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Jun 25, 2009

Local councils to share in extra funding for community infrastructure

Local councils to share in extra funding for community infrastructure

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 25 2009

The Rudd Labor Government has offered the four local councils in Grayndler a total of $659,000 to build new or upgrade existing community facilities such as libraries, community centres, sports grounds and environmental infrastructure.

The funding will be divided as follows:

  • Ashfield Municipal Council $93,000
  • Canterbury City Council $280,000
  • Leichhardt Municipal Council $93,000
  • Marrickville Council $193,000

The new funding has been made available following a $220 million boost to the Community Infrastructure Program which was announced today by the Prime Minister at the second meeting of the Australian Council of Local Government.

Today’s announcement builds on $6,295,873 already provided to the four local councils since the establishment of the Community Infrastructure Program just eight months ago.

It is also in addition to the regular funding they receive from our Roads to Recovery Program and Financial Assistance Grants.

The Government is working with local governments to modernise the nation’s community infrastructure and equip the sector with the tools essential to long term financial sustainability.

Together we are supporting local jobs today by building the infrastructure our communities will need tomorrow.

The extra $220 million will be delivered as follows:

  • $100 million shared between all of the nation’s councils and shires; and
  • $120 million for larger Strategic Projects. All councils and shires will have the opportunity to compete for a share of this funding.

All up, we have now provided the nation’s councils and shires with more than $1 billion since November last year – the largest ever Federal investment. As a result work on more than 3,300 projects is already underway across Australia.

The Government will start delivering the extra $220 million to councils and shires towards the end of 2009, giving councils the time to complete the existing projects funded under the Community Infrastructure Program.

Guidelines will be available in the near future. For further information: http://www.aclg.gov.au/cip/index.aspx

Jun 19, 2009

$1.3 million investment in local TAFEs to support local jobs

$1.3 million investment in local TAFEs 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

June 19 2009

Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today announced that Petersham and Enmore TAFEs will receive over $1.3 million between them for Better TAFE Facilities.

Petersham TAFE will receive $987,836 to refresh a large number of teaching spaces, amenities and circulation spaces; repair external sandstone; upgrade air conditioning; improve drainage; install energy and water efficient fittings within toilets; upgrade painting systems to metal surfaces of a trade training facility; and improve external student amenity through an all weather external covered area.

The Design Centre at Enmore TAFE will receive $335,345 for installation of energy and water efficient fittings within toilets; compliance and safety upgrade works to the Jewellery workshop welding area; and improvements to grounds safety, access and security through the installation of an external fence, security cameras and resealing part of the College

“This investment in our local TAFEs will ensure people in the Inner West can access the education and training they need in quality facilities locally,” said Mr Albanese.

The Rudd Government is investing $200 million in Better TAFE Facilities to support the jobs of today and the jobs of tomorrow.

Mr Albanese said that local students, employers and businesses would benefit from the investment in the buildings upgrade.

“Our community will benefit from this investment through improved teaching facilities, a skilled workforce and from the economic activity generated by such infrastructure projects.”

A full list of projects being supported under the Better TAFE Facilities element of the Teaching and Learning Capital Fund for Vocational Education and Training is available at: www.deewr.gov.au/tlcfvet

Jun 19, 2009

Sydney Airport Master Plan 2009

Sydney Airport Master Plan 2009

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 19 2009

Today I have approved Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport’s 2009 Master Plan – but in doing so I note its long term forecasts are further evidence that Sydney will require new airport capacity.

Sydney Airport Corporation plans to further develop the site in order to support the aviation activities so critical to the economy.

Already this critical piece of aviation infrastructure handles about a third of the nation’s air traffic, generates approximately $8 billion in annual economic activity and supports more than 200,000 jobs.

Specifically, the Master Plan proposes to increase the proportion of the site used for aviation activities from 86 to 91 per cent; improve the taxiway system so aircraft can move around the site quickly and safely; expand freight handling facilities; and provide more gates at both the domestic and international terminals.

The Government is absolutely committed to maintaining the existing cap on movements as well as the curfew. Noise sharing arrangements will continue.

My approval of the Master Plan does not however indicate acceptance that the Airport can and should handle the projected growth in traffic, with the annual number of aircraft flying into and out of Sydney expected to rise to 427,000 by 2029.

Such traffic volumes would place considerable added pressure on those communities living around the Airport.

