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Posted in: App, Government News, Holidays, Media Release on Friday, October 2nd, 2015

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Operation Slow Down starts at 12.01am on Friday (2 October 2015), and will continue until 11.59pm on Monday 5 October 2015.  Double demerits will be in place over the entire long weekend for all speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle-helmet offences.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC is urging motorists to remain vigilant on the roads this October Long Weekend, as Operation Slow Down kicks into gear.

Since the start of the year, 259 people have died on NSW roads – 26 more deaths than this time last year.

Mr MacDonald said accidents can happen in a second and urged all motorists to take extra precautions on the region’s roads.

“With major sporting events, the school holidays and the long weekend, there will be a lot of activity on the Hunter’s roads this weekend,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Police will be out in force, targeting things that contribute to accidents such as drugs and alcohol offences, speeding, seatbelt offences, mobile phone use and fatigue.

“I’m also urging drivers to look after their passengers and keep their eyes out for dangerous behaviour from other motorists.

“If you’re heading to a game or to a pub to support your team, make sure you plan your travel, everyone needs to be accountable for their actions.

“There are few greater tragedies than losing a loved one in a road accident, so I am urging everyone to take responsibility and look out for one another.”

Media: Scot MacDonald MLC, 0408 450 032




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Twilight Xmas Markets at Redhead SLSC 27th November

Posted in: App, Christmas, Events on Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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The Redhead SLSC Twilight Xmas Markets will be held on Friday 27th November form 4pm – 8pm

If you are interested in booking a Stall at the Twilight Xmas Markets applications can be obtained by emailing or contacting:

E: cossie4@hotmail.com    M: Liz Costello 0431 853 584


   E: sandicol@tpg.com.au     M: Sandy Collins 0422 819 957

(Application closing date 16th October)

Stall / Site Fees:

$25.00 per 3 x 3 site for general merchandise (clothing, Jewellery etc)

$35.oo per 3x 3 site for food vendors

Bookings to be made using the application form only.

Swansea Caves Surf Lifesaving in Action

Event is approved by Lake Macquarie City Council

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Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie Open Day 18th October 7.30am – 2pm

Posted in: App, Events, Family Event, Free Event, iPhone App on Monday, September 28th, 2015

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O P E N  D A Y


Sunday 18th October – 7:30am to 2pm

Lakeview Parade, Pelican (Next to the Marine Rescue Building)

Open for Breakfast and Great Food and Drinks all day in the Park

Radio Station 2NURFM Broadcasting Live 9am to 12pm

Entertainment on Stage all day

40 Great Market Stalls… pick up an Xmas Gift!

Rides in the Rescue Boats, Jumping Castle, Giant Slide & More…

Emergency & Community Services on Display – Come & Say G’day! Water Police, Local Area Police, Fisheries, Local Fire Brigade, SES, Customs, Rural Fire Service, Maritime, Surf Lifesaving and Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Emergency Services Combined Exercise

Pelican Boat Base & Swansea Heads Radio Base Open to the Public.

Free Regular Shuttle Bus Service from Pelican to Swansea Heads

Come and Support your Local Community Volunteers

For more Information go to…www.marinerescuelakemacquarie.com.au

SPONSORED by Pelican RSL Club / Belmont 16’s Sailing Club / Swansea RSL Club / Toronto Workers Club / Gwandalan Bowling Club / Wangi Districk Workers Club / Woolworths Mount Hutton

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Posted in: App, Funding, Government News on Friday, September 18th, 2015

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Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC has announced a $4,297 upgrade to the Cahill Oval football ground scoreboard through the Footy Facilities Fund.

The Footy Facilities Fund is a joint initiative between the NRL and the NSW Government that helps fund grassroots footy clubs across the state.

Mr MacDonald said the main objectives of the Footy Facilities Fund are to increase participation opportunities in Rugby League and improve the standard of grounds and facilities.

“Sport is a huge part of our way of life and the NSW Government recognises that,” Mr MacDonald said.

“The NSW Government is committed to delivering the best infrastructure to the people of NSW and I look forward to seeing the benefits of this upgrade for the community,” Mr MacDonald added.

Grant Thompson-Laing from the Lakes United (Seagulls) RLFC said that the club was looking forward to the construction of the new scoreboard.

“After 70 years of continuous use of Cahill Oval’s existing scoreboard, the Lakes United Seagulls are grateful for the NSW Government’s assistance.”

