Humans Of The Area Nelson Bay Local Ron Swan (OAM)

Ron Swan in his Scottish attire. From the Swan Family archives
Ron Swan in his Scottish attire. From the Swan Family archives


WE’D like to introduce you to Ron Swan (OAM).

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Ron Swan, one time mayor and councillor for Port Stephens, has been fundraising for charitable causes since 1979.

The OAM was awarded to Ron in February of 2017 for his service to local government and the community of Port Stephens.

Mr Swan was the mayor of Port Stephens from 2006 to 2008, deputy mayor from 2004 to 2006 and a councillor from 1999 to 2008.

As part of his service to the community, he founded the Clans on the Coast Celtic Festival in 2008 and his medal also recognises his Port Stephens Celtic Association presidency.

Mr Swan has also raised funds for cancer research, the Red Cross, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Nelson Bay Polyclinic and the Police Citizens Youth Club.

Ron was inspired to raise money while doing something positive for the community of Port Stephens.

Mixing his passions of preserving his Scottish heritage and raising funds for the good of the community, Ron founded Clans on the Coast in 2008.

The event has raised over $12,000 to change the outcomes for those living with cancer.

Ron Swan told News Of The Area that his family traces back through the McKenzie and Sweyn clans.

“I’m committed to do my part to keep the Scottish culture and heritage alive after the English attempted genocide of the Scottish culture after the battle of Battle of Culloden in 1745.”

“I really enjoy sharing the Scottish culture with friends, the bands, and all the festival attendees,” he said.

Pipe bands, strong men, dancers, tartan, good food, and wine will be at Clans on the Coast which is held annually in September in Nelson Bay.

The Port Stephens Celtic Festival has been granted $1,500 for the 2017 festival through the Port Stephens Council Community Projects  Fund.



One thought on “Humans Of The Area Nelson Bay Local Ron Swan (OAM)

  1. It has been an honour and a pleasure to work on fund raising and community services .. Nothing is ever too much for Ron and he is a credit to his family and the Community

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