Christmas on the Mountain

Christmas with the Chamber

What are your Christmas opening hours? Let us know ASAP and the hours will be posted on the Chamber and Visitor Information Centre websites.

Christmas Opening Hours for Businesses

It is less than 6 weeks to Christmas on the Mountain! Businesses should by now have decided on their opening hours and which days they will be closed over the Christmas period. One of our brilliant volunteers from the Visitor Information Centre suggested that we keep a list of restaurants and cafes, including their trading hours, as we have already had our first enquiry about a reservation for Christmas from a visitor. Consequently, to assist all businesses over the Christmas period, business owners are invited to complete the survey below and your Christmas information will be collated at the VIC and posted on the Visit Tamborine Mountain and Chamber of Commerce websites.  This is an area of inadequate communication for visitors to the Mountain. Hopefully this initiative will go some way to improving opening hours communication for our visitors over this period.

Christmas Member Event

This year the Chamber Christmas party will be held at Cedar Creek Lodges on Thursday 14th December; tickets will be available soon.

All business owners are welcome to join the Chamber and attend this exciting event and, until the start of the new year, membership fees have been waived. Contact the secretary for more information.

Scarecrow Festival and Melbourne Cup Breakfast Event

Did you win any prizes at the Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival?

A massive thank you to this year’s committee - the massive amount of work you put can be seen in the results with another fantastice festival! Come join us for a Business Networking Melbourne Cup Breakfast at Franquette French Bakery

Hopefully everyone had a fabulous weekend at the Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival with an excellent display of Scarecrows and Artwork. Events such as this do not simply come together, there is an enormous amount of preparation and organization needed and hours of volunteer work. A massive thank you to this year’s committee – Sandra McDonald, Pam Lambert, Lissy Patzelt and Gaye Dell, together with Lily Parker and Addison Moorkens from Tamborine Mountain College. Whilst it is generally acknowledged that formal volunteering in Australia has been gradually declining in recent years, this team defied that concept. A special mention to Sandra for organizing the Colouring and Poetry Competition. It’s great to see this style of art and culture being supported and embraced by our community. The age diversity of the committee also needs a special mention, from 16 – 80+, it was wonderful to see skills being shared and complemented, from Google Sheets to pen & paper, there is always something to be gained.

The festival also needs support from the Community. This year we were fortunate to have the following major sponsors:

In addition, there were over 30 businesses who donated a variety of vouchers to support the event, with the vast majority of prizes being given to local residents allowing the benefits to stay within the local community.

Melbourne Cup Breakfast Event

Start Melbourne Cup morning with breakfast at Franquette, networking and some fun. Create a hat that describes you & your business and enjoy the company of your business colleagues, scan the code for tickets.

All business owners are welcome to join the Chamber and until the start of the new year membership fees have been waived. Contact the secretary for more information.

Member Event: Business Mental Health Workshop

Business Burnout in the wake of the pandemic

This workshop is designed for leaders and provides an overview of the signs and symptoms of burnout, the most common causes that lead to fatigue and evidence-based strategies to reduce the incident of burnout for employees.

The last few years have taken a toll on organisations across the country. The ripple effect of pandemic restrictions, staff shortages, hybrid working and difficulties in recruiting are likely to continue for some time. Next month the Chamber will be hosting a Business Mental Health Workshop to address business burnout. This event will be supported by Business Chamber Queensland and the Queensland Government.

Psychologist, Emma Boucher will facilitate the event. Emma lived on the Mountain for 5 years and has 25 years of experience within the domains of clinical, occupational, and organisational psychology including leadership, RTW, workplace wellbeing, and strategic planning. She is passionate about creating psychologically healthy workspaces through promotion of healthy work practices, management of psychosocial hazards, and early intervention to support those experiencing mental ill health.

Investing in creating a more mentally fit workplace is beneficial to all staff. As a result, employees are more engaged, more motivated, morale will be higher, and staff will be more willing to go above and beyond the requirements of their role. This workshop provides an overview of the signs and symptoms of burnout, the most common causes that lead to fatigue and evidence-based strategies to reduce the incident of burnout for employees. This workshop is designed for leaders of all levels to develop a greater understanding of the impact of burnout within businesses and apply practical solutions to minimise this risk. 

The event is on Thursday, September 14, 5:30pm at Shambala Estate and is free for members. As the event will be catered, you are required to have a ticket, scan the QR code. If you are a business owner and would like to join the Chamber Contact the secretarymemberships have been discounted until the end of the year.

Member Networking Events

Grants, new members & more

The most recent Tamborine Business Chamber networking event and planning for the next event... don't miss out!

