Board and Management 2018

President - Caroline Babbage

Caroline Babbage

I envisage a strong and dynamic committee committed to actively seeking out members’ needs and opinions. The appointment to the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce board of members representing tourism, trades, retail, financial services will ensure a balanced focus benefiting all members. 

Kalamunda is uniquely positioned both in terms of its environment and its proximity to a rapidly growing Perth. Through a managed approach, working with stakeholders such as the Shire of Kalamunda, Tourism Western Australia and the Eastern Metropolitan Council a successful well led Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce will benefit all local businesses.

At a personal level I have gained valuable business experience over the past 13 years through the very successful establishment of Fawkes House Country Spa Retreat. Award winners for the past seven years locally, Fawkes House recently was also awarded Silver in the Hosted Accommodation 2015 Western Australia Tourism Awards.

I am looking forward to an exciting 2018 representing members’ interests, and developing a strong, inclusive, open and transparent KCC to benefit all businesses and the wider community of the Shire of Kalamunda.

Vice-President - Bob Melville

Bob Melville has been in the Rose Industry for approximately 50 years. Bob began working for his father in Carmel. He started the Melville Nurseries in 1977 mainly as a wholesale rose nursery and also growing perennials. Melville Nurseries was run by Bob as the Managing Director with his sons Robbie and James, in the wholesale and retail sales of roses. The Rose Heritage Cafe built in 1997 was a major part of the nursery.  In 2015 the sale of Melville Nurseries and the Rose Heritage Cafe was completed.

Bob has been President of the National Rose Society of Australia and the Rose Society of Western Australia. He has served for approximately 15 years in both Societies as President and Vice President. Bob is also an International Judge and has been representing Australia for many years at the invitation of many countries around the world. Bob is also a member of the Horticultural Media Association of Australia and has been a board member for the Nursery and Garden Industry of WA. He also served for a number of years as President of the Tourism Association of WA.

Bob has won the Australian Rose Award which is the highest and most prestigious award in the industry. He has also won the T.A. Stewart Memorial Award which is the oldest award. Bob's efforts in the horticultural industry have been rewarded with the Melville Nursery winning many awards at the annual Garden Week event.

Bob has been the original player in bringing into Western Australia the many varieties of the Heritage Rose and all types of Roses. He is also well known in his efforts of going to the many areas in Western Australia, giving talks and teaching people in all aspects of growing roses, water conservation and recycling.

Bob was inducted as a Life Member of Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce in 2009.

Vice-President - Peter Withers

Peter is the owner and operator of Kalamunda Classic Cars  and carries out mechanical repairs for clients on British Classic Sporting cars.

Previously Peter was the West Australian agent for Dimac Tooling, a supplier of Accessories and Equipment for CNC Machine shops. Dimac make Soft Jaws in house and are distributors for Kitagawa chucks, Zebra Coolant Equipment and many other leading brands.

Peter and his wife Meiling also own Relax Chinese Massage on Canning Road.


Treasurer - Jon Elbery

Jon qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the UK and moved to Perth in 1975. He has lived in the City of Kalamunda since 1984.

After working with Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) for a number of years Jon became the first full time employee of Heytesbury Holdings, the private interests of the Holmes a Court Family and was managing director of Heytesbury for several years, seeing the acquisition and growth of operations on 3 continents.

After Heytesbury, Jon was an executive director of public company CTI Logistics Limited up until his retirement from that role in 2007. CTI is a company involved in a number of business service operations including transport, warehousing, security, and printing.

After 6 months of retirement Jon made the decision to focus on building business locally and operates a small business advisory company Now Business Mastery along with his business partner Dr Bob Cross and also an online business web development agency called fortunegreen.

Jon is on the board of Pickering Brook Primary School and is secretary of the organising committee for Kalamunda Live, an organisation dedicated to providing a platform for amateur musicians to perform in public.

Jon has been a Chamber member for several years and is keen to see the Chamber continue to develop in a professional manner, providing relevant services to all Kalamunda businesses so that more businesses will find membership of the Chamber of benefit to their operations.

Peter Stewart

 Peter Stewart is the Owner and Principal Certified Financial Planner® at Benchmark Consultants. Established in 1986, Benchmark Consultants is located in the heart of the Kalamunda CBD and offers clients a holistic approach to planning their financial future including Budgeting, Superannuation, Investments through to Pensions, Retirement Planning, Aged Care Transition and Estate Planning. Peter is also a registered Justice of the Peace in Kalamunda (by appointment only).

Peter has always been an active community member who has established several instrumental community groups over the past 30 years. In 2005 Peter was elected President of the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce and he set about to establish a more professional administration and operational structure and introduced business sponsorships to the Kalamunda Chamber. He founded the Cygnet group as part of the KCC to encourage business owners to develop friendships and discuss common issues. In Peter’s last year as President in 2007 he established the inaugural Business Excellence Awards and Awards Presentation night. Peter remained President for three years when he stepped aside for Robert Bentley, however Peter has remained on the Chamber Committee ever since.

Throughout his years on the Chamber Committee he has dedicated his time to tackling a large range of issues such as; beautification of the Kalamunda CBD, entrance statements, signage, Crime prevention, underground power for CBD areas and Economic Development including Tourism promotion. Peter also helped establish a group called Kalamunda Zig Zag Railway Inc.

You can find out more about Peter here:




Executive Officer - Tabetha Beggs

Tabetha is a former Marketing Executive of the City of Perth, developing the City’s first destination website, developing stakeholder engagement with tourism, retail, arts, corporate and community sectors as well as working with the City’s events team on Australia Day Skyworks, Eat Drink Perth, Winter Arts Festival and other key events. She is the current Chairwoman of WritingWA the State's peak body for writing and literature. 

Rachael Bolton – Events and Membership Manager


Sean Bryce – Market Manager


Jemma Durham – Market Manager 2IC



Contact Information

Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce,
50 Railway Road Kalamunda
Mon-Fri 9am-2:30pm:
(08) 9257 3508
After hours:
+61 (0) 487 431 361


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