July E-Newsletter from the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce Edition 02/2013

In this edition of seQICC -

  • NAIDOC Week Indigenous Business Breakfast
  • Woolloongabba Art Gallery
  • NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day
  • SEQICC Free Membership Offer
  • SEQICC AGM and new Board

NAIDOC message from the Chairman

It was wonderful to have 111 Indigenous and Community Leaders and Indigenous Business Owners join SEQICC when it hosted the annual NAIDOC Week Indigenous Business Breakfast on 9 July 2013.  In addition to allowing very busy Indigenous business owners to catch up, the event was highlighted by the announcement that SEQICC following widespread support was proceeding to form a State peak organisation for Indigenous business to be known as the Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce or QICC. The role of QICC is to add value the work being undertaken in the regions by providing accreditation, quality assurance, state based advocacy and education and skilling opportunities to build state-wide capability. Members and supporters will be kept up dated with progress in QICC becoming operational in the near future.
I would also like to acknowledge the following key people that attended the event: The Hon. David Kempton MP, Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs), Teresa Gambaro, Member for Brisbane, Councillor Margaret de Wit, Chair of Brisbane City Council, Debbie Best, Director General, DATSIMA, Selwyn Button, CEO, Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Commission, Charles Prouse, CEO, Supply Nation, Nick Behrens, CCIQ,  and Catherine O’Sullivan, Pro Vice Chancellor, Office of Pathways & Partnerships, Bond University.
We thank renowned Indigenous actor, NIDA graduate and business owner Michael Tuahine for his Master of Ceremonies duties, Uncle Des Sandy for the Welcome to Country and particularly the spectacular Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers for second to none entertainment.
Nunukal Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers
 Nunukal Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers

The support of the NAB and Gilkerson Legal made this event the success that it was.
Planning has already commenced for 2014. We look forward to see you there.

Woolloongabba Art Gallery

Display provided by Woollongabba Art Gallery

Those that attended the NAIDOC Week Indigenous business breakfast could not have helped but notice the wonderful Indigenous sculptures of a Giant Squid and Mermaid provided by the Woolloongabba Art Gallery. The gallery also provided some Indigenous artworks created by SEQICC member Marshall Bell. SEQICC on behalf of its members sincerely thanks the Woolloongabba Art Gallery. The gallery is located at 613 Stanley Street Woolloongabba and can be contacted at (07) 3891 5551 or  or visit
Do not forget to view the latest exhibition at the gallery entitled Bones in the Wind showing between 23 July and 3 August 2013.


Family Fun Day – Musgrave Park 12 July 2013

SEQICC was proud to be a part of the 2013 NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day held in Musgrave Park on Friday 12 July 2013. Some 16,000 people visited the Family Fun Day with SEQICC having stall 63 amongst some 150 stalls.
There was excellent interest in what SEQICC does and what SEQICC stands for with a number of applications for membership received and more expected in from Indigenous businesses. The SEQICC branded bottled water was a hit with all supplies exhausted by lunchtime. The information packs on SEQICC and the recycled shopping tote bags also proving popular. The SEQIOCC stall was staffed by a roster of SEQICC Board members and the CEO. SEQICC looks forward to participating again in 2014.

Free Membership Offer

SEQICC is offering free membership for 2013 for Indigenous businesses and businesses that work with Indigenous businesses.

Please click on the following link to access a form which can be emailed back to SEQICC for quick turnaround.

SEQICC AGM and Board

SEQICC is pleased to report that there was a strong turnout for the AGM on 19 July 2013. At that meeting the following Board for 2013-2014 SEQICC was unanimously elected:

  • President – Neil Willmett
  • Secretary – Leesa Watego
  • Treasurer – Damien Foley
  • Board Member – Richard Brown
  • Board Member – Josh Creamer
  • Board Member – Hayley North
  • Board Member – Levi Tamou
The SEQICC Board is committed to working hard for the advancement of Indigenous business.

Charles Prouse, CEO, Supply Nation with SEQICC Chairman and guests

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