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VOICE OF CALOUNDRA BUSINESS HEARD s a Chamber, we have an obligation to ensure the voices of Caloundra-based small businesses are heard at the decision-making table of all three levels of Government.


Darby represent Caloundra and the wider Coast on the Premier and Attorney General’s liquor and gaming panel to ensure the concerns of the region’s hospitality industry are heard.

We achieve this at state and national level through our affiliation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland’s (CCIQ) Sunshine Coast Chambers Alliance. Our regular direct contact with local MPs is equally important.

Alongside our role as a facilitator of local networking events and meetings, the Caloundra Chamber also has an important role in championing Caloundra’s cause with the Council.

In conjunction with the other chambers in the region, we discuss the issues affecting business across the Sunshine Coast. From there, we formulate a position to take to the regional policy council and ultimately to CCIQ’s advocacy team, who then campaign on our joint behalf. This means, through these communication channels, we have a say when it comes to penalty rates, federal infrastructure projects (such as the Bruce Highway) and state issues such as workers’ compensation and liquor licensing. In addition to this, people like our own Bill


As the region continues to grow, this role has never been more important at a local government level. The Maroochydore Principal Activity Centre (PAC) has been mooted as the biggest advancement ‘game changer’ the modern Coast has ever seen. It is attracting laserfocused attention from Council, and rightly so. This, however, does not mean Caloundra’s role in the economy becomes any less important. In fact, our role becomes more important. We have the Sunshine Coast University Hospital on our doorstep, which will see an

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influx of staff and their families heading to the region, creating more opportunities for local businesses and jobs for local people. Moreover, we continue to attract hordes of tourists every school holidays, staying in our hotel accommodation, enjoying our lovely beaches and dining in our cafes and restaurants. As a business community, we must remain in front of Council, pushing for funding for key infrastructure projects and ensuring we receive the attention the rest of the Coast does. If you are a business owner and want to have a say in the future of Caloundra and the wider region, please join the Chamber, because we would love to hear your contribution. Collectively, we have a much bigger voice than we do as individual operators working against each other.


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NETWORKING EVENT Photos courtesy of Brian Rogers Photographics More than 140 guests enjoyed the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce’s Better Business Breakfast featuring Chris Ridd’s presentation on Digital Innovation in Action, which demystified “The Cloud.” Thank you to our breakfast sponsors: ANZ, The Poole Group Accountants, LESC, RDA Sunshine Coast, and My Weekly Preview.

Better Business Breakfast 12 March 2014

Brendon Powell (Oztag), Ross Mckay (Insight Building Inspection) and Scott Parks (Oztag)

Kimberley Lynch (CCIQ), Paul Nay (PMCN Consulting)

Greg Cassidy (The Big Mower), Nigel Petrie (My Weekly Preview)

Liam Richards (Micks Meat Barn), Bill Darby (Rumba Resort)

Stephen Clark (Sparx Digital), Melinda Shelton (Maroochydore Chamber Commerce)

John Shadforth (Shadforth Dickson & Associates), Michael Shadforth (Property Only), and Megyn Carpenter (Rejuvenate Marketing)

Greg Tuckwell (The Poole Group), Mark Paddenburg (Innovation Centre University of the Sunshine Coast)

Luke Harvey (Mobbs & Company Accountants), Sharynne Wilson (Blackwater Trading Co) and Ollie Visser (Mobbs & Company Accountants)

Cheryl McGrath (STEPS Group Australia), Kirsten O’Malley (Steps Employment)

Frangi Spilsbury and Ollie Visser (Mobbs & Company Accountants)

Jeffrey Commisso (Joyce Main Computers), Nantha Lingam (Bartercard)

Sylvia Grevett and Antony Read (The Lateral Group), Sean Saul (Poole Group)

Mark Wiggins (Griffith Parry Lawyers), Ben Haycroft and Tatiana Porter (Haycroft Workplace Solutions)

Mark Charge and Harley Stevens (LECS)


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YOUNG GUN MAKES HIS MARK ON CALOUNDRA Who says Gen Y is afraid of hard work? We chat to Drift Bar owner Shane Hepburn, who is shattering the stereotype with his business success. Queensland. He set up successful gigs for them from Tweed Heads to Noosa, and now as owner of Drift Bar, he carries on the live music mantle, by hosting gigs for guitarists, pianists, saxophone players and vocalists on weekends.

he business face of Caloundra is changing! Young and emerging entrepreneurs are being attracted to Caloundra by the scent of opportunity, growth and change – it’s like a magnet to them. These opportunists are keen to have a look at Caloundra, to weigh up the feasibility of giving a new idea a go.



PASSION, DETERMINATION & HARD WORK When you meet Shane Hepburn for the first time, you could easily mistake the bearded, fresh-faced young man with a mop of strawberry-blonde hair and a dusting of freckles for one of his hospitality staff at Drift Bar. As the aroma of freshly blended coffee mixes with the smell of salty beach air, you kick back at Drift and take in the million dollar view of the Caloundra Pumicestone Passage. There is plenty to inhale, while waiting for your cooked breakfast, in comfortable alfresco furniture on Bulcock Beach Esplanade. Shane, a Caloundra local, knows all about spectacular views enjoyed by millionaires – he’s seen most of them while working on super yachts in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Miami. He met his beloved wife, Tiffanie, when she was working as a steward on a super yacht in Monaco. When Shane delivers your delicious gourmet breakfast and hot coffee, with a bonus chocolate freckle, he flashes one of his genuinely optimistic smiles. You recognise the 6

At just 28, Shane is a Gen Y entrepreneur with a marketing degree and four successful businesses under his belt intelligence in his sea-blue eyes and realise this man clad in board shorts and t-shirt is the boss! He is actually boss to 40 staff.

NUMBERS COUNT At just 28, Shane is a Gen Y entrepreneur, with a marketing degree from the University of the Sunshine Coast and four successful businesses under his belt. One of his businesses, The Good Bean Espresso Bar at Mooloolaba, turns over $1 million a year, serves 7000 coffees each week and won a tourism award in its first 12 months of trading. Shane cut his marketing teeth by scoring the distribution rights for ska and jazz band The Cat Empire, when they toured South-East

Shane says: “Passion, determination and hard work are my own personal keys to success.” And when he talks about hard work, he really means it – serving customers and doing book work for 16 to 20 hours a day. Shane sets a cracking pace, serving thousands of coffees per week and making sure business hums along smoothly at his coffee shops in Caloundra and Mooloolaba, as well as running a management consultancy and a coffee distribution business. He has the modern Nike consciousness – a “Just Do It” attitude – as well as social consciousness. Shane donates money from business tips to local causes such as the fundraising effort for Finn Smith, a Maroochydore toddler suffering from Meningococcal disease, and the Cindy Mackenzie Breast Cancer Foundation.

