social and economic support

10 Sep 2018

NSW Small Business Month Is Back

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward MP has today said that local companies across our region are being encouraged to take part in a month-long celebration of small business in October with a multitude of events across NSW.

06 Sep 2018

Free Heavy Vehicle Rego And Further Discounts For Our Farmers

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward MP has today welcomed the announcement farmers in regional NSW will get more cash back in their pockets with rebates and refunds on heavy vehicle registration after the NSW Government changed the way registration charges are calculated for primary producers.

04 Sep 2018

New Cyclone Proof Housing System

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward MP today announced that remote indigenous communities in Australia’s top end and developing countries will get a big boost from a new low-cost cyclone proof housing system developed with the assistance of the University of Wollongong (UOW) and the NSW Government.

03 Sep 2018

Drought Relief: Farm Gate Counsellors to Boost Mental Health Support

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward MP has today announced that local farming communities facing pressure in the wake of severe drought conditions will have access to 20 new ‘farm gate’ counsellors and frontline mental health workers as part of a $6.3 million commitment from the New South Wales Government. 

31 Aug 2018

Illawarra Unemployment Plunges To Record Low

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward MP has today welcomed the latest jobs figures that set yet another new record for the lowest unemployment rate in our region’s history.