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Dec 15, 2009

Export award for aussieBum

Export award for aussieBum

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

December 15 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, today presented local men’s swimwear manufacturer aussieBum with their Australian Export Award in the Small to Medium Manufacturer category.

Mr Albanese visited aussieBum’s Leichhardt headquarters with representatives of Austrade, which organises the awards; the Commonwealth Bank, which sponsored the awards; and the NSW Department of Industry and Investment.

"This is an innovative company marketing its products over the Internet to a global market, yet it has been resilient enough to not only weather the global financial crisis but increase its sales," said Mr Albanese.

The company was established in 2001 by Sean Ashby and Guyon Holland, who accepted the award from Mr Albanese.

The business has now grown and locally manufactures more than 150 different products, creating more than 30 direct local jobs and many more indirect jobs through their local supply chains. Total sales are in excess of $20 million.

Mr Albanese said he was pleased to hear that part of aussieBum’s success has come from an investment in its workforce, encouraging existing staff to increase their skills.

“It is great to hear that local workers are getting the opportunity to be recognised on the world stage and I wish them all the best for the future,” Mr Albanese said.

The Australian Export Awards is a national annual program of events that seeks to recognise excellence and achievement in exporting. More information can be found at www.exportawards.gov.au

Dec 14, 2009

Opening of Marrickville infrastructure projects

Opening of Marrickville infrastructure projects

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

December 14 2009

Federal Infrastructure Minister and Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today joined with Marrickville Mayor Sam Iskandar to open Marrickville Council’s infrastructure projects funded under the Rudd Labor Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

The major part of the $493,000 funding helped refurbish the buildings at Arlington Reserve in Dulwich Hill. Also included were upgrades to the kitchens at Marrickville and St Peters Town Halls, and new shade structures or repairs to existing shade structures at six playgrounds in Camperdown, Lewisham, Marrickville, Stanmore and St Peters.

Speaking at the playground in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Mr Albanese said this project was just one of 3,300 small and larger scale building projects, including new and refurbished public libraries, sporting facilities, parks and playgrounds, built or being built in partnership with councils across Australia.

“The $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program is the single largest federal investment in community infrastructure,” Mr Albanese said.

“Marrickville Council has also received $2.26 million to help upgrade Mackey Park in Marrickville and will receive another $193,000 for additional small projects.”

Mr Albanese congratulated Clr Iskandar and the team at Marrickville Council for helping deliver these important community facilities.

Further information about this project is available at: www.economicstimulusplan.gov.au

Dec 10, 2009

New COLA for Australia Street Infants School

New COLA for Australia Street Infants School

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

December 10 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today opened the new covered outdoor learning area (COLA) at The Australia Street Infants School in Newtown.

The Rudd Labor Government contributed $75,000 to the cost of the structure through its Building the Education Revolution program and the school contributed a further $20,000 itself.

Mr Albanese said this was a great example of the Government and schools working together to get the best outcomes for children. The project helped support six local jobs.

"This is the great thing about this program. We’re supporting jobs, stimulating local economies and investing in important infrastructure for the long-term," Mr Albanese said.

The COLA was designed by Matthew Chan of SCALE Architects and built by BJC Constructions. School principal Bernard Cheng managed the project himself and consulted with local parents who were architects.

The school envisages that the COLA will provide a space to gather that will engage, delight and inspire students.

Mr Albanese was impressed by the modern look of the structure. "Whether it’s the heat of summer or a rainy day, there’s still the opportunity for kids to get outdoors and get a bit of fresh air," he said.

The school has also received $879,000 under the Rudd Labor Government’s BER program to complete a new classroom block which should be finished next year.

Further information about this project and all schools funded is available at www.buildingtheeducationrevolution.gov.au or at: www.economicstimulusplan.gov.au

Dec 8, 2009

$400,000 for aged Inner West residents to remain independent

$400,000 for aged Inner West residents to remain independent

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

December 8 2009

Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot and Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today announced the electorate of Grayndler will share in an additional $411,401 for Home and Community Care (HACC) services.

HACC is a joint Australian and NSW Government initiative that delivers affordable and accessible care to help meet the individual needs of older people, people with a disability and their carers.

