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Aug 29, 2008

Grayndler to Benefit from $1.75 Billion in New Funding for Local Roads Across Au

Grayndler to Benefit from $1.75 Billion in New Funding for Local Roads Across Australia

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 29 2008

Anthony Albanese, recently announced that the Rudd Labor Government will deliver a record $1.75 billion in new money to improve local roads across Australia, by securing the Roads to Recovery program for another five years to 2014.

The program provides funding to councils across Australia, including in Grayndler.

Mr Albanese said, “This funding will be an increase of $50 million a year (or $250 million over five years) compared with the previous annual allocation under the Roads to Recovery program.”

“This funding will help fund urgent upgrades and repairs to maintain local roads and make them safer for the thousands of working Australians travelling every day.”

“In 2008-09 councils in Grayndler have received $1.2 million which is significant funding for urgent safety upgrades and repairs to local roads.”

These funds to councils in 2008-09 include:

  • Marrickville Council – $256,652
  • Canterbury City Council – $711,149
  • Leichhardt Council – $186,487
  • Ashfield Municipal Council – $130,472

The Roads to Recovery program was due to run out on 30 June 2009.

“That’s why, I introduced legislation into the Parliament which not only secures the program for five years, but increases funding by $250 million to a record $1.75 billion for councils.”

“Around Australia, councils are responsible for maintaining more than 657,000 kilometres of local roads, which are used by millions of working Australians every day.”

“The Rudd Labor Government is working in partnership with local councils to deliver safer roads,” said Anthony Albanese.

Each council’s individual allocation of this new funding will be determined later in the year by state and territory grants commissions.

Further information on Roads to Recovery can be found at http://www.auslink.gov.au/funding/r2r/index.aspx

Aug 19, 2008

Road Black Spot to be Fixed In Grayndler

Road Black Spot to be Fixed In Grayndler

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 19 2008

Anthony Albanese today announced The Rudd Labor Government will invest $55,000 to fix a dangerous black spot on a local road in Grayndler.

“This is part of $50.5 million in funding that the Rudd Labor Government is delivering to fix black spots on local roads across Australia.”

“We are committed to reducing crashes on our roads. Accidents take a huge toll on families, our communities and the economy.”

“This is a serious investment in safer roads for local motorists and their families. This project will help drive down the appalling social and economic cost of road carnage,” said Anthony Albanese.

The project in Grayndler is:

  • $55,000 to install a roundabout at the intersection of Edinburgh Road and Murray Street in Marrickville.

The project was assessed and recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts, including the NRMA, Federation of P&C Associations of NSW, Council on the Ageing, and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia.

The program has a proven track record of saving lives.

“An evaluation of the Black Spot program has shown that it 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.”

“I’m proud that the Rudd Government will honour its election commitment to increase black spot funding by 33 per cent next year,“ said Anthony Albanese.

Anyone can suggest a location or a section of road for black spot funding using a nomination form that can be downloaded from http://www.auslink.gov.au

Aug 1, 2008

Labor Changes Immigration Detention Policy

Labor Changes Immigration Detention Policy

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 1 2008

The Rudd Labor Government has honoured election commitments to change Australia’s immigration detention policy.

Under Labor’s reforms, detention in an Immigration Detention Centre will only be used as a last resort and for the shortest practicable time.

The Rudd Labor Government’s new policy will see the Department of Immigration take a risk-based approach to detention.

A person who poses no danger to the community will be able to remain in the community while their visa status is resolved.

The department will have to justify why a person should be detained. Once in detention a detainee’s case will be reviewed every three months to ensure that the further detention of the individual is justified.

“Children will not be detained in an immigration detention centre,” said Anthony Albanese.

This will prevent the kinds shameful mistakes that characterised the previous Government.

The case of Ian and Janie Whang from Stanmore is one of many instances that show how terrible the policy of detaining children was.

The brother and sister were removed from their classrooms in Stanmore public school in 2005 and taken to Villawood detention centre. They were wrongfully held in detention for over four months. During that time Ian witnessed three separate incidents of detainees trying to end their lives.

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

Jul 23, 2008

Nominations Now Open for Australian of the Year Awards 2009

Nominations Now Open for Australian of the Year Awards 2009

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

July 23 2008

Anthony Albanese has called on Inner West residents to submit nominations for the Australian of the Year Awards 2009.

“You could help find the next Australian of the Year simply by submitting a nomination for someone whose achievements you admire.”

“There are many people in our community who have made significant contributions, who give of their time and expertise or who are inspirational through their leadership.”

“Nominating them for one of the Australian of the Year Award categories is a wonderful way to say thank you.”

“Even if they are not selected as a national recipient, every nominee receives certificate acknowledging their nomination, “said Anthony Albanese.

