The Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival

Have you seen ‘Hayden’ out and about??

The Scarecrow Festival is on the 27th – 29th October, only about 6 weeks away. The festival incorporates poetry, art and of course scarecrow competitions. Come and join in the fun!

Have you seen ‘Hayden’ out and about?? Hayden, our official Scarecrow mascot was seen visiting Jon Krause’s Office – State Member for Scenic Rim and Scott Buchholz’s Office – Federal Member for Wright, what is that straw stuffed plaid shirt handsome scarecrow up to? He’s out and about having his photo taken for the upcoming Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival. Hayden and his chauffeur are popping in to visit sponsors over the next few weeks and posting the photos on Facebook.

The Scarecrow Festival is on the 27th – 29th October, only about 6 weeks away. The festival will incorporate a junior and senior poetry competition as well as a colouring competition. The colouring competition entry form is available in this edition. This year the festival will incorporate an Art Competition being held at Vonda Youngman over the same days. There will be three categories for the competition 13 – 15, 16 – 18 and an open age group. Winners will be chosen by ‘People’s Choice’. An excellent opportunity for our local artists to exhibit their talents. There are only a couple of conditions, the artwork must be Scarecrow themed and completed on a canvas no larger than 45 x 60cm. Registration forms are available next week.

Businesses are welcome to sponsor the festival and are encouraged to hold Scarecrow themed events and to join in the festivities by displaying their own Scarecrows.  Follow us on Facebook @TMScarecrowFestival for more information.

This year the major sponsors are Eagle Heights Bakery, My Plumbing Man, Physique, the School Markets, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Tamborine Times, and of course none of it would happen without the Tamborine Mountain Business Chamber.

Why did Hayden go to Physique? Because his back was stuffed!

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.

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.

Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival 2023

Scarecrow Festival

Scarecrow Festival Art Competition

The Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival will once again be taking place on the last weekend in October from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th 2023.

This year in addition to the extra-straw-din-ary fun of the festival there will also be an art competition. Artists of all ages are invited to grab a canvas and get creative with their ‘scarecrow’ themed creation. Entries will be displayed at Community Sponsors’ venues along with exposure on social media. The Scarecrow Festival is only about 4 months away so now’s the time to get creative. There will be prizes and giveaways for all sections of the festival. The art competition will have three sections, under 15 years old, 16 to 18 years old and an open age group. To register for the art competition, go to or scan the code. If you would like to know more contact the secretary.

There will be more information to follow, watch this space.

The Scarecrow Festival is proudly sponsored and supported by the TM Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Tamborine Mountain – Finalist in the Top Tourism Town 2023

Finalist in the Top Tourism Town 2023

A public vote now decides the winner! We need your help!

Congratulations Tamborine Mountain! The Queensland Tourism Industry Council has named Tamborine Mountain as one of the finalists in the Top Tourism Town Awards 2023. However, there is a second stage to the judging and the Mountain needs YOUR HELP! A public vote is now open and will close on Wednesday 24th May 2023. Scan the QR to view the entry and vote for Tamborine Mountain.

Queensland Small Business Month (QSBM) – May

The next Chamber event is for all employers with vacant roles and potential employees. An interactive speed dating evening giving candidates opportunities to meet, socialise and interact with employers. Included in the evening will be a module on business leadership. Could improvements to your leadership style reduce your employee turnover? This event will take place on Wednesday, 24th May, 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Backroom of North Stores on Main St. Attendance at the event is free, contact the secretary for a ticket.

Tamborine Mountain Top Tourism Town Entry 2023

Vote for the Tamborine Mountain Entry in the Top Tourism Award 2023

Check out the video and 2-day itenerary to visit and have fun on Tamborine Mountain.

The Chamber has supported and sponsored the completion and submission of an entry for Tamborine Mountain in the Queensland Top Tourism Town Award. If the entry achieves a score of 75% from the judges, Tamborine Mountain will once again be a finalist in the awards. However, there is then a second part to the judging where the entries are put to a public vote! The public voting will only be open from Monday 8th May to Wednesday 24th May and we will need your help to win the public vote. If you would like to have a look at the entry, go to the home page of the Visit Tamborine Mountain website, or scan the qrcode below.

The video travels the Mountain over two days. Beginning with Verandah House to Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation to the Organic Farm on the roadside, past Robert Sowter Park Lookout and the paragliders and onto Gallery Walk for a bite at Franquette, a visit to e360, and then onto Witches Falls Winery and the Glow Worms at Cedar Creek Estate before finishing the evening at Cedar Creek Lodges.

Day 2 starts with a morning visit to Tamborine Mountain Distillery and an afternoon of entertainment at Cauldron Distillery. The landscapes and rainforests are simply stunning.  It’s amazing how much can be packed into a 2-minute video, and yes there is so much more to see on the Mountain!

Congratulations to Shae and Russ Raven and a special than you to Judi Minnikin for realising this achievement.

Best of Tamborine

Advertise in the ‘Best of Tamborine Mountain’ Official Visitor Guide

It is distributed to over 950 locations including apartments, hotels, resorts, petrol stations, car-rentals, tour desks and Visitor Information Centres, and the map boards located across the Mountain. In the last year 80,000 copies were distributed from Byron to Brisbane

‘The vision of the Chamber is to be relevant to the business community by embodying the principles of support and collaboration and advocating on their behalf. 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.’

In practical terms one way this is achieved is through the ‘Best of Tamborine Mountain’ Official Visitor Guide. The Chamber coordinates this brochure to support businesses on the Mountain. It is distributed to over 950 locations including apartments, hotels, resorts, petrol stations, car-rentals, tour desks and Visitor Information Centres, and not forgetting the map boards located across the Mountain. In the last year 80,000 copies have been distributed from Byron to Brisbane. Now is the time for your business to be showcased in the 2023/24 Visitor Guide, however time is running out with advertising opportunities closing on Friday, 17th March. 

In 2022, Tamborine Mountain was awarded the Top Tourism Town Award, by Queensland’s top tourism organisation, Queensland Tourism Industry Council. The winning of this coveted award was sponsored and supported by members of the Chamber. One of the major benefits of Chamber membership include the opportunity to advertise in the ‘Best of Tamborine Mountain’ Official Visitor Guide, which has been a major contributor to Chamber’s financial wellbeing for over 30 years. In turn, this enables Chamber to be a valuable sponsor to worthy causes and opportunities on our Mountain.

For more information, please contact the secretary as the benefits to showcase your business to a wide and varied audience are many. The Chamber is holding its Annual General Meeting on 8th March, 5:30 pm at Eagle Heights Mountain Resort.

All members are welcome to attend the AGM. If your business is not already a member, please remember that all local business owners are always welcome to join the Chamber. Find out more information and opportunities here.