Australia’s community sector has a deep commitment to our society, and this has never been more evident than through the pandemic. But before this they were here for us through bushfires and floods, and we can’t afford to lose any of them now. And small businesses are some of the most loyal supporters of community organisations, providing sponsorships and in-kind support to surf live saving clubs, local sporting teams and community groups around the country.
Going local first doesn’t just benefit small businesses, it benefits communities right around Australia. These community organisations, and their small business supporters, make where we live feel like a community.
Meet Lola and Jamie, the owner/operators of Stillwater Paddleboards in Beachport, South Australia.
When the duo started the business back in 2015, they originally planned to sell paddleboards locally in central Victoria.
After coming to the realisation that sales was not for them, they were approached by Surfing Victoria to run a series of programs as part of the “This Girl Can” initiative, and the standup paddleboard school was born. Lola and Jamie loved these programs and ran lessons and tours all throughout Victoria’s beautiful lakes, rivers, reservoirs and wetlands. When Jamie pined for his roots near the ocean, they settled on the untouched gem of Beachport in South Australia and relocated at the end of 2019.
The business got the name “Bertie’s” from Bertie Bertram, who ran it on his return to Australia after fghting in WWII. It was so successful it was the chosen supplier of meat for the Queen’s visit to Australia for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics – making them “Butchers to the Queen”.