FUTURE PLANS Is Shane Hepburn drifting along in life? No way. Shane has his sights set on the “big business fish” he wants to catch, compass in place, hand firmly in control on the ship’s wheel, with a good south-easterly headwind to take him all the way to the finish! For more visit driftbarcaloundra


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GROWING BUSINESSES IN A FERTILE MICROCLIMATE Luke Bartlett from Forty Five 51 is the new president of CALM, a collaborative group of licensed venues and regulatory authorities. He shares his collaborative approach to business below. uke Bartlett, 40, new president of CALM (Collaborative Approach to Liquor Management) is a “green-thumbed” entrepreneur.


He is always growing his own collective of businesses, while encouraging like-minded Caloundra businesses to grow with him. Luke’s businesses (retail and sales company LESC IT, consultancy JAYB Enterprises and tapas bar Forty Five 51) turn over about $1 million a year, with 25 staff on the books so far. Each week, he and his business partner/wife, Katrina, turn over about 100 kilos of calamari, 400 beer bottles and several kegs. They met at high school, became an item at Schoolies Week and he proposed on New Year’s Eve at Maleny Folk Festival. Altogether, they have three businesses, three children and six pets to manage, with a couple of new projects to announce in the second half of this year. “We have worked shoulder-to-shoulder in every venture. I couldn’t do any of it without her,” Luke says. “Katrina has worked in finance for large and small businesses for the majority of her professional career.” In business Luke, who has a masters degree in management, practises something similar to the concept of companion planting in permaculture gardening.

Simultaneously, Luke is aware of the fertile

Caloundra “microclimate” his and other businesses operate in, and he is prepared to be a voice for them through CALM. CALM was initiated six years ago for liquor licensees to find solutions to alcohol-related issues. Luke is keen to expand its role.


It’s called hedged investment, which means growing different “crops” (businesses) in the same space, but at different levels, to increase the odds of yield.

Many business plans have been discussed and debated, while walking along the boardwalk between Bulcock and Kings Beaches.

BOUTIQUE CRAFT BEERS At Forty Five 51, Luke encourages people to try one of 50 thirst-quenching boutique craft beers, while enjoying a delicious tapas menu and live entertainment. A breakfast menu is also on the horizon. “Our tapas bar is the only Sunshine Coast venue that is part of Brewsvegas, a craft beer celebration involving breweries and venues in South-East Queensland,” he says.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BUSINESS SO FAR Luke was attracted to Caloundra by the growth of the Caloundra Music Festival, and says it is a privilege to operate his businesses here. “I have built on that growth factor at our tapas bar, offering a live entertainment schedule, running events at Caloundra Fringe Festival and we took Forty Five 51 on tour, at Caloundra Music Festival,” he says.

Turn to page 14 for more Young and Emerging Entrepreneurs.

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CELEBRATING MUM This Mother’s Day we chat to four local mumss from different walks of life about how they balance work and family. Vivianne Diwalibi Mama, Vati, Mater, Omma, Mere, Mum… In any language, the word mother means to nurture, create and protect, give birth to; or display maternal affection. Caloundra Bulk Billing Surgery owner and manager Vivianne Diwalibi has been known as a ‘Refugee Mama’ to hundreds of children in orphanages on three continents. These homeless infants were rescued and supported by Vivianne and a team of United Nations workers over two decades, everywhere from Sudan to Armenia, Bosnia, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. NOBEL PEACE PRIZE: Not many people in Caloundra have actually seen a Nobel Peace Prize, let alone received one for their contribution to humanity. Vivianne has her 1981 Nobel Peace Prize proudly on display in the foyer of her bulk billing practice premises at 68 Bulcock Street. This grandchild of Syrian refugees, who grew up in Sudan in Central Africa, was appalled when she discovered impoverished citizens in different countries. HEART BREAKING CONDITIONS: “My main concerns were women, children and the elderly,” Vivianne says. “Many children in orphanages lived in heartbreaking conditions. “They existed in high poverty with no electricity, no food, harsh weather conditions, and no shoes in either a cold, snow-covered country or desert situations.” Vivianne felt compelled to do something about improving their situation and the rest is history. After helping refugees for most of her life – especially in Sudan where she worked in the field with 2.5 million refugees – Vivianne

and her husband and d son later became refugees themselves. They moved to Sydney in 1999 due to o her now late husband’s poor health. h. Following her husband’s nd’s death Vivianne moved to the Sunshine ne Coast, where she nurtures the health and nd well-being well being of Caloundra and Cooroy residents. Her ‘Health Mama’ focus is on providing affordable health care and access to allied health care practitioners such as dietitians and chiropractors. Vivianne’s Caloundra surgery was awarded Professional Business of the Year in the 2011 Caloundra Chamber of Commerce Awards. It was also was one of five Queensland finalists in the 2012 Telstra People’s Choice Awards. To find out more visit

Sally Desch Kawana home-based business mum Sally Desch is enjoying the best of both worlds! She appreciates her Sunshine Coast lifestyle, which involves raising a young family and running a consultancy business in the same arena as major players like Hayes and Manpower. “I think with national broadband access and technology these days you don’t need to be based in a major city,” Sally says.

Vivianne “Some of the highlights so far are growing from a sole operator to a company employing five staff, supplying more than 50 staff to clients each week, and becoming a preferred supplier to large organisations.” AWARDS: HRM Contracting & Consulting has won Professional Business of the Year and Customer Service Excellence awards in the Caloundra Business Awards, and Sally has been a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network’s Corporate Business Woman award. ROLE MODEL: Because Sally is a strong role model in the home, her 4-year-old daughter Gabby now talks about sending emails off with resumes when she is playing. “Gabby will probably be running my consultancy business by the time she is 12!” Sally says. MOTHERS DAY: Sally says Mother’s Day will mean enjoying something her children (Gabby and Lachlan, two) have made and are proud of, such as a cooked breakfast or home-made card.

“If you had to work anywhere why wouldn’t you want to work here on the Sunshine Coast!”

FIVE-YEAR PLAN: Sally’s long-term plan is to expand nationally, and perhaps internationally. “The next six months will see me put some plans in place,” she says.

