• 31 Mar 2020 1:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sunshine Coast Council as an organisation is committed to you as both a community member as well as a business representative. We are all working hard to support you as best we can and all information and changes will be announced via the Council website and added to the business support page.

    Council alongside business and chamber groups are all encouraging a support local response to support our local businesses, which you will see in social media posts, our media outlets and message boards.

    Council made available a free business wellbeing website called B-Well and Prosper. It is a wealth of information to support you and your staff during these unprecedented times and is completely private and confidential. 

    If you are a food and beverage business transitioning to take-away and/or home delivery and in need of signage and parking control, Council is making available posters and free parking signage to support keeping parking bays available and communicating new trading conditions. Complete this simple online formto apply.

    Council has been paying invoices received in under seven days (usually 30 day terms) and released approximately $9m in to the economy last week alone.

    Last week, Council held an Ordinary Meeting to grant the CEO additional powers to support a review of fees and charges to better assist businesses.

    On Monday, Council announced a local economic stimulus package.  It is important to note that those businesses eligible/affected (fee waivers/refunds) will be contacted directly by Council, relieving the need to apply.

    Yesterday, Council announced that as part of its efforts to keep money circulating in the local economy and work flowing for the construction and related industries, will be accelerating programmed maintenance and other works. Should you need dedicated advice or support regarding temporary-use classifications please contact Council.

    Sunshine Coast Council’s Economic Development Team is working directly with many affected businesses and in partnership with Chambers of Commerce and Industry groups. 

    New programs and support will be announced swiftly and regularly via the business web page

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  • 30 Mar 2020 2:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This material is general in nature and incorporates information regarding proposed or pending legislative changes to address the potential economic and other impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    On 22 March 2020, the Australian Federal Government delivered its second response to the economic threat posed by the Coronavirus.

    Part of this response includes measures to alleviate some of the financial hardship faced by many businesses and to provide some safeguards to help them survive and be better placed to resume operations after the crisis.

    Key to these objectives were proposed reforms to company and personal insolvency laws.

    Statutory demands

    Temporary changes to the requirements for issuing a statutory demand are aimed at offering protection to companies that might otherwise be pushed into insolvency and liquidation.

    Statutory demands have long been used to recover money owed by a company which will be presumed insolvent if, after 21 days after service of a statutory demand, it either fails to pay the debt or to have the demand set aside or extended. The presumption of insolvency triggers a right for a creditor to instigate proceedings to have the company wound up.

    Generally, a statutory demand may not be issued unless the debt is for $2,000 or more and the debtor is given 21 days from service of the demand to pay the debt or apply to have it set aside.

    Temporary changes, anticipated to operate for 6 months include:

    • Increasing the minimum amount of debt for which a statutory demand may be served from $2,000 to $20,000;
    • Extending the timeframe for a debtor company to comply with a statutory demand from 21 days to 6 months.

    Personal liability for company directors - insolvent trading

    Companies are prohibited from trading whilst insolvent, and directors have a duty to prevent insolvent trading. Directors who allow a company to continue incurring debt where it is reasonably foreseeable that the company is, or is likely to become insolvent, may be held personally liable for financial losses.

    New measures provide temporary relief from the duty to prevent insolvent trading to company directors who incur debts in the ordinary course of the company's business, relieving the director from personal liability that would otherwise be associated with insolvent trading. These measures will apply for 6 months.

    Individuals and bankruptcy

    Similar temporary measures, to apply for 6 months, are proposed for individuals facing insolvency issues through changes to personal insolvency laws, namely:

    • ·       increasing the threshold for the minimum amount of debt owed from $5,000 to $20,000 before a creditor can initiate bankruptcy proceedings;
    • ·       extending the timeframe within which a debtor must comply with a bankruptcy notice from 21 days to 6 months;
    • ·       in circumstances where a debtor has declared an intention to enter into voluntary bankruptcy, extending the timeframe for which a debtor is protected from an unsecured creditor taking further recovery action from 21 days to 6 months.

    Taxation matters

    Business owners or company directors who are struggling financially as a result of the Coronavirus may seek tailored solutions from the Australian Taxation Office (such as temporary reductions, payment deferrals or the withholding of enforcement action).

    How can we help?

