Swansea Chamber of Commerce News

Natural Disaster Declarations for Local Government Areas

Posted in: App, Government News, NSW Business Chamber on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015


The NSW Business Chamber have confirmed this morning that natural disaster declarations have been made for the following Local Government Areas:

Lake Macquarie, Newcastle City, Cessnock, Dungog, Great Lakes, Maitland, Pittwater, Port Stephens, Singleton, Warringah Gosford and Wyong.

There are a number of schemes available to those in areas declared Natural Disasters, including Personal Hardship and Distress Assistance, Primary Producers, Small Business, Assistance for Council and more.

For further information go to the following website:


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Swansea High School Students Depart for Gallipoli Sunday 19th April

Posted in: App, Facebook, Government News, Local News on Friday, April 17th, 2015



Students Ruby Rizk, Cody Henderson, Emma Boertje and Jayde Robertson will form part of a contingent of 100 high school students from 25 schools across NSW to visit historical sites and First World War battlefields in Turkey and attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli on the historic day next year.

The Swansea High School participants will join more than 10,000 Australians and New Zealanders at the commemorations and depart Sydney this Sunday 19 April and return on 27 April 2015.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that the chosen students will treasure for the rest of their lives and we wish them a safe return.





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ANZAC Day 25th April Opening of the New World War 1 ‘Rising Sun’ Monument

Posted in: App, Events, Free Event, Local News on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Anzac Logo - April 2015

RSL Rising Sun Monument Sunrise  20th February 2014

The Opening of the new World War 1 ‘Rising Sun’ monument

will take place on ANZAC DAY 25th April with a

dawn service at 5.30am the Swansea RSL Club.

At sunrise, surf boats approach to ‘Anzac Cove Beach’

and landing by ‘troops’.

          Dedication of the new memorial by Reverend Clive Gerard,

Father Mackie  and Major Colin robinson.

Opening of the new memorial by DVA representative

Member for Shortland, Jill Hall

and State Member for Swansea.

For all enquireis contact Swansea Sub Branch Secretary

Barney Blundell E: blundelljb@iprimus.com.au


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Happy Easter from Swansea Chamber of Commerce

Posted in: App, Community, Local News on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Happy Easter - People 27th March 2015

The Swansea Chamber of Commerce Executive and Members wish you all a wonderful and safe Easter.

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Blue Star Sustainabiity Awards Now Open for Entry

Posted in: App, Awards, Community on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Keep NSW Beautiful Logo - April 2015

The Blue Star Sustainability Awards are open for entry, and the break over the Easter long weekend might be an opportunity for you to set aside some time to look at the categories and criteria and to work on your entry.The first round of the Blue Stars was launched a fortnight ago and since then it’s been great hearing all the positive feedback about the new format!

Entry is now far simpler and quicker than in our previous programs of Towns, Cities and Beaches.

The new format also includes individual awards, for youth and adults. If you know someone who has made a personal contribution towards sustainability in your local area, or who embodies an environmentally friendly way of life, nominate them for one of these awards!

Criteria for the 9 award categories are available here and there is more information on our website.

 Go to the Blue Stars online entry portal

 Good luck and Happy Easter!
The team at Keep NSW Beautiful

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People of NSW have Spoken, Now it’s Time to get on with Business

Posted in: App, iPhone App, NSW Business Chamber, Small Business on Monday, March 30th, 2015

NSW Business Chamber

In re-electing the Coalition over the weekend, NSW voters have given the Baird Government a clear mandate to proceed with its plan to lease 49 per cent of the State’s electricity assets, to raise $20 billion for much-needed infrastructure investment.

As we argued in our election policy platform, Unfinished Business: Towards 2015 and beyond, leasing the State’s ageing electricity assets represents an enormous opportunity for the NSW economy.

In addition to delivering more affordable electricity for households and businesses, the $20 billion raised for infrastructure investment will boost jobs and growth opportunities in regional communities and metropolitan areas, and provide greater certainty for businesses.

The Chamber is calling on the Upper House to respect the Baird Government’s mandate to proceed with the ‘poles and wires’ lease and fund the many important projects outlined in the State Infrastructure Strategy.

We have been working closely with Local Chambers of Commerce across the state to develop priority lists for infrastructure projects that should be funded as part of the State Infrastructure Strategy, and our focus will now be on engaging with the Government to ensure that funds are directed at projects that will have a real impact on local communities.

