Swansea Chamber of Commerce News

Swansea Chamber Office Closing 12th February

Posted in: App, Local News on Friday, February 5th, 2016

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Swansea Chamber of Commerce Executive informs of a proposed new direction for Swansea Chamber and business in Lake Macquarie.

The Boards of Swansea Chamber of Commerce, Business Charlestown Inc. and Belmont Chamber of Commerce have agreed to merge and create a new identity to represent and support business in Lake Macquarie.

The reason behind the merger of the three Chambers is due to LMCC ceasing the Lake Macquarie Town Centre Project funding as of June 2015. We believe the merger is vital to the future prosperity of business not only for Swansea businesses but businesses in Lake Macquarie.

The purpose of creating this new company ‘Lake Macquarie Business Ltd.’ is to combine the experience and resources of all three organisations which will bring a greater depth and quality to the important services provided to not only the Chambers members but the Town Centres businesses. By combining the skills, experience and resources of Swansea Chamber, BCI and Belmont Chamber it will create a single, larger organisation.

The Swansea Chamber of Commerce are very excited about this new direction for the Business Community of Lake Macquarie and look forward to expanding and enhancing our current membership offerings to assist you further in your business.

The Swansea Chamber Executives have ensured that all the current events held in Swansea will remain in Swansea as part of the merger conditions.

Information about the new entity Lake Macquarie Business Ltd. explaining the details of the process that has taken place over the last eight months can be provided on request however, we will be engaging with businesses on this new approach over the coming weeks with further details to provide more insight into Lake Macquarie Business Ltd. and answer any questions.

The Swansea Chamber Executive thank the businesses for their support over the many years through membership, sponsorship or donations and look forward to continuing the relationships that have developed throughout the years.

Wayne Williamson


Fred Roberts


For and on behalf of the Swansea Chamber Executive

Networking Business with the Community

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Billion Dollar Social Affordable Housing Fund Now Open and Calling for Builders

Posted in: App, Funding, Government News, Media Release on Thursday, February 4th, 2016

NSW Government Logo - July 2015


Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC has called on Hunter builders and not for profit groups to come forward with proposals to deliver much needed new social and affordable housing across the Hunter.

“The NSW Government’s promised billion dollar social housing fund is today open for business and 30 per cent of the new homes it will fund will be in regional NSW,” Mr MacDonald said.

“The Social and Affordable Housing Fund is a great initiative of the NSW Government and allows local communities to address local needs for vulnerable families and individuals.”

“The Fund aims to generate access to at least 3000 new social and affordable homes across the State,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Organisations which can also provide land for projects are especially welcome as that helps the Social and Affordable Housing Fund deliver the biggest bang for the buck and help the most number of  vulnerable people into housing.”

Organisations eligible to apply include community housing providers, local government, the private sector and not for profits including faith based organisations, community organisations, landholders, developers, builders and financiers.

Organisations are encouraged to form together to apply as a consortia to ensure that new housing is accompanied by people with the skills and services necessary to successfully manage social and affordable housing.

Invitations for expression of interest proposals are now open, and close on Tuesday, 15 March. More information on the SAHF can be found at www.facs.nsw.gov.au/SAHF


Media: Scot MacDonald MLC, 02 9230 2393





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Hunter TAFE Alumni Awards Nominations Now Open

Posted in: App, Hunter TAFE on Thursday, February 4th, 2016

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Awards Recognise Contribution of TAFE Alumni 

Vocational education and training plays an important role in the Hunter economy, providing the skills local organisations need to successfully compete and Hunter TAFE’s annual Alumni Awards seek to recognise graduates leading the way.

Applications are now open for the 2016 Hunter TAFE Alumni Awards, Nominations Close Friday 11 March, which will recognise three alumni across the categories of Contribution to Business, Contribution to Community and Emerging Talent.

The Awards seek to highlight the important contribution of TAFE Alumni to the local, national, and international business community.

In 2015, the achievements of three outstanding alumni from the Hunter and Central Coast regions were recognised. CEO of Maroba Viv Allanson received the Contribution to Business award, former Newcastle Herald General Manager Julie Ainsworth received the Contribution to Community award, and Alison Cook from Central Coast Group Training received the Emerging Talent award.

Established in 2012, the Association connects alumni with a network of people and a range of programs designed to support graduates throughout their career journey.

Hunter based NSF Super is the major sponsor for the Alumni Awards.

Hunter TAFE CEO/ Institute Director, Christine Warrington said the awards are an important way of recognising the achievements and contribution of Hunter TAFE graduates to their industry and the community.

