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Oct 26, 2009

New Early Learning and Care Centre for the Inner West

New Early Learning and Care Centre for the Inner West

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 26 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, has welcomed the announcement that the Infants’ Home in Ashfield will receive $1.7 million for a new Early Learning and Care Centre.

This new centre will generate 50 new local child care places and offer high quality early learning and care programs to children aged up to five.

"The Inner West needs one of these centres and the Infants’ Home has over a hundred years experience in childcare," said Mr Albanese.

"It’s an excellent choice and will benefit both parents and childcare workers in the local area, and is a fulfilment of an election promise to deliver Real Solutions to the people of the Inner West."

The centre is among 11 new Early Learning and Care Centres to be established in New South Wales, including an Autism-specific centre.

It is expected to be constructed in late 2010 and forms part of the Australian Government’s $114.5 million strategy to build Early Learning and Care Centres at 38 priority locations.

“The Rudd Labor Government is responding to the need for high quality, affordable early childhood education and care in communities like Ashfield,” said Mr Albanese.

For further information visit www.mychild.gov.au

Oct 22, 2009

Rudd Labor Government invests in jobs and protects our important heritage

Rudd Labor Government invests in jobs and protects our important heritage

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 22 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, today applauded Australian Government investment of $602,839 for two heritage projects in Grayndler.

$582,000 has been allocated to St Stephens Anglican Church in Newtown, and involves the restoration of stonework of the spire, and will be the culmination of decades of conservation work to this Gothic revival Anglican Church.

$20,839 has been allocated to the Ramsay Graveyard and Vault Restoration Project in Haberfield to allow for repairs and maintenance.

“By investing in our heritage, the Government is helping to build employment opportunities, enhance local technical expertise, and improve facilities in Grayndler,” Mr Albanese said.

The funding is part of the Australian Government’s $650 million Jobs Fund. Of this, $60 million was available for projects relating to Australia’s historic, Indigenous and natural heritage places – the largest ever investment in Australia’s heritage.

“This funding recognises the crucial role that heritage that conservation can play in stimulating our economic health.”

For more information on Australia’s heritage, visit www.heritage.gov.au

Oct 16, 2009

Economic Stimulus: $200,000 for Cooks River bicycle route

Economic Stimulus: $200,000 for Cooks River bicycle route

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 16 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport & Local Government and Member for Grayndler announced today that the Rudd Labor Government will provide $200,000 towards reconstruction and widening of the Cooks River Regional Bicycle Route.

Mr Albanese said that the project would improve the regional cycleway up to modern cycleway standards to also improve its capacity and safety.

“This project is part of the Rudd Government’s $40 million National Bike Paths Projects fund and a key element of our Economic Stimulus Plan.

“In total, this project is worth $530,000 and we are delivering it in partnership with the Marrickville Council and the New South Wales Department of Planning.

“Twelve jobs and one traineeship are expected to be supported during construction and into the longer term, delivering an economic boost to Marrickville and the Inner West.

“All up, the Government is funding 170 projects across Australia, supporting more than 1,900 jobs in local communities,” Mr Albanese said.

“I’m pleased to see this important investment in cycling infrastructure in Sydney’s inner west.

“By building better cycling infrastructure, the Government is also helping take cars off our local roads and reducing carbon emissions over the longer term.

“We are building community infrastructure that will encourage healthier lifestyles amongst residents and create more sustainable communities,” Mr Albanese concluded.

Anthony and Marrickville mayor Sam Iskandar with local cyclists at the announcement that Marrickville Council would receive $200,000 from the Federal Government to help upgrade the Cooks River Regional Bicycle Route.

Oct 7, 2009

Albanese backs residents on Tempe Water Tower

Albanese backs residents on Tempe Water Tower

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 7 2009

Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today declared his support for the concerns of Tempe residents over the proposal to paint the Tempe Water Tower in a corporate logo.

"I have conveyed the strong representations which I have received from local residents to the operators of Sydney Airport," said Mr Albanese.

"The residents’ concerns should be respected given the tower’s close proximity to their homes and, as their local member, I have called upon Sydney Airport to rethink this proposal."

Last Friday, Tempe residents received a letter from Sydney Airport informing them the tower would be repainted in the corporate colours of Tiger Airways. The tower in Old Street, Tempe, is on Sydney Airport land and used to provide water to the airport.

