New figures released this week show just how much pressure Malcolm Turnbull’s Medicare freeze is putting on patients and GPs in the Illawarra. In the first set of data to reflect what is happening after the July 2 election, the Government’s own figures show that bulk billing is dropping in NSW and nationally. Continue reading


Ryan Park Shadow Minister for the Illawarra together with Sharon Bird, Federal Member for Cunningham have this morning demanded Gareth Ward retract his false claims on ABC local radio that Labor has not contributed to important work on Mt Ousley Road infrastructure projects. Continue reading


Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today announced that the 2016 Volunteer Grants program is now open for applications. Grants of between $1000 and $5000 are available to local volunteer organisations to purchase small equipment items, contribute towards the cost of training courses and background checks, and to help to reimburse volunteers for the cost of their fuel or transport. Continue reading

Minister sneaks into town with nothing

Illawarra MPs, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones, today slammed Industry Minister, Greg Hunt, following his empty-handed visit to the Illawarra today. Labor has been lobbying the Government to get serious about securing the future of steel.  Continue reading

Illawarra children saved from loss of the dental scheme

Hundreds of children across the Illawarra will continue to receive access to dental services as a result of some tough negotiations in Parliament this week. That’s because Labor MPs and Senators stood up against Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to force over five million children onto long public dental waiting lists by opposing the Government proposal to axe the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). Continue reading

Community kitchen garden funding for healthy kids

Sharon Bird today met with the P&C and visited Mt St Thomas Public School to announce funding of $19,591 under Round 2 of the Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) for the Mount St Thomas Community Kitchen Garden project. Continue reading

One year of Turnbull means nothing but cuts for the Illawarra

One year of Malcolm Turnbull has meant nothing but cuts for the Illawarra.   Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today said that the Illawarra has continued to be ignored by the Liberals. Continue reading

Steel report requires action from coalition government

Illawarra MPs Stephen Jones and Sharon Bird have called on the Turnbull Government to act decisively to secure the future of Australian steel.   Late on Friday afternoon the Government finally released the Anti-Dumping Commission’s report into the impact of overseas steel on the nation’s steel industry. Continue reading

Helensburgh Men's Shed - almost there!

Sharon Bird today visited the new site for the Helensburgh Men’s Shed and met with local coordinators to discuss their plans for the refurbishment of the shed to get it established and up and running. Continue reading

Sporting facilities upgrade for cool kids

Sharon Bird today visited the Bulli PCYC to announce funding of $7,694 under Round 2 of the Stronger Communities Program (SCP) for the upgrade of the sporting courts on the upper level of the Bulli PCYC. Continue reading