HIGHLIGHTS: “HRM Contracting & Consulting is a recruitment consultancy that treats clients with respect, really listens and takes time to match clients with the right job or candidate, with exceptional results,” Sally says.

“Juggling a family and a business is challenging and rewarding. I love my dual roles of mum and business woman, but to create balance, I intend to factor in a little more ‘me-time.’ ”

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Sally Fiona Gregory Juggling six children, two international students, four pets and real estate clients is a numbers game for ‘Brady Bunch’ mum Fiona Gregory. When Fiona and Tim Gregory, who were both widowed, married two years ago, they blended their families – she had four children and he had two. With three girls and three boys, their six offspring now resemble The Brady Bunch. The Gregorys speak five languages – Hungarian, Italian, German, French and Mandarin – and when they met Fiona and Tim couldn’t believe how much they had in common. Both were recovering from the loss of their partners to cancer after almost 30 years of marriage, both worked in real estate, loved Indian food and had moved to the Sunshine Coast to start afresh – Fiona from Brisbane and Tim from Sydney.

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Fiona AWARDS: Fiona and Tim are part of an “extended work family” at Century 21 Coastal Caloundra. “Being in such a dynamic and positive team of 20 staff is a huge bonus for us – we just won number one Century 21 Office for Queensland,” says Fiona. “Our team also won some amazing state awards – Best Corporate Image, Property Manager of the Year, and Best Centurion Office – thanks to the guidance of our principal, Luke Carter.” ADVICE TO A YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR: “My advice to a young mum in real estate would be always give yourself time to keep perspective on your priorities,” Fiona says. “A business is a means to an end, a passion and a source of income, but grounding and relationships within your family are, or should be, number one.”

The Gregorys, who work at Century 21 Coastal in Caloundra, now enjoy a waterside lifestyle with great places to cycle and walk, natural food and healthy living. “The Sunshine Coast is our happy place,” Fiona says. “The fact that we shared the same experience – losing a partner – has helped us get back on our feet.”

For Breana Lewis, a teenage skin condition was the catalyst to study nutrition, skin and beauty, as well as open a boutique beauty salon, The Pampered Lady, with her mum Robyn at Golden Beach.

MOTHERS DAY: “We have strong ties with the families of our late spouses, so on Mother’s Day, we will entertain multiple mums, mums-in-law, grandmothers and aunts, as well as two of our daughters who are mums.

Former domestic goddess Robyn had raised two children (Breana 27 and son Lee, 32) with her husband Allan, and was looking for inspiration when Breana’s business opportunity landed at her feet. Robyn trained

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in skin and beauty therapy while Breana worked, and then they swapped places. Clients are immediately impressed by the stylish décor at the Pampered Lady and the attention to detail provided in treatments by Robyn and Breana. They both strive to give each client their full attention. “Treating people’s skin is personal; it’s about connection,” Breana says. SKIN PROTECTION: Robyn says it is lovely to want to come to work each day to pamper clients aged from 12 to 90 years. “Breana and I usually achieve results for clients once they follow a consistent skin care regime,” she says. “Committed clients experience great results in six months.” FUTURE GROWTH: At this stage Pampered Lady consists of Robyn, Breana and one other staff member, but they are experiencing constant growth. “In the future, we will look at duplicating our business model elsewhere on the Sunshine Coast,” Robyn says. ADVICE TO NEWCOMER : “My advice to a young beautician starting out would be [to] prepare a business plan, be honest, embrace your core values, and don’t have any doubts,” says Breana. “You are never too young or too old to learn,” Robyn adds. “I did my beautician course at 56 years of age.” On Mother’s Day, Robyn and Breana plan to enjoy pancakes and coffee at Moffat Beach.

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POSITIVE ECONOMIC INFLUENCES All residents, property owners and traders are invited to have their say in the Caloundra CBD Economic Revitalisation study. By Mark McArdle MP – Member for Caloundra Ph: (07) 5491 2780 Australian states for this financial year and the next. It was encouraging to see that construction is also anticipated to see very strong growth over the coming four years.

mentioned in my last Buzz column that several indicators suggest 2014 will be a fruitful one for the Caloundra business community, with business confidence at its highest in a long time, interest rates remaining low, tourism on the rise, new infrastructure projects under construction and more.


The recent CommSec State of the States report also puts Queensland at the top of the economic growth ladder. It found that Queensland is leading the way in business investment, with spending in the September quarter at approximately 27 per cent above decade-average levels.

In addition to the above positive economic influences I was pleased to recently read another independent report confirming Queensland’s bright outlook for a strong economy. The Deloitte ‘Access Economics Business Outlook: December 2013’ report confirmed Queensland is set to be the fastest growing state economy in 2014/15 with an anticipated growth rate of 3.6 per cent.

Though Caloundra businesses may not yet have seen direct outcomes, these figures are a good indicator of future growth. My column also talked about the need for the Sunshine Coast and in particular Caloundra to ‘reset its compass’, in preparation for imminent growth, particularly in new trading sectors and more importantly, asks the question – how does Caloundra need to prepare? How does

The report paints an optimistic picture for the immediate future of some of our key business sectors, in particularly – retail, which is forecast to have the highest turnover of all



Bulcock Street need to change and evolve to prepare for such growth to ensure we get an adequate portion of the Sunshine Coast’s economic action? The key message being – the time for action is upon us. I am delighted to see that the Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Sunshine Coast Council has proactively taken the next critical step in this process and engaged consultants to undertake a study on the ‘Economic Revitalisation of Caloundra CBD’. As Caloundra has been designated a future growth area in the South-East Queensland Plan, largely due to the Caloundra South development, it is essential we get the planning right and I encourage all residents, property owners and traders to get involved in this process.


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HEALTH EXPO ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION The Sunshine Coast’s own Healthy Lifestyle expo provides balanced, integrative health information. he Sunshine Coast Healthy Lifestyle Expo at The Events Centre Caloundra is expected to grow from 1,000 to 10,000 visitors by 2017.


public health expo, which has been filled by the Sunshine Coast event. “Our association is promoting a healthier, happier way of life in an integrative, collaborative atmosphere, at events like the Healthy Lifestyle Expo in 2014 and the Festival of Belonging planned for 2015,” Wayne says.

This annual event, held this year from 24 to 25 May, is attracting national and international recognition for bridging the gap between mainstream and natural medicines. The two-day expo will showcase more than 60 inspiring exhibitors providing information on complementary health, wellbeing, food ‘farmacy’, alternative fitness, sustainable and organic eco living and spirituality.

