Swansea E-News 

Welcome to my fortnightly newsletter.

In local news, Laural Williams has taken out Swansea Women of the Year Award at the NSW Women of the Year Awards. The NSW Government is backing our local surf clubs and I was pleased to join Swansea - Belmont SLSC to present them with a cheque.

In state news, The Government has announced that expressions of interest are now open for the historical Station at Newcastle.

The Community Notice Board contains information on the Swansea Men's Shed, Share the Dignity Drive, Wesley Aged Care Volunteer Vistors, the Belmont Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary, Belmont & District Residents' Action Group, savings for pensioners, Belmont Hospital Volunteers, Swansea Mobile Shower and Orange Sky Laundry. 


Swansea Local Women of the Year

It was fantastic to recognise Laurel Williams as Swansea Women of the Year.

Aunty Laurel has built a 50-year career in Aboriginal education and these days is a tireless volunteer. Her stellar career includes a PhD and the longest active stint on the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group.

Congratulations and thank you, Aunty Laurel.

Backing our Local Surf Clubs

Great to join Brad Fox President of Swansea - Belmont SLSC to present a cheque for $22,000 to purchase a new IRB to support the club to do the work they do to keep our community safe.

This is part of a broad investment of more than $100,000 split between all surf clubs in the Swansea electorate.

Justice of the Peace Services

My office offers Justice of the Peace Services for the community.

There is a JP available at the office: 

  • Monday from 10am until 11am and from 3pm till 4pm,
  • Wednesday from 10am until 11am and from 3pm till 4pm,
  • Friday from 10am until 11am and from 3pm till 4pm. 

A Justice of the Peace can

  • Witness documents
  • Witness statutory declarations
  • Witness affidavits
  • Witness and administer oaths and affirmations
  • Certify a true copy of an original document.

If you need a signature witnessed, do not bring pre-signed documents. The Justice of the Peace needs to see the signing take place. A Justice of the Peace will not witness a blank document.

The NSW Justices Association Lake Macquarie Branch also offers a community JP Service with all the latest information available here.


Stations Future Unveiled

It was great to have the Minister for Planning in the Hunter this week to unveil the future of the historic Station building.


The NSW Government has opened expressions of interest for a tourism and hospitality operator for this historic place.

The Government is focused on investing in our region. The Newcastle Ocean Baths have never looked better. City of Newcastle has restored them beautifully, helped by $3 million from the NSW Government.

Class 361 Attestation

On 1 March, 2024 158 probationary constables graduated the NSW Police Academy.

Congratulations Class 361 on your hard work and resolute commitment to serve and protect communities across NSW. It was an honour to welcome you to the police family.

The new officers have started at stations across NSW and I wish them all a rich and rewarding career with the NSW Police Force.

Rebuilding TAFE

The NSW Labor Government is investing $300 million into TAFE NSW this financial year to upgrade classrooms and campus infrastructure, deliver new teaching equipment, and improve digital connectivity across regional and remote campuses.

This landmark financial injection into TAFE NSW will refurbish workshops and specialist facilities to train more electricians, metal fabricators, plumbers, and healthcare workers in communities like Wagga Wagga, Albury, Goulburn, Port Macquarie, Orange, and Armidale. 

In addition to maintenance work and new teaching equipment, the investment also provides more than $36 million for over 8,500 new digital devices and directs funding into improved digital connectivity at 28 regional campuses across the state. 

This investment reflects the NSW Government’s commitment to place TAFE NSW at the heart of the vocational and education training system. 


Swansea Men's Shed

Swansea Men's Shed is seeking new members. The Men's Shed encourages and supports local men to become involved in projects or just meet at our community facility on a social basis.

Swansea Men’s Shed caters for members who wish to do woodwork, metalwork, gardening, model trains or leatherwork whether on a Shed project or a project of their own.

It is located at 74 Pacific Highway Blacksmiths. If you would like to join, please contact John on 02 4006 8828.

Share the Dignity Drive

My office will be a collection point for the Share the Dignity drive between the 1st and 31st of March.

