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Jun 16, 2016

Holy Trinity Community Centre to receive $16,000 in funding

I am pleased to announce Father Dave’s Community Centre at the Holy Trinity Church in Dulwich Hill will receive $16,000 in funding as part of the Stronger Communities Program administered through my office.

The funds will go towards the fit out of the new Holy Trinity Community Centre, which accommodates over 200 people and includes a large hall, a gym, a meeting room and a caretaker residence.

The Community Centre, well-known for providing a safe place for youth at risk to participate in positive social and fitness activities, was sadly destroyed by fire in the early hours of 21 April, 2013.

Since then Father Dave and his parish have worked tirelessly to raise funds to ensure the ongoing provision of their services and activities.

It was a privilege to attend the reopening of the Community Centre in December last year.

The success of the Community Centre is testimony to the hard work of Father Dave.

It plays a critical role in the inner west, contributing to our socially cohesive and diverse neighbourhoods.

Having a multi-purpose facility such as this is important for our area and I’m pleased to have been able to support this project.

I want to thank Father Dave, his parish and volunteers for all the work they do, and congratulate them on the success of the Community Centre.

Jun 16, 2016

Dawn Fraser Pool to be restored under Labor

Balmain’s heritage listed Dawn Fraser Pool will receive essential funding for heritage restoration under a Labor Government.

Loved by locals, the pool was originally opened in 1884. The existing southern structure where the change rooms, toilets and showers are located was built in 1902 and last refurbished in the 1980s.

Used by Olympians, sports clubs and families alike, it is the oldest pool and sports club in Australia, but in urgent need of an upgrade.

Today’s announcement of $800,000 will see a complete upgrade of the southern structure to include new toilets, change rooms and showers.

In a nod to the past, it will also include fire safety and building compliance improvements to protect and restore many of the original heritage elements of the pool.

Importantly, for those who need it, the upgrade will include a new accessible path from the disabled parking spaces near Fitzroy Wharf to the entrance of the pool.

I’m pleased that former independent mayor of Leichhardt Council and founding member of the Friends of Balmain Baths, Carolyn Allen, and the Balmain Water Polo Club have joined me at the Dawn Fraser Pool for this announcement.

I want to particularly acknowledge the Balmain Water Polo Club, which has a remarkable history when it comes to supporting swimmers and sports people from across the inner west.

A number of Olympians have passed through the club, some of whom have joined us here today.

Supporting communities by investing in local infrastructure is at the heart of Labor Governments. We understand the difference this can make.

Jun 7, 2016

Penny Wong to launch Grayndler 2016 campaign

It is an honour to have Penny Wong launching my Grayndler 2016 Federal Election campaign this Thursday at the Vic on the Park.

Penny Wong played a critical role in the development of the former Labor Government’s climate change policy.

As Minister for Climate Change she oversaw the expansion of the Renewable Energy Target, which has driven significant investment in wind and solar power.

She also represented Australia in international climate change negotiations and developed the emissions trading scheme.

Penny will always stand up for what’s right. She has a strong record on speaking out against prejudice and campaigning for equality for women, LGBTI rights and a multicultural Australia.

It makes sense that Penny would launch my campaign – these issues are also dear to the hearts of people across the inner west.

I’ve lived my whole life in the inner west and love the vibrancy and diversity of our neighbourhoods. Most of all, I love our deeply entrenched sense of community.

But in the wake of a series of cruel cuts to education and health from the Abbott and Turnbull Governments, it’s now more important than ever that our community has a local representative who will fight for their interests.

When in Government I secured investment to upgrade local schools, sporting fields, parks and community facilities, and clean up the Cooks River.

I will continue to advocate for progressive advances for our nation. Labor is committed to a strong economy, that’s about jobs and opportunities for all. We’re passionate about public healthcare and we will implement the Gonski education reforms.

An elected Labor Government will transition to 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.  We will also deliver record Commonwealth investment in our cities so that we can tackle the critical issues of housing affordability and public transport.

