, lesson and hire aspects of the business for him and the 17 summer time staff. "It runs efficiently, helps to cover the overheads, and helps the business to grow by bringing more people through the doors and into the shop," he said.

Kitethrills Owner Mike Walker making the most of the good weather and waves - Photo Credit: Stephen Kleinlein

EXPERIENCE THE THRILLS WITH KITETHRILLS Running a business that is seasonal can be challenging, but throw in an unpredictable factor like wind conditions and things start to get complicated.


ut Kitethrills is a business of pure passion for owner Mike Walker and he has employed many innovative and creative solutions to ensure the venture thrives.

“It has been financially difficult, but it's not about the cash as much as finding a way to make it financially viable and profitable while doing what I love. It's not the usual business approach, which is if it's not viable, don't do it, but it has been working for me,” Mike said. Despite the active lifestyle enjoyed on the Sunshine Coast, businesses based around sports and recreation are few and far between and Sunshine Coast Council's Economy ID shows they are on the decline. In 2015, there were 342 registered arts and recreation businesses in the region, which a company like Kitethrills would fall under. This equates to just 1.2% of the economy which has fallen by 44 businesses since 2012. But Kitethrills continues to endure. Mike, a former Sydney-based environmental scientist, has built an adventure business that has been embraced by people wanting to experience the special Sunshine Coast kite surfing locations. Its international reputation continues to grow, with thrill

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The cafe started out as a simple take-away “hole in the wall” operation, but now offers seating and crockery to enhance the opportunity for patrons to take five and appreciate the stunning views of Currimundi Lake. But Mike said kite surfing was, and always would be, the core of the business.

how to harness the winds, his latest obsession is hydrofoiling. He believes it will be the trigger for continued growth in kite surfing because it only needs half of the required 12 knots that you need for regular kite surfing. “It’s an almost indescribable feeling. Under the water, you are flying the wing of the board and over the water, you are flying the kite, so you are simultaneously flying two things, but there is little to no noise and it is such a peaceful way to get around the ocean,” he said. If hydrofoiling is something you might like to try your hand at, you are in luck as Kitethrills is set to be the first in Queensland to offer lessons this summer.

It has been financially difficult, but it's not about the cash as much as finding a way to make it financially viable and profitable while doing what I love. You’ll need to learn to kitesurf first, though. Kitethrills offers tandem kitesurfing experiences and free introductions to the sport to anyone who is interested in learning. They also give away their training courses to customers who buy equipment. For more information, visit

It suits people of all ages and experience levels.

seekers from around the world embarking on Kitethrills’ tours to Mauritius with the promise of five different types of waves to kite surf three of them world-class - within a short distance of the beachfront hotel.

“People from all walks of life enjoy kite surfing, it’s one of the things I love about the sport. There’s a bit of a misconception that it’s an extreme and dangerous sport, but it’s only as full-on as you want it to be. In fact, it is actually an equaliser as even those who don’t consider themselves to be athletic can pick it up quite easily,” he said.

Building the business up from “bare bones”, Mike has invested heavily in Kitethrills to ensure it reaches the potential he has envisaged since he took over. In 2008, Mike established a retail offering and shopfront for the kite surfing school at Currimundi Lake, next to what is now Cocos Beach Cafe. Two years later, he made another big move to diversify the business by offering Aussie winter time tours to Mauritius, a kite surfer's paradise.

A year ago, Mike became the chief examiner for Kiteboarding Australia and has helped to develop the peak bodies’ training scheme and manual as well as deliver instructor courses around the country. When he is not teaching students, from primary school age through to those in their ‘70s,

Mike and Rochelle at the Kitethrills shop at Currimundi Lake

It’s an almost indescribable feeling. Under the water, you are flying the wing of the board and over the water, you are flying the is such a peaceful way to get around the ocean.



Members Paul and Carla Clynick & John Hare enjoying a drink on the Mets at Kings new member's deck

GIVE THE KING 5 STARS The Caloundra Surf Club has taken pride of place on Kings Beach since 1933 and has become the cornerstone of the family-friendly environment that has been attracting accolades over the past few years.


he club recently rebranded to Mets on Kings, a modern take on the lifesaving club's Metropolitan Caloundra moniker, a move that complements the completion of renovations both inside and out. Celebration Place, the area outside the club, was completed by the Sunshine Coast Council as part of the $14 million Kings Beach Precinct development and the surf club was determined to keep apace by carrying out refurbishments inside the supporter’s club to create a beautiful modern restaurant with a bar and gaming facilities and the Buy a Board campaign has seen an open-air deck built, providing spectacular views of the beach and out over the Brisbane Shipping Lane. Supporters Club president and long-time surf lifesaving club member Alan "Macka" Macklin said the club was entering the beginning of a new era with a fresh look and new supporter's club branding. Mr Macklin, who is also chairman of the building sub-committee, was involved with the concept plans for the new Celebration Place, which is ideal for weddings, with a new stair realignment, more lighting and landscaping.