“We are immensely proud of all of our Alumni, many of whom have gone on to make a significant difference to the region, the country, and even the world. It is also important for us and the community to recognise the value of quality TAFE education and training to industry and business, and the awards enable us to do so,” said Ms Warrington.

The awards are open to all Hunter TAFE graduates registered with the Alumni Association. Alumni can register via the Hunter TAFE website www.hunter.tafensw.edu.au/about-us/pages/alumni-registration.

Presentation of Awards Friday 6 May 2016

For more information:
Hunter TAFE – Steve Mitchell (02) 4923 7377 or 0477 334 280

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Lake Macquarie Festival of Surfing 6th & 7th February

Posted in: App, Events, Free Event, Lake Macquarie Council, Sports Event on Friday, January 29th, 2016

LMCC Logo - January 2016

Lake Macquarie City Council is teaming up with Surfest for a second year to bring you the Lake Macquarie Festival of Surfing!

Join us on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 February 2016 at Redhead Beach to watch locals showcase their talent across three disciplines of surfing; shortboards, longboards and stand-up paddleboards. The heats will take place on Saturday between 7am and 3pm, followed by the finals and official presentations on Sunday.

Throughout the weekend, there will be array of entertainment at Redhead Beach including market stalls, drumming sessions, Shark in a bus, beach games and more.

Accessibility – accessibe parking is available along with unises accessible toilet and shower facilities

A viewing section will be cordoned off and located on the kiosk level for wheelchair users and for people with reduced mobility.

Keep up-to-date by following our What’s on Lake Mac Facebook page.


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LMCC Awarded $21,000 to Reduce Food Waste

Posted in: App, Funding, Government News, Lake Macquarie Council, Sustainable Action Plan on Friday, January 29th, 2016



Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC announced a $21,593 grant to Lake Macquarie City Council to help reduce the amount of food wasted every year in NSW.

Mr MacDonald said every year businesses and households in NSW throw away almost a million tonnes of food. This equates to about $1,000 worth of food per household.

“In this project, Lake Macquarie City Council will run a six week Health Lunch Boxes program targeting families with young children. The program will teach parents and carers how to make healthy, affordable and waste free lunches for their children, in an effort to reduce food waste and grocery bills,” Mr MacDonald said.

“The Round 3 Love Food Hate Waste grants, from the Government’s $465.7 million Waste Less Recycle More initiative, include programs that will help people learn how to avoid food waste by teaching them how to shop for, cook and store food in a sustainable way.”

Environment Minister Mark Speakman said by learning techniques to shop for, store and use food more efficiently we can avoid wastage to help the environment and our hip pocket.

“This project supports the NSW Government’s critical work to divert waste from landfill and increase recycling,” Mr Speakman said.

“There are a number of Waste Less Recycle More initiatives that are keeping food waste out of landfill, including funding for extra council kerbside collections and new infrastructure to process the collected organics and developing new markets for compost.”

For more information about the Love Food Hate Waste grants go to: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/foodavoid.htm

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Surf Clubs Supported by NSW Government

Posted in: App, Government News on Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed the landmark agreement between the NSW Government and Surf Life Saving NSW to cut red tape for surf clubs on the Hunter coast so they can focus on keeping our beaches safe.

For the first time Surf Life Saving NSW won’t have to go through a lengthy process to renew long term leases, saving councils and  surf clubs time and money that can be better spent on making our beaches safer for swimmers.

The new club lease package removes the need for clubs and councils to negotiate new lease arrangements and provides a 20 year minimum lease.

“This is a massive win for surf clubs on the Hunter coast,” Mr MacDonald said.

“We have taken the hassle out of lease renewals for our clubs so they can spend more time on the beach and less time tied up in administration.”

“The agreement covers all surf life saving clubs on Crown land on the Hunter coast and will help them to focus on their number one goal of protecting locals and visitors on our beaches.”

“It ensures consistency and fairness for club leases on the Hunter coast and recognises legitimate fund raising activities by clubs to support themselves.”

“Local councils on the Hunter coast are also to be congratulated for their role in the agreement and I am sure they will welcome this new approach to surf lifesaving club leases.”

“The NSW Government will work on implementing the package with reserve managers, Surf Life Saving NSW and clubs, starting with those at the end, or near the end, of their current lease.”


Swansea Caves Surf Lifesaving in Action


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International Rugby League Coming to Newcastle

Posted in: App, Events, Facebook, Government News on Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Aust & NZ  NRL Logo - January 2016

Hunter Stadium in Newcastle will be the central focus of this year’s NRL Representative Round, hosting a blockbuster double-header of men’s and women’s Trans-Tasman test matches.

