COALITION JOB CUTS UNDERMINING REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENTS

The Turnbull-Joyce Government’s regional development agenda is a hollow promise so long as they continue to cut regional public sector jobs. Labor welcomes the long-overdue investment made under the Far North Regional Jobs and Investment Package but says the benefits continue to be undermined by Turnbull’s regional job cuts. Continue reading

MINISTER FAILED TO DELIVER REGIONAL PLAN FOR GILMORE

Labor’s Stephen Jones and Fiona Phillips have welcomed the long-overdue South Coast Regional Jobs and Investment Package but said it was a missed opportunity for the Minister for Regional Development, John McVeigh, to outline the Government’s plan for the Regional Growth Fund and Regional City Deals. Continue reading

ILLAWARRA ENERGY ROUNDTABLE

Labor’s Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Mark Butler MP, is in Wollongong today and holding an Energy Roundtable with local industry and business stakeholders. Continue reading

COALITION FAILING ON REGIONAL CITIES AGENDA

The Turnbull-Joyce Government is too preoccupied with its own internal disputes to deliver on its promises for regional Australia. Continue reading

MINISTER ADMITS CUPBOARD BARE ON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Minister for Regional Development, John McVeigh, has admitted that after nine months of dithering and delay, the Coalition is no closer to releasing guidelines for the $272 million Regional Growth Fund. They have had three Ministers for Regional Development but no funded projects. With over $500 million of government-funded regional projects delayed, the Coalition is more preoccupied with their internal divisions than regional communities. Continue reading

JOYCE’S MIND NOT ON HIS DAY JOB - IT’S TIME FOR TURNBULL TO END THIS SAGA

Over $500 million in government funded regional projects are on hold because the National Party is distracted with its internal turmoil. This is not about the Deputy Prime Minister’s private life. It’s about the delivery of critical projects in regional communities. It’s time the Prime Minister step in to end the farce. Continue reading

REGIONAL FUNDING – MISSING IN ACTION

270 days on from announcing the $272 million Regional Growth Fund and, still, the Coalition has not released guidelines for the program. In May 2017, the then Minister, Senator Fiona Nash, told Senate Estimates that guidelines would be finalised “as soon as possible”. Five months later - in October 2017 - the  Minister described the guidelines as “imminent.” Well, how long do regional communities have to wait? How many times will Coalition Ministers promise action and fail to deliver? Continue reading

TURNBULL MUST FIX OWN MESS & ENSURE BETTER NBN BUSINESS SERVCIES

The Government must act to ensure better service and accountability for regional businesses facing NBN delays. Reports of NBN faults, drop-outs and delays in reconnection are an all too common occurrence across regional Australia. It’s not good enough and the Coalition needs to get its act together and ensure NBN Co improve its service offered to regional businesses. Continue reading

SMALL BUSINESS’ SHOCKING INDICTMENT ON TURNBULL’S NBN

According to reports, a new survey by ASX-listed Reckon has revealed a staggering 83 per cent of small business lack confidence in the delivery of Turnbull’s second-rate NBN. 54 per cent of small business also believe they will be left behind as the digital economy develops with technology infrastructure given as a key barrier to starting new business. Continue reading

VALE AUNTY AGNES

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today extended their sincere condolences on the passing of much-loved local Aboriginal elder Aunty Agnes Donovan. Aunty Agnes was a well-liked and well respected member of the local community and the Shellharbour Aboriginal Community Youth Association (SACYA) where she served as Chair for many years. Aunty Agnes stood up for what she believed in and dedicated her life to closing the gap for Aboriginal people. Continue reading