YET ANOTHER REPORT – STILL NO ACTION FROM LIBERALS ON MALDON-DOMBARTON RAIL LINE

Sharon Bird today welcomed the release of the “Upgrading rail connectivity between Illawarra and Sydney” report by the SMART Infrastructure-Illawarra Business Chamber which called for the construction of the Maldon-Dombarton Rail Line. The key recommendations call on both the New South Wales and Federal Government to prioritise the construction of the Maldon-Dombarton Rail Line and to try and secure funding under the National Rail Program to progress the Line. Continue reading

ILLAWARRA SCHOOLS LOSE UNDER MALCOLM TURNBULL

Thanks to Malcolm Turnbull, Illawarra schools will lose more than $15 million over the next two years alone. Today, we will be visiting Woonona High School in Wollongong.  Because of Mr Turnbull, it will be $447,000 worse off. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Tanya Plibersek, said Malcolm Turnbull’s new schools policy was completely unfair. Continue reading

SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY GRANTS OPEN

Sharon Bird today encouraged community groups and schools to consider applications for a number of grants programs that are currently receiving applications. Continue reading

TIME FOR EXCUSES ON MALDON-DOMBARTON OVER SAY ILLAWARRA MPs

It is time for the excuses on finishing the Maldon-Dombarton rail line to end following revelations that a secret NSW Cabinet paper has concluded the project has an ‘exceptional’ cost-benefit ratio. Illawarra MPs Sharon Bird, Ryan Park and Paul Scully have jumped on the revelations claiming it was time the Federal and State Government’s stopped putting up barriers on completing the 35 kilometre rail project, which was cancelled in 1988 by the Greiner Liberal Government. Continue reading

60 PER CENT OF CUNNINGHAM RESIDENTS ARE FED UP WITH MALCOLM TURNBULL’S EXPENSIVE NBN MESS

Sharon Bird and Michelle Rowland today met with local business owners in Port Kembla who have rated Malcolm Turnbull’s NBN Fibre to the Node (FTTN) policy a complete failure. Over the past two weeks, Sharon Bird conducted a survey of local residents which saw 60 per cent of respondents condemn the FTTN policy.  Continue reading

STAND UP FOR STEEL MALCOLM!

Sharon Bird today backed in Shadow Trade Minister, Jason Clare’s, call for Malcolm Turnbull to stand up for Australian steel when he meets with Donald Trump at the G20 this week. Continue reading

CUNNINGHAM RESIDENTS REJECT CUT TO PENALTY RATES

On the eve of the penalty rate cut to retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy workers kicking in, Sharon Bird today reaffirmed Labor’s commitment to restore weekend penalty rates. In a survey conducted by Sharon Bird this week, 80 per cent of respondents said that they supported people who work on weekends receiving penalty rates. Continue reading

NORTH GONG SURF CLUB GETS A GONG

Sharon Bird was delighted to present North Wollongong SLSC with the January 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

LESS THAN ONE MONTH TO GO AND STILL NO ANSWERS FOR STUDENTS

Sharon Bird has today written to Assistant Minister, Karen Andrews, asking for urgent answers to a number of questions raised at Education and Employment Senate Estimates hearings in Canberra last Wednesday evening. Continue reading

MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT AMEP CONTRACT

Last night in Senate estimates there was more controversy surrounding the Turnbull Government’s decision to rip funding for the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) from TAFE and give to a private provider. The Liberals recently announced that they would cut funding TAFE Illawarra for the AMEP and instead awarded contracts to private training provider Navitas who, it was later revealed, had sub-contracted to MAX Solutions. Continue reading