President's Message

This month showed no signs of slowing down for Business Port Stephens with plenty on the agenda for our members. The Member Meet and Greet events have been a huge success over the last few months, with the latest at Taylors Beach. To have Port Stephens Council, Business Port Stephens, Port Stephens Woman in Business, Destination Port Stephens (represented) and The Business Centre all in one room proved to be an incredible asset to our members and saw new connections made. These will be continuing in the New Year as we make plans for Business Port Stephens in 2023.
Business Port Stephens continues to provide a conduit between local business owners, our members and Port Stephens Council.  We have conducted a number of collaborative communications on behalf of Nelson Bay business over the month.  

I would like to welcome all our new members to Business Port Stephens.  Our membership continues to increase by the week; we look forward to welcoming you to our member events in the coming months. 

Kerri and I will be frocking up for the Port Stephens Examiner 2022 Local Business Awards on 22 November.  BPS wishes all our members who have been nominated as finalists all the very best of luck on the evening and we will be cheering everyone on. 
Mel Turner
  • Council meeting with Nelson Bay businesses:
    Wednesday 9 November, 5:30pm FREE

    Visitor Information Centre, Nelson Bay
  • Small Business Month dinner:
    Thursday 10 November, 5:30pm FREE

    Nelson Bay Bowling Club
  • Annual General Meeting:
    Wednesday November 23, 5:30pm FREE

    The Crows Nest, Nelson Bay Bowling Club
  • Sunset Networking Christmas Cruise:
    Friday December 2. 5:00pm
    $65 members/$75 non members 

    Moonshadow TQC Cruises
Click here for all tickets

Don't miss our FREE event for
Small Business Month!

Business Port Stephens, in collaboration with Port Stephens Council and Port Stephens Women in Business will host a FREE dinner event for small business owners and managers.

Join us as our two speakers Craig Hopper and Tammy Howell, share the importance and positive impact of connection to self first and then others, how to create a healthy workplace culture that is flexible and addresses the wholistic needs of all staff, and how to communicate clearly in a way that fosters honesty, integrity and inclusivity.

Craig Hopper is an expert in the future of leadership: compassionate leadership. He focuses on growth and innovation and is an expert in digital innovation and product development. He has successfully led and coached teams for over 30 years. He has run billion-dollar business units, been CEO of a start-up, runs two small businesses and is an expert in digital products and innovation. Building outstanding teams that last has never been more challenging than in today’s environment. Craig explains how to do the hard stuff with heart and create an environment that enables team success.

Watch Craig introduce his talk here

Tammy is a "Mental Health First Aid Instructor" and international author of 'The Real Man's Tool Box - A DIY Health Manual For Men'. She is an experienced key note speaker on many topics such as workplace health and is a registered nurse and nutritionist. In the past 15 years Tammy and her team have worked throughout Australia speaking to mine workers, councilmen & women, engineers, electricians, trades apprentices, corporate entities, those with cancer, farmers, local community groups, schools and the general public on everything from their general health, fatigue, fitness and nutrition in ways they could relate, without all the medical jargon.

📅 Date: Thursday 10 November
⏰ Time: 5:30 – 8:00pm
🪴 Venue:  Nelson Bay Bowling Club 
🍺 Included:
  • Two course meal (buy your own drinks)
  • Two guest speakers on the topic: Connection, Communication and Culture, followed by a Q & A panel session.
  • Networking exercises will start and finish the event.
  • Take-home resources to embed the learning.
📩 RSVP: 5pm Friday 4 November.


Book your FREE tickets here

It's time to get on board for our Christmas sunset cruise!

Business Port Stephens are ready to set sail on their annual Christmas Sunset Cruise! Connect over a cocktail and have a bite to eat while enjoying the beautiful waters of Port Stephens. No official speakers or speeches – just relax and have a good time after a busy year. BPS members and non-members all welcome.

When: Friday 3 December, 5:30 - 7:30pm (be ready to board at 5pm)
Where: Moonshadow, Dock C, D'Albora Marina Nelson Bay
Tickets: Members $65/Non Members $75
Includes: Two-hour cruise, welcome drink and canapes. Beverages can be purchased from the bar.
To bring: yourself, your name tag, your business cards, $ for the bar.
To wear: Christmas party attire or smart casual. Bring a jacket in case it gets chilly on the bay. 
Grab your tickets here

Tilligerry Peninsula and Taylor's Beach Meet and Greet events

Thank you to all who attended our Tilligerry Peninsula and Taylor's Beach Meet and Greet networking events. They have become very informative events that not only showcase how Business Port Stephens, Port Stephens Council, Destination Port Stephens, Port Stephens Women in Business and The Business Centre can help businesses individually, but how we can work collaboratively to achieve bigger projects for the region.