This election people voting in Grayndler could decide the nation’s future.

This election people have a choice between Labor’s strong, positive vision for the nation, or more of the Liberal’s unfair agenda.


Anthony’s campaign launch will be held this Thursday at the Vic on the Park from 6pm-7:3

Jun 7, 2016

Labor to boost funding for Community Legal Centres

A Labor Government will ensure frontline legal services receive approximately $43 million in funding over three years from 1 July 2016 so they can keep doing their vital work.

Community Legal Centres, like the Marrickville Legal Centre in my electorate, help vulnerable people at times of great need, when they are unable to pay for legal help themselves.

Despite the importance of these frontline services Malcolm Turnbull and George Brandis have cut millions of dollars from Community Legal Centres, Legal Aid Commissions and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services over the past three years.

160,000 people were turned away from Community Legal Centres last year alone and Centres face a 30 per cent funding cut on 1 July 2017, which will see many centres having to close their doors to clients.

The Marrickville Legal Centre is typical of many CLCs across the country.

Its hardworking staff assist a large range of clients with diverse legal issues, from tenants’ rights, to domestic violence, to family law disputes, and they are frequently overwhelmed with demand.

It is a crucial part of our inner west community and worthy of support.

Other community legal services that will also receive additional funding under Labor include the Tenants Union of NSW, Financial Rights Legal Centre, Court Support Scheme, the Australian Centre for Disability Law, Inner City Legal Centre, HIV/AIDS Legal Centre, the Immigration Advice and Rights Centre, Seniors Rights Service and the Welfare Rights Centre.  These services will receive over $1.8 million in much-needed funding over three years.

Access to justice is a fundamental right of all Australians.  Only Labor will ensure that right is safeguarded – the only guarantee you will get from the Turnbull Government is further funding

Jun 2, 2016

Labor’s commitment to community radio

Today I joined the Shadow Minister for Communications, Jason Clare and the Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek at the FBi studio in Alexandria to announce $5.6 million in funding for independent community radio.

Community radio is the independent voice of our communities.

As the NSW Young Labor President I led a successful campaign to make JJJ a national radio network, lobbying people like the-then Prime Minister Bob Hawke.

More than five million people have access to community radio, with a broad reach not only in our cities, but in rural and regional Australia.

Community radio makes a significant contribution to media diversity and local content, and plays a particularly significant role for Indigenous, print handicapped, ethnic and religious communities.

But in his first Budget as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull cut $5.6 million from community digital radio.

According to the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, 37 community digital radio services are facing closure altogether from 1 July 2016.

Labor knows these services are a valued part of Australian culture, and we will restore funding to ensure continued delivery of community digital radio services in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.

This $5.6 million commitment over four years – $1.4 million per annum – will assist with digital platform and infrastructure costs including data connectivity, linking, multiplexing and transmission.

Labor introduced digital radio in Australia and we have a strong track record of supporting community broadcasting.

Independent radio voices should not disappear from our communities – Labor’s support will make sure community broadcasting continues to thrive.

May 23, 2016

The Infants’ Home at Ashfield to receive $20,000 for upgrade

It was a pleasure to address The Infants’ Home Children’s Carnival on Saturday and announce their successful application for a $20,000 grant through the Stronger Communities Program.

This will go towards the Sydney Child Development Clinic Upgrade project – Sydney’s first integrated and coordinated early intervention clinic in an existing The Infants Home building.

The Sydney Child Development Clinic will focus on providing early intervention health support services to families of children with a disability.

It will form an integral part of The Infants’ Home hub, providing fully integrated community services that focus on best practices for children and families, and also support preventative health initiatives within the community.

The Infants’ Home plays an important role in the inner west community.

Their commitment to providing inclusive spaces for all children makes such a positive difference.

Saturday’s Children’s Carnival is testimony to their dedication to the local community, which hundreds of families attended.

I want to acknowledge the work of CEO of The Infants’ Home, Anita Kumar, as well as her team, and wish them all the best with the upgrade.

