A Shorten Labor Government will provide $50,000 for two Mobile Variable Message Signs (VMS) to the Austinmer Rural Fire Service if elected on 18 May.  

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $50,000 for two Mobile Variable Message Signs (VMS) to the Austinmer Rural Fire Service if elected on 18 May.  

This election will be a choice between a Shorten Labor Government with a plan for the services our community needs, or more of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos.   

The VMS will be used for community warnings, information, and volunteer recruitment.  They will also be used to advise residents of the northern suburbs when there are total fire bans, messages to alert people to prepare their homes in case of fire and other information. 

The Austinmer Brigade will also use the VMS to promote the Assist Infirm, Disabled and Elderly Residents (AIDER) Program into Wombarra, Coledale, Austinmer and Thirroul. 

The AIDER program is a free, one-off service which supports some of our most at-risk community members. 

It is designed for people who have limited domestic support available from family, relatives, friends or other services. This could include older people, people living with  disability, and people who are already receiving community assistance and services. Their property must also be on bush fire prone land (land that can support a bush fire or be subject to bush fire attack).   

AIDER services can include: 

  • Clearing gutters. 
  • Thinning vegetation around the home.  
  • Removing leaf and tree debris. 
  • Trimming branches from close to the home. 
  • Mowing or slashing long grass. 

To date, Labor has announced over $190 million in local commitments for Cunningham: 

  • $50 million for Maldon Dombarton Rail Link. 
  • $55 million for safety upgrades to the Appin Road and construction of a koala pass for rare local koala colony. 
  • $50 million for safety upgrades to the Picton Road.
  • $13.5 million for the University of Wollongong – including $10 million for Facility of Intelligent Fabrication, $1 million to establish the 3D BioPrinting Facility and $2.5 million to fund the Early Start Discovery Bus. 
  • $18 million in extra funding for local public schools. 
  • Reopening the Warrawong Centrelink and Medicare Office. 
  • $1 million for shared pathways in Woonona, Gwynneville and Wollongong.
  • $2 million towards upgrading the netball facilities at Berkeley’s Fred Finch Park.
  • $57,000 for industrial fans for Greenacres.
  • $135,000 for tree illumination in Port Kembla.
  • $20,000 to fitout an outdoor workspace for Coniston Multicultural Men’s Shed.
  • $80,000 to Mt Keira Men’s Shed for a tractor.
  • $35,000 to Mt Keira Scout Camp for a new water treatment and purification system.
  • $20,000 for Illawarra One Door Mental Health.
  • $80,000 towards major resurfacing and drainage works for Helensburgh Netball Club.
  • $40,000 for the installation of a closed captioning system in the Bruce Gordon Theatre at IPAC.
  • $38,000 towards covered walkways at Woonona East Public School.
  • $20,000 towards upgrading the performance space at Woonona High School.
  • $25,000 towards upgrading the covered outdoor learning area at Corrimal East Public School.
  • $20,000 towards spectator seating at Austinmer Public School.
  • $12,925 towards upgrading the hall at Bulli High School.

After six years of cuts and chaos under the Liberals, Labor is ready to support and invest in our local regions and communities.