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Maroochy Member Mail – June 2023


June traditionally means the start of winter, tax time and another Queensland victory in the State of Origin series. All three have come to fruition again this year and I hope you’ve enjoyed the latter as much as I did.

With the first six months of the year done and dusted we look forward to what the remainder of the year has to offer. From our Chamber’s perspective, we could not be happier with how the year has started, particularly with our three major events which included former Wallabies Captain John Eales, AFL Premiership star Tom Boyd and more recently big wave surfer Mark Visser. Our chamber has steered clear of ‘big name’ events in the past but we could not be happier with the quality of each of these speakers along with the large number of people who came along to these events.

To hear more from Brendan and what the Chamber has planned for 2023 click below.

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Pictured: Deb Hediger, Pauline Ryeland, Sharon Dryden

As our membership grows, we understand the need to continue to invest in the tools and resources to ensure you receive value from your membership. Our greatest asset is our wonderful Membership Coordinator, Sharon Dryden who has been integral in proactively communicating with our members and keeping our Executive Committee updated about our member’s needs.

Please feel free to reach out to Sharon anytime you need your business profile updated on the Members Register. She loves receiving feedback good or not so good as we value your opinion for the growth of our Chamber.  Her contact details are or of 0408 389 365.

We would like to acknowledge our amazing Membership Committee, Charmaine Bastin, Richard Turnbull, and Anita Piers, for their dedication to strategically support our members. They diligently serve as a brains trust for connecting members with other professionals in the community, creating relevant opportunities for networking, and building relationships that lead to new ventures. We are so grateful for their hard work and commitment to our members.

Lastly, If you know a business that could benefit from joining the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce, please pass on details to Sharon and she will contact them directly. If this business becomes a member, you will receive another month free on your membership as a thank you for your referral. There is no limit to the number of businesses you can refer, and we will send you a personalised email letting you know that we have contacted them.

Welcome to our new Business Members

As we enter the third quarter of the year, we are excited to see our membership sustaining well over 300 members. We would like to welcome the following members to the Chamber:

Congratulate our Members of 3 years!

  • We Create Content
  • CYONIC I.T. Professionals
  • Indepth Business Advisory and Taxation
  • Vincents
  • Becker Constructions
  • Integrated Disability Support Services Ltd
  • White House International
  • GPS Audit Assurance and Business Services
  • Kapow’s Commercial Cleaning
  • Shine Lawyers
  • MAX Employment
  • Bathersby Legal
  • Simpson Quinn Lawyers
  • Ocean Art Naomi
  • McInnes Wilson Lawyers
  • Life Law Solutions
  • HR Dynamics
  • Wishlist
  • APM Employment Services

Member Testimonials

Pictured: Aaron Papas & Jack Swanepoel

Jack Swanepoel, All Computer Services Pty Ltd

“I look forward to attending the Maroochydore Chamber Of Commerce events, where I meet and talk with other keen business people like myself. I love the opportunity to get a sense of how business is treating other business people on the coast, and at every meeting I meet four or five new business people on the coast.

The sponsors and speakers at the events are inspirational, and I never leave the events without feeling like I’ve learned new things or met new people with great opportunities that come with those meetings.

Kudos to the Chamber Committee for the huge effort they put into coordinating these events, they are always a pleasure to attend. Especially Sharon the Membership Coordinator and the whole Chamber team , they make the whole operation what it is.”

Pictured: Jerome Lamarque, Rebecca Gabrielle & Megan Barkle

Rebecca & Jerome, Get Performing Pty Ltd.

“Since becoming a member of the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce, Sharon Dryden has warmly welcomed us into the business community of the Sunshine Coast.  She has been proactive in ensuring we embrace opportunities to connect with other entrepreneurs and business people, which has been a lovely introduction for us since moving to the sunny coast.

Sharon has a beautiful way of connecting people, and we’ve really appreciated her responsiveness to helping us to engage with the local community.  Sharon is a refreshing example of people supporting people.”

