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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

Coastline Pic - August 2015

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

NSW Government Logo - July 2015


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

LMCC Smart City Logo - August 2015


‘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

NSW Government Logo - July 2015

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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National Missing Persons Week…www.missingpersons.gov.au

Posted in: App, Government News on Thursday, August 6th, 2015


National Missing Persons Week aims to reduce the incidence and impact of missing persons in Australia. Every year around 12,500 people are reported missing in NSW.

Trust your instincts and don’t wait to report someone missing if there are concerns for their wellbeing.

While the majority of people are located within a short period, there are approximately 650 long-term missing person cases in NSW. Research indicates for every person who goes missing, on average 12 people are affected in some way.

Mr MacDonald MLC said ‘he had spoken to Deputy Premier Troy Grant, who spoke of his knowledge about a number of missing persons in the Hunter during his time as a serving Police Officer’.

We must look out for one another and identify signs that someone isn’t coping and recognise if behaviour is out of character – help is just a phone call away.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant stressed there is no minimum time frame to wait before contacting NSW Police with a missing persons report.

“If you have fears for the welfare of a loved one I urge you to come forward so the NSW Police Force can assist as soon as possible,” Mr Grant said.

We thank the NSW Police Force who work tirelessly with communities across the State following leads and supporting and reuniting families.

NSW Attorney General, the Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP said today “Friends and family members of those missing a loved one can get support from the Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit (FFMPU).”

The FFMPU is part of the Department of Justice and is the only service in Australia to provide specialist counselling and support for missing a loved one.

For more information on National Missing Persons Week go to: www.missingpersons.gov.au

To find out about the Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit go to www.missingpersons.justice.nsw.gov.au

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Seniors Week 2016 Grants Now Open

Posted in: App, Funding, Government News, iPhone App on Friday, July 31st, 2015

NSW Government Logo - July 2015

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC encourages Hunter community groups to apply for funding through the 2016 NSW Seniors Week grants program.

The theme of the 2016 NSW Seniors Week is ‘Health Living.’

There are two funding categories available in 2016:
• Grants of up to $1,000 to deliver local events or activities in their communities, and
• Grants from $1,001 to $5,000 for larger events which focus on this year’s theme.

Applications for the 2016 NSW Seniors Week grants program are now open and close     at 5.00pm on Friday, 4 September 2015. Applications are to be submitted online at www.nswseniorsweek.com.au.

Mr MacDonald said that Seniors Week is the community’s opportunity to celebrate the substantial contributions that seniors make.

“These grants are a great way to help fund an event for NSW Seniors Week to help Hunter organisations show their appreciation for seniors and encourage them to actively participate in their local community,” Mr MacDonald said.

The NSW Government has allocated $200,000 seed funding for community groups, volunteer organisations and local councils to host events during the 2016 NSW Seniors Week festival.

The NSW Seniors Week festival which will be held from Friday, 1 April to Sunday, 10 April 2016 is the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 300,000 seniors participating in events across NSW each year.

Seniors Week grants support local councils, volunteer groups and community organisations with the costs of developing and hosting NSW Seniors Week events and activities in their local communities.


Media: Scot MacDonald MLC, 0408 450 032



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5 Minutes with Milton Skinner from Ka-Boom Fireworks

Posted in: App, Personalities on Friday, July 31st, 2015

Ka-Boom Fireworks - Logo B July 2015

Ka- Boom Fireworks first established in 1990 and located in the rural area of Millers Forest.

Milton said he grew up in the good old days with cracker night every July!  So when his own children were old enough he wanted to show them what they missed out on, obtaining the appropriate permits he invited all of their neighbours and had their own cracker nights.

It was so popular and obvious everyone enjoyed the nights that it just grew each year to over 1,000 people attending their last crack night.

Milton decided after much discussion and investigation to create a business Ka- Boom Fireworks and show case their skills. He knew from the beginning he had to be committed for the business to grow, so travelled the world to ensure Ka-Boom Fireworks could offer the most current effects and products available to create breathtaking displays and now import their own products.  They also have their own storage facilities, transport vehicles, barges, trailers and computer firing systems.

Milton said his vision for Ka-Boom Fireworks is to show case each and every event that they conduct with a spectacular and safe fireworks display that will leave people wanting more and be remembered by everyone of all ages for years to come.

Ka-Boom Fireworks provide the spectacular fireworks display at the Swansea ‘Carols by Candlelight’ each year and Milton said they have a fantastic display planned for the 2015 fireworks!

For your next extravaganza, look no further than KaBoom Fireworks Australia’s premier fireworks display company, providing explosive entertainment to all venues!

For bookings E: sales@kaboomfireworks.com.au

or contact Milton on M: 61 423 565 608

    Fireworks Shot - Julu 2015Fireworks Shot - Carols 2011





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Operation Cold Snap – Is Your Home Fire Safe

Posted in: App, Fire Station, Local News on Friday, July 24th, 2015

Fire & Rescue NSW Logo - March 2015

Firefighters urge residents to stay safe this winter…Share this notice with your friends and family.

Swansea firefighters are warning local residents to avoid kitchen fire catastrophes this winter and ‘keep looking when cooking’ as new data has revealed around 50 per cent of residential fires start in the kitchen.

Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) yearly statistics, launched at the start of this year’s Winter Fire Safety Campaign show that FRNSW firefighters responded to an average of 1230 house fires over winter with around half of those originating in the kitchen.

There are on average 21 house fire fatalities each year and around 576 people injured over winter – 206 of those were injuries suffered in a kitchen fire.

Already this year, fifteen people have died because of a fire in their home in New South Wales. It is important that residents remain vigilant in the kitchen and throughout their entire home this winter. Swansea firefighters urge everyone in the community not to be complacent – assess the risks and take the precautions needed to prevent a fire.

Fire authorities, in partnership with FRNSW’s major community partner GIO, are encouraging people to prepare this winter by following a few simple steps such as:

 keep looking when cooking
 turning off heaters and electric blankets before leaving home or getting into bed
 keeping everything one metre from your heater
 cleaning lint filters on the clothes dryer before or after use each use
 not overloading power points and power boards
 keeping candles well away from curtains and putting them out before leaving the room
 never smoke in bed.

In Case of an Emergency Get out Stay Out and Call Triple Zero (000)

For more winter fire safety information go to: www.fire.nsw.gov.au

You can also follow us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/swanseafirestation

Fire & Rescue NSW www.fire.nsw.gov.au
Swansea Fire Station

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