We have around 500 plaques. It's not a deck for the surf club, it's a deck for the community. But the member of two decades was positively bursting with pride when the club was overwhelmed by the support of its Buy a Board campaign to construct the 165m2 Member's Deck. "We had borrowed money to do the renos inside and we wanted to build the deck to complement it, so we developed a campaign where people could donate $250 to buy four boards and get their name put on a plaque on the deck and we 8 Caloundrabuzz

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raised in excess of $100,000 from the community digging into their pockets to help us buy this deck and we have around 500 plaques. It's not a deck for the surf club, it's a deck for the community," he said. The 150 active volunteer patrolling members keep watch over the surf from Shelly Beach through to Happy Valley and out onto the Pumicestone Passage bar and nearly 300 nippers train on Kings Beach from September through to May each year. Their amazing work is funded by money raised through the supporter’s club. These selfless volunteers performed 91 rescues, 212 first aid treatments and carried out 4,177 preventative actions in the 2015 surf lifesaving season, where 154,456 people visited Kings Beach. The impressive statistics did not go unnoticed by Surf Life Saving Queensland, which named Kings Beach the most visited beach and the safest and most family-friendly beach in the state. Mr Macklin is getting behind a push by the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce and the local business community to put Kings Beach on the map in another realm – Trip Advisor. The 2015 Top 10 Beaches of Australia included Mooloolaba Beach at number six and Noosa Main Beach at number 10 and Mr Macklin said

there was so much going for Kings Beach, it would easily make it to the top 10 list with the backing of the community.

I'm excited about the future of the area and the club and very happy to be a part of this community. “The area has a lot going for it. Everyone's working towards building a really nice area for people to live and come on holiday. I encourage people to come down and enjoy themselves at the beach safely, have a coffee or lunch and enjoy the facilities that Kings Beach has to offer. I’m excited about the future of the area and the future of the club and very happy to be a part of this community," he said.

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Aside from being able to enjoy the white sand beach under the watchful eye of the best life savers in the state on patrol, Kings Beach also boasts a patrolled and free salt water pool, water fountain play area, picnic tables and barbeques, playgrounds and a wide selection of dining and take away options to keep you satisfied throughout the day. For more information, visit





26 DEGREES IN CALOUNDRA It is the latitude of Caloundra, the average temperature of Caloundra and also the name of the latest wine and cocktail bar and function venue in Caloundra. It is 26 Degrees.

Caloundra has an ecclectic array of venues that attract the hipsters, families, couples and retirees, but there was nothing targeted specifically at those in their 40s who love a cocktail and a bit of jazz music - until now.


ptn. Kings Beach co-owners Tallon Smith and Clayton Williams have really stepped outside the box when they began to give their premier beachside dining venue an identity. The nautically-themed venue, formerly Crusoes on Kings, is a stone's throw from the Kings Beach foreshore. No stranger to the hospitality industry, Mr Smith has worked in bars on the Coast and abroad for more than a decade and said he wanted Cptn. Kings Beach to stand out from Caloundra's existing offerings.

The new 26degrees bar+venue at Caloundra's Rumba Beach Resort. Both images courtesy of Brian Rogers Photographics.


ith its white and wood interior, greenery lining the wall leading to a serene waterfall in the back of the undercover garden terrace, the Hamptons by the beach styled venue is the result of a $250,000 Rumba Resort refurbishment. Since the resort opened in 2009, food and beverage has been run independently of the resort and Rumba director Bill Darby said they jumped on the opportunity to take over the bar area and function rooms and incorporate them into a hotel. “It’s been a challenge not having the resort’s bar and conference rooms under management’s control but now we can give all of our guests a full-service resort experience. We have been conscious to not directly compete with our local hospitality precinct. There are so many popular dining venues in Caloundra and we want to complement them by offering a destination where people can come for sundowners and pre-dinner drinks and then venture out onto Rumba’s waterfront esplanade to enjoy the many dining options there,” Mr Darby said. The poolside bar was opened on September 24 and bookings have been coming in from businesses and groups wanting to take advantage of the brand new Boardroom and refurbished Navigator conference rooms. The second bar, at the rear of the venue, allows privacy for stand-up parties and Mr Darby said poolside happy hour cocktails, complete with

