Swansea Chamber of Commerce News

Swanfest 2016: Program

Posted in: Uncategorized on Thursday, May 26th, 2016

We have an exciting program of entertainment, exhibitors, wineries and community services lined up for this Saturday 28th May. Add the kids activities and we have something for everyone. And the best thing is that entry is FREE…Come down and say hello. Download the program here Swanfest_Program

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SwanFest 2016

Posted in: Uncategorized on Monday, May 2nd, 2016


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Swan around by the seaside at SwanFest

Posted in: Uncategorized on Monday, April 4th, 2016

Swansea will roll out the green grass and salty breeze for its annual SwanFest – Food, Wine and Music Festival on Saturday 28 May from 10am until 4pm on the foreshore adjacent to Swansea RSL Club on the channel.

SwanFest is a celebration of Lake Macquarie’s local legends who contribute to the community, whether it be through their hand-made goods, artisan wares or services or by volunteering for the local Rural Fire Service. It showcases what we love about the Lake and the community of Swansea.

The fun-filled day out is popular with locals and travellers alike who take their time to swan around the array of markets, sipping samples from our world famous Hunter Valley wineries, tasting nature’s delights or delicious treats from local producers or caters before finding a spot to relax and enjoy the talents of local performers.

Media Release Swanfest April 2016

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Call for SwanFest Exhibitors

Posted in: Uncategorized on Thursday, March 10th, 2016


Have you heard about SwanFest happening on the Swansea Channel adjacent to the Swansea RSL on Saturday 28 May 2016?
If you would like to be a part of the exciting event please contact Big Bang Events on 0421 226 909 or info@bigbangevents.com.au

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Swansea Chamber Office Officially CLOSED TODAY 12th February

Posted in: App, Local News on Friday, February 12th, 2016

Swansea Chamber Logo

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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FREE Workshops on ‘Tax for Small Business’ or ‘Start Ups’

Posted in: App, Funding, Government News, Seminars and Workshops, Small Business on Friday, February 12th, 2016

Business Growth Centre Logo - January 2016

Business Growth Centre has recently been accredited by the ATO to deliver FREE workshops on ‘Tax for Small Business’ through funding received from the ATO.

The ‘Tax for small Business’ workshops developed for small businesses currently operating or for anyone looking to start up a business, they will be practical ‘down to earth’ workshops delivered by the Business Growth Centre between February and June 2016.

The workshops will provide an overview of the taxation and superannuation obligations associated with operating or starting your small business.

Take this opportunity to learn more about:

  • different business structures
  • registering your business
  • goods and services tax
  • income tax and claiming deductions
  • record keeping
  • how to prepare and lodge your activity statements

The workshops also cover employer obligations, such as pay as you go withholding and superannuation, if you have or are intending to employ people.

The duration of each workshop will be 3 hours with a break in the middle.

If you are interested in attending one of the 6 workshops….for further information on workshop dates and registration go to www.businessgrowthcentre.org.au 

Registration is required at least one week prior to the workshop date.





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Recreational Fishers to Reel in a Share of $15million Funding

Posted in: App, Funding, Government News, Media Release on Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Fishing Club Pic 2 - February 2016

Anglers and fishing organisations are urged to apply for a share in more than $15 million of funding as part of the 2016 NSW Recreational Fishing Trust projects.

Applications are now open for innovative projects to improve recreational fishing.

Applications for funding from the Trust made by individual anglers, fishing clubs and local councils are carefully considered to ensure benefits to recreational fishing are maximized.

These projects are a great opportunity for fishers, clubs and community groups to get their own fishing project afloat to enhance and improve local facilities or increase fish stocks.

Projects that will enhance coastline, inland rivers and dams and lakes will be considered for funding, so make sure you complete an application.

Contributing funding, joint applications and in-kind support or voluntary labour are also encouraged.

A wide range of projects have been funded in recent years, including: recreational fishing education workshops, fishing platforms and cleaning tables, artificial reefs, freshwater fish stocking, prawn stocking in estuaries, fish aggregating devices and Fishcare Volunteers.

The NSW Government is committed to reinvesting the fees from the sale of recreational licenses back into the recreational fishing sector and is proud of its recreational fishing sector, which generates around $1.6 billion to the State’s economy and accounts for more than 14,000 jobs,” Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Mr MacDonald said.

Applications for funding are open until Monday 21 March.

For more information on the grants or assistance with applications:

www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/licence-fee/apply-for-funds or email: recreational.fishingtrust@dpi.nsw.gov.au



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Save the Date 2016 SwanFest food wine music @ Swansea 28th May

Posted in: App, Events, Free Event, Swanfest on Thursday, February 11th, 2016

SwanFest - Save the Date Artwork 11th February 2016

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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

Hunter TAFE Logo - January 2016

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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