LABOR TO REVITALISE ILLAWARRA NETBALL

A Shorten Labor Government will commit $2 million towards upgrading the netball facilities at Berkeley’s Fred Finch Park.  This election will be a choice between a Shorten Labor Government with a plan for the infrastructure our community needs, or more cuts and chaos from the Liberals.   The upgrade of courts and lighting to a suitable standard will mean that Fred Finch Park would be able to host state and national events. Continue reading

LABOR COMMITS TO RE-OPENING WARRAWONG CENTRELINK AND MEDICARE OFFICES

A Shorten Labor Government would re-open the Centrelink and Medicare offices at Warrawong if elected on 18 May. Last June, the Liberals closed the office with absolutely no consultation. This was a massive slap in the face for locals who had previously campaigned for many years to get a Medicare office located in the area. Continue reading

LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS SHARE IN OVER $136,000 THANKS TO VOLUNTEER GRANTS PROGRAM

Sharon Bird visited Woonona-Bulli RSL Sub-Branch today to congratulate them on their grant of $5,000 under the Volunteer Grants 2018 program. In this grant round, 36 community groups have shared in $136,113 in funding. Continue reading

$11 MILLION BOOST FOR MEDICAL INNOVATION AND INTELLIGENT FABRICATION AT UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG

A Shorten Labor Government would invest $10 million to further expand the capability of the Facility for Intelligent Fabrication (FIF) and $1 million to establish a 3D BioPrinting Facility at the University of Wollongong (UOW). The Facility for Intelligent Fabrication (FIF) is a collaboration between UOW, TAFE NSW and Weld Australia which launched in March 2018. The FIF is a unique facility designed to assist businesses to identify and implement welding and automation-related technology which is backed up by technical, education, training and certification support. It helps companies position themselves to enter the supply chain on larger fabrication projects and builds the skills for long term capabilities. Continue reading

BIG FANS TO HELP KEEP ALL GREENACRES STAFF COOL!

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $57,000 to install three new industrial fans for workers at Greenacres if elected on 18 May.   Sharon Bird said she loved visiting Greenacres to meet with the workers there as they were passionate, hard-working and really loved their workplace.    Continue reading

TRANSCRIPT - MALDON DOMBARTON FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

E&OE TRANSCRIPTDOORSTOP INTERVIEWPORT KEMBLA, NSW MONDAY, 22 APRIL 2019 SUBJECT: Maldon-Dombarton freight rail line SHARON BIRD: It's fantastic to be here today with the Shadow Minister, Anthony Albanese, obviously myself, Stephen Jones and Dr Mike Freelander. I hope that he'll be the next Infrastructure Minister. We hope that because Anthony understands our region. He understands why infrastructure is so important to opening economic opportunity, jobs for our region, connecting the Illawarra and South West Sydney where Mike represents. It's a really important opportunity for us to grow so many businesses, to create so many jobs. We see nothing from the Liberal Party. Mike and I, with Shadow Minister Albanese, the other day announced $55 million for Appin Road. We are here for another announcement today. The Liberals neglect our region all the time and so I'm really pleased that Anthony is here because he understands and is committed to our region. I might ask him to explain what the announcement is today.  Continue reading

LABOR COMMITS TO PROGRESSING THE MALDON-DOMBARTON RAIL LINK

A Shorten Labor Government would provide $50 million in investment to work on the completion of the long-stalled Maldon-Dombarton rail link to boost productivity and promote growth in the Illawarra region. Federal Labor calls on the NSW Government to match this commitment. Continue reading

FEDERAL LABOR TO MAKE APPIN ROAD SAFER AND EXPAND ECONOMIC LINKS BETWEEN WOLLONGONG AND SOUTH WEST SYDNEY

A Shorten Labor Government would provide $50 million to deliver further upgrades to Appin Road. Appin Road is becoming even busier due to the growing economic and social links between the South West Sydney region and the Illawarra. Increasingly, this traffic is comprised of heavy vehicles. Continue reading

ABC ILLAWARRA CELEBRATES 60 YEARS

ABC Illawarra is central to the lives of our community and we congratulate it on 60 years of public broadcasting into our region. Locally, the ABC supports the delivery of local and regional news, information gathering and emergency broadcasting. Like so many Australians, Labor treasures the ABC as one of Australia’s most trusted institutions. Continue reading

SITUATION NORMAL – LIBERAL ARROGANCE IN THE ILLAWARRA

It’s on – Scott Morrison has finally visited the Governor General this morning to call the election for Saturday 18 May 2019.  What he hasn’t announced is his candidates in Cunningham and Whitlam.  Continue reading