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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.

Mar 19, 2009

Rudd Government scraps detention debt regime

Rudd Government scraps detention debt regime

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

Federal Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese MP, has welcomed the Rudd Government’s decision to abolish the detention debt regime imposed on immigration detainees.

The Migration Amendment (Abolishing Detention Debt) Bill 2009, introduced into the Senate today by Immigration Minister, Senator Chris Evans, will waive all current debts owed by detainees, except those convicted of people smuggling or illegal foreign fishing.

The current daily maintenance amount of $125.40 can see a person in immigration detention incur a debt of more than $45,000 in a single year.

The Bill is in line with the unanimous recommendation of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration in December 2008 that the Government repeal the liability of immigration detention costs and waive existing debts.

It also reflects concerns raised by the Commonwealth Ombudsman, in April 2008, that “the size of some debts cause stress, anxiety and financial hardship to many individuals who are now living lawfully in the Australian community, as well as for those who have left Australia”.

“These changes reverse a shameful chapter in our history and I am glad they have been made,” said Mr Albanese.

"Last year, we made a number of changes to deliver a more humane immigration regime, including abolishing the Temporary Protection Visa regime and taking kids and people who pose no harm to the community out of detention.

"The Rudd Government is taking real action to make Australia a fairer place."

Mar 18, 2009

$5.6 Million for Local Roads

$5.6 Million for Local Roads

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 18 2009

Councils across Australia are set to receive unprecedented financial help to maintain and upgrade their local roads – assistance that will support local jobs and local businesses during the current global recession.

Today I’ve announced the allocation Australia’s councils and shires will receive over the next five years (2009/10 to 2013/14) from the Rudd Labor Government’s $1.75 billion Roads to Recovery program.

The five year allocation (2009/10 to 2013/14) for each local council is:

  • Ashfield – $723,153;
  • Canterbury – $2,532,496;
  • Leichhardt – $993,803;
  • Marrickville – $1,383,216.

These funding allocations are based on the recommendations of the NSW Local Government Grants Commission.

Councils can use the funding they receive from the Program to make urgent repairs and upgrades to their local road networks. The funding is untied and can go towards the local priorities identified by local communities.

All up, our record funding will deliver more than 20,000 minor road projects in every part of the country over the next five years.

Last year, the Rudd Labor Government extended the program for a further five years and boosted its funding to $1.75 billion. That’s an extra $250 million when compared to the previous government’s allocation and represents a significant investment in the safety and condition of local roads.

I am pleased to be working in partnership with local councils to deliver safer and less congested roads for local motorists and long distance transport operators.

In addition to Roads to Recovery, the Rudd Labor Government is also providing the nation’s councils with:

  •  A record $1.9 billion in Financial Assistance Grants this financial year alone;
  • $800 million from the Community Infrastructure Program – the largest ever Federal investment in local infrastructure.
Mar 10, 2009

$94,268 funding support for Marrickville, Ashfield & Summer Hill respite service

$94,268 funding support for Marrickville, Ashfield & Summer Hill respite services – helping carers

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 10 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese MP and Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot today announced one-off funding grants worth more than $94,000 to fund the Ethnic Child Care, Family & Community Services Co-Op of Marrickville; the Polish-Australian Welfare Association at Ashfield; and Wesley Mission in Summer Hill.

Mr Albanese stated “I am delighted that the Rudd Government is funding these important local organisations that deliver vital services for people in our community.”

“This funding will help deliver respite services to carers and to purchase or replace furniture and equipment.”

“These services will be able to improve their quality of service to meet the needs of individual carers and the people they care for.

The Ethnic Child Care & Community Co-Op will use the funds to translate and inform up to eight local ethnic communities of their services and projects that are underway. The Polish-Australian Welfare Association will see the funds go towards developing multimedia information guides to assist the local Polish community. Wesley Mission will utilise the grant to provide palliative care staff, a respite co-ordinator and provide for the upgrade of equipment.

The $94,268 is part of $6.8 million in one-off funding – It is funded under the Australian Government’s commitment to carers through the National Respite for Carers Program.

Community-based respite services are funded to provide respite opportunities in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Day care centres which provide respite for a half or full day;
  • In-home respite services, including overnight care and personal care services;
  • Activity programs;
  • Respite for carers of people with dementia and challenging behaviour; and
  • Flexible respite in community settings.

“This is about helping those at the community level,” the Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot said.

“These one-off grants will improve and support respite services for carers in Marrickville, Ashfield and Summer Hill to cover costs such as minor building modifications and projects or to purchase or replace equipment and furniture,” Mrs Elliot said.

“The Rudd Government is committed to improving respite services around the country in response to the needs of our ageing population and their carers."