ChamberCast With the President & Pep

Pictured: Brendan Bathersby, Tim Jordan, Peppi Bueti

Over the past few months we’ve had two outstanding Chambercast episodes, it was an absolute pleasure to have Bonza CEO Tim Jordan join us for a chat in April and more recently property experts Mal Cayley and Nicola McDougall joined us to discuss the current housing crisis. Our Chambercast would not be possible without the support of our sponsor Southern Cross Austereo and their incredible Listnr studio in Maroochydore.
To listen to our latest podcast click the link below!

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Sunshine Coast Business Awards

Image Source: Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2023

Entries are now open for the 2023 Sunshine Coast Business Awards. We would love to see as many Maroochydore based businesses apply and be a part of this prestigious event. Entries close on August 28 and can be submitted via this website:

Your Opportunity to Meet the Sunshine Coast Makers this July

Maroochydore’s City Centre comes alive on July 28th when our region’s innovative producers and makers celebrate our region’s passionate and creative food and beverage producers.

Key events include:
3.00pm to 4.00pm – Entrée at Market Bistro – featuring Sunshine Coast produce and Q&A between local producer and Market Bistro Head Chef

4.15pm to 5.15pm – Main at Bottarga Restaurant – featuring Sunshine Coast produce and Q&A between local producer and Bottarga Head Chef.

5.30pm to 7.30pm – Drinks and Dessert Networking at The MET with a special guest panel of local producers hosted by Paul West of A River Cottage Australia fame.

Purchase tickets for the whole afternoon of festivities or just the Dessert and Drinks sunset networking with Paul West via the link below.

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E-scooter trial set to commence in Maroochydore

Image source: Neuron Australia 2023

Our Chamber has been a big supporter of new and alternative transport options for our region and we are pleased to see Sunshine Coast Council undertake an 18 month e-scooter and e-bike trial in Maroochydore and Mooloolaba.

Maroochydore Chamber member Neuron Mobility were successful in winning this tender to deliver more affordable and environmentally friendly transport options for the region.

Up to 400 of Neuron Mobility’s purpose-built e-scooters and up to 75 e-bikes are now available for hire in Maroochydore and Mooloolaba. Riders will be able to book and use the e-scooters and e-bikes through Neuron’s app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

Forward Fest 23

Discover the Future of Business at Forward Fest 2023!

Join attendees from diverse backgrounds for 2 days of insightful discussions and valuable networking opportunities. Hosted by Silicon Coast, Forward Fest promises to bring you over 70 expert speakers, 25 industry analyses, and three key themes: Innovation and Technology, Customer Experience and Marketing, and Skills of the Future.

For more information, head to; Forward Fest › 2nd & 3rd AUGUST 2023

Top 7 Intelligent Communities of the Year

On Tuesday 20th June, the Intelligent Community Forum announced the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2023. In its 21st year, the Top7 list included cities and countries from around the world, namely;
  • Binh Duong Smart City, Vietnam
  • Coral Gables, Florida, USA
  • Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
  • Durham Region, Ontario, Canada
  • Greater Geelong, Victoria, Australia
  • Hilliard, Ohio, USA
  • Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Having ranked in the Top7 Intelligent Communities in 2022, this is the fourth time that the Sunshine Coast has featured! For more information head to The Intelligent Community Forum Names the Global Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2023 – Intelligent Community Forum


Thursday 6th July Coffee & Connect

92.7 MixFM  | 7.30am – 8.30am



Thursday 13th July Wishlist Tour & Talk

Join us on Thursday 13th July for a collaborative event with Wishlist Sunshine Coast and the Kawana Chamber of Commerce.



Thursday 26th July

June Coffee + Connect, Southern Cross Austereo

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Feeling Better in Business Breakfast with Mark Visser

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If you have any questions, please connect with us via:
0408 389 365 |