“We plan to grow the expo into a national event, attracting visitors from all over Australia and overseas by featuring stalls on fitness, food, sustainability, community organisations, health services, and indigenous health.

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QUICK SNIPPETS GOOD FRIDAY & ANZAC DAY TWILIGHT MARKETS Unwind, relax and enjoy Friday evening at the waterfront on The Esplanade at Bulcock Beach during the special Twilight Markets to be held on Good Friday (18 April) and ANZAC Day (25 April) between 4pm and 9pm. The markets feature everything from vintage jewellery to hand-crafted homewares, surf photography, fashion clothing, tasty food, live music and much more. For more info go to

MOTOCROSS PARK A new motocross and BMX park earmarked for Mooloolah is expected to boost visitor numbers and tourism dollars for the Sunshine Coast region. This 534-hectare facility for recreational riders will be created in the degraded Mooloolah Logging Area between Steve Irwin Way and the Bruce Highway, to better protect Sunshine Coast national parks from illegal riding and improve the safety of riders. It is expected to enhance the tourism industry by, creating more jobs and providing outdoor recreation for people of all ages. See More Quick Snippets on Page 15.

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FAILING TO PLAN IS PLANNING TO FAIL The current climate presents a wealth of opportunity for Caloundra. It’s time for the business community to work together to achieve it. By Bill Darby MBA MAICD, Caloundra Chamber Of Commerce Tourism & Events Chair ight now, we are all being presented with an amazing opportunity to help shape Caloundra’s future. The region’s first new, integrated planning scheme has just been approved by the State Government. The Council has a newly established executive planning group for ‘4551’ and Caloundra Chamber is undertaking its comprehensive CBD revitalisation study, with the nationally accredited Pracsys Group.


It’s been almost a decade since the 2004 Caloundra City Plan was gazetted and if we look back, there’s certainly been a lot of change. Caloundra has been amalgamated with Maroochy Shire, Stockland’s massive Caloundra South project is under the control of the State’s Urban Land Development Authority and we have Australia’s largest construction project, the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital, being built on our doorstep. With all this growth comes incredible opportunity, but it also brings significant risk. The traditional Caloundra CBD we all know 12

could well become the vibrant heart of the southern Sunshine Coast of the future. Equally, there is the possibility that shiny new developments to the west and to the north, may lure our businesses away once and for all. If we fail to recognise these risks now, we can, and most likely will, fall into the same trap as many traditional strip shopping centres have before us. Let’s just say, there’s a lot to be learnt from how Redcliffe suffered, as the popularity of North Lakes grew and grew. As stakeholders in Caloundra, it’s critical that we identify the most effective ways to ensure our CBD comes out a winner, because if we don’t, nobody else will. As a result of Council amalgamation, Caloundra might have gained the efficiencies that come from a regional local government and from regional destination marketing, but it’s lost the local representation it once had. Preserving the culture of Caloundra, promoting the town’s unique business and tourism offerings, and engaging in healthy competition for events and other growth opportunities have been

lost. To me, this highlights how important it is to become involved and support advocacy groups such as the Chamber of Commerce. As business people, our time is precious. It seems as each year passes, we’re expected to do more, know more and be quicker at it. Expenses rise, revenues shrink and margins fade. In saying that, what’s the point of working hard in business if not for a better future? One way we can contribute practically and meaningfully to future planning outcomes is through the Caloundra CBD Revitalisation Study. A simple survey can be found at, which provides a framework of questions customised to the respondent and gets us thinking about Caloundra’s competitive strengths and weaknesses. Although funded by Council, the Chamber of Commerce is spearheading this initiative to fully understand Caloundra CBD’s future potential. Its mission is to identify what


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What are the town’s unique selling propositions, and what actually defines a successful future for Caloundra? opportunities are available to Caloundra in the coming decades and where the looming threats lie. What are the town’s unique selling propositions, who are our competitors and more importantly, what actually defines a successful future for Caloundra? In the new Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme, for example, it is expected that parts of central Caloundra and Kings Beach will be identified as designated hospitality precincts. This could well provide investors with the confidence to consider Caloundra beaches as very attractive locations, for developing much better hospitality infrastructure. As population pressure is applied to Caloundra, through the growth of

surrounding residential communities, it makes sense that our beaches become vibrant tourism and hospitality nodes. This is especially the case if professional services and other businesses relocate to the newer surrounding enterprise hubs such as Innovation Parkway at Kawana. As it stands now, one of Caloundra’s biggest weaknesses is its ageing infrastructure. Older buildings with dated architecture are no match for the abundance of A-grade office space and the big refurbished shopping centres surrounding us. Conversely, if we master-planned now – similar to the way Melbourne did in the early 1990s – our laneways and quirky-looking buildings could become canvasses for street art and the frame upon which great hospitality and entertainment infrastructure is built. Let’s also remember the unique fact that Caloundra has an abundance of Councilowned land around the CBD, which could easily be repurposed to include tourism, hospitality and leisure development. This is only one vision for Caloundra, of course. There are no doubt many other equally worthy and aspirational views on what the Caloundra of the future will look like. What is your vision?



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MAKING FITNESS FUN ON THE SUNSHINE COAST Melinda Bingley from MAB Personal Training & Adventures helps local people to get fit and celebrate life. elinda Bingley’s enthusiasm is contagious! Every morning adventureseeking personal trainer Melinda, 31, captures the sunrise on camera at Golden Beach and shares it with her friends, family and clients on social media to celebrate life.


“I love kayaking from Bells Creek to Bribie Island, the Caloundra foreshore run – it is just magical along the beaches, and running boot camp beside Currimundi Lake,” Melinda says. “I love making fitness fun and sharing my passion for adventure and life with my clients.”

AWARDS Melinda has been a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Business Awards and Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network Awards all in one year. She is also excited to have received a nomination for Personal Trainer of the Year in February. This means the chance to win a prize pool of $50,000 and the opportunity to

Melinda loves exercising with her 10-year-old Siberian Husky, Nicki, on Golden Beach. become a writer for Ultra FITNESS Magazine.

HIGHLIGHTS What makes her most happy is changing people’s lives through the adventures and fitness tips she has shared.

FUTURE PLANS In the future, Melinda plans to conduct more adventures professionally and personally, making a HUGE positive impact in the community. At present, Melinda employs one other trainer, Kim Bowmaker, with more employees on the horizon.

