Category Archives: Community-Councils, Chambers, Disability, Employment and Not-For Profit

Explore and Soar

Explore and Soar are a group of passionate occupational therapists that work in collaboration with families, support networks and educators to ensure that children reach their highest potential. We are mobile therapists that offer a range of services in the Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Muswellbrook and Central Coast regions.

We consistently work towards inclusion, equal accessibility to all services and bridging the gap for rural communities, whilst maintaining best evidence-based practice.

As a team of occupational therapists, we are here to provide support, whilst gently pushing boundaries to expand your child’s skills for the better.

What makes us truly unique is that we are mobile therapists. We work with you to provide individually tailored intervention solutions for you and your child. We are also active in schools, integrating, exposing and supporting all functional skills required to achieve goals. We create groups to expand social skills with peers, whilst also addressing their gross motor, fine motor and academic skills. We collaborate, communicate and work alongside your child’s support network and teachers.

We work within the Newcastle to Muswellbrook and Scone regions, and central coast providing cutting edge, high quality occupational therapy services for all children and their families from 0 to 18 years of age.

The Explore and Soar team are always passionate about growing and expanding the opportunities available to the families in our local communities, always adapting their intervention style and services to support the individual needs of our communities.

Our therapy services are always adapting to enhance connectedness and opportunities for growth and development, ranging from 1:1 occupational therapy intervention with children, parent coaching and support, teacher education and intervention support, therapy assistant intervention, peer sessions and activating social groups.

Our strength is in the connections and relationships we have with our clients and the local communities. We do so by actively volunteering within our communities organising professional development for teachers and families, providing transition to Kindergarten intervention solutions, sponsoring local sporting clubs such as the Redbacks Swimming Club and Branxton District Netball Association and by collaborating with other local business owners and allied health professionals.

At Explore and Soar, we consistently work towards inclusion, equal accessibility to all services and bridging the gap for rural communities, whilst maintaining best evidence-based practice.

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Survivor’s R Us Incorporated

Survivor’s R Us Incorporated is a recently founded charity that supports the fight against domestic violence, homelessness and unemployment. We help Men, Women and Children, by getting them into refuges to keep them safe; we also supply food hampers, clothing, dignity bags and toys for families who have nothing or have lost everything.

If you or someone you know needs help, we want to provide that help. In life it never hurts to ask ‘are you okay?’ or ‘can I help?’, and at Survivor’s R Us our doors are always open and the kettle is always on.

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Master Builders Group Training & Personnel

Newcastle MBA apprenticeship scheme is a not for profit company working towards fixing the trade skills shortage and assisting your business “making apprenticeships easy”.

Our successful MBA Building and Construction Industry Apprenticeship Scheme is making Apprenticeships and Traineeships as easy as 1, 2, 3. Our not for profit organisation is making your business easy with quality staff.

Now Newcastle MBA Group Training is the acknowledged industry training body of apprentice/trainee for the area’s Building and Construction industry, boasting over 160 apprentices and over 100 host employers.

We provide a dynamic and integrated program for persons wanting a head start (and qualified training) in the region’s building industry. Apprentice/trainees learn practical skills, combined with an accredited education program in their chosen trade.

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Maitland City Council

Providing the most up to date news and information from Maitland City Council. This page is designed to keep Maitland residents informed about Council’s services and initiatives.  The page is managed from 9.00am-5.00pm, Monday – Friday. Staff will respond to your questions and, where appropriate, comments during these times.

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Dungog Shire Council

The Shire of Dungog is part of the Hunter Region and the Lower Hunter Sub-Region and is bound by Great Lakes Shire to the East, Singleton Shire to the West, Scone Shire to the North-west, Gloucester Shire to the North and by Port Stephens Shire and the City of Maitland to the South.

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Singleton Business Chamber

The Singleton Business Chamber represents the interest of business on a local level. Through Chamber’s vast network, each chamber member has a community voice. As a team we are able to identify the concerns for business in our community, plan actions and together everyone is rewarded.

All business leaders face difficult and pressing challenges from time to time and may lack the expertise to solve the problems quickly and effectively themselves. Singleton Business Chamber has developed a structure that offers our members a wide range of resources and support thus enabling them to resolve the many challenges faced by businesses today.

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Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc

Welcome to the Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry and our launch of the 2015 theme “Innovate and Grow!” . Our Chamber has a long and proud history of providing information, networking, advocacy, and support for businesses located in the Muswellbrook Shire to help them innovate and grow!

We produce a monthly newsletter packed with expert advice for small to medium enterprises as well as updates on local issues which affect Muswellbrook businesses large and small.

We have over 100 members who represent a broad cross section of the local business community. We have good attendances at our monthly breakfasts which provide promotional opportunities for local businesses as well as expert advice and information from high quality guest speakers.

Our Business Awards program recognises local businesses which embrace the principles of good service and responsible management of employees, environment, safety, finance and contribution to the community. The Awards are open to all Muswellbrook businesses and culminate in our Gala Awards Presentation Dinner each April.

Through our contacts with all levels of government we advocate support for Muswellbrook business and encourage the provision of infrastructure which meets the demands of our growing local economy. Through our Internet sites, and all of our activities, we promote Muswellbrook Shire as a place to work, live and play.

If you are not a member, or you are starting a new business in Muswellbrook, you are welcome to attend our breakfasts. You are most welcome to join our Chamber and support the organisation that supports your business.

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Maitland Business Chamber

Maitland continually rates as one of the fastest growing local government areas in Australia, both in terms of residential and industry growth. Maitland is a transport hub, with two national highways, access to the Port of Newcastle, substantial rail infrastructure and air access.

Maitland also has a “Can Do” population. Residents understand the need to work with all stakeholders in preserving the city’s heritage and environment while at the same time helping business and industry to forge new endeavours.

There is no better place to do business than Maitland.

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Kurri Kurri District Business Chamber

The Kurri Kurri District Business Chamber provides an initial contact point for dealing with issues affecting members including access to the Hunter Business Chamber and by way of member referrals.

The Chamber offers these additional benefits:

  • Regular electronic information and email correspondence providing information on developments and points of interest related to business in the Kurri Kurri District
  • Regular member meetings, networking opportunities and forms to discuss local issues
  • The chamber is an affiliated member of the Hunter Region Business Hub
  • Direct access to Local Government Economic Development in your area, and State & Federal agencies who can also assist you
  • Our one stop website  ( contains useful information and links for business
  • Membership of the Kurri Kurri District Business Chamber allows you to have marketing access to our website and our member’s directory
  • Access to the resources of various organisations across the Hunter including NSW Departments, local councils, Hunter Region Hub, Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism associations
  • Information and background on Cessnock City Council’s policies and procedures
  • A forum and effective working team that seeks to identify issues that are restricting or limiting business opportunities in the Kurri Kurri District. The Chamber works with the individual and the various agencies at Government levels with the intention of assisting in their resolution
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Dungog District Chamber of Commerce

Dungog District Chamber of Commerce is here to support our members and represent their business interests at the local and state level. We offer help and assistance when needed, promote our members’ knowledge and experience and create networking opportunities. We invite you to use the information and links provided here to assist you in running your business. Through this web site we hope to bring you up to date with important information affecting your business together with news of upcoming events in the District.

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