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best polycarbonate ‘glasses’ in the world, had been extremely popular. “There is no other location like this in Caloundra. We wouldn’t have done this renovation six years ago. Caloundra has changed and the way people are looking at Caloundra as a destination for a great experience has also changed. The business community has become more cohesive, which makes us stronger and that gave us the confidence to make this substantial investment,” Mr Darby said.

There is no other location like this in Caloundra...Caloundra has changed & the way people are looking at Caloundra has also changed. “We have created six new jobs, so as a resort we now employ 32 local people. We are open to the public from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week and more and more people are starting to wander in to investigate what we are all about.” But the journey is not yet over, with plans to introduce light tapas to the wine and cocktail bar and offer an artisan bakery for breakfast to accompany the popular local Stoker coffee and specialty teas sourced from a local Caloundra business.

26 Degrees venue manager Michael Carter said they had chosen their selection of wines, beers and spirits to set up a bar that everyone could enjoy. Vodka Plus is stocked in the fridges, Maker's Mark is the first-pour bourbon and the bar has three taps of beer delivering ice-cold Stone and Wood, Asahi and Somersby cider while high quality liqueurs are used to craft the cocktails with the mojitos, a firm favourite among customers. The name of the bar might have come from Caloundra local Kara Wright, who beat hundreds of entries on a Facebook competition through well-known bar venue social blog Pineapple Express, but it has been prophetic in more ways than one. As Ms Wright stated, 26 degrees is the latitude of Caloundra and also its average temperature. It was 26.1 degrees the day the venue opened its doors to welcome guests from the Wishlist Spring Carnival that was held at The Events Centre. Mr Darby said when he went to register the domain name, he found it had already been reserved but a website had not yet been created. “When I investigated who had registered it, I found out it was held by a guy I knew who was now living in China. I rang him to ask if I could buy it off him, and he said if I'd buy him a few drinks, I could have it.” Mr Darby said despite the “harrowing experience” of juggling guest comfort with a flurry of construction work during the month-long renovations, he had a “great sense of satisfaction” when people complimented the beauty of the venue. “We are booked out for the school holidays and it will be really good to see the reaction of returning guests when they see how much we have transformed the area,” he said. For more information, visit

Having the piano out there where anyone can have a play when they want to, just makes it more welcoming. This desire is apparent in the atmosphere of this intimate venue, which has taken a leaf out of Maroochydore's Piano Bar and Mooloolaba's Lot 104 books to create a niche jazz and funk venue for Caloundra. "We wanted to bring in musos to help us create that vibe, but also having the piano out there where anyone can have a play when they want to, just makes it more welcoming," Mr Smith said. Cptn. Kings Beach opened in September to great fanfare, with locals and visitors filling up seats to enjoy the cafe offerings during the day, while the cocktail happy hour from 4pm to 6pm attracts business people for a "sneaky schooner" and Thursday night tapas evenings with dulcet background tunes a hit with the over 40s crowd. Cptn. Kings Beach employs 20 locals, including a number of Sunshine Coast Brothers Rugby Club players, who have trained as baristas, bar tenders and waitstaff to work over the busy summer months.

Laura and Erina from CPTN

Mr Smith said he was excited for the future of the venue, with plans to introduce wine pairing evenings and more live music offerings. The Sunshine Coast Council could also help with the beautification of the venue's surrounds, with divisional councillor Tim Dwyer committing $10,000 to survey and prepare a concept design and preliminary costing for an upgrade to the public area outside the Cptn. Kings Beach café. Mr Smith said he was hopeful the project would not only level out the Coastal Pathway, but also replace the unsightly wood and mesh fencing

above the dunes with perspex fencing to maximise the views.

We wanted to bring in musos to help us create that vibe. In the meantime, the café continues to go from strength to strength. They have recently introduced Shipwreck Sundays with live music, drink specials and a free BBQ at 3pm. For more information, visit

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Q&A LAURISHA JEWELLERY What is the most challenging aspect of running your business?