“I want to create more positive, fun energy on the Coast through offering Weekend Overnight Adventures, 10-week challenges transforming the mind and body, and team-building activities for business employees,” she says. “I want MAB Personal Training and Adventures to become a brand people know to go to when visiting the Sunshine Coast, to make their holiday active and fun.”

HELPING YOUTH AT RISK THROUGH YOGA A broad range of skills in yoga, education and wellness helps Natasha Patten connect with disengaged youth. aloundra Wellsure’s yoga teacher Natasha Patten is a world traveller who has qualifications in psychology, yoga and education and transforms the lives of youth at risk.


employment through Skillss for Employment and Education, and Career Employment Australia,” shee says.

“I aim to teach primary and high school students at private and public schools self-respect and resilience, as well as being emotionally expressive, so they don’t end up homeless, play the ‘blame game,’ or engage in alcohol and substance abuse,” Natasha says.

“This year, I am starting a two-year Masters of Education Degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast. It involves doing a research project on how yoga and meditation, when n embedded within the high school curriculum, improves emotional intelligence and learning.”

Natasha engages with young adults at risk, through her part-time job with Career Employment Australia (CEA). As a registered high school teacher, Natasha teaches these school leavers literacy, numeracy, and life skills including relaxation techniques, yoga and meditation. “I am a mixture of street social worker and life coach, who helps 17-to-22 year olds to gain 14

Natasha, who spent a decade travelling to exotic places like Morocco, Greece, Austria, Egypt and Indonesia, intends to combine her background in psychology, education, TESOL, and yoga/meditation to help as many disadvantaged people as possible cultivate inner strength, love and resilience.

Natasha intends to combine Na her he knowledge of psychology, education, yoga and meditation ed to help disadvantaged young people find their inner strength, pe passion and resilience. pa

“For me, Caloundra people are really embracing the culture of wellness,” Natasha says. “There is a growing awareness of and respect for the need to maintain inner and outer health. It’s exciting for me to help contribute to this shift.” or


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SURF LEGENDS CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY The Pa & Ma Bendall Memorial Surfing Contest celebrates a milestone at Moffat Beach this April. It attracted every professional surfer in the country, including Wayne (Rabbit) Bartholomew, Simon Anderson and Hawaiian legend Gerry Lopez.

hen it comes to surfing, are you a legend or a master? The Pa & Ma Bendall Surf Classic, the second longest running surfing contest in Australia, will celebrate its 40th anniversary at Moffat Beach from April 18 to 21 with $15,000 in prize money on offer – a legendary growth from the original $1500 offered in 1974.


This surf contest, with categories including 50+ Legends, 40+ Masters, Women’s Open, Under 16 Boys and more, has made a significant contribution to the community fabric of Caloundra, by raising the profile of the region through international publicity. The first Pa Bendall Memorial Contest was held at Moffat Beach in February 1974.

‘Pa’ was the grandad of surfing in Queensland. He and his wife Marjory (Ma) settled in Caloundra in the 1950s. There were only a handful of other surfers living locally at the time, and they became the mother and father of surfing on the Sunshine Coast.

MOFFATEERS Pa formed the ‘Moffateers’ in 1966, as a club to promote integrity and sportsmanship in surfing. He encouraged the surfing youth to maintain their good character by offering them free membership to the club. Pa encouraged the young Moffateers to compete in regional, state and national championships.

SPECIAL CELEBRITY GUESTS Special guests at this year’s 40th Anniversary Contest will include Richard Harvey, the inaugural winner of the 1974 event and another ’74 contender Terry Fitzgerald.

Participants will also remember past 1975 winner Michael Peterson, whose mother Joan will attend in his honour. Event organiser, Daryn Fissendon said the top entertainment line-up from 18-21 April, would include the Celibate Rifles performing at the Kings Beach Tavern.

For more details check

QUICK SNIPPETS BUSINESS EXPO KICKS OFF IN MAY Channel 9 Today host Lisa Wilkinson will be one of the special guests at the Sunshine Coast Business Expo, which will be held at the Mooloolaba campus of the Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE, on Wednesday 28 May and Thursday 29 May. This year the expo will again incorporate its highly successful elements of business exhibitors, keynote speakers, interactive skills seminars and business-to-business networking events.

OLDEST LAW FIRM ON COAST TO SPONSOR ART PRIZE Sunshine Coast artists are invited to submit artwork for the Caloundra Art Prize. Entries close 22 April and finalists will be on display at Caloundra Art Gallery, from 9 July to 24 August. This year the prize welcomes a new sponsor in the Sunshine Coast’s oldest law firm, Fox Mildwaters, established in 1913.

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Beautiful Bulcock Beach Emma Buckingham from Rumba Beach Resort with Kelly Cattanach from Sun Air Bus Service and Lucy Davis from Oceans Mooloolaba

TRADE MISSION FLIES SUNSHINE COAST FLAG IN NZ id you know that last financial year 54,000 New Zealanders visited the Sunshine Coast? This makes Kiwis the largest group of international visitors to the region.


Caloundra’s Rumba Beach Resort was one of nine Sunshine Coast tourism operators who promoted our region to more than 15,000 Kiwi consumers on a recent trade mission, at events like the Flight Centre Travel Expo in Auckland. This event gave tour operators an ideal platform to promote their products directly to the New Zealand public. The trip was organised by Sunshine Coast Destination Limited (SCDL) in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland. It involved displays and presentations at several trade fairs. To encourage a boost in visitor numbers, direct Air New Zealand flights will recommence from Auckland to the Sunshine Coast on 27 June and will run until 26 October 2014. The schedule will include three flights per week during peak period.

he Organised Housewife (TOH) blogger has more than 354,000 Facebook followers! Her blog has become a must-read for mums all around the country, and she happened to spend the first night of her Sunshine Coast holiday in Caloundra.


specifically designed to highlight the range of family-friendly activities on offer in the region.

TOH was one of three highprofile bloggers who were hosted by Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd (SCDL) and Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) in March as part of an innovative digital marketing campaign. This campaign was designed to encourage the public to take time out of their busy lives for a relaxing retreat on the Sunshine Coast.

The visit of three influential bloggers has been a coup for the region, considering they have a combined audience of 2.4 million unique monthly visitors, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter followers.

First stop on TOH’s travel itinerary was Bulcock Beach, where she enjoyed a seafood feast with her three children and husband before spending the night in Caloundra. The trip was

A health and wellness holiday was offered to Mamamia’s blogger during her Coast stay, and an adventure trip was mapped out for The Aussie Nomad blogger while he was in town.

