SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY GRANTS OPEN

Sharon Bird today encouraged community groups and schools to consider applications for a number of grants programs that are currently receiving applications. Continue reading

TIME FOR EXCUSES ON MALDON-DOMBARTON OVER SAY ILLAWARRA MPs

It is time for the excuses on finishing the Maldon-Dombarton rail line to end following revelations that a secret NSW Cabinet paper has concluded the project has an ‘exceptional’ cost-benefit ratio. Illawarra MPs Sharon Bird, Ryan Park and Paul Scully have jumped on the revelations claiming it was time the Federal and State Government’s stopped putting up barriers on completing the 35 kilometre rail project, which was cancelled in 1988 by the Greiner Liberal Government. Continue reading

60 PER CENT OF CUNNINGHAM RESIDENTS ARE FED UP WITH MALCOLM TURNBULL’S EXPENSIVE NBN MESS

Sharon Bird and Michelle Rowland today met with local business owners in Port Kembla who have rated Malcolm Turnbull’s NBN Fibre to the Node (FTTN) policy a complete failure. Over the past two weeks, Sharon Bird conducted a survey of local residents which saw 60 per cent of respondents condemn the FTTN policy.  Continue reading

STAND UP FOR STEEL MALCOLM!

Sharon Bird today backed in Shadow Trade Minister, Jason Clare’s, call for Malcolm Turnbull to stand up for Australian steel when he meets with Donald Trump at the G20 this week. Continue reading

CUNNINGHAM RESIDENTS REJECT CUT TO PENALTY RATES

On the eve of the penalty rate cut to retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy workers kicking in, Sharon Bird today reaffirmed Labor’s commitment to restore weekend penalty rates. In a survey conducted by Sharon Bird this week, 80 per cent of respondents said that they supported people who work on weekends receiving penalty rates. Continue reading

NORTH GONG SURF CLUB GETS A GONG

Sharon Bird was delighted to present North Wollongong SLSC with the January 2017 Rescue of the Month Award at a presentation ceremony for the Surf Life Saving Rescue of the Month Awards at Parliament House today. The Parliamentary Friends of Surf Lifesaving Rescue of the Month award acknowledges the rescue deemed Australia’s most courageous that month. Continue reading

LESS THAN ONE MONTH TO GO AND STILL NO ANSWERS FOR STUDENTS

Sharon Bird has today written to Assistant Minister, Karen Andrews, asking for urgent answers to a number of questions raised at Education and Employment Senate Estimates hearings in Canberra last Wednesday evening. Continue reading

MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT AMEP CONTRACT

Last night in Senate estimates there was more controversy surrounding the Turnbull Government’s decision to rip funding for the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) from TAFE and give to a private provider. The Liberals recently announced that they would cut funding TAFE Illawarra for the AMEP and instead awarded contracts to private training provider Navitas who, it was later revealed, had sub-contracted to MAX Solutions. Continue reading

$92,921 TO HELP CUNNINGHAM COMMUNITY GROUPS

Sharon Bird on Wednesday, 17 May, visited the Illawarra Dragon Boat Club and Dragons Abreast Illawarra to announce funding of $92,921 for community groups in Cunningham. Continue reading

WHY SHOULD UNIVERSITY STUDENTS PAY FOR MILLIONAIRE’S $16,400 TAX CUT AND $65 BILLION BIG BUSINESS TAX CUT MALCOLM?

Local Federal MPs, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones, will today address the NUS rally at the University of Wollongong, to protest the Liberal’s plans to jack up student fees, cut University funding by $3.8 billion and reduce the income repayment threshold for HELP (formerly HECS) debts students repay debt at $42,000 from $55,000. Continue reading