We find the most challenging aspect is trying to find that work / life balance. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day running and the future planning that sometimes you forget to stop. My wife, Laura and I came to an agreement earlier this year that she would schedule in regular weekends away and other social activities so we can spend time together as a family enjoying the beautiful Sunshine Coast and surrounds along with other family and friends.

What challenges have you had to overcome? I think our biggest challenge to date has been relocating, not only our home but the business as well, from one side of the country to another with a 2 month old baby but we managed to do it. We had, and still do have, amazing support from our parents and are eternally grateful for everything they do for us. How do you see the business in five years’ time? We envisage ourselves continuing to focus on the personalised design service for our customers. We always want our customers to have direct access to the jeweller. What advice do you have for anyone establishing their own jewellery business? There are a lot of jewellers in the area and you definitely need to know your market and establish a real point of difference.

This ensures perfection every time by giving customers a tangible replica of their personalised design before creating the final product. What is the secret to your success, or your point of difference? We have a few of points of difference. At Laurisha Jewellery you always have a private consultation directly with Ishkhan, our master jeweller. We also have a 3d design studio, including a 3d printer, which creates a prototype from resin and this ensures perfection every time by giving customers a tangible replica of their personalised design before creating the final product. Laurisha’s workshop is located within Latitude Gallery in Montville and Pia Boschetti, the owner of Latitude Gallery, grows her own pearls in the Abrolhos Islands, just off the coast of WA so Laurisha customers also have access to some amazing Australian pearls. For more information, visit

Ishkhan of Laurisha Jewellery

How do you feel about operating a business on the Sunshine Coast?

Can you tell us more about the ethos behind Laurisha Jewellery?

We are very excited to be operating here after shifting from Margaret River, WA. There are so many wonderful small businesses and they are so dynamic, inspiring and supportive.

At Laurisha Jewellery, each piece is carefully made by our Master Jeweller, Ishkhan using the finest of materials. As a bespoke jeweller, our clients collaborate with Ishkhan to commission their perfect piece of jewellery utilising our 3d design studio. Laurisha has a reputation for exquisite custom-made wedding and engagement jewellery. We also remodel pre-loved pieces, turning old trinkets into stunning items to show off once again.

You definitely need to know your market and establish a real point of difference. What inspired you to create jewellery and where did you learn your skills? Being of Armenian nationality, the jewellery trade is something that has always been passed down from father to son, so it was inevitable for Ishkhan to learn about creating jewellery. Lucky for him he is not only very skilled and creative but also extremely passionate about bringing people’s ideas to life.

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We find the most challenging aspects of running your own business is trying to find that work/life balance. It's so easy to get caught up in the day to day running and the future planning that sometimes you forget to stop.



SUNSHINE COAST BUSINESS I'm thrilled that so many of our Chamber members are on top of their game & getting the reward & recognition that they so richly deserve. “Innovation was a common thread amongst the winners and that wasn’t necessarily only about use or introduction of technology. Innovation came through in products, processes and services as well as through adoption of technology," Ms Layfield said. Some of the amazing small businesses in our region were at the very top of their field proving that size is not a differentiator when it comes to excellence. An absolute commitment to excellence is what makes the difference.

“I’m thrilled that so many of our Chamber members are on top of their game and getting the reward and recognition that they so richly deserve. The Chamber had 31 finalists in the awards program and seven winners. We are pleased to work with and showcase the best in business and congratulate all of our finalists and winners on their outstanding achievements. “I would encourage everyone in business to, at the very least, jump online and have a look at these winners and study what they are doing.” Congratulations to Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce who are the event organisers and who do a fabulous job pulling the awards together from launch to gala.

Jennifer Swaine takes over as the Chair of the Sunshine Coast Business Awards board for 2017. Jen is a former Caloundra Chamber of Commerce management committee member and is keen and eager to keep improving the awards program to ensure that the region’s peak performers are recognised and that the presentation event continues to be a fitting occasion to celebrate the Sunshine Coast’s best in business.

We are pleased to work with and showcase the best in business and congratulate all of our finalists and winners on their outstanding achievements.

Glen Turnbull, Michelle Evans, Kim McCosker, Melinda Dines, Kate Guiver from 4 Ingredients, winners of the Creative Industries award

WHO IS BEST IN BUSINESS? Winners: Claire, Ged and Imogen Lunny from ab fab The Stress Free Movers

The 27 winners of the 22nd Sunshine Coast Business & Tourism Awards were announced at a gala celebration attended by more than 600 guests in November.


inners were selected from more than 188 finalists and received awards for business, tourism, individual and a range of excellence awards for key aspects of business. Leanne Layfield, Executive Officer of the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, said the process of preparing an application for a business award involves considerable reflection across all aspects of a business and a sharp focus on what has actually been achieved.