In conjunction with the bloggers’ visit, SCDL ran a Facebook competition which offered people the chance to win three holiday prizes based on the experiences undertaken by the travel writers. SCDL hopes the latest campaign will encourage small business and tour operators to better utilise social media as a way of connecting with the public.

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UPCOMING EVENTS THE IMPERIAL RUSSIAN BALLET’S DON QUIXOTE 10 April The Events Centre Don Quixote was first performed in Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre in 1869. Since then, it has been staged all over the world by Russian and international ballet companies. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company will bring this flamboyant and festive ballet to Caloundra as part of its 2014 Australian and New Zealand tour.




9 April – 1 June Caloundra Regional Gallery

12 April Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra

Featuring work from Brisbane artist Glen Skien, this exhibition powerfully mines the human condition through the use of sketch books, collages, installations and printmaking. The works navigate residues of the past and create new associations, which relate to Australian identity and historical awareness.

The Queensland Air Museum presents its collection of historic operational aircraft engines in a special display of aviation horsepower. The awesome sight and sound of a 1500-horsepower 14 cylinder radial engine powering up is an unforgettable experience and one you wouldn’t want to miss. The museum’s operational engines and aircraft cover a range of engine designs, dating from the 1940s. Visitors are encouraged to inspect the engines between runs and talk to the volunteers, who restored them.


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GETTING TO KNOW YOU BAREFOOT BRIDE WEDDINGS Joanna Watkins of Buddina creates beautiful weddings for brides! In our Q & A session she shares her passion for bringing couples together on the Coast. What inspired you to start Barefoot Bride Weddings? I had been working in the wedding industry for nearly 15 years as a makeup artist and decided I was ready for a change. I have always been interested in event planning and design, so creating Barefoot Bride Weddings felt like a natural progression. The packages I offer include chairs, decorations, set-up and pack-down on location. I can also arrange council permits, marriage celebrants and recommend a range of wedding professionals on the Coast. It’s such a special moment when it all comes together on the day. I get to see the smiling faces of the bride and groom.

What is your most memorable wedding moment? There are too many to choose from! But I’d have to say my very first ceremony, at Shelly Beach, was the most memorable. I woke to a sky full of dark black clouds and totally freaked out. My husband, the Weather Guru, assured me it wasn’t going to rain. Thankfully he was right. The ceremony was a success. The bride and groom were very happy customers, and looming clouds added a nice touch of drama to the photos.

What are your top five wedding locations in the Caloundra area? Shelly Beach, Moffat Beach, Golden Beach, La Balsa Park and Point Cartwright.

What makes the Sunshine Coast ‘naturally refreshing’ as a wedding destination? It’s the diversity of wedding locations that makes our region unique. Brides can choose from garden vintage weddings to sandy beach weddings. It’s all here. The perfect weather is also a major drawcard!

AUSTRALIAN DRAGON BOAT CHAMPIONSHIPS 15 – 20 April Lake Kawana Dragon boat racing is an exciting and exhilarating sport which has been around for 3000 years. It originated in China and has grown worldwide into a highly competitive sport. Hundreds of competitors from across Australia will head to Lake Kawana for this exciting event, which will involve impressive dragon boats being paddled with enthusiasm by teams of 20 people. It will be a spectacular sight!

What is your advice vice for brides-to-be? I recommend brides book ook early if they want to get et married in autumn or spring, as these are thee most popular seasons for weddings. To save some money, I would advise brides to consider having a weekday ceremony, as lots of local suppliers offer discounted rates for mid-week weddings. For further information on on all my beautiful packages ckages check out my website,



28-29 April Lake Kawana Community Centre

30 May Sunshine Coast Turf Club

Based on the popular book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, Pete The Sheep has been brought to the stage by one of Australia’s leading children’s theatre companies, Monkey Baa Theatre Company. This is a funny, warm and hilariously ocker new musical production guaranteed to delight young people aged four to nine years.

Listen up ladies! This is your chance to put on your favourite frock and fascinator for a day of racing and champagne at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club. As the horses do their laps, there’ll be plenty of trackside entertainment including live bands Evermore and Sheppard as well as Fashions on the Field.

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CALOUNDRA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEW MEMBERS ARCHERS BODY CORPORATE MANAGEMENT Archers has a proud history as one of the longest established Body Corporate Management companies in Queensland, providing body corporate consultancy and administration services for more than 30 years. In this time we have amassed and continue to service an extensive portfolio of resorts, residential and commercial complexes from Coolangatta to Cooktown. Phone (07) 5458 4500

BASKIN ROBBINS CALOUNDRA We are a local family who took over the Caloundra parlour in June 2013. We sell ice cream treats, shakes, desserts and ice cream cakes. We offer 32 different ice cream flavours and bake our own waffle cones fresh daily. Making our customers happy is something we pride ourselves on. Phone (07) 5499 6899

BLACKWATER TRADING CO Blackwater Trading Co is the Sunshine Coast’s only pure craft beer venue. Our Moffat Beach Beer Bistro offers six beer taps that constantly change, awesome Tim Adams specialty coffee and all of our meals are handcrafted from scratch. We are fiercely independent and we pride ourselves on being a boutique organisation. Phone (07) 5491 4023 BlackwaterTradingCo

BY GEORGE SHE’S GOT IT COSTUME HIRE Caloundra’s new costume hire and design business, By George She’s Got It, aims to provide a fun and lively experience so you can be the best-dressed character at the party. With Susie’s experience and knowledge in theatre, she can tailor a costume you will be ecstatic with. Phone: (07) 5438 9650


CENTURY 21 COASTAL The award-winning team at CENTURY 21 Coastal strives to be the most professional real estate agency in the region, offering unmatched professionalism and industry expertise. Servicing Caloundra and the Sunshine Coast, they specialise in residential real estate, property sales and property management. Phone (07) 5438 1177

COAST TO COUNTRY CONSULTING A boutique consultancy service providing a range of management consulting, dispute resolution and marketing services for health, education, retail and trade services from small business to government agencies. Backed by a team of highly experienced and professional consultants, Coast to Country Consulting offers understanding and expertise when businesses are required to deal with change or looking for growth and improved communication. Phone 0429 796 432

EDGE ONLINE Edge Online is a national creative marketing company established in 2002 and has recently opened a local branch on the Sunshine Coast. Through a process of identifying your target market and defining an engagement strategy, Edge specialises in everything from brand management and professional design through to the digital marketing strategies that are essential for you to prosper in our modern economy.

