JOBS DRIVE GOES LIVE

Job seekers have a fantastic opportunity to get work today by heading down to Osborne Park on the Wollongong Foreshore. The park is hosting the Hospitality Jobs Drive between 10am and 2pm where workers looking for hospitality employment can meet up in person with employers who’ve pledged a job. We’re really pleased the target of 100 vacancies pledged has been well and truly exceeded with 136 jobs on offer on the Jobs Drive website. Continue reading

SKILLS PLAN A HUGE WIN FOR ILLAWARRA AND SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS

Anthony Albanese’s $1.2bn Future Made in Australia Skills Plan can’t come fast enough for local workers and local businesses. Almost half a million free TAFE places will be made available under plan, including 45,000 brand new places. It’s exactly what local workers and businesses need to repair the damage done by Scott Morrison’s fake tradie act. Under his watch training places in NSW have gone down by 20 percent. Continue reading

ILLAWARRA JOBS DRIVE TO KICK START HOLIDAY SEASON FOR WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS

  STEPHEN JONES MP SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER SHADOW MINISTER FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES AND SUPERANNUATION MEMBER FOR WHITLAM   SHARON BIRD MP MEMBER FOR CUNNINGHAM   ILLAWARRA JOBS DRIVE TO KICK START HOLIDAY SEASON FOR WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS     With Christmas coming it’s time to get our hospitality workers back on the job at cafes, hotels and restaurants.   That’s why we proposed a jobs drive for the Illawarra’s hospitality sector and why we are so pleased it is up and running as of today.   Under this innovative program, employers can pledge a job to the local community via the centralised Jobs Drive website.   Job seekers can then access the website and search for a role that suits them and their skills.   The program culminates in a face-to-face hiring event at Osbourne Park at the Wollongong Harbour Foreshore on Tuesday, December 7.   Prospective employers and job seekers can use this event to meet each other, discuss the roles on offer and hopefully agree to work together.   We thank local employers, workers, local job placement services, the Regional Development Authority, TAFE NSW and Destination Sydney Surrounds South for getting behind the Jobs Drive.   Together we can all meet the challenge of getting employment up, businesses thriving and tourists coming away from our wonderful region with smiles on their faces and a story to tell their friends and family.   Lockdowns have been extremely tough on our hospitality sector.   Our hope is that a bustling Christmas holiday season will kick-start a recovery for workers and employers alike.   Working together to get ready for the summer rush is a great start.  

Statement from Sharon Bird MP

HON SHARON BIRD MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR CUNNINGHAM I announce today that I have made the decision not to recontest the 2022 Federal election and will retire as Federal Member for Cunningham after nearly 18 years of service. It has been an amazing honour and privilege to represent the Wollongong community as the Member for Cunningham since 2004. It was an absolute privilege to have been a Parliamentary Secretary and a Minister in a Federal Labor Government - the first female Illawarra Labor representative to achieve this honour.  The fact that my local community has supported me at six elections to continue to work on their behalf is very humbling and makes me very proud – to have had the trust of the community is an enormous privilege and I sincerely thank my constituents for this. This has not been an easy decision to reach.  However, I am now at a stage of my life where I need to focus more fully on the people I love in my family, who have given years of total support to me, and lived with my regular absences knowing how important my work has been to our community. I want to now repay that and give them much more of my time. There are so many groups and individuals across our community that I want to acknowledge. They have worked with me in the interest of our community and I will take the time to extend my thanks to each of them personally.   We are so well served by many of our peak bodies across union, business and community sectors and it has been an honour to partner with them in campaigns for our local area over nearly two decades. The local Illawarra Labor team at all levels of Government are wonderful people who it has been a privilege to work with over the years. I know that local Labor party members will choose a local person with deep commitment to our community and a passion for standing up and advocating for people in need. I will, of course, continue to work each and every day until the next election for our community. I also look forward to campaigning for the local Labor candidate to join an Albanese Labor Government.   Anthony Albanese and the entire Labor team, front bench and backbench, are an amazing group of talented and dedicated people who I will miss working with as they shape the policies that will deliver a fairer and more prosperous future for all Australians. I have every confidence this will lead to their success at the next election.

HOUSING COSTS THROUGH THE ROOF IN THE ILLAWARRA

Housing costs in the Illawarra have skyrocketed in the last 12 months. House prices in the region have jumped by 27.6 per cent[1], much more than the national average of 21.9 per cent. Continue reading

ILLAWARRA WORKERS LOSE IN GOVERNMENT’S RACE TO CUT COVID SUPPORT

Scott Morrison’s decision today to cut COVID-19 disaster payments for Illawarra families is a disaster for the 10,500 local workers who have lost their jobs.  Those jobs will not suddenly reappear when the vaccination rates hit 70 percent.  Continue reading

HOUSING AUSTRALIA FUTURE FUND

An Albanese Labor Government will create the Housing Australia Future Fund to build social and affordable housing now and into the future in places like the Illawarra. This will create jobs and change lives.  Continue reading

SPENDING UP, WAGES DOWN IN MORRISON’S BUDGET

Local workers will have to wait four years for a pay rise under the Morrison Government’s economic plan for Australia. That’s despite the Government spending an extra $100bn, bringing the national debt to a trillion dollars but seeing real wages actually falling. Continue reading

LABOR’S NATIONAL RECONSTRUCTION FUND WILL HELP US BRING MANUFACTURING BACK TO ILLAWARRA

Anthony Albanese and Labor’s commitment to a National Reconstruction Fund would help create secure jobs for Australian workers in the Illawarra after 8 years of policy drift under consecutive Liberal Prime Ministers. Sharon Bird, the Member for Cunningham, and Stephen Jones, the Member for Whitlam, visited local specialised steel manufacturer Bisalloy Steel to discuss the benefits of Labor’s National Reconstruction Fund for local businesses in the Illawarra. Continue reading

MORRISON IS ENDING JOBKEEPER AND ENDING THOUSANDS OF LIVELIHOODS

Scott Morrison has turned out the lights at thousands of small business owners and taken an axe to thousands of workers’ livelihoods by ending Job Keeper. He wouldn’t listen to warnings from economists, business leaders, unions and his own public servants that 200,000 people will hit the job queue all at once.   Continue reading