Sep 30, 2009

Maxine McKew turns the first sod at Dulwich Hill Public School

Maxine McKew turns the first sod at Dulwich Hill Public School funded under historic school modernisation program

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

September 30 2009

Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Maxine McKew, today visited Dulwich Hill Public School with local member Anthony Albanese to turn the first sod on the site of the school’s new classrooms and other facilities as part of the Australian Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER).

Dulwich Hill Public School received $3 million under the Primary Schools for the 21st Century program (P21) of the BER to convert a demountable classroom into a permanent structure, build a covered outdoor learning area and an environmental learning area as well as refurbishing a range of school facilities including classrooms, the library, staff kitchen and student toilets.

P21 has to date delivered $76 million to 43 eligible primary schools for major new infrastructure.

Ms McKew said that this project is part of the Rudd Government’s $42 billion Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan to support jobs, stimulate local economies and invest in important infrastructure for the long-term.

‘This is an exciting phase in the largest school modernisation program in Australia’s history,’ said Ms McKew.

Mr Albanese said the project would be of great benefit to this and future generations of students.

‘Parents, teachers and tradespeople will work together to deliver these important projects, that once completed, will provide the 21st century facilities that our kids and their teachers so richly deserve.’

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

Maxine McKew with Anthony and students from Dulwich Hill Public School to turn the first sod on the site of the school’s new classrooms and other facilities.

Sep 23, 2009

Increases on the way for Inner West pensioners

Increases on the way for Inner West pensioners

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

September 23 2009

Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today announced that more than 18,000 age pensioners, disability support pensioners, carers, wife and widow pensioners and veteran income support recipients in the electorate of Grayndler will receive increased pension payments over the next fortnight.

The changes are part of the Australian Government’s Secure and Sustainable Pension Reforms, which will improve the pension’s adequacy, simplify the way it is delivered, and secure its sustainability for the future.

“These are the biggest changes to the pension in 100 years and will make a difference to the lives of local pensioners, people with disability and carers, many of whom are struggling financially,” said Mr Albanese.

A single pensioner on the maximum rate will receive an increase to the base pension, the new Pension Supplement, as well as recent indexation rises.

This brings the total increase for single pensioners on the maximum rate to $70.83 per fortnight, with total pension payments worth $671.90 a fortnight. Pension payments for singles are now set at two thirds of the rate paid to couples combined.

The total increase for couple pensioners combined on the maximum rate is now $29.93 per fortnight, bringing total pension payments to $1,013 per fortnight.

The new payments will be paid automatically into pensioners bank accounts on their regular pension pay date.

Anthony Albanese said the response from the local community had been positive.

“These reforms will deliver more adequate pension payments for the millions of vulnerable Australians who depend on the pension,” said Mr Albanese.

Full details of the changes are available at www.australia.gov.au/pensions

Sep 8, 2009

Legislation to abolish detention debt passes Senate

Legislation to abolish detention debt passes Senate

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

September 8 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese MP, has welcomed the passage through the Senate of legislation abolishing detention debts for immigration detainees.

The Migration Amendment (Abolishing Detention Debt) Bill 2009 waives all current debts owed by detainees, except those convicted of people smuggling or illegal foreign fishing.

‘The former detention debt was unjust and ineffective,’ said Mr Albanese.

A person in immigration detention could incur a debt of more than $45,000 in a single year, which the Commonwealth Ombudsman found causes “stress, anxiety and financial hardship to many individuals who are now living lawfully in the Australian community.”

On top of that, not only did the system not recover the cost of detention, it failed to recover the cost of administering the debts.

Less than three per-cent of the detention debt invoiced since 2004/2005 has been recovered, with the vast majority of debts incurred under this system either waived or written off because they are uneconomical to pursue.

For the 2008/2009 financial year, receipts from the repayment of detention debts were $700,000 while it cost nearly $1 million to administer the debts.

Mr Albanese said Grayndler residents interested in hearing more about the reforms being undertaken by the Rudd Labor Government to deliver a more humane immigration system, are welcome to attend a community forum hosted by Anthony, with special guest speaker Senator the Hon Chris Evans – Federal Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, to be held on Thursday 24 September 2009 at 7.30pm at Marrickville Town Hall.

