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Back to the Bear Pit

WITH parliamentarians returning to the Bear Pit this week, State MP for Keira Ryan Park says he will be using this session in the lead up to the Budget to lobby for important local projects for the community.

“I will be using my first speech in parliament this week to outline what the priorities are for the local community and to lobby the Government to use the upcoming Budget to allocate real dollars to important projects here in the Illawarra,” he said.
In particular, Mr Park said he will be advocating for $9.4 million for Bulli Hospital and commencing work on the Mt Ousley Rd Truck and Vehicle Rest Stop.
“The people of the Illawarra expect their representatives to fight hard for funding and resources that will improve their local community. What they don’t want is the type of announcements we heard on the weekend by the Government where they simply renamed an existing bureaucratic structure – to be frank, the community deserve better than that,” he said.
“I will be hitting the ground running this week raising important questions to issues across all of the portfolios that are critical to improving our local community, whether it be chasing up funding, monitoring election commitments or questioning the reasons for a particular decision, I will continue to use Parliament to make sure our community is getting its fair share,” he said.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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