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May 8, 2009

Five Grayndler schools receive funding for major projects

Five Grayndler schools receive funding for major projects

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 8 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today announced that five local schools in Grayndler will receive more than $8 million for major new infrastructure projects under Round One of the Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) program.

Mr Albanese said the program is delivering the second phase of the Rudd Government’s $14.7 billion Building the Education Revolution.

Schools to benefit under the funding include:

  • Ferncourt Public School in Marrickville which will receive $2.5 million for a new hall, a covered outdoor learning area (COLA) and a canteen
  • St Joan of Arc School in Haberfield which will receive $2.3 million for the construction of a multi-purpose hall and refurbishment of classrooms
  • Christian Brothers Lewisham which will receive $2 million for refurbishment of a multi-purpose hall and playground
  • St Columba’s in Leichhardt which will receive $1.1 million for the construction of a multi-purpose hall
  • The John Berne School in Lewisham which will receive $250,000 for the refurbishment of a multi-purpose hall and associated works.

“It is wonderful to see our local schools and our local community benefit from the Government’s huge investment in new school buildings,” said Mr Albanese.

Construction and refurbishment work will commence as soon as possible. Many of the P21 projects planned to begin this month will provide immediate support for local jobs and communities.

Mr Albanese encouraged all local primary schools to submit applications for Round Two which closes on 15 May 2009.

“By investing in our local schools, the Rudd Government is helping to keep local contractors, tradespeople, truck drivers and small businesses working during these difficult days,” he said.

A list of successful schools and their planned projects is available at: www.buildingtheeducationrevolution.gov.au and more information about the Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan is available at: www.economicstimulusplan.gov.au

May 6, 2009

$2.3 million towards Ashfield Town Hall redevelopment

$2.3 million towards Ashfield Town Hall redevelopment

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 6 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, today announced the Rudd Labor Government would offer over $2.3 million towards the Ashfield Town Hall upgrade in Sydney’s Inner West.

Minister Albanese made the announcement today with Ashfield Mayor Ted Cassidy.

The Government’s strategic contribution will help make sure this $14.8 million project proceeds. 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.

The centre stage redevelopment will deliver an effective regional base as well as development opportunities for the Ashfield Youth Centre and the Inner West region.

These works will bring it to a new standard of excellence, accommodating additional types and calibre of community arts, performance and exhibition.

This funding builds on nearly $251,000 that the Rudd Government has already delivered for three local projects this year. It brings Rudd Government investment in the Ashfield Council area to over $2.5 million this year.

This funding is part of our $800 million Community Infrastructure Program – the largest one-off investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history.

Through the Rudd Government’s economic stimulus package, we are investing in major projects to support local jobs and economies during the global recession.

Nearly 70 per cent of the stimulus package is infrastructure, with construction projects already underway. More than 3,000 projects are being funded through the Government’s Community Infrastructure Program across Australia to support local jobs.

Anthony inspecting plans for the Ashfield Civic Centre redevelopment with councillors Jeannette Wang, Mark Drury and Mayor Ted Cassidy.

May 1, 2009

$2.26 million towards Mackey Park refurbishment

$2.26 million towards Mackey Park refurbishment

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 1 2009

Federal Sports Minister Kate Ellis and Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today announced that the Rudd Labor Government will provide up to $2.26 million to help refurbish Mackey Park in Marrickville.

Ms Ellis made the announcement with Mr Albanese and Marrickville Mayor Sam Iskandar.

The federal funding will contribute substantially to the overall refurbishment project at Mackey Park, which is worth $2.5 million and proposed to include:

  • Upgrade of sports fields to provide three soccer fields and one cricket field with sub-surface drainage, irrigation, sports turf and synthetic cricket pitch;
  • Installation of 10 sports ground lights to meet current lighting standards for training;
  • Installation of photovoltaic cells to offset the park lighting energy consumption;
  • Refurbishment of the existing change-rooms and canteen in the amenities building, including providing disability access and change rooms for women and girls for the first time;
  • Upgrade of the children’s playground and family recreation facilities including new play equipment, play surfacing, shade structure, furniture and landscaping; and
  • Construction of a circuit path for recreational walking and to link to local pedestrian networks.

"This funding will make sure that local young people have a high quality park for weekend and after-school sport," said Mr Albanese.

"Projects like this also support local jobs and stimulate the local economy during the global economic recession."

The funding is part of the Government’s $800 million Community Infrastructure Program and builds on more than $490,000 in funding that the Rudd Labor Government has already delivered to Marrickville for four smaller-scale local projects this year.

Marrickville Mayor Sam Iskandar, Federal Sports Minister Kate Ellis and Anthony face up to players from the Marrickville Red Devils soccer club at Mackey Park.

Apr 22, 2009

National Secondary School Computer Fund delivers for Grayndler Schools

National Secondary School Computer Fund delivers for Grayndler Schools

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 22 2009

Canterbury Boys High School and Marrickville High School will have access to 21st Century technology through new funds under the National Secondary School Computer Fund, a key component of the Australian Government’s $2 billion Digital Education Revolution.

