Chamber set to celebrate '80s style
THREE decades ago, a small group of business people gathered in a lounge room and formed the Kawana Chamber of Commerce.
Their first meeting was held at Stewarts Hotel (now the Kawana Waters Hotel) in September 1986.
The chamber is hosting an '80s-themed party on September 7 for its 200 members as they take a walk down memory lane and celebrate the businesses and the individuals that have been integral to the chamber's success.
Chamber president Linda Delamotte said there had been ongoing changes over the past 30 years which had worked to galvanise the strengthen the Kawana business community.
"At the very beginning, Kawana was a bit of a thoroughfare between Caloundra and Mooloolaba, but now it is definitely a destination to stop and do business," she said.
The Kawana Waters estate development changed the landscape of Kawana as more of an industrial business location to a residential one.
It became a significant retail destination with the construction of the Kawana Shoppingworld and is now the location of one of the largest developments on the Sunshine Coast - the hospital and health precinct.
But while the face of Kawana was constantly evolving, Ms Delamotte said there was one thing that remained a constant; passionate businesspeople.
"There has always been a strong connection between the business owners and the community," she said.
"I have seen some of the newsletters put out by the committee over the past 30 years and they highlight people who are passionate about their community as well as their own businesses and that is a consistent thread through the 30 years and why we are still a thriving chamber now."
Ms Delamotte said the party theme was "too good to resist" and was looking forward to seeing members channel their inner '80s hipster.
"It will be good for us to take a moment to celebrate, but then we will get right back into continuing our work connecting businesses with our community partners to ensure they can make the most of the opportunities coming up in the Kawana area," she said.
"This is the way we can ensure the business landscape continues to keep up with change over the coming years."