HOME CARE CRISIS IN THE ILLAWARRA – WAITING LIST HITS 950 IN THE ILLAWARRA

According to the Home Care Packages Program Data Report, the latest figures on the Turnbull Government’s home care packages has revealed approximately 950 older Australians in the Illawarra are waiting for care – including 321 patients requiring high care or Level 4 packages. Continue reading

TRANSCRIPT WITH TANYA PLIBERSEK - WARRAWONG HIGH SCHOOL

SHARON BIRD, MEMBER FOR CUNNINGHAM: Thanks everybody for coming along this morning, and I really want to welcome Tanya Plibersek back to the Illawara. Tanya was here only a few months ago talking to one of our other local high schools. The issue of education in this region is a critically important one. We know we have a persistent youth unemployment challenge in this area, and one of the most critical factors to addressing that is education at all levels. Getting our schools operating as effectively as we can for young people, protecting and ensuring the TAFE and vocational education system and apprenticeships are a pathway open to young people. Making sure that they can access university if they've got the capacity and interest to do a university education. And we have seen, across all of those aspects of education, the Federal Government cutting away at the heart of it. And that has a real impact in our local area. Continue reading

LIBERALS MUST ACT TO ENSURE LONG TERM VIABILITY OF STEEL INDUSTRY

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today welcomed the release of the Senate Economics References Committee’s final report into the future of Australia’s steel industry. During the inquiry, the Committee visited Wollongong and heard evidence from BlueScope Australia and New Zealand, Bisalloy Steel Group Limited, the Australian Workers’ Union, the South Coast Labour Council, the University of Wollongong, Wollongong City Council and The Illawarra Business Chamber.  The Committee also conducted a site visit at BlueScope Steel at Port Kembla. Continue reading

LOCAL COMMUNITY GRANTS SHARE IN $90,000

Sharon Bird today visited the Green Connect community farm to announce funding of $10,000 to upgrade facilities at the farm under the Stronger Communities Programme – Round 3. The social enterprise farm helps to support jobs and employment pathways, particularly for former refugees and young people as well as growing fair food and engaging in the local community. Continue reading

PREMIER, YOU FORGOT WOLLONGONG TAFE’S 75TH BIRTHDAY!

Sharon Bird and Ryan Park today met with former Wollongong TAFE College Principal Ray Tolhurst and local NSW Teachers’ Federation representatives to wish Wollongong TAFE a belated 75th Birthday. Continue reading

TURNBULL DRAGGED TO BANKING ROYAL COMMISSION

Illawarra Labor representatives have welcomed the change of heart by the big four banks on the need for a Royal Commission. This has only come about because of the concerted pressure from Labor, the community and rebel National MPs. The Prime Minister, who has explored every other alternative, will finally now do the right thing. Continue reading

ANOTHER LIBERAL PM VISIT WITH NO LOCAL COMMITMENTS

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones were stunned that this out of touch Prime Minister today used yet another flying visit to the Illawarra as a stunt to spin his electricity policy and failed to provide one cent of funding for infrastructure in the Illawarra. Power bills have skyrocketed under the Liberals, putting pressure on good manufacturing companies in the Illawarra. Continue reading

TURNBULL MUST TAKE ENERGY SUPPLEMENT CUT OUT OF THE PARLIAMENT

Labor’s Jenny Macklin, Stephen Jones and Sharon Bird have again called on Turnbull to drop the energy supplement cut from his Budget. Visiting the Illawarra today, Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, Jenny Macklin MP, met with concerned community groups and residents. Continue reading

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT IN CHAOS

Local Federal MPs, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones, slammed Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals for the chaos and madness that they have created in the Federal Parliament by cancelling the second last week of sittings of the House of Representatives. Continue reading

RESIGNATION OF GRAHAME GOULD (LIFELINE)

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today recognised the huge contribution Grahame Gould has made to the community in the Illawarra during his 24 years as Executive Director of Lifeline South Coast. Continue reading