LIBERAL TRICKINESS AND NEGLECT FOR LOCAL ILLAWARRA INFRASTRUCTURE

The response to Questions on Notice by Sharon Bird MP regarding Federal Government investment in local infrastructure further demonstrated that this Liberal Government is more interested in playing politics and being tricky rather than actually tackling the question of much needed infrastructure in the Illawarra. Sharon Bird, Federal Member for Cunningham, last night called the Government out on their tricky responses to Questions on Notice regarding vital infrastructure projects. In speaking on a motion in parliament about the importance of transport links in the development of the Western Sydney Airport, Ms Bird made the point that the Illawarra is strategically important to this development and must be given attention by the Federal Government. Continue reading

REPORT SHOWS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN LIBERALS ARE IN CHARGE OF TAFE AND APPRENTICES

Local Illawarra Business Chamber reports today that two out of five Illawarra businesses are experiencing a skills shortage should not come as any shock following massive cuts to TAFE, skills and vocational education since the election of the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Liberal Governments. The Liberals promised 80,000 new apprentices but the real facts are that Australia has lost over 150,000 apprentices and trainees since the Liberals came to power in 2013. Continue reading

NAIDOC WEEK 2019

As NAIDOC Week (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) draws to a close we celebrate and reflect upon the 65,000 years and counting, of history, culture and achievements of First Nations people. We would like to thank and acknowledge local First Nations leaders who work with us as elected Members and provide leadership to the whole community. Continue reading

TRIBUTE TO THE HON. ROBERT JAMES LEE HAWKE, AC

Illawarra Labor MP’s and their supporters are deeply saddened by the passing of Bob Hawke. Bob was a legend of the Labor Party and the entire labour movement. Our nation was forever changed under his leadership. Continue reading

LABOR TO IMPROVE SUPPORT FOR WOMEN ESCAPING FAMILY VIOLENCE

A Shorten Labor Government will commit $1.5 million to the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre to establish a service to support women escaping and recovering from domestic and family violence (DFV). Continue reading

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.  Continue reading

$50,000 IN FUNDING FOR MOBILE VARIABLE MESSAGE SIGNS FOR AUSTINMER RURAL FIRE SERVICE

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $50,000 for two Mobile Variable Message Signs (VMS) to the Austinmer Rural Fire Service if elected on 18 May.   Continue reading

$115,000 FOR LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS CAPITAL PROJECTS

A Shorten Labor Government will invest over $115,000 to fund capital projects to support local public schools and improve learning environments for students. In Cunningham, a Shorten Labor Government would deliver: $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 Continue reading

$1 MILLION FOR SHARED PATHWAYS FROM LABOR’S NEW NATIONAL FUND

A Shorten Labor Government would invest over $1 million in shared pathways to improve access for cyclists and pedestrians in Woonona, Gwynneville and Wollongong. Continue reading

LABOR TO FUND CLOSED CAPTIONING FOR BRUCE GORDON THEATRE

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $40,000 for the installation of a closed captioning system in the Bruce Gordon Theatre at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) if elected on 18 May. Continue reading