Today I visited the Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia in my electorate with Acting Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Women, Tanya Plibersek.
We heard firsthand from Karen Wills, Executive Officer of the organisation, about the challenges both she and her counselling team face.
In Australia one in four women will experience sexual assault or domestic violence at some stage in their adult life.
The most common reason for women aged 24-45 years in this country to be hospitalised is as a result of domestic violence.
This is where the Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia step in, providing an absolutely essential service for women in our community.
The organisation makes an overwhelming difference in the lives of women and their children seeking support.
It ensures they are assisted with safety and throughout the recovery process.
I want to recognise the dedication of the Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia.
Their team works incredibly hard to ensure women across Sydney know their options, and know they can be safe.
While I wish there was no need for an organisation such as this, I want to thank Karen for briefing us today on important services like 1800RESPECT and NSW Rape Crisis.
I’m pleased to announce Petersham Bowling Club will receive a $20,000 grant for the refurbishment of its outdoor area.
This grant will mean the Petersham Bowling Club can transform its outdoor area, holding larger events in a more versatile space.
The inner west is home to a number of fantastic community run clubs like the Petersham Bowling Club.
Pokies free, the Club relies on support from businesses, families and the wider community
The Club is also committed to showcasing local talent, particularly emerging musicians who regularly have opportunities to perform.
The Stronger Communities Program, administered through my office has assisted a number of local organisations to date through grants of up to $20,000.
Petersham Bowling Club provides a great social environment for people from across the inner west, and I want to thank them for all the work they do in our community.
The Baird Government must pay full compensation to the owners of 27 properties it will resume to make way for a 1.1km tunnel under Victoria Road at Rozelle as part of its WestConnex project.
After ignoring affected communities over the design of WestConnex for nearly three years, the NSW Government has again changed the scope of the project so that a tunnel from Iron Cove under Victoria Road at Rozelle will be built.
Yesterday I discussed the changes with NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay and asked for further detailed briefings.
My starting point is that affected landholders must receive fair and adequate compensation.
The Baird Government has failed to properly consult with the community on this project since day one, leaving residents with no certainty as to the final route and its effect on the community.
It is why proper planning and community consultation is essential prior to the commencement of infrastructure projects.
I will continue to make strong representations to the NSW Government on behalf of affected residents and communities in my electorate.
Hundreds of students at the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) in Rozelle have been left in limbo, following the University of Sydney’s decision to close the campus.
The proposed closure will see SCA students transferred to UNSW Art and Design from Semester 1 2017.
Today I will address a vigil at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in support of students and staff.
This follows a meeting I held recently with students enrolled at the SCA who outlined their concerns over the closure, which included a lack of consultation and information about which campus they will attend at UNSW.
I’m concerned about the impact this will have on our local community.
Businesses in my electorate on Balmain Road and Darling Street will lose customers as several hundred staff and students are transferred from the area.
I’m also concerned that culturally and socially we will all lose out because of this decision.
The best communities encourage diversity and cherish all types of talent.
Here in the inner west we have benefited enormously from the presence of the SCA as part of our vibrant arts community.
Furthermore, the Callan Park Master Plan is predicated on the SCA being located within Callan Park as anchor tenant, with complimentary artistic and cultural organisations to be allocated premises nearby.
The failure of the NSW Government to implement the Callan Park Master Plan has undermined the potential to progress Callan Park as an arts precinct.
The NSW Government must outline what will happen to the heritage listed buildings at Callan Park, should this closure go ahead.
It is a privilege to be re-elected as the Member for Grayndler, having received a significant swing in both primary votes and 2PP.
I would like to thank my electorate for their support, as well as the many hundreds of volunteers on my campaign.
I would also like to welcome new areas now officially part of the Grayndler electorate, which include Annandale, Rozelle, Birchgrove and the entire Balmain peninsula.
Over the past eight weeks I have spoken to many local residents who have raised their concerns over the Coalition Government’s cuts to health, education and other important services.
These residents have been rightly concerned about what this means for our community in the inner west.
I’ve always believed government plays a critical role in ensuring equal access to opportunity.
As the Member for Grayndler, I will continue to advocate for progressive advances for our community and the nation, and am hopeful that with counting continuing, Labor will be in a position to form a Shorten Labor Government.
An upgraded kiosk is in store for the Hurlstone Park Wanderers, following their successful application for funding under the Stronger Communities Program.
Part of the $7,500 in funding will also go towards an upgrade of the soccer equipment at Beaman Park.
The Hurlstone Park Wanderers Soccer Football Club is well known throughout the inner west for its role as a great local and family-oriented club.
The Club’s history goes back as far as 1924, and it has always been based around the Cooks River. Today the Wanderers use both Ewen Park and Beaman Park for both games and training.
Providing both competitive opportunities, and a supportive environment, the Wanderers attract players from under the age of six, right through to over the age of 45.
Our local sporting organisations play an important role in shaping our community.