Stay tuned - we are taking this series of events on the road in 2023!

Contact details from the Meet and Greets

A huge thank you to Spirited Café, Tynan Wines and B Farm at Murrays for providing the venue, catering and beverages at Taylors Beach and Club Lemon Tree for the venue and catering at the Tilligerry event. 

Below are the contact details for all organisations involved in the event:

Spirited Café: Kayla O'Brien, (02) 4982 2065,,  Website

Tynan Wines: Mark Tynan, winery located at 3/141 George Rd, Salamander Bay, 0402 442 614,, Website

B Farm at Murrays: Kathleen Norman, 0408 421 599,,  Website

Port Stephens Council: Debbi Rodden, 4988 0536,, Website

Port Stephens Women in Business: Katrina Ridley (President),,  Website

The Business Centre: Martin McKenzie, 4925 7700,,  Website

Top Image: Martin McKenzie (The Business Centre), Amber Herrmann (Port Stephens Council), Eileen Gilliland (Destination Port Stephens), Fiona Brown (Port Stephens Women in Business), Mel Turner (Destination Port Stephens), Kerri Rodley (Business Port Stephens).

Bottom image: Debbi Rodden (Port Stephens Council), Kerri Rodley (Business Port Stephens), Fiona Brown (Port Stephens Women in Business, Kayla O'Brien (Spirited Play Café), Martin McKenzie (The Business Centre). 

Welcome to our newest members!

WELCOME to Tomaree Bridge Club!
For those who don't know, Bridge is a trick-taking card game using a standard 52-card deck. In its basic format, it is played by four players in two competing partnerships. Millions of people play bridge worldwide in clubs, tournaments, online and with friends at home, making it one of the world's most popular card games, particularly among seniors. If you would like to learn more about what fun they get up to and how you can be involved visit their website here:
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WELCOME to Bannisters Port Stephens!

Bannisters Port Stephens is a remodeled hotel and an ode to the glamour days of luxury hotels from the sixties and seventies. They have a range of rooms designed for calm and relaxation with either treetop or ocean views and an infinity pool overlooking the bay. Bannisters Port Stephens is surrounded by water and natural bushland making it the perfect location for a secluded getaway. They have delicious dining options with Rick Stein at Bannisters - Port Stephens, Julio's Mexican At Bannisters and Cheeky Dog. 
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WELCOME to Kruze Property Maintenance!

The mission at KPM is simple: provide high-quality services for their valued clients. Their team goes above and beyond to cater to each clients specific needs. Through open communication and exceptional service, they hope you’ll find what you’re looking for with their cleaning or maintenance service.

Services provided:
🧹 Commercial cleaning
🧹 Exterior property maintenance
🧹 Window cleaning
🧹 Carpet cleaning
🧹 High pressure
🧹 Covid cleaning

For more information or general inquiries, get in touch today on 0474 895 574 or visit their website:
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Welcome to Port Stephens Images!
Transform your kitchen bathroom or business space with a customised scenic glass splashback featuring images from around the Bay. They can also shoot a custom scene for you for that extra personal touch. Port Stephens Images customised scenic glass splashbacks are locally made using quality Australian materials. Your glass splashback will give you a lifetime of colour featuring your favourite photographs from around the Bay! The images come to life on our custom-designed scenic glass splashbacks. They handle everything from the initial measure, manufacturing and final installation. With over 20 years of experience in splashback installation you are ensured of the perfect fit and their award-winning photography will bring your home or business to life.
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Welcome to the team at Nelson Bay Veterinary Clinic! 
Our veterinary clinic provides compassionate, professional and holistic health care for your pets. We practice Fear-Free principles to help your pet feel at ease in our clinic; with a caring and gentle approach to treatment and consultations. Our dedicated veterinary team are all passionate about pets great and small, and seek to treat each of our patients as though they were our own.
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Welcome to Show n Tell Consultancy! 
A Direct Marketing and advertising specialist with a strong background in a range of sectors including financial services, telecommunications, retail, automotive and FMCG. They provide end to end strategic development and implementation of communications plans, helping deliver affordable solutions for time-poor business owners​ to establish market presence and customer dialogue. 
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Welcome to Port Stephens Veterans and Citizen's Aged Care
Port Stephens Veterans & Citizens Aged Care is a local, caring, community organisation with a 40-year history of delivering on the original mission of the organisation – to provide quality, affordable accommodation for the aged people of Port Stephens. The organisation provides retirement living, community &home care and residential care (Harbourside Haven Gardens, Shoal Bay and Bill King Centre, Fingal Bay) to seniors living within the Port Stephens region.
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Not a new member but a new face to an old member!
Welcome to David Lulham the new GM at the Nelson Bay Golf Club.