Innovation came through in products, processes and services as well as through adoption of technology. Leanne was one of 27 judges across the 23 categories and remarked that the standard of entries was high and it was enlightening and indeed inspirational to see such business excellence.



Business Person of the Year

Will Shrapnel (Helimods)

Creative Industries

4 Ingredients

Food & Beverage

The Pocket Espresso Bar


Helimods Pty Ltd

Accommodation - Upscale

Rumba Beach Resort

Accommodation - Classic

ULTIQA Shearwater Resort


Helimods Pty Ltd

Employee of the Year

Melinda Dines (4 Ingredients)

Building and Manufacturing

Signature Roofing and Guttering


Australia Zoo

Health and Wellbeing

Sunshine Coast Radiology

For the full list of finalists and more information about the winners, go to

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Winners: Gavin and Esta Henry from ULTIQA Shearwater Resort

Winner of the Accommodation Upscale Award was Rumba Beach Resort accepted by Bill Darby

Winner: Melinda Dines of 4 Ingredients with Rachel Smith (Novotel Twin Waters)




A NEW ERA FOR CALOUNDRA MOTORS Kings Beach Service Centre has come full circle as the long-standing business relocates to a new and improved workshop, but returns to its original name – Caloundra Motors.


ings Beach Service Centre has been run by Robert and Glenda Smith and taken pride of place on the corner of Moreton Pde and Edmund St since 1980, but the business was in the family well before that. Robert’s grandfather Horace Carter opened the original Caloundra Motors workshop & service station, in the main street of Caloundra in 1937. In 1966, Horace and his son Robert Smith Senior used trailers to relocate the business over several trips down a dilapidated main street to Bowman Rd, where you would now find Stockland Caloundra. It remained in this prominent location for 14 years before Robert Smith Junior opened Kings Beach Service Centre in 1980.

The new location will better position us to respond to this growing customer base. After 36 years of servicing the community from Moreton Pde, Robert Junior’s son Darren said it was time for them to move once more. “The reason for this was two-fold. It was a very old building and commercially we were quite restrained and we needed to look at

positioning ourselves in a better location to service a growing population,” he said.

With a growing population, the volume of cars that are on the roads and the number of people are absolutely booming. The family found a perfect location in an empty warehouse at 3 Sydal St and quickly leased it with a view to remain there indefinitely. With a blank slate to work with, they invested almost $100,000 in fitting out the warehouse with new equipment and expanding their work bays from three to five, almost doubling their servicing potential. “We should have done this 10 years ago. We were regularly booked two weeks in advance at Kings Beach, and definitely lost customers because of our lack of capacity in the workshop,” Darren said. An apprentice and a qualified mechanic have been added to the team of 11 to help with the extra workload. Four generations of the family have worked in the business and along with manager Glen Morris, who completed his apprenticeship at Kings Beach Service Centre over 25 years ago,

they have built a strong reputation and solid customer base. Glen said only 10% of their customers were weekenders or holiday break-downs, while the remainder were loyal locals. He said although some regulars were nostalgic about the old workshop, everyone was excited to see what the next era of the business would be and many welcomed the return to its original name of Caloundra Motors.

We needed to look at positioning ourselves in a better location to service a growing population.. “With a growing population, the volume of cars that are on the roads and the number of people are absolutely booming. Given that a lot of the growth in Caloundra was closer to the highway, in areas such as Bellvista, Bells Reach, and Little Mountain, as well as the future growth in the new city of Aura, the new location will better position us to respond to this growing customer base,” Darren said. The family have big plans for the site of the former Kings Beach Service Station, but that is a story for a future Buzz edition.

Caloundra Motors: 1980's

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Horace Carter opens the original shop, called Caloundra Motors, in Bulcock Street. It was located where the current ANZ Bank is.

Caloundra Motors moves to what is now Stockland Shopping Centre on Bowman Road and is run by Robert Smith Senior.

Robert Smith Junior opens Kings Beach Service Centre on Moreton Parade.

Kings Beach Service Centre moves to Sydal Street and is renamed Caloundra Motors.