This important program was announced by the Prime Minister during the 2007 Federal election campaign and is a commitment of $1.9 billion in funding for the provision of new ICT equipment in Australian secondary schools.

In 2008, through the National Secondary School Computer Fund, the Australian Government has already invested $159 million and this round of the Fund also includes over $1,400,000 in flexible funding for students with a disability. A further $100 million is committed to the deployment of fibre connections to Australian schools, delivering broadband speeds of up to 100 megabits per second.

These initiatives will improve our secondary school students’ access to and use of Information & Communications Technology to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow, and take us further towards a world-class education system.

Of the schools that applied for Round 2.1 funding, Canterbury Boys will receive 103 computers and $2,000 with Marrickville receiving 55 computers and $19,000.

The Australian Government has agreed to provide an additional investment of $807 million to education authorities for legitimate on costs associated with the installation and maintenance of the new computers purchased through the Fund.

At the conclusion of the supplementary Round Two process, all schools in Australian have been provided with the opportunity to obtain funds to bring them a computer to student ratio of 1:2, including funding to address on costs associated with the deployment of additional computers.

I congratulate both schools that were successful, in this round of the program.

Further information about the National Secondary School Computer Fund is available at: http://www.digitaleducationrevolution.gov.au

Apr 15, 2009

$64,000 grant awarded for local innovation

$64,000 grant awarded for local innovation

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 15 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today congratulated Marrickville company Vertical Foot Alignment Systems, on being awarded a Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) AusIndustry grant by the Australian Government to help commercialise its device for creating custom made orthotic inserts.

The company has developed a device that takes a corrective weight bearing cast of a patient’s feet whilst standing. Casting and realigning the foot occurs simultaneously while weight bearing.

This simple principle allows the body’s tissues to be corrected and aligned in a single, simple process. The mould produced from the device is used to manufacture an orthotic insert, which will realign the feet into the same position as when the mould was formed.

Mr Albanese said the company had taken a great idea and run with it, a decision that benefits not only the company, but the local economy.

"It is through great ideas like this that we can best combat the effects of the global financial crisis and not only survive, but emerge stronger," said Mr Albanese.

"I’m delighted to announce that Vertical Foot Alignment Systems has received a $64,000 grant to help bring their exciting product to the marketplace.

The grant will allow the company to gain advice through a COMET Business Adviser on a business plan, market research and intellectual property strategies.

Vertical Foot Alignment Systems was one of 33 Australian small businesses to receive grants totalling $2.1 million in the latest COMET funding.

For more information on AusIndustry grants, including how to apply, go to www.ausindustry.gov.au or call the hotline on 13 28 46.

Anthony with local inventor Neil Smith inspecting his Vertical Foot Alignment System, which creates custom made orthotic inserts. The system was awarded a Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) AusIndustry grant by the Australian Government to help commercialise it.

Apr 14, 2009

Rudd Government invests in affordable housing

Rudd Government invests in affordable housing

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 14 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese has announced that more than $1.5 million will be spent in the electorate of Grayndler, helping to create local jobs and improve the quality of social housing in the area.

The Australian Government has allocated more than $130 million to upgrade public housing across NSW, which will support jobs in a variety of trades from electricians to plumbers to carpet-layers.

Not only will the services benefit directly, but providers, suppliers and manufacturers of construction materials and hardware will also benefit, with 7845 homes across the State receiving a radical overhaul.

Tradies and builders will be commencing work immediately, contracting with State Housing Authorities for work on the 31,146 dwellings that need maintenance and repairs.

This is good news for the building sector, and forms part of the $6.4 billion Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan, which is estimated to support 15,000 jobs over the next two years.

"In Grayndler, more than 450 public housing dwellings will be upgraded or undergo repairs, which will improve the quality of life of the tenants who live there as well as providing work for tradespeople,” Mr Albanese said.

“This is a great outcome for jobs and for people who rely on public housing – age pensioners, people with a disability, those escaping domestic violence as well as parents bringing up kids on their own.”

“This significant investment in social housing is a win-win situation, providing the economic stimulus our region needs with improvements to essential social housing.”

Apr 8, 2009

Think Climate Change and win great prizes!

Think Climate Change and win great prizes!

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 8 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese is encouraging local school kids to enter a new national competition to tell Australia what they think about climate change.

The Think Climate Think Change competition will encourage both primary and secondary students to use their creative talents to answer the question: ‘What does Climate Change mean to me?’

Entries will be judged in three age categories across grades three to nine. Students will be able to submit entries in a wide range of forms including short stories, poems, songs or artwork. Prizes include:

1st Place

  • Trip for two (winner and parent/guardian) to Canberra including return airfares, 2 nights accommodation, the awards ceremony, a personalised tour of Parliament House, and 2 tickets to Questacon – the national science and technology centre
  • Nintendo Wii Console, sports kit and Wii Fit pack
  • $1000 Dymocks voucher for the winner’s school

2nd Place

  • 16GB Apple iPod touch

3rd Place

  • 8GB Apple iPod Nano

Highly commended (3 per category)

  • $50 Dymocks book voucher

Competition winners will be flown to Canberra in August with a parent or guardian to share their ideas with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Climate Change Minister Penny Wong as part of a special awards ceremony.

