STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR PORT KEMBLA COAL TERMINAL WORKERS

Sorry we can’t be with you today but Parliament is sitting. You have our unwavering support in your fight to stop Port Kembla Coal Terminal terminating your enterprise agreement. Continue reading

ILLAWARRA & SOUTH COAST RESIDENTS PAYING MORE FOR HEALTH UNDER TURNBULL

New data has revealed the cost of seeing a GP and specialist has skyrocketed under the Liberals. Residents across the Illawarra and South Coast are paying more to see their GP and specialists with out of pocket expenses growing. In Cunningham, the average out of pocket expense has reached $30.68 to see a GP and $78.67 to see a specialist; while costs in Whitlam have risen to $31.93 to see a GP and $78.73 to see a specialist. In Gilmore, out of pocket expenses to see a GP and specialist have risen to $30.07 and $73.65, respectively. Continue reading

ILLAWARRA ENERGY ROUNDTABLE

Labor’s Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Mark Butler MP, is in Wollongong today and holding an Energy Roundtable with local industry and business stakeholders. Labor will meet with carbon-intensive, high-energy consuming businesses from across the Illawarra and discuss Labor’s plan to protect local manufacturing jobs and industry from rising electricity costs while transitioning to a clean energy future. Continue reading

VALE AUNTY AGNES

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today extended their sincere condolences on the passing of much-loved local Aboriginal elder Aunty Agnes Donovan. Aunty Agnes was a well-liked and well respected member of the local community and the Shellharbour Aboriginal Community Youth Association (SACYA) where she served as Chair for many years. Continue reading

BURNING PALMS SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB RECEIVES AWARD FOR FIGURE EIGHT POOL RESCUE

Sharon Bird was delighted to present Burning Palms SLSC with the October 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

LABOR CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE AUSTRALIAN DISABILITY ENTERPRISES VIABILITY

Shadow Minister for Disability and Carers, Senator Carol Brown and the Hon Sharon Bird, MP for Cunningham today toured Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) in Wollongong, meeting with their work place reps, carers and supported employees. Continue reading

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