    The above material is based on an understanding of the available information at the time, which may be subject to change or further development. The individual circumstances of each case and the law at the relevant time must be considered before an informed opinion can be offered.

    This is a concerning time for all Australians and we are here to help.

    If you or someone you know wants more information or needs help or advice, please contact us on (07) 5443 4866 or email

  • 20 Mar 2020 7:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The SCBWN International Women’s Day breakfast was always planned to be one of our most influential and powerful events as we proudly celebrated this important day on the world calendar. We set out to deliver a morning that showed our network that achieving your dreams is within their control while immersing them in an environment that supports, encourages, grows and nurtures talented, dedicated and driven women to reach their highest potential.

    Our mission to support IWD isn’t a one-day event, it is embedded in our purpose. 

    While women continue to lack their share of voice and representation, we are committed to raising awareness and urging change by empowering and supporting women to earn and learn through education, leadership, friendship, mentorship and conversation.

    Inviting skilled goal shooter Peace Proscovia, CEO Danielle Smith and Head Coach Kylee Byrne from the incredibly successful Sunshine Coast Lightning to take over the USC Stadium with us was something that felt strong from the beginning. These three remarkable women were the perfect candidates to stand up in front of our growing network and inspire the room to fight for their goals no matter what obstacles may come up along the way… and that they did.

    Peace Proscovia amplifies ‘individuality with a purpose’, her raw story about rights and obligations, culture and expectation, moved the whole stadium to a state of respect and pure inspiration. Peace fought against a world that was fighting against her and her experiences completely align with the 2020 International Women’s Day #EachforEqual campaign.

    Born into poverty and a family of eight children, Peace imagined herself to have a lonely life that led to forced marriage and early motherhood. Instead, she became disciplined and determined to make something of herself. Defying her father’s wishes and going against both social and cultural norms, Peace left her small Ugandan village at only 18-years-old to travel to the capital city Kampala and chase her dream of playing professional netball.

    Through unimaginable hard work and sheer willpower, Peace shared how she became the captain of the Ugandan national side, played for the Loughborough Lightning in England, represented her country in the World Cup and is an International Netball Federation Ambassador. Every step in her story shaped Peace to become the notorious goal shooter for Sunshine Coast Lightning, in the world’s pinnacle netball league Suncorp Super Netball.

    We are so honoured to have had this incredible woman stand up in front of our network, open our eyes to other people’s troubles and triumphs, and inspire us to individually and collectively work together to create an equal world.

    Following Peace’s story, we had an interview between our SCBWN President Roz White and Sunshine Coast Lightning CEO Dannielle Smith, and Head Coach Kylee Byrne.

    Danielle and Kylee were invited to share with our network the business of netball, the highlights and challenges faced by a start-up organisation, building a team – on and off court – from scratch, and how that has impacted Lightning’s success.

    Both ladies have incredible backgrounds full of hard work, resilience and fortitude resulting in their successful roles today.

    Danielle Smith is currently the CEO of Sunshine Coast Lightning and board director of NRL club, Melbourne Storm. Her career spans more than 20 years working across a broad range of industries including sport, major events, management consulting, consumer products and chartered accounting. During Danielle’s time as CEO, Lightning has become the most successful professional sporting start-up in Australian history, competing in three successive grand finals, winning back to back premierships in 2017 and 2018, and the minor premiership in 2019.

    Head Coach Kylee Byrne has over 15 years’ experience coaching elite netball programs. Kylie was promoted to Head Coach of Sunshine Coast Lightning at the conclusion of the 2019 season after playing a pivotal role in Lightning’s 2017 and 2018 Premierships and 2019 Grand Final as Assistant Coach. Previous to her role on the Sunshine Coast, Byrne was Netball Queensland’s Elite Development Coach, where she oversaw the state’s program to identify and develop the next generation of netballers.

    Putting together this uniquely powerful, out-of-the-box International Women's Day event could not have been possible with the support of our event sponsors. Upon hearing our plan, the fantastic people at ANZ stepped in to support the event as speaker sponsors, ensuring the SCBWN once again delivers an outstanding, inspirational and empowering morning.

    Year after year, USC supports SCBWN as our event sponsor to demonstrate their passion and commitment to celebrating and empowering women. In particular recognising this time of year as one to highlight the achievements of women from all backgrounds and vocations.