Mar 5, 2009

Rudd Government delivers $251,000 for Croydon North street upgrades

Rudd Government delivers $251,000 for Croydon North street upgrades

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 5 2009

The Rudd Labor Government has today announced $251,000 to upgrade the main streets in Croydon North– as part of our investment to support jobs, boost the local economy and improve our local community.

Mr Albanese said, “The funding will be delivered from the $800 million Community Infrastructure Program – the biggest investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history.

“Ashfield Council will receive this funding to begin work on its urban redesign plan for Elizabeth and Hennessy Streets and Edwin Street North in the Croydon North shopping and business precinct.”

Mr Murphy said, “The Council advises that it has been developing a comprehensive plan for streetscaping works since 2007, including a lengthy process of community and stakeholder consultation to arrive at the preferred design option.

“Following some refinement of the detailed construction plans, the Council expects that preliminary works will commence shortly.

Anyone who lives around Croydon and Ashfield can see the importance of this project. The shopping and business precinct in Croydon North is in urgent need of an overhaul.”

Mr Albanese said, “I am pleased to be able to approve funding so quickly for this project.

There’s no doubt that without federal funding to kick-start the project, this would have been pushed out to the ‘never-never’.”

Mr Murphy said, “Investing in local projects like this is a great way to generate construction activity and provide much-needed infrastructure to local communities.”

Mr Albanese concluded, “More than 3,600 projects have been submitted nationally under the first round of the $800 million Community Infrastructure Program. And the Rudd Government has been rolling out projects in local communities.”

Anthony with Ashfield councillor Jeannette Wang examining plans for the Croydon North upgrade.

Feb 27, 2009

Personal help on the road to recovery

Personal help on the road to recovery

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 27 2009

The Personal Helpers and Mentors program will now be available in Grayndler with extra funding of more than $3.5 million from the Australian Government.

Three organisations, Aftercare, Neami and New Horizons Enterprises, will be providing the service in different parts of the local area to help people with a severe mental illness. Each organisation will receive $1,210,800 to provide funding for five full-time equivalent positions.

The Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin.

“The program assists people who cannot manage their daily activities or live independently in the community because of the impact of having a severe mental illness,” Anthony Albanese said.

“It’s very important to provide as much support as we can for people who have a severe mental illness.”

Personal Helpers and Mentors work one-on-one with participants, focusing on their strengths and building trust and strong relationships to help them gain greater independence.

This can be achieved through home visits, social outings or meetings where the participant feels most comfortable.

“Mental illness can have a devastating effect, leaving people feeling isolated, vulnerable and at risk of increased drug and alcohol use,” Ms Macklin said.

“By building their confidence and increasing their connections within the community, Personal Helpers and Mentors help participants overcome social isolation that can be so crippling for people with mental illness.”

The Government has committed $284.8 million from 2006-2011 for the program, with 76 sites currently operating around the country, including 41 in metropolitan areas and 35 in rural and regional locations.

This extra funding will increase the number of sites by 79 to 155 across the country.

Feb 24, 2009

$359,000 boost for respite service in Ashfield

$359,000 boost for respite service in Ashfield

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 24 2009

Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot and Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today announced more than $350,000 to fund Presbyterian Aged Care in Ashfield.

The funding is to improve and support respite services for carers in the Inner West.

Almost 2.6 million Australians provide care for family members or friends with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition or who are frail and aged. Of these about 500,000 are primary carers – the people who provide the most care.

The $359,495 is part of a $12 million program – over two years which is funded through the National Respite for Carers Program, which is providing $194 million in 2008-09.

“Carers across this nation play an important role in Australian society. They dedicate so much to improve the quality of the lives of our nation’s elderly and for people with disabilities,” Mrs Elliot said.

“Providing respite for carers is important. I welcome this funding and the relief it will provide carers’ in the Inner West” said Anthony Albanese.

The Inner West service will provide in-home and centre based respite to carers of frail older people and people with dementia in the Ashfield and Canada Bay Local Government Areas for up to ten carers each week. Five carers will receive in-home respite for up to 8 hours each per week and five carers will be provided with 5 hours of centre based respite 1 day each week.

“Providing full time care for someone, particularly a loved one, can be very demanding. Respite can allow the carer to go to work for a few hours, go to the shops or socialise with friends,” said Anthony Albanese.

“I am glad to see a local organisation that delivers such vital services being funded in our area. Their services will help meet the needs of individual carers and the people they care for," said Anthony Albanese.

Feb 19, 2009

Rudd Government delivers $253,000 for the Leichhardt school playing field

Rudd Government delivers $253,000 for the Leichhardt Secondary College playing field

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 19 2009

Anthony Albanese today announced a $253,000 upgrade to the Leichhardt Secondary College playing field.

Leichhardt Council will receive the funding to upgrade the playing field for community use after hours.