David has been appointed to succeed the successful Trevor Harrison. David comes to the Club from six years as General Manager at Wyong Golf Club with previous experience at Pacific Dunes and Kooindah Waters. He also plays off a handicap of +2 and is a member of the PGA, so he knows his golf.
Says David "I am very pleased to have been appointed General Manager of Nelson Bay Golf Club. Our Clubhouse and Golf course are both ideally located and have an overwhelmingly strong reputation in the Port Stephens area. The Blue Water Grill has an outstanding reputation providing quality dinning for our Restaurant, which also supports our events team to deliver weddings, functions and events of the highest standards. It is refreshing managing a club that already has a strong business and is looking for further growth. 

My experience prior to commencing at Nelson Bay Golf Club includes: General Manager of Wyong Golf Club, General Manager Kooindah Waters Golf Club, Head Professional/Acting General Manager at Pacific Dunes Golf Club and various roles in the hotel and hospitality industry. I am still an active member of the PGA of Australia and have post graduate and MBA in Business and Administration. I look forward to bringing my industry experience combined with formal education to Nelson Bay Golf Club as we look to develop our business as part of the Port Stephens community."
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This is an opportunity for Mel to get to know you, what your business is about, what’s happening on the ground for your particular industry, and what makes you tick as a human outside the work place. If you wish to nominate yourself or another member please email us here.
Nelson Bay Health Foods!
Nelson Bay Health Foods has provided the Port Stephens community with natural health alternatives for more than 30 years. As stockists of the region's largest range of high-quality herbal and dietary supplements, we support our customers through a range of health conditions. These vary from anxiety, menopause, and gut health to vitamin deficiencies, immune support, and children's health, just to name a few.

Our in-store herbal dispensary is run by store owner and qualified Medical Herbalist, Tanya Dobson, and is unique to Port Stephens.

Our store is stocked full of organic whole foods for people with special dietary requirements and anyone who appreciates good quality food.  And for those wanting to live a low-tox life we offer a broad range of eco-friendly products for the home along with natural skin-care and make-up. 
Read the entire interview here


CONGRATULATIONS to the talented team at Get Smart Promotions who recently won five awards at the Australasian Promotional Products Association 2022 Awards Gala Event at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.
These highly prestigious awards recognise the phenomenal marketing creativity in the promotional products industry and they received four Gold Awards in the following categories:
🏆 Event Merchandise
🏆 Not for Profit
🏆 Integration to a Media Campaign
🏆 Product Innovation & Design.
Topping off the night with the industry’s highest award, the Platinum Award for Overall Excellence, for outstanding work in the Event Merchandise category. 
“This is the second time our team have won the Platinum Award for Overall Excellence, reaffirming our team’s creativity and ability to take a client’s brief from concept to final product including designing, sourcing and logistics”, said Karen Thomas, Operations Manager.
Visit their website here

Special offers from members

Here are two great offers from our members for promoting your business:

  1. Create a professional video
  2. Opportunity to display videos

Create: David Power from Power Creative can produce business videos that are professionally interviewed, edited and available to use across all your promotional channels.  You can add your own videos/photos as overlay content or alternatively you can add on additional filming if preferred.

The end result is a professionally produced video of 3 – 5 minutes that you can use on your website, YouTube, FB, Insta, send to potential clients.

Contact Dave at Power Creative on 0403 750 435 or

Display: Debra O'Neill from Raine & Horne in Nelson Bay has the opportunity to display your short videos of your product in one of her front window screens. She has had these running for over two years and gets a lot of attention from passing & stopped traffic.

She is happy to promote your product video free of charge as she is passionate about displaying what our area has to offer.