If there’s someone you think should be recognised, nominate them for an award in one of four categories:

  •  Australian of the Year – open to all Australians who deserve recognition for their extraordinary achievements, contributions to the community and nation and who are inspirational role models to all Australians;
  • Senior Australian of the Year – recognises those Australians aged 60 years and over who continue to achieve and contribute to the community;
  • Young Australian of the Year – recognises those extraordinary young Australians aged 16 – 30 years who are contributing to our community;
  • Australia’s Local Hero – recognises Australians who make a real difference in their local communities and whose outstanding contributions enrich the lives of those around them.

Nominating is simple – you can complete a nomination form online at www.australianoftheyear.gov.au, pick up a nomination form at your local Commonwealth Bank branch or call 1300 655 193 for more information.

This will be the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the Young Australian of the Year Award, which began in 1979. In 2009, the age criteria for the Young Australian of the Year Award has been extended by five years and nominees are now eligible from 16 years through to 30 years of age.

“It is important to recognise young people in the community who are doing great things.”

“We need to remember to acknowledge the role young people play in our community and provide support for their endeavours.”

“Nominating young people is a great way to show our encouragement of their efforts and to provide them with the motivation to continue to follow their dreams,” said Anthony Albanese.

Previous Young Australian of the Year Award recipients include:

  • Moto GP World Champion Casey Stoner (2008)
  • Young Indigenous leader Tania Major (2007)
  • Film maker Khoa Do (2005)
  • Paleontologist Scott Hucknell (2002)
  • Swimmer Ian Thorpe (2000)
  • Multicultral community leader Tan Le (1998)

Nominations for all four categories close on Sunday 31 August 2008.

For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards or to submit your nomination online, visit http://www.australianoftheyear.org.au

Jul 18, 2008

Grayndler Climate Forum Timely After Release of Carbon Pollution Green Paper

Grayndler Climate Forum Timely After Release of Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Green Paper

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

July 18 2008

Anthony Albanese will host a climate change forum on Tuesday the 5th of August from 7:30pm – 9pm at Petersham RSL.

Grayndler residents will have an opportunity to hear all about the Rudd Labor Governments recently released Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Green Paper.

Speakers at the forum will be Senator Penny Wong, Federal Minister for Climate Change and Water and Dr Ben McNeil from the University of NSW Climate Change Research Centre.

“I have organised the forum to encourage debate and inform the community about the Rudd Labor Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.”

“I encourage everyone who can, to come to this forum, it will be an important and informative event for Grayndler,” said Anthony Albanese.

The Green Paper adds to a list of policy initiatives introduced by the Rudd Labor Government.

“The Rudd Labor Government is acting decisively on Climate Change.”

“In just nine months we have ratified the Kyoto protocol, introduced a renewable energy target of 20% by 2020, brought in measures to encourage households to take action and now released the Green Paper,” said Anthony Albanese.

The Green Paper sets out the proposed way to transform the Australian economy to a lower carbon pollution future and the proposed support to help households and businesses adjust to this economic transformation.

“There is no cost free way to tackle climate change. The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme is the most efficient, lowest cost and most economically responsible way to reduce the carbon pollution that is causing climate change,” said Anthony Albanese.

The Government will increase payments, above automatic indexation, to people in receipt of pensioner, carer, senior and allowance benefits and will increase assistance to other low-income households through the tax and payment system to meet the overall increase in the cost of living flowing from the scheme.

Middle-income households will get assistance to help them meet any overall increase in the cost of living flowing from the scheme.

“Avoiding dangerous climate change is the greatest challenge for our generation and we all have a role to play,” said Anthony Albanese.

For Further information about the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Green Paper visit, http://www.climatechange.gov.au/greenpaper/index.html

Jul 16, 2008

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme – Green Paper

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme – Green Paper

The Rudd Labor Government has announced a Green Paper on a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

Penny Wong, Minister for Climate Change and Water said, “The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme is a response to climate change that is economically responsible, supports families and prepares Australia for our future challenges.” To read the Media Release, click here.

Jul 3, 2008

Mental Health and Drug Rehabilitation Funding for Grayndler

Mental Health and Drug Rehabilitation Funding for Grayndler

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 6 2008

In recent weeks the Rudd Labor Government has announced significant funding for Mental Health and Drug Rehabilitation services in Grayndler.

Funding totals $ 665,000 and is targeted in two areas, Amphetamine Drug Rehabilitation and Mental Health.

Amphetamine Type Stimulants Grants Program

The money granted under this program can be used for a variety of purposes including, increasing educational resources, investing in frontline infrastructure or providing training for staff to better manage and treat the challenging behaviours displayed by amphetamine users.

“People who are dependent on amphetamines need help. Drug addiction devastates not only those addicted but also their families and friends.”

“With the right treatment people addicted to amphetamines can make a comeback. This funding will aid in that effort and I welcome it,” said Anthony Albanese.

Organisations in Grayndler receiving funding are The Construction Industry Drug and Alcohol Foundation, We Help Ourselves and the Women’s Alcohol and Drug Advisory Centre.

“The new challenges thrown up by Amphetamine addiction need strong action that results in positive outcomes for users and affected communities.” said Anthony Albanese.

