Swansea Chamber of Commerce News

Looking forward to Spring in Lake Macquarie

Posted in: Community, Lake Macquarie Council, Local News, Tourism on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

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Spring is upon us and is the perfect season to embrace the beauty and natural surroundings that Lake Macquarie has to offer. With school holidays commencing at the end of September, what better way to spend time with the family than in the Great Outdoors? Lake Macquarie boasts the largest, coastal saltwater lake in the Southern Hemisphere and is naturally blessed with some of New South Wales’ most beautiful beaches, forests and mountains.

Spring provides some of the best weather in Lake Macquarie as it is often warm enough to spend days at one of our four patrolled beaches, or cool enough to take to the trails and explore what Mother Nature has to offer on one of our many walking and biking trails.

If spending your days in the sand and saltwater is what you desire, then visiting one of our beautiful patrolled beaches is what you need:

Redhead Beach is a family friendly and iconic beach that offers beautiful views of the red, rocky headland and historic shark-watching tower.
Blacksmiths Beach is protected by a breakwall providing safe, patrolled conditions for families. Fishing is also on the cards as you are only moments from Swansea Channel.
Caves Beach is home to the iconic sea caves and tide pools that are sure to be enjoyed by the whole family. The Caves Beach Coastal trail is located nearby and offers an alternative to those who enjoy staying out of the sand.
Catherine Hill Bay is arguably Lake Macquarie’s most scenic beach, with surfing, swimming and snorkelling on offer here. Also a historic mining village, find yourself amongst tiny miner’s cottages and a charming, old-style pub.

After the beach, exert some energy on a walk or bike ride along one of our exceptional trails. Ranging from easy to hard physicality, take your pick amongst water or forest views (sometimes a combination of both!):

Warners Bay Foreshore is an easy path that winds along the scenic waterfront of Warners Bay. Enjoy a coffee or meal at one of the local eateries, observe the spectacular views from the elevated boardwalk built over the lake and finish off by viewing the creative work held at the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.
Ken & Audrey Owens Walk is a network of pathways, boardwalks, wetland bridges and whale/surf observation platforms. Enjoy views of Redhead Lagoon and the sand dunes while also discovering the wetlands wildlife.
Watagan Trail offers a challenge for those who may be more experienced as hikers or simply seeking a longer adventure. On this 4-5 hour walk, you will be immersed in moss-covered overhangs and rainforest plants. Also, enjoy the views from McLeans Lookout to the Hunter Lookout, which boasts beautiful views over the Hunter Valley.

For more information on all that Lake Macquarie has to offer this Spring, please call us toll free or visit us personally at the Lake Macquarie Visitor Centre.
Website: www.visitlakemac.com.au
Phone (Toll Free): 1800 802 044
E-mail: tourism@lakemac.nsw.gov.au
Address: Swansea Centre, 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea NSW 2281

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New homewares & lifestyle store opening July 19th

Posted in: Community, Events, New Businesses on Friday, July 18th, 2014

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Eat, drink and get shopping!

Celebrate the grand opening of Dwell and Drobe, the new housewares and lifestyle store on Saturday July 19th 2pm-7pm.

2/158 Pacific Hwy, Swansea

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Lake Macquaries Children’s Games 6-11th December

Posted in: Community, Cultural Development, Events, Family Event, Lake Macquarie Council, Sports Event, Tourism on Monday, July 14th, 2014

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An event not to miss!

Lake Macquarie International Children’s Games

Lake Macquarie is proudly the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to host the International Children’s Games. Lake Macquarie will be home to 1,500 athletes, their parents, coaches and city representatives from around the globe as they compete in sports such as BMX, Sailing and Water Polo.

Lake Macquarie
6th to 11th December
For more info see the website: www.icg-lakemacquarie2014.com

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Swansea Chamber AGM 14th August

Posted in: Events on Monday, July 14th, 2014

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Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Swansea Chamber of Commerce Inc will be held at the Chamber office, Swansea Arcade Suite 6 Pacific Highway Swansea on THURSDAY 14th AUGUST 2014 at 1pm.

ALL NOMINEES AND SECONDERS MUST BE FINANCIAL MEMBERS OF THE SWANSEA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE and a proxy vote MAY NOT be given to a person who is not a financial member of the Swansea Chamber of Commerce Inc.

Please contact the office for Nomination for Committee and Proxy Forms, which will need to be completed and returned to the Chamber office by 7th August 2014.

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Electricity Prices Fall

Posted in: Uncategorized on Monday, July 7th, 2014

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ELECTRICITY PRICES FALL

· Deregulation of the retail electricity market came into effect on 1 July, resulting in a decrease in electricity bills for many NSW households.

· Customers moving from the regulated price to the transitional tariff will see an automatic reduction in their electricity bills as the transitional tariff is 1.5 per cent lower than the 2013/14 regulated price.

· The removal of retail electricity price regulation will help increase competition for consumers, but importantly will not change energy consumer protection laws, access to energy rebates or the quality of customers’ electricity supply. IPART will continue to monitor the market.

