Here's the lowdown on school holiday events from around the district in the lead up to christmas.
LIBERALS ABANDON ABC NOWRA
The decision to close ABC Nowra and 4 other ABC Radio sites is a slap in the face for Regional Australia.
ABC Nowra employs 2 journalists that report on local stories affecting the Shoalhaven and Illawarra communities.
This is a fundamental breach of the Governments pre-election promise that there would be:
“no cuts to the ABC or SBS”
[Tony Abbott SBS, 6 September, 2013].
Immediately after the election, the Government initiated their plan for ABC budget cuts with the secret Lewis Review into Public Broadcasters. While refusing to release the report, the Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull has then announced $254 Million worth of cuts to the ABC leading to job cuts and station closures.
I can understand why the Minister who lives in the inner city of Sydney is less interested in stories from regional Australia but I’m perplexed by the inaction of the Coalition’s regional and rural MPs. They have failed to stick up for their communities.
Ann Sudmalis campaigned under a platform of no cuts to the ABC – now she is supporting a Government which is cutting the ABC station in her own electorate.
Watch the speech that calls out Ann Sudmalis as barracking for the fire and the firebrigade.
Labor MPs Anna Watson and Stephen Jones have welcomed the creation of new concept designs for substantial upgrades to key West Dapto roads as part of Labor’s commitment to improving flood-free access for local residents.
“While the State Liberal Government has only promised the allocation of funds for the Fowlers Road extension, no action has been seen on the road and no construction will take place for at least another two years.
“The former State and Federal Labor Government’s provided Wollongong City Council with $40 million in total funding since 2010 ($26 million interest-free infrastructure loans by State Labor and $14 million by Federal Labor under Building Better Regional Cities Program) .
“This funding has seen the construction of new local road links and bridges at Cleveland Road and Shone Avenue, West Dapto.
“Labor’s funding has led to real roads and better road access, while the Liberals have only made promises – none of which have yet to materialise”, Ms Watson said.
Member for Throsby Stephen Jones said, “I’m very pleased that the $14 million provided to Wollongong City Council by the former Federal Labor Government is ensuring safer, flood-free access for West Dapto residents.
“The concept designs Council is releasing for public comment includes the construction of two new bridges, road widening to four lanes, installing traffic lights and boom gates at the rail crossing at Wongawilli.
“The release of these concept designs now mean the local community can provide important feedback before the bulldozers get to work”, he said.
Wollongong City Council has organised an information session for the concept designs at Wongawilli Community Hall on Thursday evening, 27 November 2014 commencing at 6pm.
Further information can be found at Council’s website: http://haveyoursaywollongong.com.au/proposed-upgrades-to-wongawilli-and-west-dapto-roads1