Fair penalty rates

Although we have been hard at work advocating for business in the lead-up to the State election, NSW Business Chamber will also this week launch a new nation-wide campaign to end excessive penalty rates on weekends and public holidays.

Many of our regional and tourist towns across NSW will be like ghost towns over the coming Easter long-weekend because public holiday penalty rates are now so excessive that businesses are forced to close to avoid making losses.

The NSW Business Chamber does not want to see penalty rates abolished. We believe that sensible penalty rates should be paid for certain weekend and public holiday times, however if shops cannot afford to open over busy holiday periods, visitors don’t have an opportunity to spend money in these towns, and local workers will miss out on income. This can have a devastating impact on local towns and communities.

We are urging all members to get involved in the campaign and tell Canberra that something has to change. To find out more, visit toobigtoignore.org.au.

Yours sincerely,


Stephen Cartwright

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Something Hot is Happening at Caves Beachside Resort

Posted in: App, Dining Out, Family Event, iPhone App, Local News on Friday, March 27th, 2015

Caves Beachside Events March 2015

For more information contact Caves Beachside Resort on 4980 999 or go to the website www.cavesbeachhotel.com.au  to find out more about CURRY Tuesday Nights $20 TRIVIA Wednesday Nights and MEXICAN Thursday Night specials!

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Swansea Rolls Out the Culinary Carpet on 30th May at SwanFest food wine music Festival

Posted in: App, Events, Facebook, Free Event, Swanfest on Friday, March 27th, 2015

SwanFest Logo - March 2015

Swansea Channel will spring to life as the picturesque backdrop to SwanFest on Saturday 30 May 2015.
Discerning foodies and lovers of fine wine will be spoilt for choice with offerings from the region’s food producers, foodies and markets as well as wine tasting from renowned Hunter wineries.
Live music and Guest appearances will entertain throughout the day with market stalls, children’s activities and a pet-friendly policy adding to the festival ambience.
An inspiring selection of exhibitors will offer a diverse range of wares, delicious food and fine wine to sample and buy, bringing the best the Hunter Region has to offer together for the one-day celebration. 

Reserve Your Space

Quality food, wine, produce and market stalls are invited to be part of SwanFest.  
Click the exhibitor pack button (below) or email info@bigbangevents.com.au

                                      Exhibitor Pack   

We would like to welcome our naming sponsor Swansea RSL  to            SwanFest 2015. This event would not possible without the                    support of sponsors.

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Trivia Night with a Twist 2nd May at Swansea RSL Club supporting Swansea Scouts Group

Posted in: App, Events, Facebook, Family Event on Friday, March 27th, 2015

Swansea Scouts Trivia Night 2nd May 2015

Call Cheryl on 0477 284 950 to Book your Ticket Today!!

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Check Your Clock this SUNDAY 5th April & Change Your Fire Smoke Alarm Battery

Posted in: App, Community, Fire Station, Local News on Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Fire & Rescue NSW Logo - March 2015

Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) firefighters from Swansea Fire Station today urged local residents too change the batteries in thier smoke alarms at the end of Daylight Saving on Sunday 5th April - it could save a life!

Station Commander Nathan Tallon said firefighters were happy to participate in the national Change Your Clock…Change Your Smoke Alarm Battery campaign.

Only working smoke alarms help save lives and a fire can take hold in just three minutes, filling your home with deadly smoke. A working smoke alarm and a home escape plan could save you, your family, pets and possessions in a fire as it gives you vital seconds to get out before you’re overcome.

A smoke alarm with a flat battery is just as risky as not having a smoke alarm at all.  That’s why you should change your smoke alarm battery when Daylight Saving ends on Sunday 5th April.

FRNSW recommends householders install photoelectric, interconnected and hard-wired smoke alarms and install smoke alarms in all bedrooms for maimum protection 

FRNSW data reveals 13per cent of the 3,900 home fires in NSW last year occurred in properties with no working smoke alarms. Devastatingly, more than half (56per cent) of fatal house fires between 2000 and 2014 had no smoke alarms present. The majority of these deady fires also occurred between midnight and 6am, when people were asleep.

Don’t gamble with your family’s life by waiting to install your fire alarms or change the batteries in your smoke alarms – you should do it NOW!

If you need help checking or replacing the battery in your smoke alarm contact your local fire station and ask about the Smoke Alarm Battery Replacement (SABRE) program for seniors and people with disabilities

Contact: Swansea Fire Station  on  4972 1040


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