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The 2021 Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards are back and are shaping up to be the business event of the year.

Local businesses, community groups, members of the public, visitors, and family and friends are all invited to help celebrate local business achievements at the official 2021 Awards Ceremony, to be held on Friday 5 November 2021 at the Boonah Cultural Centre.

Mayor Greg Christensen said he can’t wait to come together with the community to celebrate Scenic Rim’s business achievements.

“We all missed the awards last year due to COVID-19 so this is an overdue celebratory and networking event that has been strongly supported with nominations from businesses across all corners of the Scenic Rim,” he said.

“A total of 65 nominations were received from 49 businesses across 11 nomination categories and the calibre of these submissions have certainly made it tough for the judges ahead of the Awards Ceremony.

“The passion, resilience, dedication and determination we’ve seen by local businesses in the last 18 months is inspiring and I hope you will join us at the Awards Ceremony to celebrate our best and brightest business champions.

“The Awards Ceremony will be a spectacular night hosted by media personality Sofie Formica, best known for hosting travel and lifestyle programs such as The Great Outdoors and currently hosting Afternoons on Brisbane radio station 4BC, with entertainment from local musicians The Inadequates and beautiful trophies produced by local artist Faerie Fluer from Tamborine Glass Blowing.

“Guests will be treated to a three-course meal created with local produce and prepared by Scenic Rim local and chef extraordinaire Samantha Savery, plus a complimentary glass of a local wine or brew, so you can expect a celebration of all things Scenic Rim on the night.

“Our Business Excellence Awards Ceremony is an event for the whole community with plenty of time to catch up with friends and network after the official proceedings, so get your tickets and get ready to join in celebrating the achievements of the region’s businesses.”

Tickets for the 2021 Business Excellence Awards Ceremony are available online now at $80 per person, with sales closing Monday 1 November 2021. Find out more and book your tickets at

The 2021 Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards Ceremony is proudly sponsored by Destination Scenic Rim, State Member for Scenic Rim Jon Krause, Tamborine Mountain Chamber of Commerce, Beaudesert and District Chamber of Commerce, Boonah District Chamber of Commerce, Total First Home Solutions, Scenic Realty, Federal Member for Wright the Hon Scott Buchholz MP, Canungra Chamber of Commerce, and DGT Employment and Training.

The full list of nominations in each of the awards categories is as follows:


Excellence in Tourism and Accommodation:

Towri Sheep Cheeses

Binna Burra Lodge

Old Church B&B

Olive View Estate

Mountview Alpaca Farm

Spicers Retreat – Scenic Rim Trail

Tamborine Mountain Distillery

Wander at The Overflow 1895

Summer Land Camels

The Old Laravale School

Scenic Rim Brewery

Mt Barney Lodge

Oz Paragliding and Hang Gliding

On The Edge Events

Beaudesert Caravan Park


Excellence in Hospitality – Food and Dining:

Tamborine Mountain Distillery

Wander at The Overflow 1895

Scenic Rim Brewery


Excellence in Retail

La Mode Collection

Duck Junction

My Country Escape

Oppy’s Fruit n Veg

Ritchies IGA

Tamborine Mountain Distillery

Wander at The Overflow 1895

e360 Design


Excellence in Agriculture

The Lime Caviar Company Pty Ltd

Australian Lawn Concepts

Kay Cent Tee Trust


Excellence in Professional and Community Services

Live Fit Gym Canungra

GJ Walsh & Co

ACS Engineers

Honni Hayton Counselling

McAuley College Beaudesert

Tamborine Mountain State School P&C Association

Grace Your Space

Beaudesert Chamber of Commerce

Attitude Evolution

Scenic Rim Media

Destination Scenic Rim


Excellence in Transport, Logistics, Manufacturing and Mining

RV Tanks

Australian Lawn Concepts


Excellence in Trades and Construction

The H2O Tank Dr

Hobbs Building

Wander at The Overflow 1895

Bleuscape Design


Trainee/Apprentice of the Year

Brylie van Keimpema, Scenic Rim Regional Council

Krystal Bardell, Scenic Rim Regional Council

Corinne Cause, Fit Up Fitness

Teagan Viljeon, QCCCC Tamborine


Most Outstanding New Business

La Mode Collection

Instant Pay

Hazelwood Estate

Dandelions 3

Off The Farm

Wander at The Overflow 1895

The Old Laravale School

e360 Design

Attitude Evolution

GTM Music Studios

Fresh Auto Detailers


Excellence in Business (20+ employees)

