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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.

Jan 9, 2009

Eight local organisations benefit from Volunteer Grants Program

Eight organisations in Grayndler to receive funding from the 2008 Volunteer Grants Program

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

January 9 2009

8 local non-profit organisations in Grayndler will share in $27,000 from the Australian Government’s Volunteer Grants Program.

Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 will be provided to the Marrickville West Community Garden, the Cooks River Valley Association, the Marrickville Indoor Bowls Club, the Sydney Women’s Baseball League, the West Region Chinese Association and the Kegworth, Sydney Secondary College and Ferncourt P&Cs.

“These grants will help local organisations carry out their valuable work”

“Grants can be used to purchase equipment and sporting items and give volunteers much needed help with fuel costs,” said Anthony Albanese.

Anthony visited the Marrickville West Community Garden today to meet volunteers and see first hand the valuable role the garden plays in the community.

The Community Garden will use its grant to purchase Gardening Tools and Equipment, Kitchen Utensils and Outdoor Furniture.

“The Garden is a fantastic place for the community to come together and I am glad the Government is supporting it with this grant.”

“I’d like to thank the volunteers in all local non-profit organisations for the work they do,” said Anthony Albanese.

Anthony visiting the Marrickville West Community Garden.

Dec 16, 2008

Overseas service by Inner West residents recognised

Overseas service by Inner West residents recognised

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

December 16 2008

Anthony Albanese today hosted a morning tea to recognise the service of overseas volunteers from the Inner West.

At the morning tea they were presented with Certificates of Appreciation for their work.

“Today is about formally acknowledging the contribution made by these volunteers, and the valuable work they have done.”

“I hope others see their work as an example to aspire to,” said Anthony Albanese.

Volunteers play a vital role in the Australian Government’s overseas aid program. Over the past 12 months, over 600 Australian volunteers represented Australia overseas as either volunteers or Youth Ambassadors.

Australian volunteers were at work in 23 developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa. Volunteers were placed through the Australian Youth Ambassadors Program (AYAD), Australian Volunteers International (AVI), Australian Business Volunteers (ABV) and Volunteering for International Development from Australia (VIDA). Volunteers placed through Rotary programs have also been recognised.

The recipients of the certificates are, Dr Enmoore Lin who volunteered as a Medical Research Officer in Papua New Guinea, Dr Keith Carpenter who volunteered providing economic advice to Cambodian professionals and Ms Jill Finnane who taught organic agriculture techniques in Vietnam.

Volunteers deliver practical assistance, using their skills and expertise to help others. Australian doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, computer programmers, agriculturalists, surveyors, community development workers, accountants and geologists – to name but a few – have given their time and energy to help people in developing countries.

For many people in developing countries, volunteers are their first contact with Australia.

“Volunteers provide important assistance overseas and once they return we all benefit from their experience and perspective,” said Anthony Albanese.

Dec 9, 2008

Economic Security Strategy

Economic Security Strategy

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

December 9 2008

The Rudd Labor Government’s Economic Security Strategy will begin to deliver for more than 21,000 pensioners and carers, and 7,600 families in Grayndler this week.

Pensioners will receive a down payment of $1,400 for singles and $2,100 for couples. Carers, disability support and aged pensioners, seniors and veterans will also benefit.

As well, people who are receiving a Carer Allowance will receive $1,000 for each eligible person being cared for.

7,600 Families receiving Family Tax Benefit A will also receive immediate financial support through the Strategy with a one-off payment of $1,000 for each eligible child in their care.

“These payments will provide a direct benefit to families, pensioners and carers. It will also provide a boost to the local economy,” said Anthony Albanese.

Nov 28, 2008

First Year of the Rudd labor Government

First Year of the Rudd labor Government

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 28 2008

In its first year the Rudd Labor Government has delivered on local projects and on issues of national and international significance.