As the Airport gets busier, the supporting road and rail infrastructure will become more congested, delays more frequent and nearby residents exposed to even longer periods of aircraft noise.

The national interest dictates that Sydney will need new airport capacity.

That’s why I have today invited the NSW Government to participate in a joint study to assess options, identify potential sites and evaluate investment strategies for delivering additional airport capacity.

The joint study will also look at ways of providing integrated transport solutions for the existing airport as well as any second airport. It will also consider the future of the Badgerys Creek site given the Government has ruled it out as an option for a second airport.

The study’s final terms of reference will be outlined in the National Aviation White Paper expected to be released later this year.

Sydney Airport Corporation is now required to publish the final Master Plan within 50 business days and make copies available to the public.

Jun 11, 2009

Improved noise sharing at Sydney Airport

Improved noise sharing at Sydney Airport

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 11 2009

The first stage of essential safety work on Sydney Airport’s east-west runway has been completed on schedule, allowing restrictions on its use to be significantly eased from next Monday.

This means noise sharing will re-commence during the highly sensitive early morning (6-7am) and evening (7-11pm) periods, with the east-west runway again available for both arrivals and departures operating in a westerly direction.

Due to ongoing works at the western end of the east-west runway, landings from the west will only be possible when the runway is operationally required because of weather or medical emergencies.

The restriction on landings from the west will apply until 31 October 2009.

Construction of a Runway End Safety Area (RESA) at the western end of the east-west runway has been critical to making sure Sydney Airport continues to meet international safety standards.

I am particularly pleased that this construction work has been achieved in such a timely fashion. However I recognise that despite efforts to minimise the noise impacts, the residents of the Inner West have been affected by the need to carry out this necessary safety upgrade.

The action I took in imposing 22 conditions on the works to minimise the noise impact on surrounding communities included mandating the construction of a jet blast barrier, allowing some aircraft to depart off the eastern end of the runway throughout the construction period.

Increasing work times to around the clock has halved the period of severe disruption to noise sharing from 15 to 8 months. Airservices Australia also introduced an additional noise sharing mode (Mode 15).

I look forward to the project being fully completed on time in March 2010, thereby ensuring the Airport can ensure for noise sharing operations.

I also thank the members of Sydney Airport Community Forum for the constructive role they have all played throughout this entire process.

Jun 11, 2009

Council playing games with Leichhardt Oval

Council playing games with Leichhardt Oval

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 11 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government and Member for Grayndler, has today expressed concerns about Leichhardt Council’s failure to get started on the Leichhardt Oval project, despite signing a $3 million contract with the Rudd Labor Government nearly 12 months ago.

Yesterday, Greens’ councillors on Leichhardt Council’s Building and Development Committee voted to defer consideration of the Council’s own development application for the Oval.

Mr Albanese said, “In June 2008, the Rudd Labor Government signed the contract to honour our $3 million election commitment to revitalise Leichhardt Oval.

“This Oval is the joint home ground of the Wests Tigers and is used by many sporting teams in the inner west.

“Nearly a year after we provided that funding to Leichhardt Council, they have failed to commence work on this vital community sporting facility.

“In fact, Leichhardt Council has even failed to even approve its own development application.

“Councillors are playing games with the Oval, instead of making sure that games can be played at the Oval.

“About 100,000 children, players and residents use Leichhardt Oval each year.

“The upgrade is essential for the Wests Tigers to continue to play matches at Leichhardt Oval and to improve the playing surface and facilities for everyone.

“It is a national icon of rugby league and has been the home ground known to many of our rugby league legends such as Keith Barnes, Paul Sironen, Benny Elias, Wayne Pearce, Steve Roach and Garry Jack.

“The Rudd Labor Government’s $3 million investment should have secured the future of Leichhardt Oval as a professional sporting venue and a community facility.

“It is astonishing that Leichhardt Council is not doing all it can to ensure that the jobs which this project will create are realised, whilst improving this important facility for the long term.”

Jun 10, 2009

$32 million for 18 local primary schools to support local jobs

$32 million for 18 local primary schools to support local jobs

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 10 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today announced that 18 primary schools in the electorate of Grayndler will receive over $32 million for major new infrastructure projects under Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) Round Two.

This will bring the total amount of federal funding for local primary schools in Grayndler to around $48 million under the Building the Education Revolution program.

Mr Albanese said that the Rudd Government is undertaking the largest school modernisation program in Australia’s history which will improve the quality of education whilst delivering local jobs.