Our last Chamber Member Networking Events was held at The Monkey Tree Bar & Restaurant, with a solid turnout and an enjoyable, informative evening. The guest speaker was Paul Garcia from the Business Chamber Queensland. A great opportunity for members to get an update on recent changes to industrial relations laws and be privy to survey and reporting insights garnering a greater understanding of the challenges of the workplace. Krystle Divertie from AstroWave notified members of the QLD HR grants available for small businesses, contact the Chamber if you want to know more. At the event were a few new members, Mark Cantlon, host and owner operator of The Monkey Tree Bar & Restaurant, Scott Howison & Susie Kitchener from The Grand Chameleon on the corner of Long and Curtis Roads, and Shane Walker, manager of Escarpment Retreat & Day Spa. Great to see new businesses joining the Chamber.

Our next Chamber event will be a breakfast on August 9th from 7:00 am to 8:30 am at Inspire Me Naturally. Start your day with a refocused mindset from our host at Inspire Me Naturally, breakfast by Franquette, and the latest news on Mountain Water. A joint briefing to the Chamber on the work done by QUT in partnership with the Queensland Government investigating groundwater at Tamborine Mountain. A topic sure to inspire some riveting conversation. A Chamber meeting not to be missed!

Tamborine Mountain Distillery Networking Event

An event, name changes and new partnerships!

Read on to find out what is happening in the Tamborine Mountain Chamber of Commerce...another event, SRRC councillor, and new advertising parterships...

Last Wednesday Chamber Members gathered at Tamborine Mountain Distillery. The evening was an opportunity for networking with a bonus sumptuous selection of food by Ness and Nells Nook, from their Grazing Boxes, together with a dram of TMD’s award-winning apricot brandy and a Yuzucello, a natural hybrid of wild mandarin and Ichang lemon, a perfect combination!

It was a well-attended evening with our local Council Amanda Hay giving members an update of her first 60 days in Council. Cr Hay has hit the ground running! Cr Hay’s attendance and collaboration is extremely appreciated by all Chamber members.

There was also a group discussion regarding the proposed name change from Tamborine Mountain Chamber of Commerce & Industry to Business Chamber Tamborine Mountain, aligning the Chamber to the newly renamed Business Chamber Queensland from the previous Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland. The proposal was well accepted and members present were keen to change to the new name. The change process will take a little while, stay posted!

Rebel Media will now be working alongside the Tamborine Mountain Chamber of Commerce and Industry. As a part of the sponsorship the Chamber will be advertising through both Rebel and The Breeze. The Rebel team even created a tagline for Tamborine Mountain, ‘Rebel Rocks Tamborine Mountain’, it definitely has appeal!

It was an informative evening for all in attendance. If you are a business owner and would like to join the Chamber contact the secretary.

Meet the Committee

Meet the new Committe & SRRC Councillor for the area

Find out what's going on in your Business Chamber, town and region & take the opportunity to network with like-minded business.

The next Chamber Member Event will be held on 12th April at 5:30pm at Shambala Estate. Business owners will have the opportunity to meet the Committee and also have a unique opportunity to hear from the candidates for the upcoming Council by-election.  This will be an open event for all business owners. Contact the secretary to register.

The Chamber is well on the way to supporting the completion of the nomination for the Queensland Tourism Industry Council’s Top Tourism Town Awards for 2023. The film crew were seen shooting around the Mountain capturing a surreal sunrise and hang gliders with a spectacular backdrop of the views from Robert Sowter Park Lookout through to filming our iconic shops of Gallery Walk. Work is also continuing on the Best of Tamborine Mountain Visitor Guide 23-24 with an expected print date of mid to late April.

Businesses sometimes ask why they should join the Chamber? The above events and productions are all sponsored and supported by the Chamber, in addition, there are a myriad of other activities and promotions every month, face-to-face and on social media. The Chamber is here to be relevant to businesses through support, collaboration and advocating on their behalf. Check out more information and opportunities here.

Business Speed Dating Night

Business Speed Networking

Come along and have the opportunity to network in Business Speed Dating Night to find employees

The first member event for the year will be a business ‘SPEED DATING NIGHT’ with businesses in need of staff having the opportunity to meet with potential employees. This is probably the first of its kind for the Chamber. There will be ample opportunities for members not looking for employees to network amongst themselves, as well as partaking in the second part of the evening in a discussion regarding common business values for Tamborine Mountain. The event is Wednesday February 8th at 5:30 pm at The Back Room at North Stores. Scan the QR for tickets. New businesses are always welcome to join the Chamber to receive tickets at the member price. If you’d like to be connected to the roles we have available and attending the ‘SPEED DATING NIGHT’, Contact the secretary to register – you must be registered to attend this event. The March Event for the Chamber will be the AGM, being held at Eagle Heights Mountain Resort on March 8th at 5:30pm. More about that event in the next article.

Business owners sometimes ask ‘what value do I get from being a member of the Chamber?’ The vision of the Chamber is to be relevant to the business community by embodying the principles of support and collaboration, and advocates on behalf of businesses. The Chamber achieves this through events, promotions, and regular communication, and advocates on behalf of members to all levels of Government. We encourage B2B promotion and support social enterprises. The Chamber values honesty, integrity, respect and support, responsiveness and openness, community-mindedness and business focus and are a non-political entity. Check out more information and opportunities here.