“Kids in this area are very well informed when it comes to the issue of climate change so I hope they get creative and enter,” said Mr Albanese.

The Think Climate Think Change competition will open on Tuesday 28 April 2009 and close on Wednesday 24 June 2009.

More details about the competition, including terms and conditions and the official entry form, will be available on the Department of Climate Change website at www.climatechange.gov.au from 28 April.

Mar 26, 2009

Opening of Ella Centre in Haberfield

Opening of Ella Centre in Haberfield

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 26 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese will today open the refurbished Ella Centre building in Haberfield.

The Centre provides important respite services for people with disabilities, the elderly, their families and carers in the Inner West.

It was established in 1974 in a disused Methodist Church and has provided care and support for more than 30 years.

The $1 million refurbishment includes the installation of a commercial kitchen, slip resistant flooring, a lift for wheelchair access to the second floor and air conditioning throughout the building.

"The contribution of organisations such as the Ella Centre to the local area is immeasurable," said Mr Albanese.

"The Centre offers a range of great services for people with disabilities as well as providing respite to their carers who play such an important role in our community."

"I am please to be invited to open the building and wish the Ella Centre all the best for the future."

The National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA) will also be presenting a $5000 cheque to the Centre towards the redevelopment of its outdoor learning area.

Mr Albanese commended the NRMA for its generosity through its community grants program.

Anthony at the opening of the refurbished Ella Centre in Haberfield.

Mar 26, 2009

$493,000 to boost local infrastructure in Marrickville

Rudd Government delivers $493,000 to boost local infrastructure in Marrickville

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 26 2009

The Rudd Labor Government has today signed off on $493,000 for ready-to-go local infrastructure projects in Marrickville, including a range of projects across the local area.

The Marrickville Council will receive $493,000 for these four local projects. They include:

  • $264,000 – Arlington Regional Sports Ground Upgrade
  • $164,000 – Playground Shade Structure Program
  • $35,000 – Upgrade of Marrickville Town Hall Kitchen
  • $30,000 – Upgrade of St Peters Town Hall Kitchen

The upgrade at Arlington Reserve will include the refurbishment of the club house change rooms and referees room, and the replacement of floor and wall tiles. Repairs to the lighting system within the grounds will also be undertaken.

This Playground Shade Structure Program will install shade structures over playgrounds in:

  • Ryan Park, Stanmore Road, Stanmore;
  • Morton Park, New Canterbury Road, Lewisham;
  • McNeilly Park, Warburton Street, Marrickville;
  • Simpson Park, Campbell Street, St Peters;

The project will also include repairs and modifications to existing playground shade sail structures at:

  • O’Dea Reserve, Ross Street, Camperdown;
  • Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Lennox Street, Newtown.

The Marrickville and St Peters Town Hall Kitchen upgrades include the installation of new stainless steel kitchen benches, tiling of splash backs and a new oven and range-hood. The kitchen will also be repainted as part of the upgrade.

Mr Albanese said, "I am pleased to see Marrickville Council undertaking a number of projects across the local area. This will support local jobs and improve the amenity of our local community."

The funding will be delivered from the $800 million Community Infrastructure Program – the single largest investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history.

Anthony and Marrickville Mayor Sam Iskandar outside Arlington Oval.

Mar 19, 2009

Two Road Black Spots to be fixed in Grayndler

Two Road Black Spots to be fixed in Grayndler

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 19 2009

I am pleased to announce the Rudd Labor Government will invest $420,000 to fix two dangerous black spots on local roads in Grayndler.

Nationally, the funding for the Black Spots Program for 2008/09 has been almost tripled from $50 million to $144.7 million under the Rudd Government’s Nation Building plan to support jobs.

Road accidents take a huge toll on families and our communities and the Black Spot program is a very important way to make a real difference to local roads.

The two projects which have been approved in Grayndler are:

  • $250,000 to install edge lines and reflectors and the installation of concrete islands to restrict right turn movements at some intersections on Frederick Street from Parramatta Road to Liverpool Road in Ashfield.
  • $170,000 to install around 170 metres of pedestrian fencing on Parramatta Road around Flood Street in Leichhardt.

These projects were assessed and recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts.

The Black Spot program has a proven track record of saving lives with an evaluation of the Black Spot program showing that it has prevented at least 32 fatalities and more than 1,500 serious injuries in its first three years.

It also returns around $14 for every $1 invested by reducing the number and cost of crashes.

The Rudd Labor Government has more than doubled Black Spots funding as part of our Nation Building and Economic Stimulus Strategy. This will support local jobs and safer roads for our community.

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