Local Achievements include:

  • The Cooks River Renewal project – $2 Million
  • The Leichhardt Oval Upgrade – $3 million
  • Noise Insulation for Fort St High School – $14.5 million
  • Funds from the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program to Local Councils – $1.7 Million including Ashfield Council – $251,000, Canterbury Council – $702,000, Leichhardt Council – $253,000 and Marrickville Council – $493,000
  • Funding for 1,200 Computers has gone to 9 nine local schools through Round One of the National Secondary School Computer Fund.
  • $11 Million for a Trades Training centre – 4 Grayndler schools to participate.

“These are excellent local projects which deliver on our election commitments and I am glad to see them going ahead” said Anthony Albanese.

National Achievements

The Rudd Labor Government has:

  • Apologised to the Stolen Generations
  • Removed Same Sex Discrimination from Commonwealth Legislation
  • Signed the Kyoto Protocol, set targets for Emissions Reduction and released a Green paper on a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme
  • Brought Combat Troops Home from Iraq
  • Introduced a more humane approach to asylum seekers; and
  • Abolished Work Choices.

“Progressive changes of the kind made this year only occur when Labor is in Government,” said Anthony Albanese.

Nov 25, 2008

White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 25 2008

Today marked White Ribbon Day, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Anthony joined many other MPs in Parliament by wearing a White Ribbon.

White Ribbon Day is important because it allows men to say that they will not be violent or silent about domestic violence and sexual assault.

“I am proud to be an Ambassador for White Ribbon Day, to declare my opposition to any form of violence against women and to support work which prevents it from occurring and better cares for victims,” said Anthony Albanese.

It is an important day to reflect on the fact that:

  • 1 in 3 Australian women experience domestic or family violence in their lifetime,
  • 1 in 5 experience sexual assault and;
  • Nearly half a million Australian women suffer violence each year.

The Rudd Labor Government is determined to reduce the incidence and impact of domestic and family violence and sexual assault.

The Government has appointed a national council in May this year to develop an evidence based action plan to reduce violence.

The National Plan will support the community to:

  • Better support victims of violence;
  • Ensure the legal system is effective; and
  • Reduce violence for future generations.

This year the Government has:

  • Committed to delivering $1 million to the White Ribbon Foundation to support and expand its activities in rural Australia over the next four years ($250,000 has already been provided)
  • Committed $2 million to benchmark community attitudes on violence against women.
  • Invested $500,000 in the Australian Institute of Criminology to undertake research into domestic related homicides. This will provide better information for early intervention programs to prevent domestic homicides.
  • Provided $500,000 to fund 22 national and local projects to support victims of domestic or family violence.

“This work will make a real difference for women who are victims of violence and work to change attitudes in our society,” said Anthony Albanese.

Nov 20, 2008

Grayndler councils to receive $1.7m for local infrastructure

Grayndler councils to receive $1.7 million for local infrastructure

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 20 2008

Local Councils in Grayndler are set to receive $1.7 million from the Rudd Labor Governments $300 million Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

The program will boost local economic development and support jobs in communities around the country.

The Government made the formal announcement at the inaugural meeting of the Australian Council of Local Government, held in Canberra this week.

The first meeting of the Australian Council of Local Government is part of the Rudd Government’s commitment to establish a new relationship between the Commonwealth and local governments – a framework for working together, which has not existed before.

Local Mayors from Ashfield, Canterbury, Leichhardt and Marrickville and Councils attended and contributed to the meeting.

“I was pleased to see our Local Mayors in attendance and proud as Minister for Local Government to be establishing this historic partnership.”

“The meeting is a new chapter in the history of local and national government. It is an opportunity to forge a new partnership between the two levels of government”, said Anthony Albanese.

Some examples of community infrastructure that would be eligible for the funding include:

  • Social and cultural infrastructure, such as town halls, community centres, libraries, parks, public squares;
  • Sport and recreation facilities, such as sporting grounds, stadiums, walking tracks and playgrounds;
  • Access facilities, such as footbridges and ramps.

“Funding community infrastructure projects will boost local jobs and our local economy and improve the quality of life for our community,” said Anthony Albanese.

Contact Anthony

(02) 9564 3588 Electorate Office

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

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