    Thank you ANZ for your invaluable support and to the USC for your continued support of the SCBWN, and for once again partnering with us to bring together the members and guests of the network to celebrate International Women's Day.

  • 11 Feb 2020 3:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Massive Media Raffle!

    Go in the draw to win a $10,000 media package thanks to Nine, 92.7MIX FM and 91.9 SeaFM! 

    Purchase a ticket/s in the raffle for a chance to win a media prize pack valued at $10,000 to use at 92.7 Mix FM, 91.9 SeaFM and Channel 9, all the while supporting your network to be able to give back even more to the community in 2020. 

    Frances Cayley won this incredible media prize when she was announced the SCBWN 2019 Outstanding Business Woman of the Year. She is now generously donating this back to the network to help support business women in our region. She wanted to see this prize used by another great businesswoman while also being able to support our network to further achieve the mission of empowering and celebrating women in business. So now this great prize could be yours for the cost of a raffle ticket! 

    Eligible to Sunshine Coast businesses with the prize to be used in 2020.

    Online ticket sales close 5 pm Monday 20th April 2020, ticket sales will continue in person at the 2020 SCBWN Marketing Cocktail Evening, closing at 7 pm. The raffle will be drawn at the 2020 SCBWN Marketing Cocktail evening on Tuesday 21st April at 7.30pm.  The winner will be announced at the cocktail event. If the winner is not present, they will be contacted by the details provided when they purchased the ticket. 

    Terms and conditions apply. 

  • 21 Oct 2019 2:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Experienced South African commercial law solicitor Johan Engelbrecht has joined the team at local law firm Garland Waddington - our wonderful Silver Sponsors. 

    Johan has almost 30 years’ experience, specialising in commercial and business law including retail and commercial leasing and sales, purchases of businesses and residential conveyancing.

    Partner Ken Waddington said it was a pleasure to welcome someone with Johan’s extensive international experience. 

    “Johan’s experience in commercial and property law will be an important asset to the firm, complementing our expertise in property law, litigation and dispute resolution and business and construction law,” said Mr Waddington. 

    Johan was first admitted as a lawyer in the High Court of South Africa in 1991, and went on to open his own practice (which is still being run by his son and daughter) and was admitted as a lawyer in Australia in 2011.

    In 2017, Johan and his wife Sharon moved to Australia where he was appointed the Head of the Property Law and Conveyancing Department at a Canberra law firm.  

    He quickly became a well-respected solicitor in Canberra (where he was a nominee for the Canberra R.E.I. Property Lawyer of the year).

    In July 2018, Johan and Sharon moved to the Sunshine Coast for the warmer climate, initially to join a Buderim law firm. 

    For more than 40 years, Garland Waddington has been delivering practical legal solutions to clients on the Sunshine Coast and across Queensland.

    For more information about Garland Waddington, visit 

  • 24 Sep 2019 5:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Peta Grenfell and Amanda Arnold from Bentleys are looking forward to sharing important tips and tricks with attendees at the first Inside Business Workshop on Thursday 26 September - What you always wanted to ask about finance but were too afraid to.


    The session has been designed to help you understand your profit and loss, your balance sheet and what all those financial terms mean that your bank, lawyer and accountant keep talking about. The team will workshop your individual business’  financial reports and answer your questions so you can truly understand your businesses’ financial position, engage in meaningful conversations with your advisers and use this information to make better decisions – business and personal.


    Attendees will walk away with information, tips and resources that will help you to increase your financial literacy and truly understand all those things you wanted to know about finance but just didn’t know who to ask.


    Between them, Peta and Amanda have worked with business owners and operators of every size in a range of industries. Their passion is sharing their expertise and knowledge to help business owners – particularly women in business! – to better understand and manage their businesses and increase their chances of success.


    Seats are filling fast – don’t miss out on this opportunity to get some Inside tips! Register now.


    If you’re not able to get along to this presentation, Peta and Amanda will be running more sessions over the rest of 2019 – visit the website to find out more.

  • 28 Jul 2019 6:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Maroochydore-based law firm, Garland Waddington, is proud to announce the appointment of Madeline Klein and Nicole Downs as Associates.

    Garland Waddington has been delivering high-end legal solutions to clients on the Sunshine Coast and across Queensland for almost 40 years. Madeline and Nicole have been valued members of the Garland Waddington team since 2017 and 2016 respectively, and brought with them a diverse range of legal expertise and experience.