· Families are encouraged to seek out even greater savings of between $300 to $400 a year by switching to a competitive market offer – visit www.energymadeeasy.gov.au for a free price comparison of retail electricity offers in your area.

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‘Weekend to end Women’s Cancers’- Fiona Boyce

Posted in: Community on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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Meet Fiona Boyce, a teacher at Swansea Public School from Caves Beach. She is taking the challenge and taking part in ‘The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers’, a 2-day 60km walk that aims to raise funds for research and treatment for women’s cancers’.
Fiona, apart from volunteering to take part in the ‘The Weekend to End Woman’s Cancers’ walk, is also approaching businesses in her local area in order to ask for aid in raising funds for such a great cause.

In Fiona’s own words, “I will be raising funds and training hard so I can make a huge impact in the effort to end all women’s cancers – But I need your help, please make a donation to my fundraising account today. I am walking so far to do something bold about all women’s cancers. I hope that you will share this incredible adventure with me by supporting my fundraising efforts. Your donation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your generosity.”

Cancer has touched us all in some way or another, and with your help, we can continue with the battle against it. If you wish to make a donation towards Fiona Boyce’s cause, follow the link below:

http://sy14.endcancer.org.au/site/TR?pg=pfind&fr_id=1071

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Your staff are your best asset – LMCC Networking Breakfast July 2nd

Posted in: Events, Lake Macquarie Council, New Businesses, Small Business, Training on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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Your staff are your best asset

Guest Speakers: Chad White & Julie Carroll, Forsythes Training

Date: Wednesday 2 July 2014
Venue: Ducks Crossing, Burton Rd Eleebana
Time: 7.00am – 8.30am
Cost: $35.00 (including GST)
RSVP: Friday 27 June 2014

Providing quality training to your organisation to support your team members sends a strong message- you care and you value their work and the benefits it brings to not only the individuals but the overall productivity of the business. Up-skilling your staff not only ensures the organisation can grow financially but it brings the benefits of a motivated loyal culture.

Chad White, Forsythes Training Managing Director and Julie Carroll, Forsythes Training Sales Manager will discuss the importance of training during tough economic times, accessing funding to support identified needs, and share some measureable return on investment tools for the organisation.

Forsythes Training is a locally based registered training organisation with over twenty years experience in providing quality corporate training solutions to businesses throughout Australia.

Join us for a coffee, hot breakfast and an interesting discussion on the value of staff training during these tough economic times.

Please register online at www.trybooking.com/FGHC or contact Kate Dunn on 49210 412.

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500 Words Monthly Challenge at Swansea Library

Posted in: Community, Events, Free Event on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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500 words is a monthly writing challenge that invites you to share a story in 500 words or less.

This month’s theme is about Endings..

At this Swansea Library workshop participants will be encouraged to develop their story idea as part of a group, read their stories aloud, and give and receive feedback on writing to and from the group.

Note: Contributions to 500 words sometimes contain adult themes and are being moderated with an over 18 audience in mind. For that reason, this project is not designed for school groups. If you’re interested in projects that are better suited please contact your local ABC Open producer.

This event is independently organised by Swansea Library staff and is open to the public. For more information contact Cathy Shay on 4921 0781

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Peter Johnston Interview

Posted in: Personalities on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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We caught up with the President of Swansea Business Chamber, Peter Johnston to discover more about his line of business and his career. Here’s what was said…

What first sparked your interest to pursue a career in business?

My family continued to have an involvement in the property industry. On my fathers side we were involved in creating the Australian Gaslight Company and on my mothers side we have had five generations of involvement in the hotel industry.
My father was a pioneer interior designer after WW2.

How many years of experience do you have?

I have over 30 years experience in the industry with emphasis in Commercial, Retail and Industrial sectors with a leaning to the start up, medical, technology sides in relocating and consolidating businesses both small through to corporations.

Did you always want to pursue this career?

Yes, from the age of 23.

What is your specialty?

I have Land Economy disciplines and have completed an Advanced Diploma of Management out of Monash Uni’s Federation University. I have commerce, management, property, town planning and valuation specialty disciplines.

Where do you imagine you be if you weren’t in this career?

I love the water, particularly the surf and sailing, and then Rugby and helping people grow their businesses.

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Grant Helps Local RSL Sub Branch

Posted in: Community, Local News on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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Member for Swansea, Garry Edwards today presented Mr. Barney Blundell, Vice President of Swansea RSL Sub Branch with a cheque for $5,500.00 towards the club’s proposed Centenary of ANZAC celebrations, including the construction of the Swansea RSL’s “Rising Sun Memorial”.

Mr. Edwards said, “It is a privilege to be able to provide assistance towards a monument of such significance to Swansea, particularly for current and former men and women of our armed services and their families, moreover, this particular monument has National significance for the Centenary of Anzac”.

Mr.Blundell, said, “We very much appreciate the support of the New South Wales Government for this project at a time when we know finances are tight …”

“This $5,500.00 grant forms part of a $30,000.00 commitment that I undertook on behalf of the State Government’s “Community Building Partnerships” grants earlier this year”, Mr Edwards said.

For more information on the Swansea RSL Sub Branch, please contact our office on (02) 4972 1133.

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