“It’s important that teachers and students in our local schools have 21st Century facilities,” said Mr Albanese.

“This investment will also go a long way to supporting local jobs during the global recession.”

Included in the funding is:

  • $2.5 million for Ashbury Public School for new classroom facilities and other upgrades;
  • $2 million for Camdenville Public School to restore their hall and refurbish the library;
  • $2 million for Canterbury Public School for a new hall and covered outdoor learning area (COLA);
  • $2 million for Dobroyd Point Public School for new classroom facilities;
  • $3 million for Dulwich Hill Public School to replace a demountable with a new classroom and establish an environmental learning centre;
  • $250,000 for Edgeware School, Hurlstone Park for a new classroom;
  • $3 million for Leichhardt Public School for a new library;
  • $850,000 for Marrickville Public School to build two new COLAs
  • $2.04 million for Newington Preparatory School for a new library;
  • $850,000 for Orange Grove Public School, Lilyfield for a new canteen and admin upgrade;
  • $2 million for Petersham Public School for new library, classrooms and refurbishing the hall;
  • $1.3 million for St Francis Xavier, Croydon Park for construction and refurbishment of classrooms;
  • $2.5 million for St Marouns, Dulwich Hill for refurbishment of classrooms and outdoor areas;
  • $1.25 million for St Patricks, Summer Hill for refurbishment of classrooms and library;
  • $850,000 for St Peters Public School for a new COLA;
  • $3 million for Summer Hill Public School for an upgraded library and new classroom;
  • $3 million for Trinity Grammar for new Primary Library and Hall;
  • $850,000 for Yeo Park Infants School for a new library.

These projects will begin as soon as possible.

Mr Albanese encouraged those schools that have not already done so to get their applications in for Round Three which closes on 10 July 2009 and will see all remaining eligible primary schools receive funding.

The Government’s $1.3 billion National School Pride program has also delivered $7.5 million worth of minor infrastructure and maintenance projects, in 51 primary and secondary schools in Grayndler.

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

The Rudd Government recently announced that 18 primary schools in the electorate of Grayndler will receive over $32 million for major new infrastructure projects under Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) Round Two. Anthony Albanese and Carmel Tebbutt spoke to children at Camdenville Public School, one of the schools to receive funding. 

Jun 10, 2009

$18,000 for Haberfield’s Ella Centre

Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot and Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese today announced $18,000 for the Ella Centre’s ‘D-Caff’ to help further support families, carers and people living with dementia in Sydney’s inner west.

The $18,000 from the Australian Government’s National Dementia Initiative has been provided to expand ‘D-Caff’ – the support café for carers of people with dementia.

Mrs Elliot and Mr Albanese made the announcement while opening the Centre’s sensory garden called SOLARA which was completed with the assistance of $29,250 in funding under the Australian and NSW Government’s Home and Community Care program.

Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot said it is estimated that there are more than 200,000 Australians currently living with dementia .

“The Rudd Government is committed to addressing the challenges of our ageing population at both a national level and through funding local, hands on services that directly help their communities, like the Ella Centre,” Mrs Elliot said.

Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese said the Ella Centre provides social and respite support to hundreds of people living in Sydney’s inner west each year including through the D-Caff initiative.

“Expanding D-Caff will help provide a stronger support network for working carers of people with dementia and their families.

“The program specifically targets carers who are working and allows them to get together on a Saturday and share their experiences over a cup of tea or coffee,” Mr Albanese said.

D-Caff is held on the first Saturday of each month at Lilies on the Park Café, Bicentennial Park.

Mrs Elliot said: “In addition to announcing the $18,000 for D-Caff, I am delighted to be here with Mr Albanese to open this innovative sensory garden.

“I congratulate everyone involved in developing this state of the art garden” Mrs Elliot said.

SOLARA was designed by the Ella Centre and occupational therapy students at the University of Sydney.

It is based on research that indicates natural environments can provide a range of health benefits, including reduced stress and lowered blood pressure.

The Ella Centre intends to expand SOLARA to include musical based apparatuses and an herb garden.

Mr Albanese said: “The development of the sensory garden is another initiative that will help support people in our area who have dementia.

“The Centre has been working towards this garden with community fundraising, so I am pleased the Rudd Government could provide some funding to see it completed” Mr Albanese said.

The garden has wheelchair access and encourages residents living with dementia to go outside and enjoy or work in the garden.

