A Shorten Labor Government will provide $40,000 for the installation of a closed captioning system in the Bruce Gordon Theatre at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) 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.  

This will allow deaf and hearing-impaired patrons to enjoy performances in this 230 seat theatre. Currently this service is only available in the larger 515 seat IMB Theatre at IPAC.

The Bruce Gordon theatre is used for a range of theatre and is notably the primary space for Merrigong Theatre Company’s in-house productions of new Australian works. This means that currently these works cannot be captioned for deaf and hearing-impaired patrons.

Due the unique design of the theatre, it has been impossible to provide this service without a custom solution. This funding will allow the design and installation of such a system; and would be a major improvement to the access services provided by IPAC to patrons with a disability.

To date, Labor has announced almost $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. 
  • $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.

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