Swansea E-News 

Welcome to the latest issue of my fortnightly e-newsletter. 

In local news, I participated in Lifeline's Walk With Us for World Suicide Prevention Day, a second fish kill has occurred at Mannering Park, and I visited Meals on Wheels Central Coast for Meals on Wheels Day. 

In state and national news, the federal government have announced $1.1 billion of funding for TAFE. Early childhood educators and nurses and midwives have also been on strike. 

In the community notice board you'll find out how to apply for the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants and Habitat Action Grant. You'll also find information on the Because We Care Boutique Winter Appeal, the Service NSW Saving Finder, Swansea Mobile Shower and Orange Sky Laundry. 


World Suicide Prevention Day Walk

It was great to take part in Lifeline's Walk With Us for World Suicide Prevention Day, at Dixon Park this morning. After the walk, I also had the opportunity to lay a flower to remember those lost to suicide. Lifeline work hard to ensure that no person in Australia has to face their darkest moments alone. Staff and volunteers are available 24 hours a day to listen, without judgement to anyone who is feeling overwhelmed, experiencing crisis or longs to be heard. I thank them for the important work that they do and for organising the event. 

Mannering Park Fish Kill

I was concerned to hear that a second fish kill had occurred at Mannering Park. It has been a matter of weeks since the last event, where hundreds of dead fish washed up along the shore line on 5 August. The EPA concluded that it was natural causes that resulted in the August event. I have requested to speak with the Minister for Environment and Heritage and Minister for Agriculture about the event as a matter of urgency. I have also asked for the NSW Government to provide every resource available, to quickly address the situation and determine the cause of this fish kill. 

Meals on Wheels Day

Wednesday 31 August was Meals on Wheels Day. On the day, I had the pleasure of joining John and Liz from Meals on Wheels Central Coast on there rounds. Meals on Wheel is a fantastic community organisation who provide an important community service. Thank you to all the volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for this fantastic organisation, I encourage you to get in touch with your local service.


TAFE Funding Announced

The Albanese Labor Government announced that they would support state and territory governments in providing $1.1 billion in funding to TAFE, which would go towards funding 180,000 fee-free TAFE places. TAFE is an essential skills and training institution for up and coming tradies across our region. Additional funding is a great win for our community. Following this announcement was also National TAFE Day. It was fantastic to drop by Belmont TAFE to catch up with some of the fantastic TAFE teachers to celebrate the work that they do. 

Early Childhood Educators and Nurses and Midwives Strike

On Wednesday, early childhood educators across the state walked off the job to rally for real reform and better working conditions. Our educators are burnt-out, over worked and are paid far less than what they deserve for the important work they do in supporting the development of young minds. Nurses and midwives also went on strike last week over the crisis in our health system. Unfortunately, I was unable to join these workers at their rallies, but I strongly support their efforts in calling on the Government to address these crises by taking urgent action. 


Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants

The Australian Government is currently inviting eligible organisations to apply for grant funding under the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program. There are 2 categories of grants available:

  1. Community Grants (CG) - Grants to a maximum of $10,000 are available for local, community-based projects and activities.
  2. Major Grants (MG) - Grants between $10,001 and $150,000 are available for major commemorative projects and activities that are significant from a national, state, territory and/or regional perspective.

For more information on the grant and to apply, visit the Community Grants website

Habitat Action Grant

Applications are now open for the Habitat Action Grant. This is your opportunity to get involved in on-ground actions that will improve fish habitat and recreational fishing in freshwater and saltwater areas throughout NSW. Angling clubs, individuals, community groups, local councils and organisations interested can apply for grants of up to $40,000. Applications close 5pm 23 September 2022. For more information on the grant, including how to apply, visit the DPI website

Because We Care Boutique Winter Appeal

Because We Care Boutique is currently running their Winter Appeal, with volunteers aiming to sign up 50 Boutique Sista Sponsorships in 50 Days. Sponsorship is $99 which will provide a personalised styling session with a complete outfit. Sponsorship will help women achieve the best possible outcomes for their growth to financial independence and allow them to take control of their lives. To become a Boutique Sista Sponsor, please visit the Because We Care Boutique website

Service NSW Saving Finder 

Did you know that you could be eligible for Government rebates and vouchers? More than 70 rebates and vouchers are available to help you save on everyday costs, including the Regional Seniors Travel Card, Toll Relief and Family Energy Rebate. Start saving now by visiting the Service NSW website. 

Swansea Mobile Shower Van

The Lions Club of Belmont's shower van visits Swansea Community Cottage every Tuesday from 10am. All are welcome to use the facility. 

Orange Sky Laundry

Orange Sky Laundry is also operating at Swansea Community Cottage. Drop into the Cottage on Thursday between 11am and 1pm if you wish to use the service. Last wash is at 12pm. 

Get in Touch

Click here to email Yasmin Catley MP

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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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