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Aug 27, 2009

$34 million for 20 local primary schools to support local jobs

$34 million for 20 local primary schools to support local jobs

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 27 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today announced that 20 primary schools in the electorate of Grayndler will receive over $34 million for major new infrastructure projects under Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) Round Three.

This will bring the total amount of federal funding for local primary schools in Grayndler to around $82 million under the Building the Education Revolution program.

The money will either upgrade or build new classrooms, halls, libraries and covered outdoor learning areas (COLAs).

“This investment in our local primary schools is long overdue and will go a long way to supporting local jobs during the global recession,” said Mr Albanese.

“It’s been great to see local principals, school communities and the building industry working together with the State and Federal governments to deliver these important projects.”

Included in the funding is:

  • $2 million for Ashfield Public School for upgraded classroom facilities;
  • $879,000 for the Australia Street Infants School for new classroom facilities;
  • $250,000 for Bridge Road Special School for upgraded classroom facilities;
  • $3.029 million for Haberfield Public School for new classroom facilities and an upgraded hall/COLA;
  • $586,000 for the Italian Bilingual School to refurbish existing buildings and form new classrooms with associated COLA;
  • $2.5 million for Kegworth Public School for a hall/COLA upgrade;
  • $850,000 for Lewisham Public School for a hall/COLA upgrade;
  • $2.05 million for Marrickville West Public School for upgraded classroom facilities and a new canteen;
  • $2.65 million for St Brigid’s Primary School for the construction of classrooms and a multipurpose hall;
  • $1 million for St Fiacre’s School for the construction of classrooms;
  • $2.3 million for St Michael’s School for the construction of a library and multi-purpose hall;
  • $2.7 million for St Paul of the Cross School for the construction of a library and multi-purpose hall;
  • $1.6 million for St Pius School for the construction of a multi-purpose hall;
  • $1.65 million for St Vincent’s School for the refurbishment of classrooms, library and multi-purpose hall;
  • $3.02 million for Stanmore Public School for a new library;
  • $1.6 million for the Sydney Distance Education Primary School for upgraded facilities;
  • $900,000 for Taverners Hill Infants School for new amenities and upgraded classroom facilities;
  • $2 million for Tempe Public School for an upgraded library and new COLA;
  • $250,000 for The Athena School for refurbished classrooms and library; and
  • $3.029 million for Wilkins Public School for new classroom facilities and a hall/COLA upgrade.

These projects will begin as soon as possible.

A full list of successful schools and their planned projects is available at: www.buildingtheeducationrevolution.gov.au or at: www.economicstimulusplan.gov.au

Aug 26, 2009

Albanese slams local Liberal sceptics in Parliament

Albanese slams local Liberal sceptics in Parliament

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 26 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, criticised Ashfield Councillor Nick Adams in Federal Parliament last week over comments he made that climate change was ‘a crock’.

Adams said “The whole thing is a hoax – it’s a swindle” and “Anyone that supports the ETS does not want jobs for all Australians. They are traitors.”

Mr Albanese told Parliament: “That is the position coming up from the ranks of the Liberal Party that the Leader of the Opposition has to deal with.

“We have seen from those opposite chaos and division—not a single amendment proposed to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) legislation because they could not agree between themselves.

“Those opposite have all week once again behaved like an absolute rabble. It is the climate change sceptics and the deniers who are controlling their party room, and the Leader of the Opposition has a very difficult task to bring his party, let alone the Nationals, into line so that we can truly have a united national position on climate change.”

The Rudd Labor Government’s CPRS legislation will reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The legislation is supported by a majority of Australians, according to recent opinion polls, as well as the Australian Conservation Foundation, WWF, Tim Flannery and others.

The Coalition needs to decide whether they are for or against action on climate change because quite frankly they are all over the shop from the Opposition Leader to Liberal local Councillors in the Inner West.

Aug 13, 2009

Greens, Liberals & Nationals vote against action on climate change

Greens, Liberals & Nationals vote against action on climate change

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 13 2009

The Rudd Labor Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) legislation was today voted down in the Senate by a coalition of Greens, Liberal, National and Family First Party Senators.