It includes help with household chores, home maintenance and modification, transport, meals, personal care and allied health and nursing care.

The $411,401 provided to the Inner West is part of a $12 million package. The Rudd Government contributed $7 million and the New South Wales Government is contributing $5 million. This takes the total annual investment in HACC services in New South Wales this year to $586 million – an increase of more than seven per cent on last year.

The package provides financial support for a number of different HACC projects including:

  • Camperdown Community Options will receive $42,000 and Leichhardt Community Transport will receive $25,000 to provide transport services for frail older people, younger people with a disability and their carers.
  • The Canterbury Earlwood Caring Association Limited will receive $6710 to provide structured group activities in its centre.
  • The Leichhardt-based Co.As.It will receive $52,123 for an Italian Bilingual Aged Policy Officer.
  • The Ella Centre in Haberfield will receive $40,000 for centre-based day care and $14,000 for transport services.
  • Inner West Neighbourhood Aid Community Support Service will receive $50,000 to provide home maintenance services.
  • The May Murray Neighbourhood Centre in Marrickville will receive $11,382 to provide social support services.
  • The South Western Sydney Area Health Service (Paramedical) will receive $39,000 to assist people meet their individual dietetic needs.

Mr Albanese said, “Home and community care services are important to local residents who want to retain their independence but need a little bit of help to stay at home.

“I’ve visited many of these organisations and seen the benefits their programs provide. It makes a real difference to the lives of the people they assist.”

In 2009-10 the HACC program will receive $1.9 billion in funding nationally, with almost $1.2 billion of this contributed by the Rudd Government.

Dec 2, 2009

Greens join sceptics to stop action on climate change

Greens join sceptics to stop 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

December 2 2009

Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today expressed his disappointment that the Rudd Labor Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) legislation was voted down in the Senate for a second time by a coalition of Greens, Liberal, National and Family First Party Senators.

“The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme is an effective, responsible way to reduce carbon pollution and help families and businesses make the transition to a greener economy," said Mr Albanese.

The policy is designed to limit the nation’s carbon emissions by making polluters pay for the pollution they produce and rewarding those who reduce their carbon pollution.

Thirty two countries already have national emissions trading schemes, four other major economies are moving towards emissions trading and 27 states and provinces in the US and Canada are introducing emissions trading.

With Liberal Senators Sue Boyce and Judith Troeth crossing the floor to support the Government, the votes of the five Greens senators would have been enough for the legislation to pass.

"The Greens Party had an opportunity to vote for real action on climate change," said Mr Albanese.

"Instead they chose to side with the unholy trinity of climate sceptics, Abbott, Joyce and Fielding, and block this important legislation."

Nov 23, 2009

Albanese congratulates local business

Albanese congratulates local business

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 23 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, today congratulated local men’s swimwear manufacturer aussieBum on winning the Small to Medium Manufacturer Award category in the 47th Annual Australian Export Awards.

aussieBum is based in Leichhardt and is the creation of founders Sean Ashby and Guyon Holland and was established in 2001, when Sean identified niche opportunities in the swimwear market.

“It is fantastic to see a local business recognised for their work in contributing to Australia’s economy by exporting Australian products and fashion to the rest of the world,” Mr Albanese said.

Australian sales constitute 10% of aussieBum’s total revenues, which are in excess of $20 million.

The business has now grown and locally manufactures more than 150 different products, creating more than 30 direct local jobs and many more indirect jobs through their local supply chains.

Winners across 12 categories and the Prime Minister’s Australian Exporter of the Year were announced at a National Awards Ceremony last Friday, 20th November 2009 in the Great Hall at Parliament House in Canberra.

The Australian Export Awards is a national annual program of events that seeks to recognise excellence and achievement in exporting. More information can be found at www.exportawards.gov.au

Nov 20, 2009

Increased funding to clean up landmines

Increased funding to clean up landmines

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 20 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese applauded the government’s decision this week to commit a record $100 million over five years to the campaign against landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war.

More than 5000 people a year are injured by these weapons in more than 70 countries around the world.