The matches on Friday 6 May promise to pack Hunter Stadium full of local and visiting fans.

The match between the Jillaroos and the Kiwi Ferns will be the curtain raiser, followed by the men’s game between Australia and New Zealand.

It will also mark Mal Meninga’s first match as the coach of the Kangaroos.

Newcastle is home to Rugby League and it is terrific to see International games coming to the region.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the games will showcase the Hunter region to a local and international audience.

Tickets will go on sale in the near future, and are available through Ticketek.

The matches had been secured for Newcastle by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.




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$74,800 Grant for Lake Macquarie City Council

Posted in: App, Funding, Government News on Thursday, January 21st, 2016

NSW Government Logo - July 2015

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC has announced $74,800 in NSW Government funding for Lake Macquarie City Council to address climate change in the local community.

The funding is part of the Building Resilience to Climate Change program, which supports local action to deal with climate change risks and vulnerabilities.

Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the $74,800 was for two projects for Lake Macquarie City Council.

The first project, the Community Monitoring and Foreshore Inundation project, will receive $23,800.

This project aims to address risks to foreshore infrastructure, such as roads, communication lines and drainage systems, from inundation by engaging the community in the monitoring and assessment of the effectiveness of tidal gates.

The second project, the Assessing Housing Stock Vulnerability to Climate Change Hazards project, will receive $51,000.

This project aims to better understand the sensitivity and vulnerability of homes to flooding, storm and bushfire by developing a data collection methodology and through the auditing of housing stock.

This data will inform land-use planning, development guidelines, mitigation infrastructure decisions and inform discussions about insurance affordability.

Partners include Edge Environment and the Insurance Council of Australia.

“Local councils have a significant frontline role in managing the risks of climate change in their communities so those communities are resilient to the effects of climate change,” Mr MacDonald said.

The funding is part of a $457,830 package for eight projects by NSW councils.

For more information visit: http://www.lgnsw.org.au/policy/climate-change/building-resilience



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Experience Some of Australia’s Best Performing Artists in 2016

Posted in: App, Cultural Development, Events, Funding, Government News on Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Fireworks Shot - Julu 2015

CDP Theatre Producers’ ‘The 52 Story Treehouse’ and The Australian Ballet will perform in Newcastle with support from the NSW Government’s latest round of Performing Arts Touring funding, which delivers $137,000 to boosting access to art and culture.

‘The 52 Story Treehouse’ production is an adaptation by Richard Tulloch from the award-winning Australian book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.

The Australian Ballet will perform the classical ballet Giselle.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said it is great to see strong demand for high quality and diverse art forms in regional NSW.

“One of the key aims of our 10-year art policy framework is ensuring people have access to a diverse range of arts experiences no matter where they live.”

“Touring arts companies are not just performing works but also engaging communities,” Mr Grant said.

The regional community is renowned for embracing art and culture so support and enjoy CDP Theatre Producers’ ‘The 52 Story Treehouse’ and ‘The Australian Ballet’ classical ballet Giselle in Newcastle.







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RMS Announcement Night Work on Swansea Bridge from 31st January to 3rd February

Posted in: App, Government News, Roads and Traffic, Swansea Bridge on Friday, January 15th, 2016

Roads & Maritime Services Logo - May 2015

Roads and Maritime Services will carry out road surface repairs on the southbound lanes of the highway between the northern end of Swansea Bridge and the roundabout at Bowman Street.

Work on the bridge will be carried out from Sunday 31 January to Monday 1 February between 8pm and 4.30am and maintenance is expected to be completed on the bridge in two nights, weather permitting.

Work on the highway south of the bridge will commence on Tuesday 2 February and Wednesday 3 February between 8pm and 4.30am and expect to complete the work in two nights.

Notice will be given in advance if any work is to be carried out outside these times.

How will the work affect you?

There will be some noise associated with this work. Every effort to minimise noise including arranging the work in stages at different locations, turning off machinery when not in use and positioning stationary equipment away from residential areas.

Traffic changes

There will be some temporary traffic changes to ensure the work zone is safe.

The southbound lanes of Swansea Bridge will be closed from Sunday 31 January to Tuesday 2 February. Southbound traffic will be diverted via contra flow to travel on the northbound bridge.

On Monday 1 February a reduced 40 km/h speed limit will remain in place during the day as the bridge will have a temporarily rough road surface while work is taking place.

Lane closures will be in place and may affect travel times. Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs. For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.


For more information visit rms.nsw.gov.au

The NSW Government is funding this essential maintenance work to provide a stronger, longer lasting and safer road.

Roads and Maritime Services Thank you for your patience during this important work.

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