The Hills & Districts Chamber of Commerce September eNewsletter
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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.
Become a Member
Upcoming Events
Breakfast Meeting
Our October face to face breakfast meeting features Thomas Pollock speaking on the benefits that profitable Government revenue streams provide to SMEs. Thomas will break down some of the myths preventing many Queensland SMEs from targeting Government revenue. He will also detail ideal practices to ensure you have the best possible chance to confidently compete against Big Business, to secure your own Government revenue streams. Never has there been a more appropriate time for Queensland SMEs to unlock and realise the benefits that profitable Government revenue streams provide. This is a Covid-safe event and tickets are limited to 60 so get in early. Book here now!
Recovery Moreton Bay Region Business and Jobs Expo
29 October 2020, 10am to 4pm. The Hope Centre, Rothwell.

The Hills & Districts Chamber of Commerce Inc. are supporting the event, and will have a display stand on the day.

If you would like to submit your business marketing material (one small item e.g. business card, flyer etc. per business), or volunteer your time on the Chamber stand on the day, please chat to John Hudson, Anita Bird or Hayley Lingard. 


Mary Di Marco

The September meeting for the Chamber will be our first Face to Face event since February, goodness what a long time ago that was in both days and life changing events.
I am looking forward to seeing all those who were lucky enough to purchase a ticket for our Meet the Candidates Breakfast.

With the COVID restrictions in place there was limit and will continue to be for all future breakfast face to face meetings, until the situation changes for everyone in Queensland.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of your Executive who have maintained contact, worked diligently to ensure that members are “connected”, and stayed upbeat by finding ways and means to continue the great work this fabulous Chamber of Commerce has carried out over the past few decades.
If you know of a business, or business-person, who may need the support, guidance and just friendship which the Chamber offers, suggest to them they come along to these meetings. Now more than ever Chambers of Commerce need to be the linchpin for sole traders and small business enterprises to stay connected.

Looking forward to seeing everyone, on September 22 and at our future meetings. Remember to book early to avoid disappointment.  Mary


Stuart Jaeschke

Financial reports for the month ended 31 August 2020.


Hayley Lingard

Well, welcome to Spring, but more importantly welcome back to face to face events for the Chamber! 

Apologies to those who may have missed out on tickets to our first event, Meet the Candidates; but our following breakfast events will be up online very soon... so if you missed out this time, don’t wait! Donna has been busy in the background sourcing some new and exciting presenters and topics, so stay tuned! 

Don’t forget to bring along some marketing material if you’d like your business showcased at the upcoming business expo too. Anita and I will be collecting these and there’s probably a couple of volunteer spaces available on the day to man the table for those wanting to get amongst it. 

*One marketing item per business membership (e.g. cards, flyers etc.) and provided to Anita Bird or I by the 21st of October and don’t forget to consider joining at the table on the day. . 

I’m also excited to announce that we have two new members this month! I’d love you to join me in welcoming Abe Arends from Arends Legal Solutions and Tim Henry from Henry Lawyers. I can't wait to have all of our new members in the room so that they get to know us face to face. 

Wishing you all well and looking forward to seeing some of you this Tuesday morning and for others hopefully a Tuesday morning (or alike) in the not too distant future.   Hayley

Advocacy Committee

Chair | Brian Battersby

CCIQ Small Business is a Big Deal – Campaign

Recently they released a short 2 minute video by CEO Stephen Tait as he talks about the huge importance in our Queensland Economy of what 445,000 Small Business mean to us even locally. In fact, around 44% of Queenslanders are employed by Small Businesses and they contribute $113 billion into the Queensland Economy. When you get 2 minutes free, watch this video and you too will be amazed and reminded of their value. Please click here to watch.

A State-wide CCIQ Campaign, that our Chamber has helped and supported its creation and direction

Our Chamber of Commerce and numerous other Regional Chambers have worked together with CCIQ to produce a very comprehensive package of State-Wide Election Priorities. Next is that CCIQ will be talking to all State Candidates, seeking their support for this package, as we all work together to Transform our Queensland Economy for the Road Ahead.  

Some folks and Businesses may not realise the sheer volume of Advocacy worth and importance of what our Chamber of Commerce has and is still achieving for the 445,000 Queensland Businesses. Click here for the link to the Election Priorities.
Moreton Bay Regional Council – items

Recently their Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS), our Advocacy Committee was invited to be involved in the initial comments phase. Then for the final draft we lodged a submission where we fell some areas needed to be highlighted. If anyone would like to view the draft plan or our submission, please contact Brian Battersby.  

They have recently created a Business help Newsletter called Business Moreton Bay Region that is the official digital resource centre, tasked with empowering the region’s businesses by providing fee easy-to-access updates, communications, and resources. 

Keep up to date with the latest Local, State and Federal news announcements as well as upcoming business workshops and events by subscribing to our fortnightly newsletter here.
Vietnam Veteran’s Day Commemorative Service
This photo is of Kevin Erwin OAM Committee member of the Gaythorne RSL Sub-Branch with Brian Battersby OAM, Vice President of our Chamber of Commerce at their service on Tuesday 18th August 2020. Both of us laid a wreath on this occasion and congratulations as this RSL club is now a Chamber Member.
An Invitation to Chamber Members
Would you like to join our Advocacy Committee as many of the items above are the results from our efforts.  This is what we do as we work to assist Local Businesses and Unite for our stronger voices? Call Brian Battersby on Mobile 0418 878 508.

Meet the Candidates Committee

Chair | Brian Battersby

A State Election set for Sat 31st Oct 2020.  

At the time of drafting this newsletter item our Chamber Meet the State Candidates Forum set for 22/9/20, was still a few days away.  But I must say of the 60 tickets available, they were sold out in a little over 2 weeks of the opening day and 9 Candidates attending.  More in our October Newsletter.
This event was subject to Covid-19 conditions.  Brian
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