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United front: Joint statement by Joanna Gash, MP, Jennie George, MP and Sharon Bird, MP.



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J o i n t M e d i a R e l e a s e

JOANNA GASH MP MEMBER FOR GILMORE JENNIE GEORGE MP MEMBER FOR THROSBY SHARON BIRD MP MEMBER FOR CUNNINGHAM

Tues., 8 March, 2005

Joanna Gash MP

Ph: 02 4423 1782

Jennie George MP

Ph: 02 4262 6122

Sharon Bird MP

Ph: 02 4228 5899

UNITED FRONT

The region’s Federal politicians have put party politics aside to form a united front in the name of Illawarra and South Coast prosperity.

The Member for Gilmore, Joanna Gash, the Member for Throsby, Jennie George, and the Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird, have combined to lobby for Federal funding to assist in the redevelopment of the Illawarra Regional Airport.

The redevelopment will include runway, lighting and security upgrades at a cost of $1,050,000.

In a joint statement, the Members said they believe the expansion of the airport is for the good of the entire region and a concentrated effort at Federal level is warranted.

“We are throwing our complete support behind Shellharbour City Council and its ongoing redevelopment work at the airport,” Ms George said.

The MPs have acted in the wake of the decision by Qantaslink to fly a regular passenger service out of the Albion Park facility.

“This issue goes beyond politics,” Mrs Gash said.

“Business, tourism and residents will benefit from the airport expansion and Jennie, Sharon and myself are more than willing to work together to help ease the financial requirements of this project on Shellharbour City Council.”

The Member for Cunningham is also determined to make sure the cross-party cooperation reaps reward.

“This is about making sure the Illawarra and South Coast can make the most of the opportunity of the Qantas commitment,” Ms Bird said.

For more information contact Shawn Burns: 0428 231 782

Fax: 02 4423 1785 Fax: 02 4262 6155 Fax: 02 4228 5077

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