The Australian Government has committed more than $120 million a year through the Dementia Initiative and more than $194 million a year to the National Respite for Carers Program which funds more than 600 community-based respite services across Australia. It delivers services in a variety of settings – including carers’ homes, day centres and overnight cottages.

Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot and Anthony Albanese announced $18,000 for the Ella Centre’s ‘D-Caff’ to help further support families, carers and people living with dementia in Sydney’s inner west. 

Jun 2, 2009

Early Learning and Care Centre for Inner West

Early Learning and Care Centre for Inner West

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 2 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese has welcomed the announcement by the Rudd Government that an Early Learning and Care Centre will be built in the Inner West.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Child Care, Maxine McKew yesterday announced arrangements for the nine remaining Early Learning and Care Centres to be built in New South Wales.

When completed the new Centres will provide additional child care places in a long day care setting for up to 450 children.

Ms McKew said a request for proposal for the construction of the Inner West Centre will be advertised by the Australian Government today.

Mr Albanese said the Inner West Centre was a promise he had made to Grayndler voters at the last election and he was pleased to see it being delivered.

"There is a clear shortage of child-care places in this area and it is crucial that pre-school aged children get the best possible chance for future success," said Mr Albanese.

"I am proud to be part of an effective government delivering results for the residents of the Inner West."

Establishment of the centres will be the joint responsibility of the Australian and NSW Governments, with the Commonwealth allocating approximately $14.4 million in funding towards completion.

For more information about early childhood education and child care, please visit www.mychild.gov.au.

Request for Proposal documentation will be published at www.deewr.gov.au/earlychildhood.

Jun 1, 2009

Grants for young Local Sporting Champions

Grants for young Local Sporting Champions

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 1 2009

Anthony Albanese, Federal Member for Grayndler, announced the assessment panel for the Local Sporting Champions Program today.

The Rudd Labor Government has set up the Local Sporting Champions Program 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.

The grants for individual athletes are $500 and $3000 for team applications, with a total of $9000 a year for the electorate.

“These grants will help meet the costs of attending and competing in major sporting events, allowing the chosen athletes or team to realise their goals and encouraging the future growth of Australian sporting heroes,” said Mr Albanese.

“Eligibility for the grants will be assessed by the Australian Sports Commission and then the applications will be considered by the assessment panel.”

The panel will be chaired by Anthony Albanese and has been selected from people involved in community or sporting activities in the electorate:

  • Father Dave Smith, from the Holy Trinity Church, Dulwich Hill,
  • Derek Wilson, Aboriginal Liaison Officer at Marrickville Police,
  • Helen Ritchie, from Hurlstone Park Wanderers Football Club,
  • Carolyn Marsh, from Haberfield Netball Club, and
  • Sue Stephens, NSW Primary Schools Sports Association Athletics Convenor.

“The participants bring a range of experience and interests to the panel and I look forward to working with them,” Mr Albanese said.

“Sport plays an important part in the life of many Grayndler families, promoting a healthy lifestyle and community involvement. I encourage all eligible athletes to apply for this grant”

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

May 29, 2009

Over $300,000 to assist refugees in Inner West

Over $300,000 to assist refugees in Inner West

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 29 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, today announced the Federal Government would spend more than $332,573 on services to assist refugees and migrants settle in Sydney’s Inner West.

The Marrickville-based Indonesian Welfare Association and the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Lewisham are being funded as part of the Federal Government’s Settlement Grants Program. The program provides annual funding to assist refugees and migrants become self-reliant and settle in Australia.

The Indonesian Welfare Association will receive $80,000 to provide orientation, developing communities and integration services to eligible Indonesian clients in the Inner West. St Vincent de Paul will receive $252,573 over two years to provide parenting and life skills to newly arrived migrants with a special focus on primary school age children.

"I am pleased that much needed support is going to local organisations providing practical assistance to our newest community members," Mr Albanese said.

“Both organisations will conduct comprehensive programs to assist refugees and migrants strengthen their connection to the wider Australian community and will deliver cultural orientation and information sessions on health, nutrition, housing, employment, training and the Australian legal system.”

“Mentoring programs and community support groups will also form part of the projects to assist with social connectedness and community participation,” said Mr Albanese.

Funding through the Settlement Grants Program aims to assist refugees, family sponsored migrants and the dependants of those on skilled migration visas with low levels of English.

A list of successful applicants in the 2009-10 funding round is available at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/delivering-assistance/settlement-grants.

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