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Share a ‘smart’ idea and you could win an Apple Watch Sport

Posted in: App, Lake Macquarie Council on Friday, July 3rd, 2015


Share a ‘smart’ idea for our City’s future and you could win an Apple Watch Sport…have your say before Friday 31 July 2015.  

Lake Macquarie City Council is asking residents, businesses and industry experts how they think technology could make Lake Macquarie City an even better place for everyone.

Council will be consulting with the community until the end of July on how Lake Macquarie can become a Smart City. The ideas and suggestions Council receives will inform the preparation of the City’s first Digital Economy Strategy.

And the most innovative and achievable idea will win an Apple Watch Sport*. 

Share a ‘smart’ idea for our City’s future and you could win an Apple Watch Sport: Lake Macquarie City Council

Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said a Digital Economy Strategy for the City is being developed to help it embrace a future of high-speed broadband-enabled technologies.

“This is all about making Lake Macquarie a more connected and sustainable City through the increased use of digital technology,” Ms Pope said.

“Council is investigating the use of intelligent infrastructure and data gathering tools to become more efficient and to be able to share more information with our community.

“Examples of technology we can use in the City include smart watering systems for playing fields, new engagement tools for the community to interact with Council and sensors that provide the community with real-time information about roads and parking spaces to inform residents on the best times to use those services.

“It would also allow our City to operate more efficiently and sustainably, because technologies such as solar LED lighting would reduce energy consumption and environmental impacts, and a range of smartphone apps would be more readily available to give people information about public transport or emergency situations.

“Advanced technologies are becoming increasingly affordable and easier to use every day. Together with ever-increasing internet speeds, that is creating a higher demand for online services and delivering new opportunities to better meet the City’s strategic economic, social and environmental objectives.

Council will discuss this exciting topic throughout its development, beginning initially with information stalls at the following locations:

Thursday 9 July, 4-8pm Charlestown Square (outside Myer), Pearson Street, Charlestown;

Saturday 11 July, 9am-noon, Toronto Town Square, The Boulevarde, Toronto; and

Saturday 18 July, 9am-noon Warners Bay foreshore, The Esplanade, Warners Bay.

You will be able to share your ideas, discuss the Digital Economy Strategy and learn more about prospective technologies with Council Staff.

Get involved! Share an idea with Lake Mac City Council online at www.haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/smart-city

or at any Lake Mac Library branches across the City.  

*Visit www.lakemac.com.au for competition terms and conditions.

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Identifying Private Poles and Powerlines

Posted in: App, Ausgrid, Government News on Friday, June 19th, 2015

Ausgrid Logo - June 2015

Ausgrid and Property Owners Responsibilities

There are many different arrangements for supplying electricity to homes and businesses across Ausgrid’s distribution area. Ausgrid has responsibility for building and maintaining the electricity network in the street and supplying power to the connection point on your property. Property owners are responsible for the electrical assets on their property beyond this connection point, including all private power poles, powerlines and pole-top fittings. It is your responsibility to ensure that these poles and powerlines are properly maintained and do not pose a bushfire or safety risk.

For illustrations showing some typical arrangements for supplying power to customers in different parts of our network go to www.ausgrid.com.au/privatepoles

This customer is supplied by a service wire from Ausgrid’s network to a private power pole. Private overhead lines then supply power to their home and shed. At the rear of the property, there are additional private overhead powerlines (sub-mains) that extend from the back of the property to supply power to a water pump.

Ausgrid will periodically inspect the private overhead lines supplying this home and shed to check for safety and bushfire hazards, as they form a continuous overhead line with Ausgrid’s service wire, but will not be inspecting the sub-mains at the rear of the property. The property owner will need to arrange for these sub-mains to be inspected and safely maintained by a licensed electrician.

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Posted in: App, Government News, Legislation, Media Release on Thursday, June 4th, 2015


Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, has welcomed the passage of the Bills in the Legislative Council to proceed with the lease of 49% of the State’s electricity networks. 

Mr MacDonald said “in spite of opposition from the Greens and Labor, the lease will proceed subject to the Government receiving greater than retention value for the poles and wires.” 

The NSW Liberal National Government has delivered on its promises and mandate won at the election. We have legislated to ensure network operator charges will be lower in 2019 than 2014; the private sector interest in the electricity network assets will not exceed 49%; employees will be protected by fair transition measures; service guarantees will continue to be regulated by the Australian Energy Regulator; a NSW Electricity Price Commissioner will be appointed to report on compliance. 

The NSW Government can get on with the plan to Rebuild NSW. As promised by Premier Baird, the Hunter will benefit from hundreds of millions for infrastructure for roads, bridges, schools, water security, health, sporting and culture. Councils, Regional Development Australia and interested community organisations can get on with planning. 

Mr MacDonald said “Labor MPs in the Hunter failed to stand up for their community’s future. They put short-term political opportunism ahead of the generational chance to build the assets in the region that will generate jobs and security for decades to come.”

Scot MacDonald MLC

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast 

Wednesday 3 June 2015

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Eastlakes NAIDOC Family Fun Day 10th JULY at Pelican Foreshore

Posted in: App, Community, Cultural Development, Events, Family Event, Free Event on Monday, June 1st, 2015

Bahtabah Local Aboriginal Land Council Logo  May 2015

Come along and join in the fun at Eastlakes NAIDOC Family Fun Day 10th July from 9.30am at Pelican Foreshore…a Free event for Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people in the Eastlakes community.

Enjoy a FREE B-B-Q Lunch, entertainment, cultural dancing, children’s activities, information stalls and presentation of the Community Awards.

The Eastlakes ‘Got Talent’ show will run again this year showcasing talented people of all ages…. get your Entry Form in today!

For Entry Forms and further information contact…. Bahtabah Local Aboriginal Land Council on 4971 4800

EastLakes NAIDOC Family Fun Day Poster 10th July 2015 

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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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Take Time Out This Weekend…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


Take time out this weekend to enjoy the outdoors and soak up the atmosphere by Swansea Channel with food, fresh produce, market stalls, live entertainment at SwanFest.

Open from 10am to 4pm SwanFest will be held on the foreshore adjacent to Swansea RSL and will feature an inspiring selection of exhibitors with a diverse range of wares, delicious food and fine wine to sample and buy, bringing the best the Hunter Region has to offer together for the one-day celebration. 

Hunter Valley Wine and Beer makers

Australia’s most famous wine growing region will be represented at SwanFest. Purchase your take home wine glass and sample a Hunter Valley 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 

Food and Coffee Stalls

Take time to smell the coffee – or enjoy a cup or two then grab your re-useable BBQ plate to try some of the following delectable delights!

Market Alley

Amble along, taking all the time in the world to be amazed by our local artisans who hand craft everything from cheese to jewellery or designer hats.

Entertainment and Activities

One of the things we’re most excited to take full advantage of is the beautiful location by Swansea Channel. Bring along a picnic rug, throw it down on the grass and listen to the artists perform on stage or watch the tiny ballerinas perform.

It’s not over yet

Stick around after SwanFest to enjoy entertainment by Whiskey Lane Duo inside the Swansea RSL from 4pm.

Further information at www.swanfest.com.au  or download the Swansea App

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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