Share the Dignity provides menstrual products to women in need such as those experiencing homelessness or fleeing domestic violence.

Wesley Aged Care Volunteer Visits

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who has lived for almost a century? Would you like to hear about the rich history of the Hunter Valley from someone who has lived it?

Wesley Aged Care Volunteer Visitors is a service that connects volunteers with older Australians who may be experiencing loneliness and isolation.

It can take as little as one hour a fortnight to drop in and say hello. Maybe you will have a cuppa and a chat, but it can make all the difference to someone who doesn’t have that in their life.

Our volunteers often say they get as much out of volunteering as they put in and they love sharing stories with the older person they visit.

What would it take for you to build a new friendship?

We will find someone in your area, with similar interests and introduce you. You will have ongoing support from our team and we host annual celebration events to say thank you for all the good that you are doing.

Let us connect you with an older person in your community who is feeling lonely.

If you want to know more contact Georgina.whitfield@wesleymission.org.au or 0429 044 149

Belmont & District Residents' Action Group

The Belmont & District Residents' Action Group is a local community group that advocates on behalf of Belmont and surrounding suburbs on a range of local issues. The group engages with local, state and federal levels of government. The group is seeking new members and if you would like to join, please contact Robin Gordon on robingordon1942@gmail.com.

Belmont Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary

The Belmont Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary truly are a great help to hospital staff. Beginning 50 years ago with a trolley service to patients and staff, the Auxiliary now has a team of more than 30 volunteers who provide 3 services:

  • Patient Care which does administration work for all the departments within the hospital. It also sells craft and personal items to assist our patients and visitors
  • Meet & Greet work from the foyer and assist visitors navigate around our hospital
  • Kiosk provides food and beverages to staff, visitors and patients

All services run 5 days per week. The Auxiliary are always looking for more volunteers to join their team. They work on a weekly or fortnightly roster (with the option to work full or half days). If you are keen to join this wonderful team call Fay Smith (President) on 0427 488 499.

Savings for Pensioners 

The rise in the cost of living has been hitting many people hard, especially pensioners. Here are 10 ways for NSW pensioners to save:

  1. Council rate rebates: Pensioners are entitled to up to $250 a year off their council rates. For more information visit the Lake Macquarie City Council and Central Coast Council websites. 
  2. Electricity rebate: The Low Income Household Rebate will shave up to $285 a year off your electricity bill for households with a retail provider.
  3. Gas rebate: This rebate will give you a discount of up to $110 a year.
  4. Water rates: Eligible pensioners can access a quarterly rebate, shaving hundreds of dollars a year off a typical household bill. 
  5. Revenue NSW Unclaimed Money: Find “lost” money waiting to be claimed from inactive bank accounts, shares and investments, insurance policies, unpaid wages, unclaimed super and deceased estates.
  6. Travel vouchers: Pensioners are entitled to four Pensioner Travel Vouchers each calendar year. They can be used for two return or four single trips, giving access to free or discounted travel in economy class on NSW TrainLink Regional services within regional NSW.
  7. Free car rego: Pensioners in NSW don’t pay registration fees or motor vehicle tax on one of their cars. They also receive free driver’s licences, free driving tests and concessions on the cost of Mobility Parking Scheme permits.
  8. Free glasses: You can get yourself one pair of single vision glasses or one pair of bifocal glasses in a two-year period under the NSW Spectacles Program.
  9. Seniors Card: The NSW Seniors Card is packed with discounts for thousands of retailers and services across the state from groceries to tradespeople and insurance.

I encourage all seniors to apply for these savings if they haven't already. 

Belmont Hospital Volunteers

Swansea Mobile Shower Van  

Orange Sky Laundry

Get in Touch

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Shop 1

204 Pacific Highway

Swansea NSW 2281

PO Box 306

Swansea NSW 2281

Phone: (02) 4972 1133

Fax: (02) 4972 1494

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Authorised by Yasmin Catley MP, Shop 1, 204 Pacific Highway, Swansea NSW 2281.
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