The Southside Chamber of Commerce committee is a team of dedicated volunteers who are committed to helping local businesses grow their networks and become more effective. 

Southside Chamber Committee consists of:


Feel free to contact the Southside Chamber at


Kathleen Lewis - President

Kathleen is a local south-sider who grew up in the Mansfield area. She has two teenage girls and have been a sole parent for the last 14 years. 

ARK Financial Planning want to help you and your family achieve the lifestyle you want by doing the following:

- Ensuring you are financially secure
- Ensuring your family will not be financially traumatised if you suffered a disability or illness
- Help to build wealth over the long term
- Ensuring that your hard earned assets are distributed to their intended recipients, if you were to pass away.

They concentrate on focusing on your desired reality.
They Listen. They take the time to understand your individual situation.
They work together to build a plan, and implement it for the future.

Contact Kathleen on 0448 275 371

Kim Peries - Vice President & Membership Officer

Kim Peries is the proprietor of Pet City  Mt Gravatt a PIA Accredited  retail pet store, which was started back in 1957 by her father Evio Contenati.

This local business is an icon in the Mt Gravatt community and Kim is  always  striving  to participate with schools, respite centres and local charities, such as Rotary  to share the love of pets and teach pet responsibility.  Kims father Evio who is now taking it easy, had great vision in foreseeing how the Mt Gravatt, Wishart area would grow & change over the decades.  Evio is still a good sounding board for the  business in this changing time of retail. 

Kim joined the Southside Chamber of Commerce  for the networking and was asked to be part of the Active Committee.  Being on the committee, Kim’s  personal  goal is to have  other retailers in the area aware, that being a member  of a chamber is beneficial, for the support from government, for networking and finding other working partners that may bring  benefits to their business. 

Also this chamber is linked with the CCIQ  and that is a real benefit.  

Contact Kim on 0414 342 087

Geoff Webster - Secretary

Geoff has been teaching within the Adult and Vocational Education system at TAFE in Business, Management and Marketing since 1998. Prior to that, all of his early working life was spent in private industry.

Geoff’s professional experience includes over 15 years in the building industry, 4 years in the medical and scientific field and over 10 years as a Marketing and Management Consultant. He also was a business owner in the manufacturing sector for over 3 years. Other industries that he also has experience in include sports facility marketing, property and hospitality. His level of involvement within these areas varied from sales and marketing, office administration, staff supervision, project management, training, business management and consulting.

Geoff has been a member of the Southside Chamber of Commerce since 1992 and on the Executive Committee from 2006. From 2008-2010, Geoff was the SSCC representative at the Chamber Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) Regional Council. As well, he is an international business entrepreneur with overseas property investments. In 2013, he commenced a PHD in Marketing through the University of Southern Queensland.

Luana Storni - Treasurer

Luana Storni is employed as a Business Teacher with TAFE Queensland. Before teaching she has had extensive experience in administration in different industries such as Education, Hospitality, Banking and Insurance.


Alex Dunn - Social Media Manager

Alex is a freelance social media marketer, with a year of experience creating promotional content and three years writing articles for news organisations following a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism and Creative Media) from the University of Southern Queensland.

He joined the Chamber to help promote small businesses and build upon his prior skills. He has experience with various social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, MailChimp, and Linkedin. 

Ellen Eastwood - Committee Member

Ellen Eastwood started in the travel industry in 1991, with over 27 experience as a Travel Agent for companies such as Traveland, Ansett Airlines and now Flight Centre Limited (with brands Escape Travel and Cruiseabout).  She has worked in all facet of the industry as an travel consultant/manager from airport to staff travel, domestic and international travel in both corporate and leisure  - for over two decades.

Her passion is for cruising, specialising in this field but as a ICCA accredited travel agent, can look after all of your travel needs, both domestic and international.

Thanks to her exceptional loyal clientele, personal referrals and repeat business have formed the foundation of Ellen's career.  Ellen now operates as a mobile/home user for Flight Centre Cruise  - Garden City, offering a dedicated travel agent experience to the Brisbane Southside community and beyond.

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