Swansea Chamber of Commerce News

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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Workcover Online Tool Welcomed

Posted in: App, Government News, iPhone App, Media Release on Friday, July 24th, 2015

NSW Government Logo - July 2015


Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC today welcomed a new interactive online tool from WorkCover NSW which provides businesses with information on their workers compensation arrangements.

Mr MacDonald said “This tool will provide greater flexibility for business owners in the Hunter who may not find it practical to call the WorkCover Customer Service Centre.”

Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet said “Employer Assist is an interactive mobile, tablet and desktop experience that provides businesses with a user-friendly overview of workers compensation insurance at their fingertips.”

The Employer Assist tool addresses 90% of common questions businesses have asked when calling Work Cover’s Customer Service Centre. The information is available to be accessed online 24/7.

Mr MacDonald said “I’ve seen first-hand how hard business owners in the Hunter work. This is another example of the NSW Government getting on with the job of delivering streamlined and accessible services for business, to make it easier to do business in NSW.”

Employer Assist can be accessed at www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/employerassist

Media: Scot MacDonald MLC, 0408 450 032

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A Little Bit of Local Sporting History….

Posted in: App, Personalities on Friday, July 17th, 2015

Swansea Caves Junior Rugby League Club Logo - July 2015


Swansea-Caves Junior Rugby League Football Club was established in 1962, their home ground is at Parbury Oval in Marks Street Swansea.

They have always been that little Club in this great little town of Swansea struggling to survive. However they have still seen a number of talented players go on to play in the NRL… one example is Josh Perry who played for the Newcastle Knights, Manly, NSW and went on to play for Australia.

Currently this great little town is growing and so is the Club…in 2013 they had 8 teams, with 2 Grand Final appearances for 1 victory.

In 2014 they had 10 teams, with 4 Grand Final appearances, for 3 victories. Their Club produced players who participated in the Newcastle Rep Teams, a Rep Player of the year award and the Knights Junior’s.  They are looking at a minimum of 12 teams in 2015 which will give them U6’s through to U16’s;  plus they will be receiving a much needed upgrade to their facilities in two years and their future is looking extremely bright.

The Clubs beliefs are – make sure the kids have fun, are developed properly, with good life lessons and play local. They give all abilities equal opportunities and don’t put pressure on them with grading or a ‘must win’ attitude, as they will receive enough pressure throughout their lifetime.  The Club also believe the added bonus is that good football will come from this and kids in general would have a better future and remain playing sport for a longer period of time.

For further information on how you could support this great Club please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Email – swanseacavesjrlfc@hotmail.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SwanseaCaves  Updated regularly

Football Pic - Julu 2015


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The Small Biz Bus Coming to Belmont Friday 24th July

Posted in: App, Free Event, Small Business on Friday, July 17th, 2015

Small Biz Connect Logo - July 2015

Good news for small business in Belmont and Swansea… The Small Biz Bus is back bringing business advice to the local community. Appointments are available for potential or existing small business owners to meet a Small Biz Connect advisor, experienced in small business and able to talk about the issues and questions that small businesses face…all at No Cost.

The bus will be located at:  Memorial Place, Macquarie St, Belmont from 9am to 3pm.

Feel free to spread the news and share the the information with your clients, members and friends – or anyone who you think might benefit.

For more information about the Small Biz Bus and Bookings you can call 1300 134 359 or to make a booking use this link visit the bus.  


The Business Centre Newcastle


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Save the Date 26th September for Springtime by the Lake

Posted in: App, Events, Family Event, Free Event, Springtime by the Lake on Friday, July 10th, 2015

Springtime by the Lake - July 2015

Swansea Springtime by the Lake is returning on Saturday 26 September 2015

Swansea Channel Foreshore 10am – 3pm

Save the Date…lock it into your diaries today!

Swansea Springtime by the Lake is an event that aims to promote one of the world’s most beautiful, enjoyable, unique locations where you can have it all from diving, fishing, sailing, swimming or bush walking.

The event evolved out of the monthly markets and as a way to increase pedestrian traffic to the local businesses.  The Chamber is now further developing the event and taking it to a new level through live entertainment, classic car displays, classic boat displays, marine related activities and kid’s activities.

For Enquiries contact Big Bang Events info@bigbangevents.com.au

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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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