Swansea Chamber of Commerce News

Swansea Bridge Night Works Starting Monday 25th May 7pm-5am

Posted in: App, Government News, Swansea Bridge on Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Roads & Maritime Services Logo - May 2015

The NSW Government is funding the biannual maintenance of Swansea Bridge.

 Roads and Maritime Services is carrying out biannual maintenance on Swansea Bridge to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the bridge. 

Night work is scheduled to start on Monday 25 May and is expected to take three nights to complete, weather permitting. The work will be carried out between 7pm and 5am

The southbound bridge will be closed on Monday and Tuesday nights and the northbound bridge will be closed on Wednesday night. 

The maintenance will include inspecting and testing the electrical, mechanical and hydraulic components of the bridge as well as the emergency systems. Work will also be carried out to refurbish some of the hydraulic equipment and locking mechanisms on the southbound bridge. 

The work will be carried out at night to minimise disruption to traffic and for the safety of workers and motorists. 

During the maintenance one bridge will remain open at all times, with one lane operating in each direction. The bridges will not open for marine traffic while the night work is carried out. 

A temporary 40km/h speed limit will be in place during the work and motorists may experience short delays. 

We are conscious of the effect this work may have on surrounding residents and every effort will be made to minimise noise. 

We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this time. 

For more information about the work, please call Natasha Anderson on 02 4924 0403 or email Natasha.Anderson@rms.nsw.gov.au.


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Federal Budget 2015 – Hunter Business Chamber CEO Alert

Posted in: App, Budget News, Government News, Hunter Business Chamber on Friday, May 15th, 2015


Federal Budget 2015

I watched with interest as Treasurer Joe Hockey handed down his second federal budget on Tuesday night. 
I am heartened to see small business is front and centre in this budget with a package of measures designed to create economic growth and jobs.
In 2013 the New South Wales Business Chamber, in conjunction with the national chamber movement, launched its pre-election Small Business: Too Big to Ignore campaign which aimed at sending a clear message to Federal Parliament that small business deserved greater recognition. This hard work has paid off with more than $5.5billion being allocated to supporting small businesses across Australia. According to the Treasurer ninety six per cent of all Australian businesses will now be eligible for a tax cut.
These measures are going to be incredibly important to our community given the devastation felt by storm affected areas . I was buoyed by the news of a tax deduction for individual items purchased up to $20,000 for businesses with less than $2m turnover annually. This is a deduction available immediately and for the next two years, providing significant help to those small businesses who are feeling the pain already of disaster incurred losses.
The Treasurer hit the mark when he said that future growth in Australia will come from growing small business. Of great benefit to small businesses with an annual turnover under $2million will be the cut in company tax rate from 30% to 28.5%; the provision of 5% tax discount up to $5,000 for unincorporated businesses; and immediate deduction of costs incurred with starting up a business.
These are all really welcome initiatives that will make small business better positioned to provide the jobs and opportunities our region needs.
Recognising the important role employment plays in our economy there are also some significant wage subsidy measures that will provide greater incentive for small business to take on new employees. Along with this is funding aimed specifically at addressing youth unemployment and $212 million committed to youth transition to work programs along with intensive support trials for young job seekers and improvements to the national work experience program.
Further details about this year’s budget can be found at www.budget.gov.au and I really would encourage small business owners to get across the detail as there are some very important measures that will make a difference to business in our region.
The Chamber will work to provide further details to our members over the coming weeks.

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7 More Days to Go…SwanFest 2015 food wine music event 30th May

Posted in: Android, App, Events, Free Event, Swanfest on Thursday, May 14th, 2015

SwanFest Logo - March 2015


Bring the whole family for a fabulous fun filled day by Swansea Channel on Saturday 30 May 2015. 

Open from 10am to 4pm SwanFest will be held on the foreshore adjacent to Swansea RSL Club and will feature an inspiring selection of exhibitors with a diverse range of wares, delicious food and fine wine to sample and buy. 

Check out all the exhibitors at www.swanfest.com.au 

Visitors to SwanFest will be able to purchase a wine glass and BBQ plate to use at the event and take home to re-use to providing a sustainability focus of ‘reuse and recycle’ element making it an eco-friendly event.

The Swansea foreshore offers the ideal location with exquisite water views and plenty of open space to bring along the family pet (on a leash, of course) to enjoy the family day out. 

Major sponsor of the event, Swansea RSL Club General Manager Kiel Emerton said he was looking forward to the event that draws locals and tourists alike to the spectacular foreshore. 

“SwanFest brings together the local community at one of the world’s most beautiful, enjoyable, unique locations where you can have it all from diving, fishing, sailing, swimming, or bush walking”. 

“Swansea RSL is proud to be the major sponsor of SwanFest and supporting our local community”. 

Swansea Chamber President Tony Rich said the event is designed to promote Swansea as the gateway to Lake Macquarie and stimulate business in the area. 

“SwanFest is set to be even bigger than last year with a greater variety of food and wine, a vast selection of exhibitors with their many wares with delicious food to sample and buy as well as some great local entertainment”, said Mr Rich. 

Supported by Lake Macquarie City Council, Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Jodie Harrison is delighted by the initiative of the Chamber. 

“It’s wonderful to see how SwanFest is bringing a Hunter Valley experience to the best coastal city in Australia and showcasing some of our local talents.” 

“I have no doubt it will attract locals and tourist alike to inject money into the local economy.”

Entertainment throughout the day will include performances by local and Sydney entertainers and bands like the Wobble Boot jazz and Blues Band.

TMP Dance Studios Director Tina Moore said SwanFest is a great family day out and provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase our destination, local products and services. 

“Our students are looking forward to performing at SwanFest and surprising the audience with our flash mob ”, said Ms Moore. 

“We encourage everyone to come along and enjoy a great day out”. 

To make the most of the day visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic rug, hat and sunscreen and are encouraged to park near Woolworths and walk along the channel under the Swansea bridge towards Swansea RSL. 

Further information at www.swanfest.com.au  or download the Swansea App from the App Store of Google play

Hunter Wine and Beer – Australia’s most famous wine growing region will be represented at SwanFest….Which heritage makes do you prefer – Semillon or Shiraz?

  • Audrey Wilkinson / Briar Ridge Vineyard / Calais Estate Wines / De Bortoli Wines / Draytons Family Wines
  • Inner City Winemakers / Kissofire /McGuigan Wines / Murrays Brewing Co & Port Stephens Winery
  • Tyrrells Wines / Pooles Rock Wines /Wine Selectors 

 SwanFest Poster April 2015



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Natural Disaster Support for Lake Macquarie Small Businesses

Posted in: App, Small Business on Thursday, April 30th, 2015


The recent storms have had a devastating effect on small business and many people have commented that ‘I don’t know where to start’.

To help provide direction to all small business owners, Small Biz Connect, funded through the NSW Office of the Small Business Commissioner and The Business Centre have organised for the Small Biz Bus to be on hand in the areas most affected by storms.

The Small Biz Bus is a mobile information and mentoring service which is manned by experienced business mentors and You can book a FREE session to talk about the issues which now directly affect your business….WEDNESDAY 6th MAY at Swansea Visitor Information Centre from 9am – 3pm

You can book your Small Biz Bus appointments on Tel 1300 134 359 or visit www.clikclik.com.au/smallbizbus/



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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 Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Swansea Scouts Trivia Night 2nd May 2015

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

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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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