    Madeline was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in early 2014 and has since developed her areas of expertise in litigious matters including building & construction, commercial law and wills and estate litigation.

    “Some call me a litigation lawyer, but I think of myself as someone who can support my clients and achieve meaningful solutions to complex problems,” Ms Klein said.

    “Becoming an Associate is a welcome recognition, particularly when the appointment is with a firm I am extremely proud to be a part of, and look forward to continuing my career with for years to come,” Ms Klein said.

    Nicole was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in 2002 and specialises in wills, estates, business and property law.

    “I like to think I add value in saving them time and money through better outcomes as a result of years of experience and my understanding of the areas of business and property law,” Ms Downs said.

    “Being appointed as Associates is recognition of the time and energy we have invested in our careers and into the people we help at Garland Waddington,” Ms Downs said.

    Partner at Garland Waddington, Ken Waddington, said promoting Nicole and Madeline was an easy decision, given their levels of legal expertise and their dedication to problem solving.

    “Both Nicole and Madeline are the very definition of our firm: city competence, coastal calm,” Mr Waddington said.

    “Not only do they deliver unambiguous, high level legal advice and expertise, they both provide Garland Waddington clients with a level of empathy and reassurance that is essential when navigating legal situations,”

    “Both I and my partner Brendan Bathersby are delighted at their appointments to Associates and look forward to continuing our work as a team known for delivering effective results for our clients,” he said.

    Garland Waddington has been delivering practical legal solutions to clients on the Sunshine Coast and across Queensland for almost 40 years.

    For more information about Garland Waddington, visit

  • 23 Apr 2019 10:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What the social media pros had to say at the SCBWN Social Media Cocktail Evening.

    Bronte Cresswell, Brooke Styles, Liv Blondeau and Dr Karen Sutherland graced us with their wisdom last week at the SCBWN Social Media Cocktail Evening. Here’s a snapshot of what they had to say and the wisdom we took away.

    Where and How to start

    Content creator Liv Blondeau laid the social media foundations and told us where to start when it comes to social media.

    “Start back to basics, really knowing and understanding your business and knowing who your audience is,” says Liv.

    Bronte Cresswell, the director of Dash of Milk, delved deeper and highlighted the importance of knowing the audience’s wants, where they’re headed and what their struggles are.

    The importance of the audience was highlighted throughout the night and at all stages of the social media process, from choosing the platform, what to post and when to post it.

    Which Social Media platform

    According to the 2018 Yellow Social Media Report 88% of online consumers are on social media. The importance of social media is clear, but what social media platform should your business be on?

    “Wherever your audience is,” says social media educator, researcher and consultant, Dr Karen Sutherland.

    According to last year’s Yellow Social Media Report, Facebook is used by 91% of social media users, followed by YouTube at 53%, Instagram at 39%, Snapchat with 23%, and LinkedIn and Pinterest at 22%.

    The report goes on to list more social media platforms and goes into further detail of the age, gender and even geographic location of who’s using what platform says Dr Sutherland.

    There’s a multitude of social media platforms out there and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and pressured to tackle them all but Dr Sutherland advises people to stick to just a few.

    “It’s best to pick maybe one or two platforms and do those really well than trying to spread yourself across too many and not being able to function,” says Dr Sutherland.

    The panel touched on a few social media platforms throughout the night, Instagram influencer, Brook Styles highlighted the power of Instagram and social media influencers like herself. With over 119K in followers, and a portfolio with brands like City Beach, Colette and Big W, the reach Instagram influencers provide is clear.

    Dr Sutherland talked about the power of LinkedIn, a platform where you can build proper connections, network and more.

    “They’ve changed the algorithm, they’ve added video, now they’re actually trialling live video and so there’s so much more you can do on it,” she says.

    What to post and when

    Once you know what social media platform you should use, you can begin to create an objective “from that objective you should film, capture or write your content,” says Liv.

    The content creating machine is a keen planner and urges people to plan their content two weeks or even a month in advance, but when and how often should you plan to post?

    “Three posts a week, at your prime times, and keep it consistent,” She says.

    Liv stresses the importance of objectives but also notes the importance of content that means more than reaching your business goals.

    “Make content that’s meaningful … content that people can actually use,” says Liv.

