Swansea Chamber of Commerce News

Introducing Swansea 1st Scout Group

Posted in: App, Facebook, Membership on Friday, March 6th, 2015



When we say ‘adventure’, we’re not just talking about the awesome range of outdoor activities that Scouts offers! In fact, ‘adventure’ can mean any exciting, novel or unusual experience, and Scouts offers such a huge range of opportunities that there’s always something new to try. And you can join at any age from 6 upwards!

According to the Australian Rural Doctor, the key reason children should join Scouts is because they learn about

leadership, planning and preparing themselves and others.

Scouts are separated into age-based Sections –

Joey Scouts (6-7)

Cub Scouts (*8-10)

Scouts (*11-14)

Venturer Scouts (*15-17)

Rover Scouts (18-25)

With each Section taking more responsibility for their own activities as they progress. All Sections share a steady diet of self-respect, confidence, leadership, teamwork, creativity, environmental awareness and community involvement, and there are plenty of events and activities in which everyone can get involved together.

For more information, visit www.swanseascouts.org.au

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Snorkel Safari Hosting an Evening with International Diving Guru Paul Toomer

Posted in: App, Events, Facebook, Free Event, Local News on Friday, March 6th, 2015

Snorkel Safari Swansea Logo - February 2015

When: TUESDAY 10th March  Where:  Swansea Hotel

Paul (PVT) will be having dinner and drinks from 6.30pm in the Swansea Hotels dining area and will be presenting from 7.30pm upstairs, people are welcome to grab dinner and a drink and join Paul and the team.  RSVPs are essential via Facebook or the shop 02 4023 0899.

We have Paul Toomer an International Diving guru coming to present on “What it takes to dive to 100m and beyond” –a fascinating topic for all divers, dive professionals and even non divers. Be inspired by the man who is a force in the diving world. This presentation will be open to the public and a free event, local dive stores from Swansea, Newcastle/Wickham and Central Coast will come together for this special evening.
Paul’s unique approach to training is legendary. Since he became a diving professional, Paul has reached the pinnacle of the world’s leading diver training agencies; teaching divers, instructors and instructor trainers. When it comes to caves, wrecks and rebreathers, Paul has been there and done that all over the world. 
An avid writer and presenter, his contributions include articles for various dive magazines and formal presentations at training agency member events, DEMA, OZTek, EuroTek, TekCamp, the British Scuba Industry Trade Association, the London International Dive Show, Hollis/Oceanic Dealer Seminar and many more.
After a decade of teaching rebreather and technical courses, Paul was appointed International Director of Technical Training for SSI. Now Director of Diver Training at RAID he will be in Australia to present at Swansea and OZTek.


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Service NSW One-Stop Shop for Warners Bay

Posted in: App, Government News, iPhone App, Media Release on Thursday, March 5th, 2015


 Minister for Finance and Services Dominic Perrottet and the candidate for Charlestown Jason Pauling have welcomed the decision to locate a Service NSW one-stop shop at Warners Bay, announced as part of the next round of new service centres to be rolled out in NSW.

“This announcement of more one-stop shops to be delivered in the next 18 months is great news for residents and businesses in NSW,” said Mr Perrottet.

“Since its launch in 2013, Service NSW has revolutionised customer service delivery with a new way of delivering services – online through www.service.nsw.gov.au  and the new mobile app, through the 24/7 phone service on 13 77 88 and new one-stop shops with expanded trading hours.

“We have now successfully rolled out more than 26 Service NSW service centres with more planned.”

Service NSW offers customers access to more than 800 government transactions including driver licences, vehicle registrations, Seniors Card applications, birth certificates, housing payments and more.

The candidate for Charlestown Jason Pauling said a Service NSW one-stop shop would be a terrific boost for the people of the Charlestown Electorate and the City of Lake Macquarie generally.

“Carrying out multiple transactions in one place saves everyone time and money,” said Mr Pauling.

“Customers have truly embraced Service NSW centres when they open for business in their communities as testified by high customer satisfaction scores.