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Caloundra Motors On Sydal Street, Little Mountain

Caloundra Motors: 1980's

New Caloundra Motors workshop

Kings Beach Service Centre: 2002

Caloundra Motors: 1980's

New Caloundra Motors Workshop





30 November - 15 January 2017 Caloundra Regional Gallery

16 December 2016 The Events Centre, Caloundra

Lincoln Austin is known for his sculptural and relief works which explore the interplay between colour, geometry, pattern and scale. This exhibition brings together recent works by the artist, including a number of reiterations of works made during the artist’s 2015 residency at the British School in Rome.

Don’t miss your chance to experience one of the greatest musical masterpieces of all time as the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Voices and Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir perform Handel’s Messiah.


7 January 2017 Caloundra Power Boat Club

One of the big events in the calendar for the Queensland Air Museum Caloundra as they celebrate their open day. The day will include a great collection of over 70 aircraft and related displays! Engines will run from 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm on the day. WW2 Jeep rides also available. Hot and cold drinks as well as BBQ sausage sizzle available. Adults $25 - concession/student $10 children $8 - family pass (2 adults and 3 children) $35.

Australia’s greatest guitarists and their bands are coming to town for one big afternoon/evening of music. Headline act is Kevin Borich Express. The program is full of other greats like Phil Emmanuel, Tim Gaze and Simon Gardner. This is a ticketed event.


The Suncoast Spinners host a world class wheelchair basketball tournament each year in January at the Caloundra Indoor Sports Stadium over 3 days. Athletes consist of current and former Australian Paralympian and Australian World championship players. It’s a stunning display of skill and sportsmanship and a must for all to witness.


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Michael Cook is an award-winning photographer. Mother is a journey through thirteen images of a woman in a deserted Australian landscape. The 'mother' is always alone, her baby absent, although evidence of a child remain. The series speaks to the universal image and importance of the matriarch in contemporary and traditional cultures alike.

RÜFÜS drops into the Sunshine Coast as part of their Summer tour to play an outdoor concert with a difference. The Full Bloom Tour marks the one-year anniversary of their #1 gold accredited album Bloom. Stay in Caloundra and slip out to the Big Pineapple for the show.

"I love Caloundra and I know it has to happen, people are coming to Caloundra because they know it's going to be better every time. Even when we've had challenges like the winds picking up one year and we couldn't have the rides, we still managed to get the fireworks to go off."

21 January 2017 Big Pineapple Fields

Australia Day at Aussie World attracts thousands of people looking for family fun. The day is filled with true blue events, live entertainment and fun food for the whole family. Events include the famous Dunny Races, Classic Cars, Tug of War, Thong Throwing, Mullet Tossing, Cooee Calling, Pie Eating Contest and Best Dressed comps. There's no better way to spend Australia Day mate!

One of the big race days on the annual calendar with huge prize money attracting top class fields. Come dressed to impress and mix and mingle trackside in the public area or members stand. Coastline BMW are the major sponsor of the raceday and the day is all about excitement and fun.

Caloundra has not always had its own New Year’s Eve celebrations, but one woman has ensured that the southern end of the Sunshine Coast has had a free family-friendly event that rivals anything else on offer throughout the region since 2004. Her name is Rhonda Pattinson. is the reason why I keep organising it."

18 January - 26 February Caloundra Regional Gallery

26 January 2017 Aussie World

28 January 2017 Sunshine Coast Turf Club

Celebrating its 30th year in 2016, this event has become legendary internationally as a place where artists inspire, community spirit engulfs and life memories are made. More than 2,000 performers and 438 events are programmed over the six day festival.




27 December - 1 January 2017 Woodfordia


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27 - 29 January 2017 Sunshine Coast Stadium, Kawana

Teams from all over Queensland will be here for the 2017 Junior State Cup. Oztag Football is a booming recreational sport with competitions now running all over Australia. The game is thrilling to watch as well as participate in. Get ready to welcome competitors, officials and supporters.


5 February 2017 Golden Beach

This is Queensland’s largest triathlon series with events from September to February at Kawana, Raby Bay, Robina and Caloundra. It’s the ideal opportunity for athletes of all ages and abilities to compete in a fun, friendly environment. Come and get a feel for a triathlon. Challenge yourself to take on the sprint and super sprint distance races, there has never been a better time to tri!


he Creative Events Incorporated director has always had a passion for Caloundra and saw a need for a local event to celebrate the start of a New Year after seeing the popularity of the former Caloundra City Council-funded event to see in the year 2000. Although just over 200 people attended Ms Pattinson's first event 12 years ago, the number of people has steadily increased each year and last year, almost 10,000 flocked to Kings Beach on December 31. With the population continuing to grow and the word getting out about the high calibre performers and electric atmosphere, this year is set to be bigger and better.

