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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.

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.”

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