Media: Scot MacDonald MLC,


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Best of the Coast to Feature in ‘Sydney Weekender’ this Weekend

Posted in: App, Government News, Tourism on Friday, August 28th, 2015

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Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Newcastle and will feature on Channel 7’s popular travel show Sydney Weekender this Sunday thanks to a NSW Government initiative to promote great family experiences on offer outside of Sydney.

The episode will air at 5.30pm this Sunday, 30 August on the 7 Network in Sydney and on the Prime Network across NSW and the ACT.

“The episode will showcase a variety of products and experiences from Sand Dune Adventures in Port Stephens, Imagine Cruises and Native Newcastle Tours to dining at Milano’s on the Lake in Lake Macquarie.”

“I am delighted that this Sunday’s episode of Sydney Weekender will showcase some of the best holiday experiences across the Hunter’s coast,” Mr MacDonald said.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC said the episode will provide added inspiration to people in Sydney and across the State to plan a visit to this fantastic region.

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said that promoting short breaks is an important part of the NSW Government’s strategy to attract intrastate and interstate visitors.

“Securing episodes on popular travel shows such as Sydney Weekender allows us to further promote the variety of NSW regions and ensuring our wonderful destinations from the coast to inland NSW, are showcased to a large and receptive audience,” Mr Ayres said.

 Media: Scot MacDonald MLC, 0408 450 032

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Grants for Hunter Sport & Recreation through ClubGRANTS

Posted in: App, Funding, Government News on Friday, August 28th, 2015

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Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging Hunter organisations to apply for grants of up to $1 million to help upgrade sport and recreation facilities through the ClubGRANTS Category 3 program.

“There’s up to $8 million available across NSW, and I encourage our Hunter clubs and councils to submit their applications to have the best chance of receiving a funding injection.”

“Particular emphasis will be placed on projects that benefit disadvantaged and regional and remote communities in this program round,” Mr MacDonald said.

Deputy Premier Troy Grant said the funding program will provide a much needed boost to sport and recreation facilities in local communities right across the State.

“The NSW Government knows local sports grounds and facilities are just as important as our major stadiums and are vital to a healthy community,” Mr Grant said.

Expressions of interest for sport and recreation grants are now open until October 2015. Applications will be assessed by the independent ClubGRANTS Fund committee made up of representatives from Sport NSW, Clubs NSW, Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing, Arts NSW, Office of Regional Development and sporting associations.

Approved applicants will be invited to lodge formal applications by 16 December 2015 and successful projects will be announced early next year.

Further information and applicant information packs are available on the Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing website www.olgr.nsw.gov.au

Media: Scot MacDonald MLC, 0408 450 032

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Winner Announced…Lake Macquarie Smart City Ideas Competition

Posted in: App, Awards, Lake Macquarie Council on Friday, August 28th, 2015

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‘Smart’ street furniture wins Smart City ideas competition

LMCC Winners Pic - August 2015

Lake Macquarie City Council received more than 100 ideas on how technology can make the City more connected, prosperous and sustainable.

Council’s Manager of Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said the response to Council’s call for ideas from the community was very positive.

“The ideas and suggestions received are informing the preparation of the City’s first Digital Economy Strategy,” Ms Pope said.

“With a clear strategy to guide us, the technology we use can save Council and the community money, drive local innovation, provide new jobs, and improve community well-being and environmental sustainability.”

Charlestown resident, Daniel Condon, was presented with an Apple Watch Sport for his winning idea of solar-powered benches that can recharge mobile devices.

Council is now investigating the use of solar-powered seating in the City.

“Smart furniture like solar-powered benches could greatly assist the community during power outages, like those experienced during the April storms,” Ms Pope said.

“This is a great example of an innovative and achievable idea that could be used throughout Lake Macquarie.”