This vital legislation which will reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and contribution to global warming was voted against by every non-Labor Senator.

The result of this decision is that rather than implement a strategy to reduce Australia’s contribution to climate change, the Opposition and the Greens Party have chosen not to act.

This is further proof that when it comes to the crunch The Greens once again are more interested in politics than real solutions despite the Australian Conservation Foundation, WWF, Tim Flannery and others arguing this would be a step forward.

The Greens Party senators have sided with the climate change sceptics in the Liberal, National and Family First Parties to block the CPRS.

Australia has had more than ten years of inaction under the Howard Government on this issue, and the country cannot afford another ten years of denial from the Opposition and impotence from the Greens Party.

The move by the Greens Party confirms they are a party of opposition rather than a party of action.

Aug 7, 2009

Funding boost to community training and education sector for Inner West

Funding boost to community training and education sector for Inner West

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 7 2009

Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese has welcomed Rudd Labor Government funding of $1.2 million to improve community education in the Inner West.

Mr Albanese said the funding will be allocated to Sydney Community College in Lilyfield to provide disabled access to all teaching rooms, upgrade student/teacher amenity, include hearing links, improve teaching resources through classroom connectivity, enhance noise attenuation, and bring the facility to a compliant OH&S standard.

Total funding for the project is $1,215,662 and comes from the Investing in Community Education and Training element of the $500 million Teaching and Learning Capital Fund for Vocational Education and Training.

“Sydney Community College has a long history of providing adult education for our community," Mr Albanese said.

“This initiative recognises the importance that community education and training providers play in supporting productivity in Australia.

“This will help to secure economic activity, assist in addressing the impacts of the economic downturn and increase the capacity of the local training sector over the longer term to meet future skills needs.”

Mr Albanese said the Rudd Labor Government is committed to giving access to skills training so that people have the flexibility and transferable skills to succeed in the workforce.

A full list of the projects being supported under the Investing in Community Education and Training element of the Teaching and Learning Capital Fund for Vocational Education and Training is available from www.deewr.gov.au/tlcfvet.

Aug 5, 2009

More support for older people from non-English speaking backgrounds

More support for older people from non-English speaking backgrounds

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 5 2009

Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today announced more than $1.1 million to fund three local organisations to help make culturally appropriate aged care more accessible for the Inner West.

The three organisations are the Leichhardt-based Italian Association of Assistance (Co.As.It), the Newtown-based Greek Welfare Centre, and the Ashfield-based Polish Australian Welfare Association (PAWA).

Co.As.It will receive $443,758 over three years to assist older people in the Italian community to access residential and community aged care services through the provision of community education, cultural briefings and support for aged care staff to become more culturally sensitive, and developing capacity to deliver cultural information and resources through new media (website, DVD and videoconferencing).

The Greek Welfare Centre will receive $397,852 over three years to expand its work in the Sydney, Illawarra and Newcastle regions. Its Aged Care Support Access Project will work with the NSW Transcultural Aged Care Service to facilitate the delivery of culturally appropriate care for the Greek speaking community. Its strategies will include identification of barriers to aged care in regional and rural areas, dissemination of information through bilingual print and electronic media.

PAWA will receive $290,738 over three years to assist older people and their carers from the Czech, Slovak, Polish, Croatian, Hungarian and Serbian communities to access aged care services, information and resources. It will expand community education activities and use multicultural media outlets to disseminate information, update all current resources and translate existing resources into new languages.

These three projects will be funded under the Rudd Labor Government’s Community Partners Program, which will provides $15.6 million over three years for 77 projects to connect older people and their carers from culturally and linguistically diverse communities with aged care information and service providers.

Mr Albanese said that more than a third of Grayndler residents were born overseas and this funding was an important investment in older Australians from non-English speaking backgrounds.

“Older people born overseas or from culturally diverse backgrounds may have more difficulty finding out about their aged care options, due to language and cultural barriers," Mr Albanese said.

“Providing information about culturally appropriate care is essential to improving access to care and ensuring their healthy and positive ageing.

“We are a diverse community and we are committed to making sure people have access to the right aged care services at the right time

“The Rudd Government is committed to supporting multicultural communities to overcome any additional barriers they may face in accessing aged care services.”

