The Hills & Districts Chamber of Commerce Inc. April eNewsletter
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APRIL 2022



Welcome to The Hills & District Chamber of Commerce Inc. - a friendly and supportive business group bridging the Ferny Hills, Arana Hills, Ferny Grove, Keperra, Mitchelton and surrounding districts. Established in 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 or community group and live or work in the Hills Districts, why not register for the next meeting - new members and visitors are always welcome.
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Upcoming Events

Men's Health Matters

12 May 2022 7.00pm - 9.00pm

The Chamber and The Now Business Network have joined forces to create an event to foster conversations about men’s health and to equip men with strategies for dealing with the inevitable challenges that life presents. We are excited to have Darius Boyd (retired Broncos player and a winner on the recent SAS TV series), Ian Skippen (retired radio personality) and Kurt Everard (TIACS/Trademutt Counsellor) sharing their experiences and taking questions from the audience. This will be another awesome night. Grab some mates and your adult sons and come and be part of this great event. There’ll be a lucky door prize and some fabulous raffles. All proceeds from this event go to TIACS and RUOK?

Find out more or book your ticket immediately.
Join us for the next Friday Night Social event - Friday 20th May 2022, 4pm till 6pm at the Everton Park Hotel.
This FREE casual event provides an unstructured time to network and socialise. 
The event is open to all business owners, there is no need to be a Chamber member. So why not bring a friend or colleague? Attendance is free and light finger food is sponsored by Mary Di Marco & Associates, just buy your own drinks. 
Registration is essential for catering purposes, RSVP here.
Call or SMS event organiser Mandy Barker on 0407 765 723 for further information or for future event sponsorship opportunities. Friday Night Socials are scheduled for the rest of 2022:
  • 1st July 2022 – sponsored by Donna Pritchard, First Class Accounts Ferny Grove
  • 12th August 2022 – sponsored by Susanne Jones, Just Better Care Brisbane North
  • 23rd September 2022 – sponsorship opportunity available
  • 4th November 2022 – sponsorship opportunity available
  • 16th December 2022 – sponsorship opportunity available
NB This in-person event will operate within the Covid guidelines set by the Queensland Government and the venue and may be subject to change.


Mary Di Marco

Now that we can all socialise on an even footing, please do take the opportunity to grow your business network at some of the activities we have planned for you.

With the Federal election called, Brian Battersby and his team, on 26 April at our Breakfast meeting, are providing Chamber members and our local residents alike, the opportunity to ask questions and to meet the candidates. If you want to make an informed decision on the ballot paper, then book early, as already 71 seats Booked. Details are on the Chamber website.

On May 6 the inaugural Hills and District Chamber of Commerce Inc. Women In Business Awards will celebrate women leaders in business in our local area. Come along and enjoy a fun evening from 6.00pm at the Arana Leagues Club. The bonus is that you will hear some inspirational stories.

On Friday 20 May we have our next Friday night Drinks. These events at the Everton Park Hotel provide members and non-members with an opportunity to meet and network in an informal atmosphere. Details on the Chamber website

The Hills Festival will again be held throughout the month of May, providing events, activities for children and the opportunity to join in the celebrations. Culminating with the Carnivale is on Saturday 28 May at George Willmore Park in Ferny Hills.

The above events are provided by a dedicated team of Chamber members, if you would like to learn more about joining The Hills and District Chamber of Commerce Inc. contact our Secretary or look online.
If you have considered joining the Chamber Executive please give it some serious thought. Our AGM is held in May at the breakfast meeting. Nominations for Executive positions close on 26 April. Joining an executive provides you with the opportunity to become part of a productive, energetic and dedicated team.  Mary


Stuart Jaeschke

Financial reports for the month ended 31 March 2022. 

Meet the 2022 Federal Candidates Committee

Chair | Brian Battersby


Ask your Federal Question
At our Candidates Breakfast Forum
Tuesday 26th April - Start 6.45am sharp
It’s the day after Anzac Day
11 Candidates attending so far, spread across the 2 seats of
Dickson & Ryan

247 Dawson Pde Keperra

Location: Arana Leagues Club

A Scrumptious Buffet Breakfast offered - between 6.45am to 7.15am just before the actual formalities start. Click here to make a booking. (Effective Thursday 14th April 2022, the Queensland Government has dropped Covid check-in for Clubs etc) .

For more specific information about our Meet the 2022 Federal Candidates Forum, please click here.
Please consider joining our Chamber of Commerce for this and many more monthly activities as we continue to support both Business and Community to prosper. To join us check out our website or just register to attend any Chamber Breakfast forums, generally 4th Tuesday monthly, and all attendees must book via our website.

Women in Business Committee

Chair | Susanne Jones

Thanks to all of the ladies and gents that attended April’s Women In Business luncheon at the Everton Park Hotel where attendance has grown from 5 a few months ago to 25 at this latest event.
And of course, a great big thanks to Julia and Sharon from Regional Development Australia - Moreton Bay for coming along to speak to us about the work of RDA Moreton Bay and how businesses in the region can benefit.

There have been so many outstanding nominees in the 2022 Women In Business Awards, judging is currently underway and we look forward to announcing the finalists next week.
And a great many sponsors have come onboard, we thank them for their support of the event, the nominees and small business in our local area.
We invite you to show your support of this event by sharing it with your networks, and why not come along with a colleague or friend. 
Let’s make it a great night of celebrating our fantastic business community and our Chamber. 
Friday 6th May, 6pm till 9pm at Arana Leagues Club.
Tickets are on sale now, get yours now from the Chamber website. We love organising these events for you; we welcome feedback and further committee members if you'd like to join us.

Susanne Jones, Committee Chair  |  Mandy Barker, Committee Member
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