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Maleny Commerce

Representing the local business community since 1986.

Maleny Commerce Newsletter 
From the President 
Happy New Year and wishing you all a healthy and prosperous 2017 for yourself, family, friends, business and communities.
Our first event for this year is the Maleny Commerce AGM at the House of Laurels on the 14th of February. Far from the usual dry, procedurally heavy organisational AGM, the formalities are over relatively quickly and we can all get back to the business of networking with the Maleny and wider business communities.
Committee nominations thus far are indicating continuity with existing positions. Spencer - Shaw President, Jennepher Bucher - Treasurer, Karen Shaw - Secretary, Deborah Hammond - Committee Member, Lea Parkes - Committee Member. Mark Burgunder is retiring as Vice-President and Nicole Hilton is nominated for Vice-President, Alan Marchant is also nominated as Committee Member. Thank you Mark for your contributions to our community through Maleny Commerce over many years, you will be missed. I enjoy immensely working with such a dedicated and professional group of people to represent and promote the business interests of our community.

Cheers, Spencer.
Networking Breakfast - 2017 AGM Meeting
When: Starting 7am till 8:30am, Tuesday, 14th of February 2017.
Where: House of Laurels, 953 Maleny - Montville Rd,
 Maleny QLD 4552. Click HERE for a link to a map.
Topic: 2017 AGM. Catch up on all that we achieved last year together. 

Come celebrate Valentines Day by bringing your significant other to join us for a beautiful breakfast and to share our love for Maleny.

Breakfast Menu: Buffet Style.
  • scrambled & poached eggs
  • bacon & sausages
  • roasted tomatoes & mushrooms
  • baked beans & hash browns
  • fresh fruit & toast
  • juice, tea and coffee
Entire meal is gluten free, with vegetarian options available. 

Please use email address provided below to confirm any special requirements.
Please contact if you wish to attend and have any dietary requirements. 
Cost: $20 for members, $25 for non-members. 
Book Here

Please note: ALL breakfast meals booked must be paid for.  If you book and are unable to attend, but don’t notify the secretary/admin, the Chamber still has to pay for the meal so you will be charged. We aim to support our local restaurants. Please provide 24 hrs notice if possible.
Book Now
Upcoming Breakfasts
14th of March - Spicers Tamarind, with David Furze from Launch Commercial.

To book now contact Admin HERE.
Upcoming Events
TreX Cross Triathlon Series - 11th & 12th of February
Ewen Maddock Dam Recreation Camp

The Qld X-Triathlon Champs & MultiSport Weekend is based in the spectacular Sunshine Coast Hinterland, on the banks of Ewen Maddock Dam. The rainforest trails and fern filled bushland of Beerwah State Forest provides the perfect setting for a action packed family weekend. More info at or

Valentines Day - 14th of February

Don't forget to cherish the ones you love each and every day.

Queensland Volunteering Awards 2017

Theses prestigious awards acknowledge the endeavors of inspiring Queenslanders who promote the spirit of volunteerism.
They pay tribute to their compassion, commitment, hard work and the positive impact they contribute to communities.
If you know a volunteer, manager of volunteers, volunteer program or employee volunteering program that deserves recognition, visit the website and nominate them today!

Nominations are open until 28 February 2017.

Rod Richards - Build A Better Business Program 
8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of March, and the 5th of April.

 $400.00 course, usually worth $3500.00
The course will be held every Wednesday from the 8th of March till the 5th of April, starting at 9am and finishing at 12pm.
Venue - O Associates, Suite 2, Elouera Tower 81, Sixth Avenue. Maroochydore 4558

·       The workshops are outstanding value, at just $400 for a series of five workshops, and an additional two hours of one-on-one mentoring.

For more information, either contact Rod directly or

Maleny Christmas Street Carnival
This year the Ananda Marga River School students build a life size baby Blue Whale and wheeled him up through the main street, sharing information about this majestic creature. 
Santa Claus made a very special appearance, accompanied by Mrs. Claus and several dogs in their Christmas best. Unfortunately Australia proved too warm for the Reindeer. 
There were many weird and wonderful costumes highlighting Maleny's individuality. 
The winners of this years Best Decorated Beard category. This wonderful family all contributed towards the truly magnificent display. 
Our beautiful town was lit up spectacularly. Not only by the decorations, but also with the gorgeous sunset.
Word has it that this was the place to be!
Well done Pallet Life for your awesome ambiance, food and music. 
As always, there was plenty of activities for the kids. 
This year featured quieter rides, including trampolines and slides. 
Our very own gorgeous Christmas Elves out and about with Santa's hounds. 
What we love most about the Maleny Street Carnival is that it gets the entire township together and encourages a sense of community spirit. 
All photo's have been provided courtesy of Allan MacKenzie Photography & Motion
Welcome to new members
On behalf of the Maleny Chamber of Commerce Committee, welcome and thank you to the following businesses for joining us in creating a more connected and involved business community.
GT Finance - Website
Dot & Birdie - Website
Concept IT Systems - Website
Maleny Community Centre - Website
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre - Website
Maleny Visitor Info Centre - Website

Allan MacKenzie Photography & Motion - Website
Maleny Credit Union - Website
Maleny Cheese Cafe - Website
Maleny Optical - Website
Brush Turkey Enterprise's - Website