Binna Burra Lodge

GJ Walsh & Co

Australian Lawn Concepts

Express Your Value: How to Say it Succinctly – Y(E)P Ipswich

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2021 AT 9:30 AM – 11 AM

Business Ipswich – Fire Station 101

You know that panicky, muddled feeling you get when you’re asked to explain what you or your business is about?
Your mouth goes dry, there’s a knot tightening in your torso, and your mind goes blank……um…err…help!
In this workshop with communication expert Leanne Wyvill, you’ll find your voice and learn how to express the value of what you do with confidence.
Leanne will share:
Why you need to capture and communicate value concisely (in person and on paper)
Why the people you want to impress appreciate brevity and clarity
How perceived value influences action
How to distil what you have to offer into something that’s easily understood by someone else
Easy strategies you can try straight away to express value in helpful and respectful ways
Leanne Wyvill is an experienced communications professional who helps people in business express their ideas with confidence.
She founded Presence Communications in 2013 – a training and services consultancy which helps teams work better together with tailored business communication skills training, insightful True Colors empathy-building workshops, and one-to-one executive coaching.
Her handbook for public speakers, Chicken In – ditch the nerves and pitch the power, offers more than 150 practical tips for presenting under the spotlight with confidence. Workshop attendees will receive a promo code to purchase the book for half price.
Tickets –

Founder2Founder – Danielle Lewis (Scrunch) – Y(E)P Ipswich


Online event

Danielle is the Co-Founder & CEO of Scrunch, a global multi-channel Influencer Marketing Platform and Agency.
Scrunch launched in late 2014, and since then has raised $3Million in capital, built a world-class team and launched a global SaaS platform, setting up HQ in Brisbane, Australia.
The Scrunch platform enables brands and agencies to discover the right Influencers for their campaigns through proprietary influencer audience insights plus a world first education for the Influencer Marketing industry through.
Danielle and her team have been proven to be game-changers in the Influencer Marketing world, taking on massive advertising campaigns, collaborating with the likes of Amazon, Deliveroo, NewsCorp, Publicis Mojo, Under Armour, Youfoodz and more.
When she’s not building the Scrunch empire, she’s sharing her love for sales and sales education for startup founders over at Sales & Wine.
Outside of business, Danielle’s heart belongs to travel, yoga, champagne and her cats Sanchez + Arancini.
Check out Scrunch here:
The Founder 2 Founder series is a series of informal events with in-person and virtual entrepreneurs sharing their journey, tips, and strategies to become a successful high-growth technology startup. The event will provide you with the opportunity to practice pitching your startup, ask questions in a safe environment, and connect with other tech entrepreneurs in regional Queensland.
The event follows Chatham House rules where information is shared and able to be used by participants but not repeated. Therefore, these events are not recorded. We welcome current and aspiring founders and employees of regional startups.
For more info –


Delivering Impact: Beyond Business As Usual – Y(E)P Ipswich


North Ipswich Reserve, 54 The Terrace, North Ipswich QLD 4305, Australia


Small to medium businesses are the backbone of the Australian economy. Imagine the possibilities if our local businesses also tackled the social, environmental, and cultural priorities our regional communities need to be able to thrive!
Join Elise Parups (CEO QSEC) to learn about the world of impact empowered business and the enormous opportunities emerging in the social enterprise sector.
If you are running or interested in running a business that goes Beyond Business as Usual, this event is not to be missed.
Presentation: Delivering Impact: Beyond Business as Usual
What’s driving the economy beyond business as usual
Learn about social enterprise and businesses that deliver real change in a changing world
Are you running a social enterprise? How to measure up
Fireside chat: There are so many challenges and opportunities emerging from COVID-19. Let’s talk about some of the amazing examples of real change happening across the globe due to the “Beyond Business as Usual” approach.
Network opportunity: Mingle with like-minded businesses and leaders to connect with others and understand how collaboration and working together can make us stronger.
Elise Parups (MBA) is the Chief Executive Officer at the Queensland Social Enterprise Council. She has been a senior leader in a variety of not for profit, corporate and government positions, and co-founded a co-working and for-community-benefit space in Redland City. She has served in the arts, education, and community sectors in community development, and has a particular passion for the bush regeneration and permaculture. Her ultimate goal is to leave a lasting legacy as an “Impact Whisperer”.
Register now –

Starting a Business from our Region – Y(E)P Ipswich

Beginning or growing a business involves many moving parts! Where is help, and how can you access it?
This free online workshop can point you to resources, education and connections in our area.
If you live in Ipswich or the West Moreton region you may be surprised to learn just how much information and support is available for building your business.
Come join us to discover where to start, or who may be able to help you take your next step.

Date and time

Wed 13th Oct 2021, 9:30 am – 10:30 am AEST
Register to receive online access details –

Inland Rail Update

We have received this update about the Inland Rail Project:

Over the coming weeks, you can expect to see enhanced communication in your community about Inland Rail.

