The Hills & Districts Chamber of Commerce Inc. March eNewsletter
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MARCH 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.
Become a Member
Upcoming Events
Join us for the next Friday Night Social event on Friday 8th April 2022.
This casual event provides an unstructured evening to network and socialise and is open to all business owners, there is no need to be a Chamber member. Why not bring a friend or colleague!
Attendance is free and light finger food is sponsored by Donna Pritchard of First Accounts – Ferny Grove, just buy your own drinks.
Registration is essential for catering purposes, RSVP at the Chamber website.
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:
  • 20th May 2022 
  • 1st July 2022 
  • 12th August 2022 
  • 23rd September 2022 
  • 4th November 2022 
  • 16th December 2022
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

I hope that everyone has survived the deluge over the past few weeks. It has certainly made me consider learning to swim!

We are mid-way through March and Big Breakfast preparations are underway. A decision was made by the Big Breakfast Planning Committee for the event to become even more relevant for our local businesses and members of our Commerce in Schools programmes.

The Big Breakfast is a little later in the year than we have held it in the past, however we all know that Life is different since 2019 .

So you don’t miss out on a seat do “Save the Date”  the Big Breakfast will be held on Wednesday 19 October 7.00am at Eatons Hill Hotel. The breakfast will be followed by a Schools Career Exposition until 12.30pm .

More details on guest speaker, the format for the Career Expo will be provided at our breakfast meetings over the coming weeks. The idea of a Career Exposition was to combine our schools and businesses and provide pathways which would be mutually beneficial.

We have our Women in Business luncheon on 6 May. Book your table to avoid missing out. Don’t forget to nominate for the Women in Business Awards. Another great way to network and meet like-minded business people.

We are holding a joint Mental Health event with the NOW network, details will be on our website
Remember the breakfast meetings are only one of many ways you can become involved in our Chamber.
I look forward to meeting all of you throughout the year.  Mary


Stuart Jaeschke

Financial reports for the month ended 28 February 2022. 

Advocacy Committee

Chair | Brian Battersby

This is the Federal Body
In Queensland it is CCIQ (which is our State body) and they also work together with other State/Territory bodies, via ACCI to strengthen the voice of Small and Medium Businesses on important matters. Like now in the development of Federal Policy, especially in the run up to a Federal Election.

Recently ACCI developed their 2022 Federal Election Campaign Proactive policy priorities, click here to read that 7-page document. Also go to ACCI website if you need further information.

Queensland Small Business Commissioner is Maree Adshead

Just one of their services is - Advocacy
  • Listen to you, help amplify your views and experiences
  • Work collaboratively with business groups and government at all levels
  • Inform policy change and advocate for red-tape reduction
  • Provide advice/inform and improve government services at all levels.
 How to contact (QSMC) phone 1300 312 344 or visit them online.
Economic relief for Businesses, Sports Clubs and Community Groups

Brisbane City Council is committed to support Brisbane local businesses and the clubs and groups that bring our communities together, Council is introducing a $5 million economic relief package by waiving a significant number of fees, rents, Clubs leases on council land and charges between 1 January to 31 March 2022.

What fees will be waived?  Visit their website for further information or phone their 24hr Customer Service 07 3403 888.

Meet the 2022 Federal Candidates Committee

Chair | Brian Battersby


Ask your Federal Question

At our Candidates Breakfast Forum

Tues 26th April - Start 6.45am sharp
It’s - the day after Anzac Day

 Candidates invited from two seats: Dickson and Ryan
 Location: Arana Leagues Club, 247 Dawson Parade Keperra


A Scrumptious Buffet Breakfast offered - between 6.45am to 7.15am just before the actual formalities start.

All attendees must Pre-Book via the website. Any Covid Conditions current then, will apply.  

  • Our event is run by The Hills & Districts Chamber of Commerce Inc.
  • At Arana Leagues Club the Foundation room – its capacity is 100 attendees
  • Please book tickets early or you could miss out on a ticket to participate
  • All known candidates invited from the two Federal Seats of Dickson and Ryan
  • It is your chance to meet your Federal Candidate and hear their opinions
  • Candidate Guests can attend and they also need to be fully booked
  • As of 13th March 2022, eleven (11) known candidates have been invited
  • Attendee Questions/Candidate answers mostly time limited - for sharing
  • Attendee questions to be asked from a single location for time expediency
  • Our event is a Friendly and Harmonious forum because our Chamber is A-Political
  • Both Community and Business attendees may ask questions 
  • Our friendly and independent Chairperson planned (again) as Ian Skippen
  • On booking tickets, attendees accept/acknowledge conditions of entry apply namely the forum is being Video Recorded and Photographer to be present etc
  • A buffet breakfast provided only, between 6.45 to 7.15am soon after closing to allow the Forum start, for maximum participation
  • Tea or Coffee is continuously self-serve - inside the Forum room
  • We aim to finish after 9am ish aiming to allow some time to mingle after
  • No walk-ins allowed, nor will folks that appear to be disruptive
  • No election material to be distributed inside the Forum Room
  • Each Candidate invited to bring one standard size (900*600mm) Election sign
  • Please book early as tickets selling fast
  • Your fully completed and paid ticket includes the Buffet Breakfast
  • We plan to have all known candidates’ details (if provided) on our website, also on display Screen, rolling through during the forum process.
  • This Candidates Forum is fully run by a group of very dedicated volunteers   

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 fourth Tuesday monthly, and all attendees must book via our website.
Any other Questions or Queries regarding this forum, or our Chamber, please contact Brian Battersby by email or his Mobile 0418 878 508.

Women in Business Committee

Chair | Susanne Jones

By now you will all be aware of the new date for the Women in Business Award Event, 6 May 2022 – tickets will be available to purchase very soon and we hope to see many of you on the night to celebrate the nominees, finalists and winners on the night! 
Nominations close on 1 April, so if you haven’t done already, complete this simple survey to either nominate yourself or another amazing female leader deserving this recognition:
We have been sharing the event across many media channels and invite cross-sharing for even greater exposure. Needless to say that we also now have the support of the Morton Bay Regional Council and we are super excited to have had Moreton Daily sharing the event digitally. You can find the related article here. Thank you to those of you who have assisted us in the promotion :).
Please find above information on sponsorship opportunities for the event. We have decided to keep things simple for this inaugural awards event without disregarding value for money of course. For you to get behind this means a lot to all those fabulous business leaders within the Chamber and in our local communities, and it will provide you with an affordable opportunity to position your business while showing your support.
Looking forward to clinking those champagne flutes on the night!  Susanne
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