Mental Health Non Government Organisation Capacity Building Grants Program

Capacity building grants have been given to 4 mental health organisations in Grayndler. The purpose of the grants is to increase organisational capacity in the Mental Health sector in response to increased demand for their services.

The expected increase in demand is a result of the $1.9 billion being invested through the COAG National Action Plan on Mental Health.

The 4 key areas receiving funding in the Non Government sector are

  •  Services for people with Drug and Alcohol problems
  •  Telephone counselling, self help and web based support programs
  • Support for day to day living in the community
  •  Suicide prevention programs

“I welcome the assistance coming to organisations in Grayndler to build capacity in response to increased Government funding in the mental health area.”

“Mental health is a challenge that the Rudd Labor Government is tackling head on,” said Anthony Albanese.

Jun 6, 2008

Childcare for Grayndler: A Budget priority

Childcare for Grayndler: A Budget priority

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 6 2008

Anthony Albanese today visited The Infants Home in Ashfield to discuss the role the centre plays in the local community and Labor’s childcare initiatives in the budget.

The Infants’ Home Child & Family Services is a not-for-profit organisation which provides high-quality specialised services to children and families in the community.

“The Infants’ Home is a great example of high quality childcare available to the families in the Ashfield area,” said Anthony Albanese. The Infant’s Home is a good example of the kind of service the Government is encouraging. They provide a range of additional services onsite. These include: speech therapy, occupational therapy, early childhood nurse consultations, and visiting GP’s. The centre also works in partnership with schools in the local area.

Childcare Initiatives in the Budget

From 1 July 2008 the Childcare Tax Rebate will increase from 30 to 50 per cent of out of pocket costs. The maximum payment will increase from $4,354 to $7,500 per child, and payments will be made quarterly, rather than annually. The first of these payments will be made in October 2008.

The Child Care Tax Rebate is not income tested, and is available to working families with children in approved care, whether they receive other government subsidies or not.

The Rudd Labor Government has committed to establishing up to 260 additional Early Learning and Care Centres across Australia by June 2014.

The Inner West has been identified as a priority area for Phase 1 of this initiative, which will deliver the first 38 centres by June 2010. The Office of Early Childhood Education and Child Care is working with the State Government to identify a suitable location in the area.

“The key objective of this initiative is to provide additional high quality early learning and care places in areas of child care need.”

“Families have told me of their frustration of being unable to access places in child care in the area, and the impact this has had on their ability to work.”

“The Rudd Labor Government is committed to improving support for families using childcare, as well as increasing the number of places in areas of high demand,” said Anthony Albanese.

Parents can also call the Child Care Access Hotline, which is a telephone service that provides parents with information to help choose a child care service that meets their needs, on 1800 670 305 (free call).

Jun 3, 2008

$500,000 in Funding for Migrant Settlement in Grayndler

$500,000 in Funding for Migrant Settlement in Grayndler

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 3 2008

Anthony Albanese has welcomed the announcement of $500,000 in funding under the Settlement Grants Program, for organisations in Grayndler that assist with the integration of refugees and migrants.

“Since 1996 over 17,000 migrants have come to Grayndler to live. This funding will help those who have recently arrived in Australia cope with what can be a difficult and challenging time,” said Anthony Albanese.

4 organisations in Grayndler are being funded as part of the Settlement Grants Program. The organisations receiving funding are the Indonesian Welfare Association, the Indonesian Community Council of NSW, Mercy Works and St Vincent de Paul.

The grants will fund work to promote awareness of Government services, classes to help with cultural transition, life skills training and volunteer mentoring from community members.

The programs will assist migrants and refugees with things like overcoming barriers to accessing private housing, which can be difficult without rental history or referees in Australia.

“Our area has a strong history of welcoming migrants and is one of the success stories of multicultural Australia. I am proud that the Rudd Labor Government is funding these services.”

“I would like to thank all organisations involved in assisting new arrivals in Grayndler. They should be commended for their contribution to the positive and successful settlement of migrants and refugees in Australia,” said Anthony Albanese.

May 30, 2008

Exciting New Life for Haberfield Post Office

Exciting New Life for Haberfield Post Office

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 30 2008

Anthony Albanese, will today open the restored Haberfield Post Office Building in its new incarnation as Haberfield Post restaurant (formerly Il Goloso, of Ramsay Street).

The Post Office Building dates to 1914 and is a magnificent example of the Garden Suburb’s Federation architecture.

Mr Albanese welcomed both the sensitive restoration of the important heritage landmark and its new lease on life as a family restaurant.

“This is a real win for the many Haberfield residents who have campaigned for the retention and restoration of the old Post Office ever since its sale by Australia post some ten years ago.”

“Local people are rightly very proud and protective of their unique heritage suburb.”

“I’m delighted that the old Post Office will resume its place at the heart of life in Haberfield,” said Anthony Albanese.

Contact Anthony

(02) 9564 3588 Electorate Office

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

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