EXPRESS AIR CON CLEANING Rejuvenate all types of air conditioning units. We make them operate, smell and look like new. We remove all mould, bacteria and dirt to make the environment healthy. Phone 0481 191 312

GO GOURMET ON PIERCE Cafe (breakfast, morning tea, lunch and great coffee), catering (private and corporate), gourmet foods, minimart, gifts, homewares, gift hampers, high teas, take-away, picnic hampers and more! Phone (07) 5491 2221

HUDS AND TOKE PTY LTD Branding and manufacturing treats for horses and other pets. Phone 0488 404 282

INDIGO CAFE Innovative and family-friendly cafe using farm fresh produce to create wholesome, healthy fare. Vegan, gluten free and plenty of vegetarian options available. Phone app and delivery of Zoom Lunch Box make ordering easy! Email your lunch order to or check out some food options on our website. Phone (07) 5491 5254


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Locally owned and operated, Ken Jordan has been building outstanding swimming pools on the Sunshine Coast for more than 20 years. He is also proud of winning Queensland Pool Builder of the Year twice. Ken says good design, quality and communication are paramount.

Experienced and qualified business consulting to all industries. Working together with boards, CEOs and senior management to ensure alignment of defined purpose coupled with driven process to deliver excellent performance. Phone 0418 793 753

SEA BREEZE DRY CLEANERS LEA LENNON ARCHITECT Our practice is a studio-based office with experience in the delivery of architectural services across urban, regional and remote locations, with affiliations and engineering consultant relations throughout Queensland. Lea Lennon Architect is a prequalified Building Consultant PQC Level 3 to Queensland Government. The practice is owned and operated by Lea Lennon RAIA, the principal, and Queensland Board of Architects registered architect. Phone (07)5492 6386

MINDSET FOR SUCCESS Mindset and performance coaching for individuals, business owners and employees. Using unique tools and proven techniques from neuroscience and neuroeconomics, with a proprietary CLEAR ® Coaching Methodology, your change and your results are our focus. Phone 0408 666 176

Quality dry cleaning, laundering and ironing, combined with fast, friendly service. Locally owned and operated, with all cleaning done on site. Pick-up and delivery option available. Bedding and curtains, clothing repairs, corporate services, and wedding dress specialist. Our premises is at 103 Bulcock Street, Caloundra. Phone (07) 5491 4460

SENSIS PTY LTD YELLOW PAGES™ Sensis provides highly targeted marketing solutions for your business, through our extensive Yellow Network, including On-line, Print, Voice, Mobile, Mapping & Quotation sites, Websites, Search engines & Social media platforms. We help your customers find you, however & whenever they search. Phone (07) 5437 1400

THINK OFFICE TECHNOLOGY At Think Office Technology, we supply solutions for today’s office. We lead our industry through innovation and our unique approach sets us apart from the rest. Our passion delivers solutions that make life easier at work. Phone (07) 5493 6022

WHITE HOUSE CELEBRATIONS White House Celebrations is a prestige event management and celebration consultancy. Our mission is to make the celebration of life a daily priority! We do this by creating extraordinary business, personal and community events that are talked about for years to come.

WHITE PEPPER HOMEWARES White Pepper Homewares offers unique homewares, cushions and décor pieces. Phone 0488 440 626

4551 PROPERTY GROUP 4551 PROPERTY GROUP, established by David Radcliffe, is the new face of real estate on the southern end of the Sunshine Coast. Phone now for a rental or sales valuation in this rapidly rising market. Phone 0407 780 500

SMILE IT Do you want reliable, up to date, ‘Always-on’ IT systems and infrastructure that do not break the budget? Come and talk to us about a free Cloud readiness assessment and see the benefits that Cloud infrastructure can bring to your business. Phone1300 766 720

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WEIGHT & NUMBER CRUNCHING ACCOUNTANT SCORES WORLD RECORD Accountant Paul Nay is also a champion powerlifter, and uses his unique skills to help businesses find their strengths.

World champion powerlifter Paul Nay, who has represented Australia in powerlifting championships in Finland, encourages businesses to go for gold.

umber-crunching Caloundra accountant Paul Nay, 44, scored a world record for powerlifting in Melbourne in March.


something better. He chose to study accountancy at the University of Melbourne.

Paul encourages business owners to follow in his footsteps and “go for gold” when operating their business. Paul’s world powerlifting record, professional business and lifestyle at Golden Beach are a testament to his motto. Known globally as one of the top four power lifters of all time, Paul, of PMCN Consulting Pty Ltd, is extremely proud of his recent achievement in lifting 352.5 kilos in the under-125 kilogram body weight division. In his youth Paul was working as a roof tiler when his mentor, Mike Sulc, a Czech gemmologist, encouraged him to strive for

Now a member of the Institute of Public Accountants, Paul has worked in a large Melbourne firm and since 2010 has been a sole trader in Caloundra. “To help my clients strive for success, I visit their premises to look for areas of potential improvement,” he says. “I also put their mind at ease when it comes to tax structure, rules and regulations, as well as superannuation. When not in my area of expertise, I outsource to a specialist.” For more information email or phone (07) 5492 7960.

HEAD IN THE CLOUDS TO HELP SMALL BUSINESS Caloundra-based bookkeeper Robyn Etheridge blends the latest technology with old-fashioned client service.

aloundra bookkeeper Robyn Etheridge, who hails from one of Eumundi’s pioneering dairy farming families, is really comfortable being in the Cloud.


Robyn’s earthy family history helps keep her feet planted firmly on the ground while she taps into Cloud technology to ensure the success of her small business clients. “Small business is how the economy of the Sunshine Coast survives,” Robyn says. “I’m passionate about all the great things Cloud packages offer; I really want to convince the business community it’s worth the effort to change.” She is also passionate about collecting old family photos and historical information about her ancestors. “I appreciate the Cloud, because I had bookkeeping files on a laptop and a backup on a

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personal computer stolen,” she says. “It took months and months to recover from it.” Robyn says benefits of the Cloud include two people working on files at the same time, protection from flood and theft and worldwide access. You also don’t need to buy the latest version. “I think most business people are time poor, are good at their core business and have limited knowledge of Business Activity Statements,” she says. Robyn says being on top of bookkeeping, producing relevant reports on a regular basis, and being able to manage cash flow well, are all highly important processes for a successful business. For more information email robyn@robynsbookkeeping. or phone 0418 118371.


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MIXING METEOROLOGY AND ART Local surf photographer Karl Angell always has one eye on the e weather, looking for the perfect conditions to capture his next shot. urrimundi surf photographer Karl Angell is part artist, part meteorologist.