“I look forward to bringing more news about the rollout of Service NSW to Warners Bay.”

 For online transaction and further information about Service NSW, visit the Service NSW website www.service.nsw.gov.au, download the mobile app or call 13 77 88.


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Caves Beach SLC Receives $27,363 in NSW Government Funding

Posted in: App, Funding, Government News, Local News on Thursday, March 5th, 2015


Member for Swansea Garry Edwards recently presented Caves Beach Surf Life Saving Club with $27,363 in NSW Government funding under the Community Building Partnerships Grant program.

Mr Edwards said the Club will use the funding to replace doors and windows on the top floor of their Clubhouse.

“I am proud to support Surf Life Saving NSW with State Government funding to improve and modernise existing facilities,” Mr Edwards said.

“These improvements will help the Club attract both surf club members and function patrons well into the future.

“Caves Beach Surf Life Saving Club is one of Australia’s most successful competitive surf clubs and I am proud to maintain a close association with the Club’s exceptional management committee and surf life savers.”


MEDIA: Swansea Electorate Office 49721133


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Swansea Draft Streetscape Master Plan on Display

Posted in: App, Community, Facebook, Government News, Lake Macquarie Council on Thursday, February 26th, 2015


Lake Macquarie Council will have a information stall at Woolworths Swansea on Wednesday 4th March to discuss the ‘draft’ Streetscape Master plan…so get involved and have your say on the future of Swansea town centre.

Click here to review the Draft Plan and provide feedback online 


In 2010, Council adopted a program for the development of streetscape master plans for the nine major town centres in Lake Macquarie. Council has since developed a Draft Streetscape Master Plan for Swansea.

 The Draft Plan for Swansea will be a ‘road map’ for landscaping and beautification to ensure Council, developers and the community have a unified approach when undertaking public domain works.

Council is committed to working with local residents and businesses to deliver a Master Plan that builds on Swansea’s existing character and recognises the spirit of Swansea as the Seaside Village.

Some of the areas the plan focuses on is to enhance Swansea’s unique physical location as a gateway to Lake Macquarie, build on Swansea’s identity as a retail precinct and improvements in accessibility and creating a connected town centre.

The Draft Plan will ensure the town centre provides vibrant, safe and enjoyable places for visitors and locals to enjoy. Some works identified for the future include footpaths, paving, lighting, seating, tree planting, bike racks, public art and drinking fountains.

Drop into Swansea Library or the Visitor Information Centre to review the proposed plan and provide your feedback before the 20th March 2015.

For more information visit www.lakemac.com.au or call 4921 0333.

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$30,000 in NSW Government funding for Swansea Anzac War Memorial

Posted in: App, Community, Funding, Government News, Local News on Thursday, February 26th, 2015

$30,000 in NSW Government funding for Swansea Anzac War Memorial

Member for Swansea Garry Edwards has today presented the executive of the Swansea RSL Sub-branch with $25,000 in NSW Government funding to assist in the construction of the new WW1 ‘Rising Sun’ Anzac War Memorial. This funding was in addition to initial funding of $5,000 gifted last year.

The Swansea War Memorial – which will be constructed on the grounds of the RSL Club – is a duplicate of a memorial at Onslow in Western Australia. Works will be completed on the Swansea memorial in time for the Anzac Centenary commemorations on April 25.

“I am absolutely honoured to support the Swansea RSL Sub-branch on their Swansea memorial project, and I congratulate Barney Blundell and the executive for their efforts,” Mr Edwards said.

“The Rising Sun memorial is a fitting tribute to the sacrifices of not only our Anzacs who fought in WW1, but for every Australian who has fought for our country over the last century.

“The community and I are looking forward to seeing the memorial completed in time for the very special Anzac Centenary commemorations.”

The total cost of the project is estimated at $119,000, with funding provided by the NSW Government, the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program,   Swansea RSL Club, Swansea RSL Sub-Branch, Catherine Hill Bay RSL Sub Branch, the Maritime Union of Australia, the Australian Maritime Officers Union, Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers and public donations from the Swansea community.

