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JULY 2016


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Hills success story.. meet Eva

Eva Porter is our very own success story - well we like to claim her as the Chamber's own as she has now been a member for the past year. In 2014, Eva created her design practice Porter Designs to launch her career as a Landscape Architect.

When Eva first introduced herself at the Hills Chamber breakfast meeting, she mentioned that she had a fledgling business and was still on unemployment benefits, but hoped that would change in the coming months. Members congratulated her for joining up and wished her well in building her business. Only a few months later, Eva achieved financial self-sufficiency. 

At 24, just over 3 years out of university, her endeavors have now paid off. At last month’s breakfast meeting, Eva announced that she has landed several high profile projects – one of which is designing mining magnate, Gina Reinhardt’s garden. She is also working on a local project – a greenfield landscape design for The Grove Baptist Church, planned for construction in Upper Kedron Road in 2017.

Eva has now worked with numerous firms including the likes of Boss Gardenscapes, Zen Landscaping Queensland, Rounsefell Design, Active Living Landscapes and Savage Consulting. We wish Eva all the best in her business journey and know that with the right resources and support, she will have great business success. Congratulations Eva!

For Eva's full interview, see the post on our facebook page.

Big Breakfast Guest Speaker Julia Baker

She is the star of Animal Planet’s top rating international TV series “Snake Sheila” now in its second season. Well known for inspiring & motivating people of all ages across the globe to challenge their fears, set goals and achieve, Julia knows fear and its consequences in business and everyday life.

Just as a snake sheds it skin, you too can learn to shed your fears.

Date: Wednesday 14 September 2016
Time: Early start 6.45 am sharp
Venue: Arana Leagues Club – Foundation Room
Includes: Hot and Cold Plated Breakfast – alternate drop, selection of Pastries, Juice, Coffee and Tea
Pre-book your Photo with Julia: $10
Pre-purchase Raffle Tickets: set of 3 tickets ($5); 6 tickets ($10); 12 tickets ($20)
Cost: Early Bird $45 – pay by 24 August; Tickets $55 (tables of 9)

Registration is ESSENTIAL as seats are limited

All proceeds to local charities. Enquiries: Brian Battersby 0418 878 508 

President's Message

Ron Crump

Hello Everyone
As I reflect on the global atrocities of recent times, I never ceases to amaze at the wonderful and constructive contributions that individuals within a community make to the welfare of that community.
This month in particular has seen me exposed to a number of people who simply “just do”. I received a phone call from Life Member Brian Battersby (retired?) expressing his interest in joining with others to advance the relationships that the Chamber has with our elected representatives at all levels. The aim being to achieve representation which is better informed in the interest of our members. Then there was the call to meet with recently elected Councillor Matt Constance. He too wants to support the Chamber and by so doing support his constituents. Kellie Pamic and I met with Matt and discussed a number of initiatives surrounding the welcoming presentation of our district and the Hills Carnivale.
Recently Kelly and I attended the joint RDA and MBRIT Inspiring People event at which former PM The Hon. John Howard spoke. He continues to take an active interest in national and global matters. His messages:

  • Stand for something
  • Trust instinct even if against “the evidence”
  • Build Trusting and Enduring Relationships with key supporters (Downer and Costello)
  • Making mistakes is acceptable but get the “big things right”.

Although Andrew Quain (RDA) and Shane Newcombe (MBRIT) and their respective teams (Including our own James Niven) are employed to fill the roles they do these people are doing over and above and for that I say thank you on your behalf.

At that event we met so many “community volunteers” and so it was that I bumped into another of our own. Steve Wakerley PCYC has just returned from what some might describe as a good break. He shared with me his fund raising adventure with the Variety Club. The event ran from Charleville through the Simpson Desert finishing in The Barossa valley. If you are interested Channel 7’s Creek to Coast covered the event and Steve gets to feature once or twice? I believe that there will be a repeat next Saturday on 7Two.

Lastly there are so many people working for your Chamber who “just do”. Thank you to all of you and in particular our Secretary Len Whittaker.
Enjoy   Ron

Vice President

Kellie Pamic

Spend Local: Brian Battersby commented last meeting that we should aim to spend our money in our own community. That struck a chord with me and I have spent the last few weeks doing just that and the contribution adds up quickly. Perhaps you might take the time to have a look at where you could bring your spending back to your community to better support local economy, create employment and nurture small business and entrepreneurship. If anyone has a special interest in this area it would be a great focus for a new chamber committee.  Kellie


Leonard Whittaker

At the June meeting, we had 48 in attendance with Brooke Fossey of Limelight PR, wining the member's prize draw. Remember, if you bring a guest and win the draw, you can also win your next breakfast ticket. Welcome to those guests and thanks to the members for inviting others to our meetings.

The take a card and contact a member program continues to has produce worthwhile outcomes for those making the effort.

The possibility of forming an Awards committee was presented and interested people are encouraged to get in touch with an Executive member. Unfortunately due to the unusually long Committee reports The table discussion was set aside.

Our Member Speaker Dianne Krome spoke on Values playing a pivotal role in business - thank you Dianne for a very informative presentation.

Membership now stands at 74. Leonard


Chairperson | Scholarship Committee Craig Cooper

With the new financial year upon us, we look forward to working closely with the local schools for registrations for the very popular Year 11 Scholarship Program for next year - registrations close September 30, 2016. If you know of a year 11 student who is starting year 12 next year, chat to Lenny Muthiah or myself to find out how they can win one of 5 x $750.00 awards the Chamber will be donating.  HAPPY EOFY!    Craig

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Upcoming Events
26/07 - Members Breakfast
16/08 - Women & Business Lunch
23/08 - Members Breakfast
14/09 - 2016 Big Breakfast
20/10 - Business Showcase

Development & Advocacy

Executive Representative | James Niven

We are currently looking for assistance for our upcoming PCYC Hills District Fundraiser Luncheon. We have numerous opportunities to get behind this event in supporting a very worthy cause and we would really appreciate your help.

In terms of putting it together we are sourcing any donations we can raffle and all donators will be duly noted at the event. We will also need assistance on the day which will be scheduled for after Big Breakfast (14th September) with selling raffle tickets, presenting prizes, business card draw and meet and greet at the door.

Please contact James Niven (MBRIT) on 0401 318 337 or

New Members

Executive Rep & VP
| Joanne Harding-Smith

Hello fellow Chamber members!
This past month we were pleased to welcome our new members and thank everyone for renewing for yet another exciting year in the Hills Chamber. We look forward to you being part of our community and to getting to know you and working with you.  Regards  Joanne

Public Relations

Executive Representative
| Alisa Cork

This month we had our first Thursday night Business Showcase event hosted by Curves Mitchelton. It was a great opportunity to hear from members Chris and Janelle Hansen and benefit from their business story. We learned about their experience in owning a Franchise, their marketing strategies and how they transitioned from employment to ownership. It was informative and inspiring and the members attending got right into it - the photos speak for themselves!

I hope you can make it to the next free Showcase event at Samford Garage in October.   Alisa

About us...

Welcome to the Hills & District Chamber of Commerce - a friendly and supportive business group bridging the Ferny Hills, Arana Hills, Ferny Grove, Keperra, Mitchelton and surrounding districts.

Established on 28 July 1992, our Chamber is not-for-profit and is affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland.  

If you are involved in a business and live or work in the Hills District or surrounds, why not register for the next meeting - new members and visitors are always welcome.
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