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Unemployed act as Budget strings tighten

Unemployed act as Budget strings tighten

A forum to discuss the growing need for employment in the Illawarra was held in Dapto today.  The Unemployment Forum, hosted by Bruno Conte at the Ribbonwood Centre, was an attempt by the Centre for Community Enterprise to identify the underlying issues of unemployment in the Illawarra, with the hope of launching an informed campaign […]


Abuse victims left in the dark.

Abuse victims left in the dark.

Barry O’Farrell’s proposed changes to the Victims Compensation Scheme have left victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse out in the cold. As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, victims will not be able to make a claim if it has been more than ten years since the incident occurred. UOW Professor of […]


Budget 2013/14

Budget 2013/14

The Illawarra will receive $42 million dollars to upgrade Mount Ousley Road under the 2013/14 Budget announced last night. Funding two new lanes each way on the road between Bulli Tops and Picton Road, the upgrade will comes ahead of an expected traffic growth of 2.7 per cent a year until 2025. The funding was […]


NDIS: A local standpoint

NDIS: A local standpoint

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced details of a levy increase to support the Federal Governments National Disability Insurance Scheme. The levy of 0.5% will become apart of the Medicare levy, raising it from 1.5% to 2%. Prime Minister Gillard said the cost would still be affordable for Australian families. “An average worker on $70, […]


Roads, paths, ramps & plants in council’s sights

Roads, paths, ramps & plants in council's sights

The Wollongong City Council has announced that it’s focusing next year’s budget on infrastructure, improving footpaths, roads, gardens and parks. The Strategic Management Plans were released today and will be on public exhibition until May 13. The council decided on Monday to allow the public to make submissions. “People are able to comment and ask […]


Proposed superannuation tax causes concern

Proposed superannuation tax causes concern

LABOR’S SUPER-TAX UNCERTAINTY Speculation surrounding the Government’s proposed superannuation tax has left members of the public confused about the future of their retirement funds. The tax is thought to be tied to last year’s 15% super-tax raise, and has been placed on accounts of those earning over $300,000 per annum. Labor’s strategy to target the […]


ACTU proposes increase to minimum wage

ACTU proposes increase to minimum wage

The ACTU has proposed a minimum wage increase of more than $30.  South Coast Labour Council Secretary Arthur Rorris says a raise of this magnitude is long overdue.   Video: TARIK ELMERHEBE, ROB TAYLOR & GERARD MCDONOUGH


Bald Hill’s $5.3m view approved

Bald Hill's $5.3m view approved

Wollongong City Council have endorsed a $5.3 million redevelopment for Bald Hill lookout, but will only pay for $100,000 themselves. The plans to widen Lady Wakeham Drive, improve disabled and elderly access, and upgrade amenities were unanimously supported in Monday’s meeting, but the council will seek external funding. Councillor Leigh Colacino said although the $100,000 […]


Wollongong Council announces plans for bicentennial celebrations

Wollongong Council announces plans for bicentennial celebrations

This morning marked 100 years of establishment for our nations capital. Closer to home, Wollongong Council has announced plans to form a committee that will develop events to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of European settlement in Wollongong. This historic event is set to occur in 2015. More news and opinions on the upcoming celebration to […]