Contact Debra on 0402 827 346 or

Upcoming courses at TAFE CLC to help with skills shortages 

This course gives participants the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare and serve coffee using an espresso machine in a variety of hospitality settings or for using their espresso machine at home. Students will learn to prepare the work area, advise customers, prepare and serve coffee, and maintain the espresso machine. Come and join us for a fun and hands on course here at the Tomaree Connected Learning Centre.
Duration: 5 hours/ 1 Day
Cost: Non-subsidised $145.00
More information and to enrol
Learn the art of mixology by blending, shaking, stirring, building and muddling all the classic cocktails. In this one day master class we will teach you how to organise the bar, essential beverage knowledge and the workplace safety. Whether you're wanting to become a professional bartender or simply wow friends and family with your new found skill, join us for a fun and informative course. To develop your cocktail knowledge apart from mixing you will also taste your cocktails and you need to be 18+.
Duration: 3 hours/ 1 Day
Cost: Non-subsidised $150.00
More information and to enrol

Special BPS rate to see Mark Bouris

Mark Bouris AM is coming to Newcastle to speak with Hunter small business owners and people who are considering starting a small business about his "playbook for success". The playbook for success is the culmination of Mark's 40 years experience. Mark has compiled his learnings into a framework that all business owners can use to structure their business for success. The focus of this event is on Locals Helping Locals, an opportunity for the local business community to come together to not only hear from Mark, but also share information and expertise.

When: Wednesday, 30 November 2022, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm 
Where: Newcastle NEX Club 309 King Street Newcastle

Grab your tickets below which have a unique BPS code. To get a special 2 for 1 offer use the promo code:  PortStephens

Watch the promotional video here. 

Get your ticket here

Tomaree Coastal Walk - Stakeholder Reference Group Meeting 

The Tomaree Coastal Walk project team would like to invite you to a face to face meeting with the TCW Stakeholder Reference Group and TCW project team on Friday 11th November 2022 at 1pm at the Tomaree Library and Community Centre.

The meeting will be an opportunity for the project team to provide updates on delivery, completion commitments and signage and interpretation rollout between now and June 2023. The session is proposed for 1 hour and will generally cover the following topics:
-    Delivery Commitments (track and precincts)
-    Delivery Roadmap (track and precincts)
-    Signage and interpretation delivery

Confirm your attendance by Monday 31st October 2022 to: Kristopher Sheppard, Hunter Central Coast Branch, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service: or call: 946 4100 or 0499 330 625. 

Education and Training Opportunities
University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle is currently looking to work with local businesses to support re-training opportunities and upskilling their workforce.

The Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre is specifically focused on assisting people who may not have experienced higher-education before, or have been away from education for an extended period of time. They offer a range of options to transition people into higher education, from one-week micro-credentials through to full-year Diplomas, that can also be used as stand-alone qualifications.

They can also develop new courses to suit the needs of the community. Most programs are no cost to students and are delivered in a variety of modes (face-to-face & online) to provide maximum flexibility. 

To find out more:
Short micro-credentials
Open Foundation

For more information, or to discuss creating a tailored course, please email:
Tell the NSW Government what you think about the recent Commonwealth Budget, rising interest rates, energy costs and cybersecurity risk

Business NSW want to understand how your business is coping and what you need to get through current challenges. They will collate all the responses received and present them directly to the NSW Government. Your participation in this survey is vital. The survey should take only 5 to 10 minutes to complete and closes 6:00pm (AEST) on 7 November 2022. 
Take survey

Have your say on Hunter Water services and receive a $200 gift card!

Whether water is a critical component of your business operations, or just something you take for granted when you turn on the tap, Hunter Water want to hear from you. Your feedback will help them shape prices and services and you will receive a $200 gift card for your participation! 
  • Small business owners and managers (up to 19 staff members)
  • Medium business owners and managers (20-199 staff members)
How: Zoom workshop 10 November 6-7:30pm. Their facilitators will guide you through two group exercises where you can share your own experiences as a Hunter Water customer and what you expect in the future. You'll also hear from Managing Director, Darren Cleary.  Register below.                   
Register here

Save the environment and our koalas!

Congratulations to our Community Member Port Stephens Koala Hospital as their Return and Earn fundraiser has reached over $6,000 in refund donations! They would like to thank everyone who is donating their 10c refunds by scanning the Return and Earn app when recycling at their local Return and Earn machine. But did you know you can increase these donations by having a dedicated recycle bin for cans and bottles at your work premises? It is not only a great way to increase donations but it also ensures these items don’t go to landfill.
Image: Tracy, Guest Services Team Leader at the Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary has one on site.

To register, just download the Return and Earn app on your phone, select Port Stephens Koala Hospital as your preferred payout and scan the barcode when recycling at any machine in NSW.
Download the app here

Thought of the month

If you have any news to share about what is happening in your business, send some text, an image and link for further information so we can share in this newsletter and on our socials. 

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