About Us

nicoleNicole Hilton, President – Nicole is the Business Development Officer for Maleny Credit Union and loves her job. It allows Nicole to contribute to our community on many levels which is her passion. As President for the Chamber and working on the Tourism Sub-committee this year, Nicole  has developed some great initiatives. Watch this space. She enjoys working with such proactive volunteers that want to make a difference not only to our local businesses but our community in general. Her motto is “one person can have a good idea but many can make that idea great”.    Nicole’s email:  president@malenycommerce.org.au

spencerSpencer Shaw, Vice President – Spencer is co-founder of Brush Turkey Enterprises one of South East         Queensland’s   leading ecological restoration companies. BTE has a diverse portfolio of   products and services from native plants, educational services, consultancy and contracting.  Diversity and forward planning are the great strengths of the business, which has allowed adaptation and continuity over the last 2 decades.  Spencer has lived in Maleny for over twenty-five years and represented his community in numerous groups including Barung Landcare, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Advisory Panel, Australian Association of Bush  Regenerators and of course Maleny Commerce.    Spencer’s email:  vice-president@malenycommerce.org.au

jennJennepher Bucher, Treasurer – Jenn’s main day role is Business Manager in her family’s business, Maleny Cheese. After completing her business degree in Accounting & Financial Planning she is happy to still call Maleny home for just over 16 years now. Jenn enjoys volunteering her spare time in the community to the groups such as Slow Food, FAN (food & agribusiness  network) Events Committee and most recently Hinterland Tourism. Enjoying fresh, local food and bringing people up to our beautiful part of the world is what she is most passionate about. Jenn is excited to be part of the tourism subcommittee in 2018 and work together with local businesses & events to give our tourists and locals a unique  experience. Jenn’s email: treasurer@malenycommerce.org.au

karenKaren Shaw, Secretary – Karen has been involved in our local community in various roles—teacher at Maleny Primary & the River school, committee member at Barung Landcare, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve management committee and part of the organising group for events like the Maleny Street Christmas Carnival. She works, with Spencer, in their two native plant nurseries and delivers environmental education to both children and adults. Karen has been a member of the Maleny chamber for five years as secretary. Projects delivered with the chamber include the 2nd & 3rd edition of the Maleny Tourist Map, events and Christmas Carnival. 2018 will include the Heritage Building Signage project. Karen’s email:  secretary@malenycommerce.org.au

alanAlan Marchant, Committee Member. Alan has recently retired from working at the Maleny Credit Union in the current capacity of Finance and  Administration Officer. He joined the Chamber in January of this year and has enjoyed much of what the Chamber involves itself within the community and the focus on what it perceives as beneficial to local businesses. He most appreciates the drive and genuine contribution that the members of the Chamber consistently give to make the Maleny Chamber a very  cohesive and purposeful forum.

LEAMidLeft_CroppedLea Parkes, Committee Member. Lea has been the Managing Editor of Glasshouse Country & Maleny News since 2004, and during that time she has worked closely with hundreds of local businesses,  community, sports, and special interest groups to bring together the weekly news from our area, over the 14 years her team has dramatically improved the quality of the publication and almost doubled the distribution area. Since taking on the ownership of the business Lea has been part of the committees of   Glasshouse Country Chambers of Commerce, and for the past two years with Maleny   Commerce, which she believes is important as it helps her to understand the business needs and concerns of our local communities.

breaBreannon Shaw, Admin Support. Brea has grown up in Maleny, and has enjoyed a community–involved  upbringing. Encouraged by a family of doers, she has volunteered for several organisations and events including environmental based workshops, the last few Maleny Street Christmas Carnivals and the Maleny Visitor Information Centre for 3 years. Brea started working with the Chamber in 2016, and has helped with projects such as the Maleny Tourism Maps, Window Dressing Competition, Finance Expo in 2016, assisting with the Glassy Awards, as well as producing the monthly newsletter and organising the  Chambers Networking events. She plans to build up existing events plus introduce more in 2018, with encouragement   towards younger generations being more community involved. Brea’s email:  admin@malenycommerce.org.au