Jul 27, 2009

Help a homeless teenager by giving up just one cappuccino

Help a homeless teenager by giving up just one cappuccino

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

July 27 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today encouraged the local community to get behind Stretch-A-Family’s (SAF) 50,000 cappuccinos appeal.

The appeal aims to raise $150,000 by asking members of the community to donate the cost of their morning coffee to SAF’s 50,000 cappuccinos appeal.

SAF is a Marrickville-based not-for-profit organisation that has been caring for homeless young people in Sydney for the past 30 years. It provides residential and foster care programs for young people aged 12-18 who cannot live with their own families.

The money raised from the appeal will allow SAF to upgrade essential infrastructure on their existing sites and also allow for the provision of more services to the teenagers in their programs.

"So many of us feel like we cannot function normally without our morning coffee, but it pales in comparison to being homeless," Mr Albanese said.

"We believe all young people deserve to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment," SAF CEO Lilian Camenzuli said.

People can donate by visiting SAFs website: www.stretchafamily.com.au

Donations are tax deductible.

Anthony with staff from Stretch-A-Family’s Stanmore house.

Jul 6, 2009

Work begins on Ashfield Council Centre Redevelopment

Work begins on Ashfield Council Centre Redevelopment

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

July 6 2009

Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today officially turned the first sod on the Ashfield Council Centre Redevelopment which was funded through the Rudd Labor Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan.

The project was one of six fast tracked in the electorate of Grayndler to provide an immediate economic stimulus to help cushion the impact of the global recession in our community.

“The Government has provided $2.3 million to the redevelopment as part of our investment to support jobs in the local economy, and deliver long-lasting benefits to Ashfield residents," said Mr Albanese.

“This funding was delivered to Ashfield Council from the $1 billion Community Infrastructure Program – the largest one-off investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history.

“During construction, this project will support jobs locally, and will continue to support jobs through ongoing maintenance and services.

Federal funding will contribute to upgrades including:

  • maintaining a fully functioning 300-seat theatre and activity space;
  • providing space for a purpose built youth resource facility;
  • an accessible, a purpose built space for an Early Childhood Health Centre; and
  • providing an integrated, inclusive, accessible, multi-purpose civic space that will facilitate accessible government, redevelop the area and revitalise the community.

Mr Albanese congratulated the local community for working together to build this important community facility for local families and residents.

“In total, the Government has provided $6.3 million through the Community Infrastructure Program for a number of projects in the electorate of Grayndler to support jobs and improve local infrastructure.”

This funding comes on top of other community projects in the electorate of Grayndler funded under the Rudd Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan, including:

  • Over $48 million in funding for 75 school projects as part of the Building the Education Revolution;
  • $1.5 million in funding for more than 450 social housing units;
  • $420,000 in funding to help fix two local road black spots.

Nearly 70 per cent of the stimulus package is infrastructure, with construction projects already underway. For more detail on the Economic Stimulus Plan and other projects in Grayndler visit www.australia.gov.au/economicstimulus.

Anthony joined Ashfield Mayor Ted Cassidy, local councillors and staff to turn the first sod of the Ashfield Council Centre redevelopment.

Jul 6, 2009

Three local businesses awarded grants for TCF innovation

Three local businesses awarded grants for textile, clothing and footwear innovation

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

July 6 2009

Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today congratulated three local companies, Culture Shock Couture, Maise Label and Publisher Textiles on receiving more than $120,000 in funding under the Australian Government’s Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Small Business Program.

Leichhardt-based Culture Shock Couture will receive $38,000 to develop a strategic marketing plan and to research and create better operational/financial procedures for the business. This includes mentoring, updating the communications strategy (an overhaul of the website) and business processes.

Publisher Textiles, also of Leichhardt, will receive $36,550 to consolidate a brand identity and develop an e-commerce profile through a new e-business system and website. This will enable the company to link customer feedback and requirements with internal procedures and aid forward planning and market responsiveness.

Maise Label in Marrickville will receive $47,600 to purchase EMS hardware and software in conjunction with appointing a business coach to assist in scoping, strategy and procedure manual development and to undertake a system evaluation. These activities will result in improved production productivity.