The Hurlstone Park Wanderers are thoroughly deserving of this grant, and I wish them all the best for the season ahead.
A Labor Government will deliver $340,000 in funding for an upgrade of the Marrickville Golf Club.
Located on the banks of the Cooks River, the Club has been an important part of the Marrickville community for over 60 years.
It’s not only one of the busiest clubs in Sydney with over 25,000 games played every year, but the Club is also home to junior golf programs and has been used as a hosting venue for Seniors Week events.
This popularity has meant the current function facilities are unable to cater for the growing demand for space, particularly for events.
The $340,000 in funding will see the construction of a new verandah and function space so that the Club can hold more community functions and secure income to support the broad range of sporting and community programs they facilitate.
There’s no doubt – it is a fantastic piece of local community infrastructure and an integral part of Marrickville’s history and future.
The Club will continue to grow in popularity and this funding will help it to thrive for many years to come.
Labor is serious about investing in local sporting communities and helping them grow into the future – and that’s what this funding is all about.
I am pleased to announce Father Dave’s Community Centre at the Holy Trinity Church in Dulwich Hill will receive $16,000 in funding as part of the Stronger Communities Program administered through my office.
The funds will go towards the fit out of the new Holy Trinity Community Centre, which accommodates over 200 people and includes a large hall, a gym, a meeting room and a caretaker residence.
The Community Centre, well-known for providing a safe place for youth at risk to participate in positive social and fitness activities, was sadly destroyed by fire in the early hours of 21 April, 2013.
Since then Father Dave and his parish have worked tirelessly to raise funds to ensure the ongoing provision of their services and activities.
It was a privilege to attend the reopening of the Community Centre in December last year.
The success of the Community Centre is testimony to the hard work of Father Dave.
It plays a critical role in the inner west, contributing to our socially cohesive and diverse neighbourhoods.
Having a multi-purpose facility such as this is important for our area and I’m pleased to have been able to support this project.
I want to thank Father Dave, his parish and volunteers for all the work they do, and congratulate them on the success of the Community Centre.
Balmain’s heritage listed Dawn Fraser Pool will receive essential funding for heritage restoration under a Labor Government.
Loved by locals, the pool was originally opened in 1884. The existing southern structure where the change rooms, toilets and showers are located was built in 1902 and last refurbished in the 1980s.
Used by Olympians, sports clubs and families alike, it is the oldest pool and sports club in Australia, but in urgent need of an upgrade.
Today’s announcement of $800,000 will see a complete upgrade of the southern structure to include new toilets, change rooms and showers.
In a nod to the past, it will also include fire safety and building compliance improvements to protect and restore many of the original heritage elements of the pool.
Importantly, for those who need it, the upgrade will include a new accessible path from the disabled parking spaces near Fitzroy Wharf to the entrance of the pool.
I’m pleased that former independent mayor of Leichhardt Council and founding member of the Friends of Balmain Baths, Carolyn Allen, and the Balmain Water Polo Club have joined me at the Dawn Fraser Pool for this announcement.
I want to particularly acknowledge the Balmain Water Polo Club, which has a remarkable history when it comes to supporting swimmers and sports people from across the inner west.
A number of Olympians have passed through the club, some of whom have joined us here today.
Supporting communities by investing in local infrastructure is at the heart of Labor Governments. We understand the difference this can make.
It is an honour to have Penny Wong launching my Grayndler 2016 Federal Election campaign this Thursday at the Vic on the Park.
Penny Wong played a critical role in the development of the former Labor Government’s climate change policy.
As Minister for Climate Change she oversaw the expansion of the Renewable Energy Target, which has driven significant investment in wind and solar power.
She also represented Australia in international climate change negotiations and developed the emissions trading scheme.
Penny will always stand up for what’s right. She has a strong record on speaking out against prejudice and campaigning for equality for women, LGBTI rights and a multicultural Australia.
It makes sense that Penny would launch my campaign – these issues are also dear to the hearts of people across the inner west.
I’ve lived my whole life in the inner west and love the vibrancy and diversity of our neighbourhoods. Most of all, I love our deeply entrenched sense of community.
But in the wake of a series of cruel cuts to education and health from the Abbott and Turnbull Governments, it’s now more important than ever that our community has a local representative who will fight for their interests.
When in Government I secured investment to upgrade local schools, sporting fields, parks and community facilities, and clean up the Cooks River.
I will continue to advocate for progressive advances for our nation. Labor is committed to a strong economy, that’s about jobs and opportunities for all. We’re passionate about public healthcare and we will implement the Gonski education reforms.
An elected Labor Government will transition to 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030. We will also deliver record Commonwealth investment in our cities so that we can tackle the critical issues of housing affordability and public transport.
This election people voting in Grayndler could decide the nation’s future.
This election people have a choice between Labor’s strong, positive vision for the nation, or more of the Liberal’s unfair agenda.
Anthony’s campaign launch will be held this Thursday at the Vic on the Park from 6pm-7:3