As the Inland Rail program gains momentum, interest in this landmark project from the community and business is growing.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is responding to this interest and enquiry with more prominent communication about the benefits already being delivered and the opportunities Inland Rail presents.

We also know from experience on the now-operational Parkes to Narromine section, and the first stage of the Narrabri to North Star section (currently under construction) that to deliver Inland Rail efficiently, we need local businesses and workers to participate.

Inland Rail is about businesses, government and communities working together. It’s important ARTC communicates why we are building Inland Rail and the benefits it’s delivering, now and into the future, to ensure:

  • we maximise local participation and attract the workforce, skills and enterprise to deliver this key infrastructure for all Australians
  • our contractors and their future suppliers are excited and ready to take up opportunities as we near construction
  • we encourage existing and future customers to fully take advantage of this step-change in our supply chain.

The 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit found only one in five people has an opinion on the quality of their freight services.

The pandemic has highlighted how critical an effective supply chain is to a country as vast as ours and this will become even more important with our freight task set to double by 2030.

It’s also important to reinforce that at the peak of construction, Inland Rail will support more than 21,000 jobs.

In a highly competitive Australian infrastructure market, the Inland Rail program needs to stand out from the crowd to attract quality suppliers and a skilled workforce. This will be especially true at the peak of our construction in 2023-24.

We welcome your support and any questions.

You can also learn more online at

Sole traders and businesses can still apply for COVID-19 Business Support Grants

The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training want to make sure Queensland businesses get the assistance they are eligible for following Queensland’s August 2021 lockdowns due to COVID-19.

To get the message out, we have prepared a toolkit with a newsletter article and social media tile for you to share among your networks.

We want them to know that COVID-19 Business Support Grants of $1,000 to $30,000 are available to all Queensland businesses affected during the lockdowns:

  • $1,000 grants for sole traders and businesses without staff
  • $10,000 grants for employing businesses with an annual payroll less than $1.3 million
  • $15,000 grants for employing businesses with an annual payroll of $1.3 – $10 million
  • $30,000 grants for tourism or hospitality businesses with staff and an annual payroll of more than $10 million.

If they have:

  • a turnover of at least $75,000 a year (and are registered for GST)
  • had a 30 per cent or greater drop in business over seven days, including at least one full day during lockdown.

The South East Queensland lockdown ran from 31 July – 8 August. The Cairns and Yarrabah lockdown was 8 – 11 August 2021.

More information about applying for these grants and who is eligible is available in the newsletter story provided.

Applications for the business grants are open until 16 November, and the sole trader grants will be open until 30 November 2021. Importantly, all eligible businesses who apply will receive funding.

More support options are available at Business Queensland or call the Small Business Hotline on 1300 654 687.

Additional tourism and hospitality support

In addition to the COVID-19 grants, the State Government has announced $40 million in expanded assistance for tourism and hospitality businesses throughout the state.

Businesses with a drop in turnover of at least 70 per cent in turnover since July due to the lockdowns and/or the Queensland-News South Wales border closure will be able to apply for one-off grants of up to $50,000 in October.

There is already $47.55 million available to the sector for COVID-19 lockdown support.

We would appreciate you passing information from our communication toolkit to your members so they know there is support available during this difficult time.

If you have any questions or communication needs please email

Scenic Rim Small Business Hub – How to Recruit and Retain staff

As part of the Scenic Rim Small Business Hub Initiative, the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) South East Region (SER), would like to invite you to learn more about how to recruit staff and gain some insights into how to retain good staff members.

Join us online on the 14th September from 1:00pm  – 2:00pm (via Zoom) to gain valuable recruitment and retention insights from Mentoring for Growth Mentor, Damien Berglas HR Manager at EPE. Trusted to Protect.

This session is open for all small businesses who want to learn more around how to maximise their recruitment and retain quality employees.

To register for this session please click on the link below.

Once registered, a Zoom link will be provided via email prior to event.

For further information on the Scenic Rim Small Business Hub or how DESBT South East Region can assist with your business please feel free to email



Boonah Chamber of Commerce Business Directory 2022

The Boonah District Chamber of Commerce will once again be producing a Businesses Directory this year.

The funds raised from the sponsorship of this Business Directory will enable the Boonah District Chamber of Commerce to continue to dress out Boonah with a Christmas theme, and provide Christmas music and entertainment during the week of Christmas.

Each listing will cost $100

The Business Directory will strongly promote & support our Buy Local Promotion

5000 Directories will be printed and distributed via local businesses and the Boonah Visitor Information Centre.

The directory listing will be under appropriate business headings, and will include business name, address, phone and either website or face-book details.

Sponsorship closes 14th October 2021

To register for the Boonah Business Directory, select payment method and complete the form:

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