Short-listed entries include:

·         establishing ‘maker space’ incubators in Council libraries to help people learn about emerging technologies such as 3D printing (spaces where people can gather to create, invent and learn);

·         apps to make service requests with Council (a mobile application which enables residents to quickly and easily lodge service requests as an alternative to calling or emailing the Customer Service Centre);

·         apps that allow users to adopt City assets to help monitor their condition (user portal with an interactive map where people can tag issues, activities or call for assistance);

·         apps that provide information on parks, cycleways, playgrounds and safe places to take children (a mobile application with a map that identifies places of interest);

·         an online interactive map of Council events and issues (a mobile application detailing information about Council services, parks, dog areas, events, bulk waste pick-up schedules etc.);

·         smart public garbage bins that alert Council when they are full or smell (data intelligence sends email notifications to Council staff when bins are near capacity);

·         a display sign on shared pathways that counts bicycles and pedestrians and shares this data with Council and the community (signs displaying daily and cumulative bike and pedestrian data,); and

·         the use of digital codes on infrastructure that can be scanned to provide people with information (smartphone friendly barcodes that can be scanned, providing residents and visitors with information about what they are looking at).

Council will now review all the ideas as it prepares the City’s first Digital Economy Strategy. It is expected the draft Strategy will be placed on exhibition later this year.

For more information visit http://haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/smart-city

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Swansea Workers Club Hunter Business Award Winner 2015

Posted in: App, Awards, Local News on Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Swansea Workers Club - Business Award Logo 2015

The Club won the Hunter Water Savers Award for work they have completed and will be completing in the near future this includes an automatic watering system for the greens which sources water from two 20,000 ltr tanks that were installed, also the implementation of two waterless woks in the kitchen, glass washers that recycle the water and upgrades to the toilet cisterns that will reduce water usage.

CONGRATULATIONS to Swansea Workers Club                      Swansea Workers Club - Buinsess Award Winners Pic 20th August 2015

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10/50 Scheme for Bushfire Protection

Posted in: App, Bushfires, Government News on Friday, August 14th, 2015

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Residents can check their eligibility for the 10/50 scheme and also view a copy of the report at http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/1050

A review of the 10/50 scheme by the NSW Rural Fire Service, Office of Environment and Heritage and the Department of Planning concluded residents should retain the right to protect their homes from bushfire.

Mr MacDonald MLC Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter said “The Government has adopted all 30 recommendations from the review, and has introduced legislation to Parliament to amend the Rural Fires Act 1997 and separately tighten the NSW RFS Code of Practice.”

The 10/50 scheme introduced after the devastating 2013 bushfires enables residents in bushfire-prone areas to remove trees within 10m and vegetation within 50m of their property without seeking approval.

It maintains the reduced entitlement area of 100m from higher risk vegetation, covering 85 per cent of properties historically destroyed in a bush fire.

Minister for Emergency Services, David Elliott said about half of the 30 recommendations introduce greater environmental protections.

“This Government strongly believes that property owners should be empowered to protect their property, but it was clear that some people were clearing trees for reasons which had nothing to do with bushfire protection,” Mr Elliott said.

Minister for Environment Mark Speakman said the strengthened scheme would introduce stronger environmental protections such as excluding Koala habitats, Aboriginal places, and trees 100m from the coastline.

“We also have excluded from the scheme, critically endangered plants, critical habitats, all mangroves and saltmarshes and a range of critically endangered ecological communities,” Mr Speakman said.

The NSW RFS said the review encourages councils to take greater responsibility of their bushfire prone land. The RFS can exclude low-risk pockets of bushland from the scheme if it is satisfied that council has appropriate mitigation strategies in place.

Media: Scot MacDonald MLC, 0408 450 032

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Measures to Improve Boat Trailer Parking in Streets

Posted in: App, Government News, Press on Thursday, August 13th, 2015


Announced on Tuesday new measures to crack down on boat trailers clogging streets by Scot MacDonald MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter.

There are around 204,000 boat trailers currently registered in NSW. This number is forecast to increase by around 2.9 per cent per annum over the next decade.

Currently, a boat trailer can be parked for an indefinite period unless there are parking restrictions or reasonable grounds to believe the trailer has been left abandoned or left unattended. This applies whether or not the trailer is registered.

Under the changes, boats left in the same place for more than three months will be impounded.

Mr MacDonald said boat trailers being parked in residential areas has been an ongoing source of frustration for residents in high density areas of the Hunter.

“Increasingly, boat owners are using street parking as a long term parking solution for their boats. This in turn has led to legitimate concerns about the loss of amenity.

“These new measures will allow council officers to specifically target boat trailers which have been parking for considerable periods of time and are causing concern to Hunter residents,” said Mr MacDonald

The NSW Government has also set aside $5 million to assist local councils and other organisations establish off-street boat trailer parking facilities to help ease congestion.

 Media: Scot MacDonald MLC, 0408 450 032


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