Swansea Chamber of Commerce News
Posted in: Cultural Development, Holidays on Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Develop skills with professional contemporary artists in the areas of drawing, painting, printmaking and colour theory while enjoying the unique lakeside location at Lake Macquarie Art Gallery.
Suitable for artists and art students. One day workshops.
Class Times: 10.30am – 4.00pm
Cost $75 per workshop
includes lunch and a glass of wine.
For further information contact gallery or visit website: www.artgallery.lakemac.com.au
Posted in: Government News, Local News on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Member for Swansea Garry Edwards has confirmed today that public access and community facilities around Delta Electricity’s Vales Point and Colongra power stations would not be impacted by their sale.
Mr Edwards and Member for Wyong Darren Webber have welcomed the Government’s commitment to maintain current public access arrangements following today’s launch of the formal sale process for Delta Electricity.
“This is a great outcome for those communities and non-profit organisations around Vales Point and Colongra, who have advocated for existing public access arrangements to stay in place, regardless of the sale of Delta Electricity,” Mr Edwards said.
“I recognise the importance of these facilities to so many in the community, and that’s why I have been arguing so strongly for the community lands associated with the power stations to be protected.
“Sporting clubs, the Scouts, Camp Breakaway which runs respite camps for the disabled – these groups are some of the many which make good use of these facilities and it’s a fantastic outcome that ongoing use will be guaranteed.”
Member for Wyong Darren Webber has also welcomed the announcement.
“This announcement is further good news for Camp Breakaway which recently secured a long-term lease for their land with the NSW Government,” Mr Webber said.
NSW Treasurer Mike Baird congratulated Mr Edwards for his commitment to the issue.
“Public access will be maintained as a direct result of Mr Edwards’ hard work and persistence on behalf of his community,” said Mr Baird.
Community lands associated with Delta Electricity include:
· Koala Park near Colongra Power Station which is used by former Delta Electricity employees and the local community
· Camp Breakaway at San Remo
· Extreme Park at San Remo
· Tom Barney Oval, adjacent to the Vales Point Power Station
· Mannering Park Scout Hall, near Vales Point Power Station
Mr Edwards said the Government and Delta Electricity would finalise arrangements regarding the future ownership and/or management of the facilities following discussions with Wyong Shire Council, the Scouts and other local stakeholders.
Posted in: Local News, Marina, Swansea Bridge on Monday, December 9th, 2013
Acting Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Andrew Stoner has announced the award of a contract to Sandpiper Dredging Pty Ltd to carry out an early summer dredging campaign of the Swansea Channel.
Mr Stoner said the project demonstrated the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government’s commitment to sustainable dredging along the NSW coast.
“The work forms part of the NSW Government’s commitment to maintaining safe boating access through the Swansea Channel,” Mr Stoner said.
“The work will involve the removal of up to 20,000 cubic metres of sand from the channel between the southern entrance to Swan Bay and the dropover.
“The NSW Government has provided $360,000 to fund this dredging campaign and the contract was awarded after a competitive tender process.”
Member for Swansea Garry Edwards said the work was expected to begin before Christmas and would reduce navigation risks, ensuring access for most vessels.
“Due to the dynamic nature of the channel bed, which ranges in depths, boaters should always contact Roads and Maritime Services prior to navigating the channel if they have any concerns,” Mr Edwards said.
“A larger scale dredging of the channel is being considered for 2014.
“This dredging campaign is the first step in implementing a long-term navigational dredging strategy for Swansea Channel.”
Posted in: Local News, Marine Rescue on Saturday, December 7th, 2013
On Saturday 14th December at 10:00am, the NSW State member for Swansea Garry Edwards MP and Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Mr Stacey Tannos, will officially hand over the organisation’s new berthing infrastructure and the organisations latest high tech rescue vessel, a 10 meter Naiad at Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie’s Pelican base. Other senior government members, members of MRNSW and other agencies will be in attendance.
“This is a really a magnificent facility.” Mr Tannos said. “The new berthing facility will allow improved maintenance and a quick response. The vessel can be deployed for up to 30 nautical miles offshore, and see in the dark. I am delighted to invite members of the boating community to come to the Commissioning Ceremony on Saturday morning at Pelican and see the investment in protecting the people of Lake Macquarie.”
The new vessel, Marine Rescue “LM 30,” is one of many ordered from internationally successful NSW boat builder, Yamba Welding at Yamba NSW. Vessels are continuing to be made and deployed at other units as part of Marine Rescue NSW replacement program for a fleet of more than 70 craft that have served for many years, to provide the NSW recreational boating community with a fleet of modern rescue vessels and ensure the volunteers have the right equipment for rescue work.
Over 5,000 working hours have gone into the construction of “LM 30” involving advanced aluminum welding techniques, shipwrights, electricians, upholsterers and marine engineers that has made an important contribution to the local economy and development of local skills.
“LM 30” is powered by twin Suzuki 250hp 4 stroke outboard engines and equipped with state-of-the-art Raymarine navigation, Icom marine radio electronics, Furuno AIS (Automatic Identification System), FLIR night vision and advanced first aid equipment including Australian Defibrillators cardiac defibrillator and oxygen therapy.
“Other agencies that have also chosen Naiad include NSW/VIC Water Police, NSW Fisheries, NSW Maritime, Australian Customs and the Australian Defence Forces, as well as numerous private commercial operators,” said Commissioner Tannos, “so we’re in very good company.”