Sep 4, 2009

Rudd Government delivers $10m to Grayndler councils for local infrastructure

Rudd Government delivers over $10 million to councils in Grayndler for local infrastructure and services

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

September 4 2009

Anthony Albanese, the Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, who is also the Member for Grayndler, has announced that the four local Councils in Grayndler will receive a total of $10,915,757 in Financial Assistance Grants from the Rudd Labor Government in this financial year.

Mr Albanese said, “The Rudd Labor Government is supporting local communities by funding vital infrastructure and services.”

“We are providing record funding to local governments to improve local roads, provide libraries, sports grounds, swimming pools, community centres, waste, sewerage and other services.”

Across New South Wales, the Rudd Labor Government is delivering $605 million in Financial Assistance Grants to local councils in 2009-10. The breakdown of grants to the four Grayndler councils was:

  • Ashfield $1,276,445
  • Canterbury $5,170,063
  • Leichhardt $1,353,114
  • Marrickville $3,116,135

“This is great news for Grayndler residents. The Councils will be able to spend their grants on local priorities to deliver roads and services for the Inner West community,” said Mr Albanese.

To help the councils deal with the effects of the global recession, the Rudd Government brought forward around a quarter of the 2009-10 grants and paid it to the councils in June.

Mr Albanese said, “The grant is on top of the money available to the local councils from the Government’s Roads to Recovery program ($1,126,534 in 2009-10) and the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program ($6,954,873 since November 2008).”

The level of Financial Assistance Grant for each New South Wales council was recommended by the New South Wales Local Government Grants Commission, a body established under New South Wales legislation.

Sep 3, 2009

New funding to keep jobs in Grayndler

New funding to keep jobs in Grayndler

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

September 3 2009

Anthony Albanese, the Member for Grayndler, today welcomed the Rudd Labor Government’s announcement of funding for two local organisations through the Get Communities Working stream of the Jobs Fund.

The Ashfield-based Exodus Foundation will receive $881,000 for Youth and Welfare Programs. Project funding will support 13 jobs and ensure service delivery to disadvantaged youth and homeless people. Two work experience positions will also be created or retained.

St Matthews Anglican Church in Ashbury will receive $151,000 to upgrade the Church’s community hall. The upgrade will support seven jobs and will improve the amenity, safety and functionality of the facility for multiple community groups.

A third organisation, Midnight Basketball Australia, will receive $1.3 million to support 64 jobs and 360 work experience placements for youth in Indigenous communities across numerous regions of Australia, including the electorate of Grayndler.

Mr Albanese said the investment in employment and training initiatives across Australia was part of the Rudd Labor Government’s response to the global financial crisis and he welcomed the announcement of projects to secure jobs in the Inner West.

“These projects are helping to keep jobs in the local area, and will support the workers of Grayndler during these difficult times,” he said.

Further information on the Jobs Fund is available at www.deewr.gov.au

Sep 2, 2009

Chris Evans to speak at local immigration forum

Chris Evans to speak at local immigration forum

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

September 2 2009

Labor Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese MP, will be hosting a community forum on immigration at 7.30 pm on Thursday 24th September at Marrickville Town Hall.

Senator the Hon. Chris Evans, the Federal Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, is the keynote speaker for the evening, and will be providing details of Labor’s progress in restoring a humane approach to Australia’s immigration system.

The era of inhumane policy positions on immigration, characterised by the Howard Government, ended with the election of the Rudd Labor Government.

In just over a year, the Rudd Labor Government has:

  • Introduced legislation to waive all current detention debts owed to the Government by detainees;
  • Reformed detention policy so that the Department of Immigration now adopts a risk-based approach to assess whether someone poses a danger to the community and should be detained;
  • Strengthened its international humanitarian commitment with a $4.4 million increase in funding to the United Nations’ Refugee Agency;
  • Implemented measures to reduce the exploitation of migrant workers on 457 Temporary Working Visas, thus ensuring that migrant labour is not used to undermine Australian wages and conditions;
  • Increased the number of family reunion visas in the Migration Program to more than 60,000 per annum.

Seating is limited; please arrive early to ensure you receive a seat.

For further information please call Anthony’s office on (02) 9564 3588.

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