    Bronte confirmed this to be a quality of effective social media use, a process of not only posting specials and key messages but also listening to the audience.

    It’s not only important to listen to your audience but you need to engage them.

    Engaging with the audience

    The content you post also needs to be content people want to engage with “content that actually solves people’s problems, you’re there to actually help them,” says Dr Sutherland.

    Reply to comments, answer messages and remember Dr Sutherland’s wise words “if you want engagement you have to engage”.

    We enjoyed taking with these amazing women about all things social media and we’re looking forward to incorporating social media into our upcoming events.

    By Tia Somerville.


  • 1 Sep 2018 12:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This weekend the SCBWN had a stall at the Sunshine Coast Women's Lifestyle Expo and we had the opportunity of talking with lots of beautiful women who are seeking connection and business opportunity in our region.

    Some insights we gained from this:

    • There continues to be an incredible number of passionate business women who have so much to share - this event has been inspiring!
    • Nearly all these women in business face challenges and find connecting with other women to talk through their challenges and celebrate their wins helps them get through the hard times and really enjoy their successes.
    • 99.9% of women were excited about our bottle of wine in our giveaway hamper! Who doesn't love a glass of wine and a good chat!
    • Lots of new Sunshine Coast residents are looking to connect with our business community - let's welcome them with open arms! Some interstate and many international re-locators are loving our region.
    • Health, wellbeing and personal growth are key topics of conversation and we LOVE the positivity that surrounds this.
    We've enjoyed talking with these wonderful women and hope to see many of them in our membership soon at joining in at our upcoming events!

  • 23 Jul 2018 4:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From July 2017, buyers of some residential property will be obliged to withhold and pay 10% of the purchase price to the ATO, at settlement.

    As you may be aware, the term ‘phoenix company’ is sometimes applied to a company which is deliberately liquidated to avoid paying its debts, including taxes.

    Some unscrupulous developers have used phoenix companies to develop and sell residential property without paying GST to the ATO on those sales.

    The Australian Government has now passed legislation to ensure it always receives the GST, by putting the onus on all buyers and sellers of ‘residential property’ and ‘potential residential land’.

    The effect of the legislation is very wide reaching, and effectively means the ATO is receiving very large sums, much sooner, as well as more information.

    Who is affected?

    Sellers of residential property and of potential residential land who enter contracts dated after 30/6/2018 must give written notice to the buyer informing them whether GST is payable on the sale, before supplying the property. [Such notice is not required for commercial residential property (e.g. caravan parks, hotels and the like) or commercial property or for potential residential land (if the purchase is a business to business transaction)].

    If GST is payable on the sale, the notice must also include details about the seller and the amount of GST payable and when such payment is due.

    The seller may suffer a penalty of up to 100 penalty units (currently $11,000) if it fails to provide the required notice.

    Every relevant buyer is then required to pay GST (generally 10% of the price) directly to the ATO (rather than to the seller) as part of the settlement proceeds. The seller is (eventually) entitled to a credit for the amount payable on its GST return.

    Penalties apply if the seller fails to give a notice, or if the buyer fails to make payment.

    Even if a seller does not provide a notice, or if the notice stating no payment is required is not reasonably believable, the buyer is still obliged to make payment to the ATO under this new legislation.

    In what circumstances is GST payable?

    The buyer’s liability arises when there is a taxable supply of:

    1)     certain types of ‘new residential premises’ as defined in the Act; or2)     ‘potential residential land’ (unless the buyer is registered for GST and acquiring the property for a ‘creditable purpose’)

    The payment

    If GST is payable, the buyer must pay 1/11 of the contract price, [unless the margin scheme applies (in which case 7% of the contract price must be paid)].

    The GST must be paid by the buyer to the ATO (generally by providing a Bank cheque drawn in favour of the ATO to the seller at settlement, or if there is no payment in the transaction, an amount equal to 10% of the GST exclusive market value must be paid to the ATO by the buyer on the day the supply is made.

    We strongly advise all buyers of residential property and potential residential land obtain legal and accounting advice prior to entering contracts from 1 July 2018, to determine if GST applies to the purchase, to ensure the contract allows for payment of any GST to the ATO and to reduce the risk to the parties of incurring potential penalties from the ATO.

    Thank you to our sponsors Garland Waddington Solicitors for this useful information.


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