LABOR SERVES UP OUTDOOR COOKING AREA TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER AT MCCI

Labor will provide $30,000 in funding to Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra (MCCI) to fit out an outdoor area for community use as part of a Multicultural Community Services Hub. 

This election will be a choice between a Shorten Labor Government with a plan for the services our community needs, or more of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos.  

MCCI is a regional peak body formed in 1975 to deliver services and programs to culturally and linguistically diverse communities.  Their services include aged care programs in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven and ACT, volunteering, advocacy, and early intervention and community capacity building programs for young people, refugee and newly arrived communities. 

MCCI has a covered outdoor area that requires an investment so that it can be used for a range of community purposes, including meetings, community events and delivery of programs such as their highly successful partnership with Healthy Cities Illawarra - known as ‘Cook Chill Chat’.   

Food plays a huge role in bringing people together and the outdoor space will be used by groups to share food and run activities – rain, hail or shine. 

A range of improvements are required to activate the space, including: 

  • Minor drainage works to prevent water pooling. 
  • Installation of outdoor blinds to improve weather protection. 
  • Purchase and installation of an outdoor kitchen to support community gatherings and events, and to run community cooking programs. 
  • New fencing. 
  • ‘Built in’ outdoor seating. 
  • Purchase of outdoor furniture, plants and artwork to beautify the area 

To date, Labor has announced over $190 million in local commitments for Cunningham: 

  • $50 million for Maldon Dombarton Rail Link. 
  • $55 million for safety upgrades to the Appin Road and construction of a koala pass for rare local koala colony. 
  • $50 million for safety upgrades to the Picton Road.
  • $13.5 million for the University of Wollongong – including $10 million for Facility of Intelligent Fabrication, $1 million to establish the 3D BioPrinting Facility and $2.5 million to fund the Early Start Discovery Bus. 
  • $18 million in extra funding for local public schools. 
  • Reopening the Warrawong Centrelink and Medicare Office. 
  • $1 million for shared pathways in Woonona, Gwynneville and Wollongong.
  • $2 million towards upgrading the netball facilities at Berkeley’s Fred Finch Park.
  • $57,000 for industrial fans for Greenacres.
  • $135,000 for tree illumination in Port Kembla.
  • $20,000 to fitout an outdoor workspace for Coniston Multicultural Men’s Shed.
  • $80,000 to Mt Keira Men’s Shed for a tractor.
  • $35,000 to Mt Keira Scout Camp for a new water treatment and purification system.
  • $20,000 for Illawarra One Door Mental Health.
  • $80,000 towards major resurfacing and drainage works for Helensburgh Netball Club.
  • $40,000 for the installation of a closed captioning system in the Bruce Gordon Theatre at IPAC.
  • $38,000 towards covered walkways at Woonona East Public School.
  • $20,000 towards upgrading the performance space at Woonona High School.
  • $25,000 towards upgrading the covered outdoor learning area at Corrimal East Public School.
  • $20,000 towards spectator seating at Austinmer Public School.
  • $12,925 towards upgrading the hall at Bulli High School.
  • $50,000 for Mobile Variable Message Signs (VMS) for Austinmer Rural Fire Service.To date, the Liberals have not made one single local commitment to the people of the Illawarra. After six years of cuts and chaos under the Liberals, our united Labor team is ready to support and invest in our local regions and communities.  

To date, the Liberals have not made one single local commitment to the people of the Illawarra. 

After six years of cuts and chaos under the Liberals, our united Labor team is ready to support and invest in our local regions and communities.