Over recent years, Australia has been a committed mine action donor in sixteen badly affected countries, namely Afghanistan, Angola, Burma, Cambodia, Iraq, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Mozambique, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Somalia, the Sudan, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam.

"There are large numbers of immigrants from these countries living in my electorate," said Mr Albanese.

"They know well the perils of landmines in their old countries and I am sure they appreciate the action their new home is taking to clean up this scourge."

Priority for the funding will continue to go to countries in the Asia-Pacific region although there will be flexibility to respond to other emerging needs.

Nov 12, 2009

Young local sporting champions recognised

Young local sporting champions recognised

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 12 2009

Anthony Albanese, Federal Member for Grayndler, today congratulated three young sporting champions on their receipt of Local Sporting Champion grants.

The grants are for $500 each and can be used to provide financial assistance towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment for junior athletes (aged 12 to 18) when competing at state or national sporting competitions. Young athletes often find it difficult to cover these costs.

Raymond Ingram of Enmore is an 18 year old boxer who will use his grant to go to the national titles in Victoria. He wants to be a good role model to other aboriginal youth and hopes to represent Australia at the Olympic Games.

Marlaina Kousoumis of Summer Hill is a 17 year old diver who will use her grant for her trip to the School Sport Australia Diving Championships in Western Australia. Marlaina was formerly an elite gymnast who only recently switched to elite diving.

Matthew Donald of Croydon Park is a 15 year old fencer who in recent years has won state level U13 and U15 championships. He is using his grant to go to the Oceania U15 Championships in Queensland. Matthew said the competition provided him with much needed experience at the national level.

Grants recipients were chosen by an independent panel comprising people from the local community with a range of backgrounds and interests.

Mr Albanese encourages other local sporting champions to apply for the grants. There are two more funding rounds available for this financial year.

“Sport is important for all kids and their families," said Mr Albanese. "It encourages a healthy lifestyle and community involvement.”

For full details of the program go to: http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/schools_and_juniors/juniors/get_involved/local_sporting_champions

Anthony presented Local Sporting Champion certificates to Raymond Ingram (left) and Matthew Donald (right).

Nov 11, 2009

Albanese supports government decision on books

Albanese supports government decision on books

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 11 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese MP today supported the Federal Government’s decision not to change the regulatory regime for books introduced by the previous Labor government.

The Productivity Commission had recommended removing the parallel importation restrictions on books. In doing so, it acknowledged that removing these restrictions would adversely affect Australian authors and publishers and recommended direct subsidies for authors and publishers as compensation.

The Government today decided not to accept the Productivity Commission’s recommendation.

"My electorate has one of the highest numbers of creative artists in Australia," said Mr Albanese.

"Writers and publishers made clear their opposition to the Productivity Commission’s recommendations and I am pleased that the Government decision has been welcomed by local writers, publishers, printers and independent book sellers."

Nov 10, 2009

More loaves and fishes for Exodus

More loaves and fishes for Exodus

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 10 2009

Minister for Community Services, Jenny Macklin, today visited the Exodus Foundation to announce a $380,000 funding boost to help support the inner city organisation.

Ms Macklin met with Reverend Bill Crews today at the Exodus Foundation & Ashfield Parish Mission in Ashfield.

Ms Macklin and Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, said the funding recognised the foundation’s invaluable work in helping the homeless and vulnerable in Sydney’s inner west.

“Every day, hundreds of people rely on the Exodus Foundation for a nutritious meal,” Ms Macklin said.

“The number of people who come to the Loaves & Fishes Free Restaurant has increased by around 60 per cent over the past year.

“We know that people are under increasing financial pressure and organisations such as the Exodus Foundation help provide an important support service for vulnerable Australians.”

Mr Albanese said the Australian Government valued the enormous contribution made by community organisations in Sydney’s inner west.

“This funding boost will help the Exodus Foundation continue their fantastic work helping people doing it tough in Sydney’s inner west,” Mr Albanese said.

“Investment by governments, families and communities is essential in supporting a combined effort to protect vulnerable people in our community,”

“Exodus not only provides nutritious meals for the homeless and vulnerable, it also provides counselling, emergency relief, advocacy and legal advice.”

The funding boost is provided through the Australian Government Community Investment Program.

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