Mr Edwards said the Swansea RSL Sub-branch has been busy organising the Swansea Anzac Centenary event, with the two services on the day promising to be the most spectacular events yet seen in the local area, starting with the 5.30am dawn service, followed by the street march and Anzac service at 11.00am.

“The Swansea Anzac Centenary events will feature boats, horses, aircraft and many different spectacles for the community to appreciate. It will be an amazing experience,” Mr Edwards said.

MEDIA: Swansea Electorate Office 49721133


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Posted in: App, Community, Government News, Local News on Thursday, February 26th, 2015


Member for Swansea Garry Edwards has congratulated Belmont Hospital Auxiliary volunteer Bessie Birkett for being named the Swansea Local Woman of the Year after today presenting her with a State Government certificate at a NSW Health Volunteer Appreciation Day event at Belmont Hospital.

Mr Edwards said Mrs Birkett is a much-loved figure in Belmont Hospital and has devoted almost 40 years assisting the ‘Blue Ladies’ of the Auxiliary raise much-needed funds for medical equipment.

“Bessie is the longest serving volunteer at Belmont Hospital Auxiliary, having started volunteering for the organisation in 1977,” Mr Edwards said.

“Her decades of volunteering is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates the strength of her character and her commitment to the local community. Now in her 80s, Bessie is still found volunteering five shifts a month in the hospital kiosk,” Mr Edwards said.

“Bessie has devoted her life to help raise money for life-saving medical equipment for Belmont Hospital. In the last financial year alone, Bessie and the Hospital Auxiliary have raised a staggering $103,000, funds that were used to purchase vital equipment including three fully automated beds, an ECG machine and a patient lifter.

“She is also responsible for preparing the very first meal for Swansea Meals on Wheels in 1973.

“I am proud to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of Bessie and to recognise her generosity, commitment and compassion. Well done Bessie,” Mr Edwards said.


MEDIA: Swansea Electorate Office 49721133


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Welcome to the New Dive Shop in Swansea

Posted in: App, Events, New Businesses on Friday, February 20th, 2015

Snorkel Safari Swansea Logo - February 2015

SNORKEL SAFARI SWANSEA has now opened in Swansea and has received great reviews since opening…so drop in and say hello to the friendly staff and check out the great specials now of offer.

They are also holding First Aid Training…contact 4972 0940 for further information.

Snorkel Safari Swansea are located at Shop 2/2 Belmont Street Swansea (Paris Apartment complex)



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Garry Edwards MP to run as Independent for Seat of Swansea in March State Election

Posted in: App, Government News, Media Release on Friday, February 6th, 2015


I have decided that I will contest the March State election as an Independent candidate for the seat of Swansea.

The ongoing community support that I have received, particularly in the last 6 months, greatly influenced my decision.

I am very proud of the accomplishments that the community and I have been able to achieve for the electorate over the last four years, with several fully funded projects set to begin and several projects underway, including the construction of the new $17.5 million Lake Macquarie Local Area Command Headquarters at Belmont; re-opening 22 beds and construction of the sub-acute ward at Belmont Hospital; record funding to our volunteer organisations such as surf life saving clubs, Marine Rescue NSW, Rural Fire Service and various community organisations; record numbers of police and nurses; $2.5 million Swansea Channel Dredging Program and road improvements to be completed in the southern end of my electorate on Rutleys Road and Kanangra Drive.

The Swansea electorate has tremendous potential to grow and develop and I am very confident that together we can all achieve ongoing success.

I wish to thank my constituents for their support and I will be honoured to continue representing the interests of the Swansea electorate well into the future. 


MEDIA: Swansea Electorate Office 49721133

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Posted in: App, Christmas, Community, Events, Facebook, Holidays on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Carols by Candlelight

The Swansea Chamber of Commerce Executive wish you and your families a Very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

We thank all those who supported the Chamber and Swansea Community throughout 2014…and look forward to great things for the 2281 district in 2015.

Merry Xmas and a safe jouney for those travelling during the holiday season…                                                                                                          Swansea Chamber of Commerce

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