Visit Sunshine Coast - Website
Silvershotz - Website
Glasshouse Country & Maleny News 
- Website
To become a member of the Maleny Chamber of Commerce, either contact or fill in the form HERE
Maleny Golf Club News
Tuesday 24/01/2017: The Maleny Golf Club held an 18 Hole Single Stableford for both the men and the ladies.  First place went to Will Rothwell with 38 points on a count-back from the runner-up Toni Bishop also 38 points, third place went to Jon Fairman with 37 points on a count-back from Stephen Porter, also with 37 points. Nearest to the Pin went to Steve Lawrence on the 5th hole, Gary Dallyn on the third hole for the men and to Toni Bishop, also on the third hole for the ladies.
Wednesday 25/01/2017: Our ladies played in our usual 18 hole Monthly Medal Competition with first place going to Toni Bishop with 70 nett, runner-up went to Christine Lemon with 71 nett and third place went to Mo Lawrence with 72 nett.  Nearest to the Pin went to Karen Heading on the 3rd hole and Margaret Trigger on the 5th hole.
Saturday 28/01/2017: Our men played in their Monthly Medal Competition which was an 18 hole Nett event. A Grade Winners were – first place to Jan Johnston with 68 nett on a count-back from our runner-up Blake Wellington, also with a 68 nett, third place went to Troy Edwards with 70 nett. B Grade Winners were – first place to Richard Clayton with 71 nett, runner-up went to Paul Viertel with 74 nett, and third place went to Bill Reynolds with 75 nett. C Grade Winners were – first place Jon Fairman with 69 nett on a count-back from runner-up, Richard Owen, also with 69 nett and third place going to Geoff Smith with 71 nett on a count-back from Dennis Brown, also with 71 nett. Nearest to the Pin went to Jan Johnston in the 5th and 3rd holes and Over 70’s Mug went to Joe Walters.
The picturesque Maleny Golf Club is situated at 15 Porters Lane, North Maleny and it’s ambiance and natural environment offers nine holes, each with it’s own challenge.  The course provides an enjoyable golfing experience and challenge for players of all standards.
Visitors are most welcome and for more information, visit the web site: .
Sunshine Coast Hinterland Poetry Trail
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Poetry Trail project is a collaboration by Sunshine Coast poets (Judith Bandidt, Lyn Browne, Deanne Lister) and sculptural artists (Barry Smith, Wayne Markwort, Wayne Smith), supported by Art4Place, Hinterland Business Centre, local communities and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.
In 2017 the final stage of this three-year project to establish a poetry trail in the Sunshine Coast hinterland gets under way, following successful completion of Stage I (Concept Development) and Stage II (Design), with approval from SC Council to move to Stage III, the implementation stage, to take place during 2017.
Stage III of the Poetry Trail involves the creation and installation of innovative works of public art linking sculpture and poetry, at three very special places in the Sunshine Coast hinterland: Little Yabba Creek near Kenilworth, Russell Family Park at Montville, and a section of the Heritage Trail at Maleny near Pattemore House and the golf course. Both the poems and the sculpture designs were inspired by the history, heritage and unique environmental features of the selected sites.
Please visit the website for the full story of the poetry trail project.  You'll also be able to hear the poets read some of the poems they have written for the project, and see the designs prepared by the artists.
The funding plan to complete the final stage includes:
  1. submissions to both local and State Government and philanthropic institutions       supporting the arts
  2. sponsorship from corporations and Sunshine Coast businesses for the complete    poetry trail, or on a site-by-site basis
  3. donations either online through the Australian Cultural Fund, or directly
Funding will be applied towards:
  1. art creation (by the three artists)
  2. installation of the poetry sculptures  (at the three hinterland sites)
  3. promotion and launch of the poetry trail
Community support is a vital part of ensuring the Poetry Trail can be completed during 2017, and the poetry trail committee is currently seeking sponsorship for the project.
The Poetry Trail project has been invited to submit a proposal to be part of the Sunshine Coast 50th Celebrations later in the year, which would be a perfect opportunity to showcase our sponsors as well as the literary and artistic talent of the region.
If you are interested in becoming a Poetry Trail Sponsor or Supporter, or would like further information, please contact the project coordinator, Judith Bandidt (contact details below).
Judith Bandidt
for the Poetry Trail Team
Judith Bandidt—Deanne Lister—Lyn Browne
0427 745 579

For more information about the poetry written for the rail go to
Maleny Site 1.
Maleny Site 2.
Speak Up Engage
Sunshine Coast Council is calling for young people from all walks of life to get involved in the Speak Up Engage program. Speak Up Engage is Council's youth engagement and development program that has been developed by young people for young people. 
The current Speak Up Engage participants have worked alongside Council for the past 12 months to design the 2017 program. The new program will offer project management experience, mentoring, free formal professional and personal development training and the unique opportunity to work with Council staff to create a new Youth Action Plan.
There are limited spaces available on the 2017 Speak Up Engage program. It is really easy to get involved. Simply complete the online registration form. If you are under 18, you will need permission from your parent, guardian or carer to participate. Registrations close 24 February 2017 (5pm).
For more information and to register visit council’s website. Contact Council on (07) 5475 7272 and ask to speak to the Community Development Officer or email
Thank you to Sunshine Coast Council for their sponsorship of our Admin Officer Position. 

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