He studies wind direction, tide swells, moon and sun positions, and beach locations after hours and on weekends, before capturing mother nature in all her glory on a Canon 7D DSLR with SPL water housing and a Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens.

dream comes into play.

How did it all start?

“I would love to open my gallery cafe at either Bulcock or Moffat Beach in a few years’ time,” Karl says.

At the ripe old age of 16 years Karl moved from Maleny to Moreton Island, where he landed a dream job photographing dolphin feeding, dugongs and humpback whales, as well as helicopter tours, at the Tangalooma Resort.

“Friends and family, like my elderly grandmother Erla, often give me vintage cameras to display.

Karl’s photos evoke a sense of wonder, similar to how you might feel when you watch fireworks go up into the night sky.

“I also go to garage sales and swap meets to buy them, so my café camera collection is expanding all the time.”

Weather certainly has a huge impact on his life. Whether Karl is shooting adrenaline-pumping surf photos in the ocean, serving customers at The Caloundra Street Fair markets or working in his landscape gardening business, he always keeps an eye on the horizon.

The challenges of being a surf photographer

This first-time dad recently welcomed his baby daughter in January on the hottest day of the summer, when the mercury soared to 44.6 degrees in the shade. “I hope my daughter, Lily Nerida, who was born at the pinnacle of the summer heat wave, shares my passion for catching waves in the surf and on camera when she grows up,” he says.

Karl’s gallery café dream Currently in the pipeline is Karl’s dream to combine his passion for surf photography with his eclectic vintage camera collection and love of caffeine in one location – a gallery café. He hopes to build on his fan base from the Sunday Caloundra Street Fair market stall when this

Karl was part of a team of nine photographers who captured photos of resort guests and printed them as souvenirs of family holidays.

During the past decade there have been some physical challenges for surf photographer Karl.

His photographic journey continued when he landed a gig at Australia Zoo, where he met his lovely wife Gina. For three years, Karl took photos on whale-spotting boats and of tourists patting tortoises and turtles.

“I have dislocated my shoulder shooting photos inside the tube of a wave, that was about four metres high, during Cyclone Hamish in Noosa in 2012,” says Karl.

“Being a good photographer is a mix of creativity and technical skills – you need to determine the exact timing for the best light and the angle to get the best result,” he says.

“Apart from the threat of being dumped by a wave, there is the risk of sharks and stingrays to consider.

“However, sometimes photography is about good luck – being in the right place at the right time!”

“I was stabbed in the leg by a stingray a few years ago, so now I wear reef boots and a wet suit for protection.” Apart from his main lens focus – surf photos – Karl is always looking for a shot of the perfect storm. He says his wife Gina encourages and supports him to take surf photos but his Mum and Dad, Annette and Peter, still get worried when he shoots photos in the eye of a cyclone.

You can see Karl’s collection of surf, sunset, nature and storm photos every Sunday from 8am to 1pm at The Caloundra Street Fair, in Bulcock Street.

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MEMBER’S DIRECTORY The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce is proud to have members from a broad variety of businesses. So many, that we just can’t list them all on one page! Our next edition will feature members in the sectors of Education and Government. The full list of members and their contact details is always available online at CHARITY – NON PROFIT Caloundra Community Centre

(07) 5491 4000

Conservation Volunteers Australia

0404 828 921

Employment Services Queensland

(07) 5438 0511

Friends of the Caloundra Lighthouses Inc

(07) 5491 7654


0459 714 900

Rotary Club of Caloundra

0412 718373

Wishlist (Sunshine Coast Health Foundation)

(07) 5470 6133

You Can Heal Yourself Foundation

(07) 5306 1400

ASV Audio Visual

0418 620 709

Aussie World & The Ettamogah Pub

(07) 5494 5444

Australia Zoo

07) 5436 2000

Big Kart Track

(07) 5494 1613


By George She’s got It Costume Hire

(07) 5438 9650

Caloundra RSL

(07) 5438 5800

Laser Zone

(07) 5493 6333

Queensland Air Museum

(07) 5492 5930


(07) 5491 4255

Sunshine Coast Turf Club

(07) 5491 6788

The Events Centre

(07) 5491 4240

UnderWater World Sea Life Mooloolaba

(07) 5458 6225





April April

Tuesday 8

Business After Hours

Oaks Oasis, Caloundra

Monday 14

New Member Briefing

Chamber office, Caloundra


Tuesday 6

Smart Lunch Club

Monaco Resort, Caloundra


Tuesday 13

Business After Hours



Monday 19

New Member Briefing

Chamber office, Caloundra


Tuesday 3

Smart Lunch Club

Monaco Resort, Caloundra


Monday 16

New Member Briefing

Chamber office, Caloundra


Wednesday 25

Business After Hours

Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra

Telstra Representatives Joel Carpenter, Luke Oliver and Troy Lyon at the Better Business Breakfast

*Visit the Chamber website for more information on events closer to their dates.



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Bartercard: helping businesses grow on the Sunshine Coast for over 22 years Thanks Bartercard for the last four years. I have bought so many fantastic things on Bartercard including tickets to motivational speakers, holidays, computers, even a pedigree kitten. I pay rent on Bartercard and just recently purchased a property paying the deposit on Bartercard. I can honestly say it has been great for my business. Thanks again for your service and always smiling demeanour.

The more we investigate the opportunities in Bartercard the more doors open, especially within the hospitality sector. Taking the time to better understand the Bartercard system has shown us how to access revenue previously lost in room nights that would otherwise have expired valueless. Bartercard for us simply means more business.

Vickie Magic Editor, Business Matters Magazine

Bill Darby Director, Rumba Beach Resort

I’m a firm believer in the concept of bartering and saving cash for better uses and I believe that using Bartercard has helped us to keep ahead of the competition and improve our business. We now primarily use Bartercard to win cash contracts as it’s an effective method to close a deal.

I use Bartercard trade dollars to satisfy my travel bug, but I do recognise the value of using them in a way that benefits me financially. I spend trade dollars on services for my rental property that are tax deductible and also allows me to offer a well maintained property to maximise cash rental returns

Martin Pettifer Big Screens Australia

Judy Bartlett Rapid Response First Aid Training To discuss how Bartercard can help your business, contact our friendly team


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$17,080 p/a + outgoings & GST (warehouse: 122sqm, mezz: 13sqm*) *Approximate size

m. 0400 711 969 e.

49 Bulcock Street, Caloundra | 07 5491 2000 |

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