I have a really fond memory of a guy dressed up as a leprechaun to compete. Ms Pattinson started the event while managing the Rolling Surf Resort, but once she sold the management rights, there was no money to host the event and she recalled seeing 4000 people sitting on the beach, waiting for an event that was not coming that year. When no one stepped up to the plate to take over the following year, Ms Pattinson took it upon herself to ensure the people of Caloundra and holidaymakers would have a local event.

"It has always been my hope that I would get as many people as what was comfortably and safely possible in the area. I have worked the living daylights out of my husband and our small team over the years to help me with this and we are getting up there in numbers to Mooloolaba. This has always been a passion project for me, there's no money in it for me and with each dollar I receive as a donation or sponsorship, I add something or someone into the show to make it more memorable for those who go,” she said. Reflecting back on the humble beginnings, Ms Pattinson said she still got "a real buzz" when people complimented her on the quality of the New Year’s events people enjoyed in Caloundra. "The first year, we held it in the Lions Park and had a makeshift scaffolding there, where I had just the picture theatre and acts we weren't taking up all that much space. It was part of the Rolling Surf Resort New Year’s Eve celebrations at that stage. The next one attracted 1000 and it slowly grew to the point where we couldn't fit any more people into Lions Park and we had to expand," Ms Pattinson said. "I have a really fond memory of a guy dressed up as a leprechaun to compete. It was such a great night and we had a lot of people coming up as we were trying to pull everything down, saying 'Thank you so much for having something we can take our children and their grandparents to over the school holidays.' That

As a part of the Festive Season Strategy adopted in 2010, the Sunshine Coast Council has provided $10,000 (plus CPI) each year between 2010 and 2015 to support the delivery of a Caloundra New Year’s Eve celebration event and this year, Ms Pattinson was successful in receiving a $10,000 Major Community Grant. The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce is pleased to financially support the Caloundra New Year’s Eve Celebrations once again in 2016. People like to mark the end of one year and the beginning of the next and this event is a way for the community to come together in a family friendly environment to celebrate. It’s free entertainment for locals and visitors to enjoy and the Chamber is pleased to ensure that it continues. Ms Pattinson said Caloundra continued to enjoy its own event with the support of the business community, as well as pyrotechnician Clive Featherby, AA Amusements, and her trusty food vendors, all of which have pulled together once again to make this year’s event is not only possible, but amazing. Celebrate New Year's Eve in Caloundra! Where: Kings Beach Amphitheatre and Lions Park When: From 4pm, fireworks at 9.30pm Entertainment: Pete Allen Band, Doolie, Paul Camilleri, Adam Brown and family movie Zootopia. Rides, face painters, balloonists, food vendors and more! More info: Visit







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MEMBER’S 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 EDUCATION - SCHOOLS Caloundra Christian College

07 5436 6777

Caloundra City Private School

07 5437 5800

Caloundra State High School

07 5436 8444

Currimundi Childcare & Education Centre

07 5492 6688

Our Lady of the Rosary School

07 5491 4522

Pacific Lutheran College

07 5436 7300

SmartCity Vocational College

07 5437 0355

TAFE Queensland East Coast

07 5457 1027

Unity College

07 5490 5777

Aussie World

07 5494 5444

Australia Zoo

07 5436 2000

Big Kart Track

07 5494 1613

Caloundra RSL

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Club Central Caloundra (Caloundra Bowls Club)

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Escape Room Oz

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Kings Beach Tavern

07 5491 1366

Lake Kawana Community Centre

07 5413 1400

Laserzone Sunshine Coast

07 5493 6333

Queensland Air Museum

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Sunshine Coast DJ Hire & Photo Booth

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Sunshine Coast Turf Club Inc

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The Big Boing Indoor Trampoline Park

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The Bounce House Sunshine Coast

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The Events Centre

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Caloundra Buzz Magazine Dec/Jan/Feb 2016/2017  

Caloundra Buzz magazine provides the Chamber's members and the local community with current information on events and business achievements...

Caloundra Buzz Magazine Dec/Jan/Feb 2016/2017  

Caloundra Buzz magazine provides the Chamber's members and the local community with current information on events and business achievements...