While additional funding from the NSW government and contributions from the boat licences and registrations of the State’s boating community has made it possible to acquire this vessel, Marine Rescue NSW still needs to raise over $7 million a year to match these funds and achieve the total budget of $14 million needed to run the service.
Posted in: Community, Cultural Development, Family Event, Free Event on Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Environmental Views is the fifth exhibition the gallery has presented in collaboration with Newcastle Junior School (NJS). This partnership has produced a series of vibrant annual shows that celebrate the school’s belief in quality art education programs to encourage and develop students’ skills.
Earlier this year some of the students participated in practical workshops at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, where they were introduced to aspects of sculpture. This experience directly influenced the exhibition, with children creating sculptural work inspired by changing environments and the impact of the human footprint.
NJS caters to the needs of local primary students with moderate or severe intellectual disabilities. The diverse materials used to create the five sculptural pieces in the exhibition were selected for qualities relating to therapy and the children’s needs. More often than not, it is the processes and the interaction with the range of media that are as relevant and important as the spectacular result. The reward has been shared with gallery visitors and staff responding unanimously to the unique life-affirming way these children see the world.
The gallery supports local artists and schools and is delighted to celebrate the creativity of these exceptional kids. Environmental Views is a gallery project coordinated by Jody Tydd and Rob Cleworth that once again demonstrates the success of the school’s motto: Potential Determination and Achievement.
Exhibition Dates: 6 December 2013 – 9 February 2014 FREE OPENING EVENT from 11am Sunday 8 December.
Join school principal Mandy Carter, students and their families as they celebrate with art activities and a Gallery Society BBQ. All welcome!
For further information and images please contact Laura Wilson or Debbie Abraham on (02) 49658260 or email@example.com
Posted in: Awards, Community, Media Release on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Everyone at Swansea Business Chamber send their congratulations to Mark Connors, senior journalist at The Star (Newcastle and Lake Macquarie).
Mark has been awarded the Edward Wilson Trust award. He was the top-performing final-year student in the post-cadet journalism course at Deakin University for having the most outstanding regional journalism news portfolio.
His portfolio included stories on important local issues such as Minmi Hall, Rotary Oceania Medial Aid for Children, the NBN roll-out and new state pool laws.
Well done Mark! Keep up the good work!
Posted in: Christmas, Community, Events, Family Event, Free Event on Thursday, November 28th, 2013
Get into the Christmas spirit as Swansea Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the 2281 Combined Churches has successfully held the annual
Carols by Candlelight event in Swansea for over 10 years and every year sponsored by Delta Electricity.
This event is now so popular that it was moved last year to a new bigger venue at the Thomas Humphreys Reserve
(adjacent to Coon Island).
Come along for an evening of festive family fun.
The event will also include Christmas stalls, food vendors, activities for children and amusement rides and a spectacular fireworks display at 9.15pm!
For more information on the event, please contact Swansea Business Chamber of Commerce on 4971 6282 or 0404 902 043.
Posted in: Awards, Community on Thursday, November 28th, 2013
Nominations are now open for the 2014 Lake Macquarie Australia Day Awards in the following categories:
· Citizen of the Year
· Young Citizen of the Year (Category A: under 18 years, Category B: 18 to 30 years)
· Volunteer of the Year
· Community Group of the Year
· Community Event of the Year
The Lake Macquarie Australia Day Awards recognise outstanding individuals, groups and events that have contributed significantly to community life in Lake Macquarie. The Awards are open to individuals and groups living and working within the Lake Macquarie local government area, although their contributions may be in the wider region.
Nominations close Monday 2 December 2013. Visit www.lakemac.com.au/ausawards
The 2014 Lake Macquarie Australia Day Awards are organised by Lake Macquarie City Council and supported by The Star and Lakes Mail newspapers.
Posted in: Community, Holidays, Tourism on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
There is so much to do in and around Lake Macquarie – take a look here for some ideas
Posted in: Community, Government News on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
Lake Macquarie City Council thanked the many emergency personnel, volunteers and members of the community who selflessly donated their time during the recent bush fire events in Lake Macquarie at a thank you day held over the weekend.
Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Jodie Harrison, said it was a lovely opportunity to spend time meeting the many volunteers who helped and to hear their courageous stories.
“I was touched by so many of the stories I heard while talking to the volunteers on Sunday,” Cr Harrison said.
“It was heart-warming to hear their stories of hope, courage and community spirit that came about after the recent events.
“Council is grateful for all of the hard work the community has put in and is glad it has been able to contribute to the successful recovery from the bush fires.”
After the bush fire emergency, Council launched the LMCC Goodwill Bush Fire Initiative to offer residents in Catherine Hill Bay, Murrays Beach, Cams Wharf and Nords Wharf, with extra assistance to ensure a speedy recovery.
“I was delighted that Council was able to help the community by providing additional bulk waste pick-ups to the bush fire affected community and a free tipping service for affected residents in Catherine Hill Bay,” Cr Harrison said.
“Council also assigned a number of building surveyors and a tree assessment officer to provide advice to fire-affected property owners regarding demolition, re-building and tree clearance issues as well.
“Even though this has been a tough time for many, the experience has helped to foster relationships between Council, emergency agencies and the community.”
For more information see Lake Macquarie City Council’s website: www.lakemac.com.au
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