NEW HUGE FAN TO HELP KEEP GREENACRES STAFF COOL!

Keeping cool in summer will no longer be a problem for workers at Greenacres with the addition of a brand new “Big Ass Fan” in Building 1 of the Enterprise facilities at Ralph Black Drive. Sharon Bird was pleased to switch on the new huge fan that was made possible with a $7,500 grant through the Stronger Communities Programme Round 4. The total project cost was $15,000. Continue reading

TAFE AND APPRENTICES CANNOT AFFORD ANOTHER TERM OF LIBERAL CUTS

The commencement of a new TAFE year is a reminder of the stark difference between Federal and NSW Labor and the Liberals when it comes to TAFE funding, skills education and apprenticeship training.      The Liberals are failing to stop the decline, they are failing to invest in training trades people and they are failing to invest in TAFE. Continue reading

LABOR’S FAIR GO FOR OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS

Illawarra Labor MPs have gone ‘back to school’ today highlighting a range of initiatives for all local schools in the region, including just over $61 million in additional funding if a Shorten Labor Government is elected this year. This means that schools like Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts will receive about $1.35 million in extra funding; Warilla High School will receive about $1.54 million in extra funding and Vincentia High School will receive about $1.65 million in extra funding over three years respectively. Continue reading

STATEMENT ON THE REMOVAL OF THE MV MARILOULA & MV LOWLANDS BRILLIANCE FROM BLUESCOPE FREIGHT SERVICES

Illawarra Labor MPs have expressed their support for the sacked workers, many of whom come from the Illawarra. Crew members from the MV Mariloula and MVLowlands Brilliance today met with Illawarra Labor MPs to brief them about the effect this decision will have on them and their families. Continue reading

LOCALS REMINDED THAT SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN FOR ROYAL COMMISSION INTO AGED CARE

Locals in the Illawarra and Southern Highlands are being reminded that it is now possible to make submissions to the Royal Commission into Aged Care. Announced late last year, the Royal Commission will look into abuse and cover-ups in the aged care sector. Continue reading

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