"This result is great news for these three companies, in what was, I am told, a hotly contested round of funding," Mr Albanese said.

“It is great to see local companies embracing the Rudd Government’s strong commitment to innovation and enterprise."

The TCF Small Business Program is providing $25 million in grants over 10 years to Australia’s small designers and manufacturers.

AusIndustry, which runs the program, is responsible for more than 30 programs to help Australian businesses. They include innovation grants, tax and duty concessions, small business development, industry support and venture capital.

Jul 3, 2009

Closing the Gap Community Awards

Closing the Gap Community Awards

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

July 3 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today presented seven local residents with certificates in recognition of their contribution to build trust and partnerships between indigenous and non-indigenous people in the Inner West.

The presentation was timed to coincide with NAIDOC Week which runs from 5 July to 13 July and celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The award recipients were:

  • Uncle Lester Bostock, president of the Aboriginal Disability Network and on the World Committee for Indigenous People with a Disability;
  • Aunty Esther Carroll, aboriginal elder who performs "Welcome to country";
  • Kim Chan, organiser of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activities at Dulwich Hill Public School;
  • Sharon Maza, aboriginal support worker with Yurangai Child and Family Services;
  • Nicole Ryan, coordinator of Multimix Mob indigenous playgroup;
  • Jenny Thomsen, community development worker in aboriginal services at Marrickville Council; and
  • Derek Wilson, aboriginal liaison officer at Marrickville Police Station.

"These people do a great job, working on the frontline and making a difference for local indigenous people," said Mr Albanese.

"Their work isn’t always recognised so it gives me a great pleasure to offer that recognition on behalf of the Australian Government."

All Australian Governments, through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), have set ambitious targets to reduce infant mortality and improve life expectancy, employment and education for Indigenous Australians.

The Federal Government is also providing $5.9 billion in new funding to drive these reforms over coming years.

In conjunction with NAIDOC Week, Anthony presented Closing the Gap certificates to (from left) Nicole Ryan, Kim Chan, Sharon Maza, Derek Wilson, Jenny Thompson and (seated) Aunty Esther Carroll and Uncle Lester Bostock.

Jul 3, 2009

Meeting the needs of older Australians in Grayndler

Meeting the needs of older Australians in Grayndler

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

July 3 2009

As part of a $347 million national announcement, Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today announced five local aged care organisations will receive additional funding for services.

Mercy Arms Community Care Marrickville/Leichhardt will receive funding for 13 additional Community Aged Care packages. These packages provide support services for older people with care needs living at home. They are designed as an alternative to low care residential aged care.

Leichhardt-based CO.AS.IT will receive funding for five Extended Aged Care at Home packages (EACH) and a flexible grant of $64,000. The EACH packages deliver care in people’s own homes equivalent to high care residential aged care, including the provision of nursing care. Lucan Care, also of Leichhardt, will receive funding for ten EACH packages.

Stanmore-based Mercy Arms Community Care Inner West will receive funding for ten EACH packages and six EACH Dementia packages. Its sister organisation Metro South East Community Services will receive funding for ten EACH Dementia packages. The EACH Dementia packages are for people who experience behaviours of concern and psychological symptoms associated with dementia.

Under this latest Aged Care Approvals Round 10,447 new aged care places worth more than $347 million a year will be provided for care for frail older Australians.

This includes 5,748 new residential aged care places – two-thirds of them high care places – and 4,699 community care places will be provided to aged care facilities and community care services.

“As the service demands of older Australians change, so too must the mix of services provided through Australian Government funding”, Mr Albanese said.

“Older Australians have told the Government that they wish to remain independent, in their own homes and in their communities. Community care services help many people stay at home instead of moving prematurely into a residential aged care facility.

“The Rudd Government is committed to providing the type of care that people need, when they need it and in the form that they prefer.”

Additional information on the 2008-2009 Aged Care Approvals Round is available at http://www.health.gov.au/acar2008-2009

Decisions on aged care places are made independently by the Department of Health and Ageing. The aim of the process is to ensure that the allocation of aged care places best meets the identified needs of the community.

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Email: A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au

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