“This work will support jobs in our area and in the long term will provide Leichhardt with some much needed community infrastructure,” said Anthony Albanese.

Funding for this project is coming from the $800 million Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

“The program is aimed squarely at stimulating local economies and helping communities respond to the global financial crisis,” said Anthony Albanese.

Anthony visited the school together with Education Minister and Member for Balmain, Verity Firth and Leichhardt Council Mayor, Jamie Parker.

Ms Firth welcomed the funding to enhance the school’s facilities.

“Leichhardt Campus has a proud sporting tradition, and the upgraded fields will be of huge benefit to the students as well as the local community,” Ms Firth said.

The community infrastructure program will stimulate local jobs in the short term and improve the quality of life in local communities’ right around the country.

More than 3,600 projects have been submitted under the first round of this program and the Rudd Government has already begun rolling out projects in local communities.

“Our community along with hundreds of others around the country will benefit from funding for these important local projects.”

“I am proud to be the Local Government Minister in a Government that is delivering the largest local community infrastructure program in Australia’s history,” said Anthony Albanese.

Feb 12, 2009

Rebates for rainwater tanks and greywater systems in Grayndler

Rebates for rainwater tanks and greywater systems 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

February 12 2009

Households in Grayndler will be eligible for a rebate of up to $500 each for the purchase of a rainwater tank or a greywater system under a new Rudd Labor Government program.

The National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative was recently launched by Minister for Climate Change and Water Senator Penny Wong.

“The $250 million National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative will help households save precious drinking water.”

“The program fulfils an election commitment to provide financial support for households to install rainwater tanks or greywater systems to reduce the use of drinking water,” said Anthony Albanese.

Householders in Grayndler will be eligible for a rebate of up to $500 to help them save water at home.

“Rainwater tanks are currently used by only a small number of Sydney households, the initiative will improve that situation and I welcome it,” said Anthony Albanese.

The National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative forms part of the Australian Government’s $12.9 billion Water for the Future program which aims to secure our long-term water supplies.

“Householders have a major role to play in improving water efficiency through the installation of rainwater tanks and greywater systems.”

“This rebate makes it easier for householders to make the right choice and help conserve our precious water resources, I encourage them to use the rebate and install a tank or greywater system,” said Anthony Albanese.

Rebates are available for the purchase and installation of a new rainwater tank which is connected for internal re-use of the water for toilet and/or laundry use or the purchase and installation of a permanent greywater treatment system.

A $400 rebate is available for a 2,000-3,999 litre tank and a $500 rebate is available for a tank greater than 4,000 litres.

The guidelines and application form for the National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative are available from www.environment.gov.au/water or by calling 1800 808 571.

Feb 10, 2009

Building the nation & supporting jobs in Grayndler

Building the nation & supporting jobs 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

February 10 2009 (amended Feb 16)

Anthony Albanese has welcomed the Rudd Government’s $42 billion Nation Building and Jobs Plan.

The Plan will deliver $28.8 billion in direct investment in schools, housing, roads and other essential local infrastructure, including a $2.7 billion temporary tax rebate expansion for small business to encourage private sector investment. It will also provide $12.7 billion in direct payments to low and middle income earners.

"The package will provide targeted bonuses for families and singles, invest in local schools, and help reduce energy costs and carbon emissions in the Inner West,” said Anthony Albanese.

In the electorate of Grayndler that means:

  • Every one of our 41 primary schools will have capital funding provided for essential new buildings and upgrades; and
  • Eligible families will be able to install insulation in the family home for free or apply for a rebate of up to $1600 for solar hot water.

“The energy efficiency measures will employ people in the short term and help reduce our carbon footprint and energy costs in the long term,” said Anthony Albanese.

Many locals will also receive targeted bonuses, to provide an immediate stimulus to the economy and support Australian jobs in the near-term. For people in Grayndler this means:

  • 6019 families will receive a Back to School Bonus of $900 to help with the costs of kids returning to school
  • Up to 4975 students and people looking for work will receive a Training and Learning Bonus of $900 to support their study costs
  • People whose taxable income was less than $100,000 in 2007-08 will receive up to $900.

“The plan delivers a welcome investment for local infrastructure and will support jobs in our local community,” said Anthony Albanese

The Nation Building and Jobs Plan continues the Rudd Government’s decisive action in the face of a worsening global crisis that has already seen the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan fall into recession.

The crisis started in the United States on Wall Street and has spread across the world, slowing growth dramatically in China and has caused a rapid unwinding of the mining boom, with major consequences for Australian revenues, growth and jobs.

That’s why this decisive action by the Rudd Government is so critical for supporting economic growth and Australian jobs.

Contact Anthony

(02) 9564 3588 Electorate Office

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

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