CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DESERT ROSE HOUSE TEAM – IT’S TIME TO BRING THE COMPETITION TO WOLLONGONG

Federal Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird MP, and State Member for Wollongong, Paul Scully MP, congratulated the Desert Rose House Solar Decathlon team made up of students from the University of Wollongong and TAFE Illawarra on achieving second place in the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East. Continue reading

LABOR SCHOOL FUNDING SET TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD

The effects of the Government’s cuts to the education system in the Illawarra, South Coast and Southern Highlands have been laid bare today. New research from Macquarie University revealed inequality has increased Australia wide, with results showing public schools are worse off than non-government schools – especially those in disadvantaged areas. Continue reading

LABOR’S FAIR GO FOR SCHOOLS MEANS $60 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR ILLAWARRA AND SHOALHAVEN SCHOOLS

A Shorten Labor Government will deliver the biggest investment in public schools in Australian history, so every child in every school gets the education they deserve. Schools in our community will receive over $60 million over the first three years from 2020 – because the things that make a difference in Illawarra and Shoalhaven schools, like individual attention and excellent teaching, require more funding. Continue reading

LIBERALS FAILURE TO KEEP COMMUTERS IN CONTACT

Sharon Bird, Ryan Park and Paul Scully called on the State and Federal Liberals to stop talking about themselves and start working productively together to fix the mobile phone reception problems on the South Coast Line. A mobile basestation in Coalcliff that was approved for funding under Round 1 of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme in June 2015. We understand that the proposed basestation has not been built due to indecision or refusal from NSW State Rail. Continue reading

LABOR WILL EXTEND PRESCHOOL ACCESS TO 3 YEAR OLDS

A Shorten Labor Government will introduce a new two year National Preschool and Kindy Program, guaranteeing around 700,000 Australian children a year will be able to access subsidised preschool. This is the biggest ever investment in early childhood education in Australia. Continue reading

NSW GOVERNMENT HAS QUESTIONS TO ANSWER ON MALDON-DOMBARTON

The decision of the NSW Government to put the Maldon Dombarton Rail on the back burner raises big questions about $25 million that the Federal Labor Government gave to the NSW Government to accelerate the project. Transport for NSW’s Freights and Ports Plan 2018-2023  outlines key infrastructure projects for the next five years – but shows the completion of the Maldon-Dombarton line is more than a decade away. Continue reading

MORE MUST BE DONE TO SUPPORT AN AGEING POPULATION

There is a crisis in the Aged Care system and the Government has been in denial over it. The quality of care and services for older Australians is Labor’s primary concern. We hope that a Royal Commission into aged care in Australia charts a path for better services and the restoration of funding cut from the sector. There is a shortage of residential care places and a shortage of home care packages for people who are still living at home. Continue reading

$43,808 IN ARMISTICE CENTENARY GRANTS PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

Sharon Bird today announced the successful applicants for funding under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program (ACGP). The ACGP is a one-off electorate-based grants program with funding for each electorate to support community projects commemorating the end of the First World War. Continue reading

CENTRELINK JOB CUTS HIT REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

Regional Australia looks set to bear a heavy price in the latest Centrelink job cuts.30 jobs are to be targeted for cuts from the Illawarra at this stage, as the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government’s continues to drive jobs out of Centrelink. Continue reading