May 20, 2016

NSW Federation of Community Language Schools to receive funding boost

The NSW Federation of Community Language Schools will receive a funding boost of $20,000 as part of the Stronger Communities Program administered through my office.

President of the NSWFCLS, Albert Vella OAM, has welcomed the announcement, which will go towards upgrading and refurbishing the new offices in Dulwich Hill.

The new premises will function as a multicultural hub, with organisations and members of the CALD community able to access rooms to host meetings and other activities.

“We want our space to encourage people to provide services, projects and activities and have some autonomy in how they support the needy in their community,” Mr Vella said.

For nearly 40 years the NSWFCLS has worked to sustain community languages and promote multiculturalism.

The NSWFCLS also plays an essential role in ensuring that people who might feel isolated because of their background have access to the services they need.

People come to the inner west because of its vibrancy and diversity.

We are lucky to have such cohesive neighbourhoods and communities and in part this is because of the work of organisations like the NSWFCLS.

I want to thank Albert Vella and Michael Christodoulou for their commitment to supporting diversity within our community and wish them all the best in their move to the new premises.


May 20, 2016

Albanese officially opens Doorstep Organics

It’s with great pleasure that today I join Geoff Richardson to officially open the new premises of Doorstep Organics – Australia’s largest organic delivery service.

More than 20 years ago, in 1995, Geoff and partner Carolyn launched – the Australian organic industry’s first website.

For the first time ever, this meant that the online purchase of organic produce in Australia was a possibility.

Their son Peter and partner Georgia joined the business in 2005 and the business moved from the family’s Kangaroo Valley farm to a small warehouse in Alexandria.

When they quickly outgrew that Doorstep moved to Meeks Road in Marrickville until late last year.

By that time, demand for organic produce had grown so much the Meeks Road warehouse became too small, and it is with great delight that we officially welcome Doorstep Organics to Chapel Street in Marrickville today.

This is a great example of a local family business that has stayed local.

It also showcases the important role small businesses play in our community, by providing employment opportunities for locals.

I want to congratulate Geoff and his family on the success of their business, thank them for having me here today and wish them all the best for the future.




May 19, 2016

Greenway to receive $7.25 million under Labor

A Shorten Labor Government would invest $7.25 million in the Cooks River to Iron Cove Greenway, creating a continuous pedestrian and cycleway along the length of the corridor.

Eleven missing links have been identified along the 5.8km corridor, which connects the Parramatta River at Iron Cove to the Cooks River at Earlwood.

Recently the NSW Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance, met with State MPs whose electorates encompass the Greenway and indicated the NSW Government’s willingness to fund half the costs of completing these missing links.

Given the outrageous decision by the State Government to dismiss elected local councils and replace them with an unelected administrator this will further delay the completion of this vital project.

Federal Labor will step in and fund 50% of the costs to ensure that this project can be completed and that the NSW Government has no excuse for any further delay.

The previous NSW Labor Government fully funded the Greenway so that it would run along the full length of the inner west light rail line.

Yet upon being elected in 2011, the NSW Liberal Government cut all funding for the Greenway project.

The Baird Government now needs to officially make its offer to cover 50% of the costs – the time for excuses is over.

Linking active transport through walking and cycling to our public transport systems is a key part of sustainable urban design.

We understand that here in the inner west our open, green spaces are precious and deserve investment.

The Greenway will benefit many local families, particularly kids who can safely travel to school along the route.

Importantly cyclists and pedestrians will no longer have to cross Parramatta Road or Longport Street.

Inner west residents are eager for the Greenway to finally be completed.

I’m pleased to announce today that a Federal Labor Government will help make this happen by providing a guaranteed source of funding.


May 19, 2016

Labor will invest in the National Cycling Strategy

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $1.25 million in the Australian Bicycle Council to ensure the ongoing development of a national cycling strategy.

The former Labor Government funded the Council in 2011 so it could develop the 2011-2016 National Cycling Strategy, in consultation with Australia’s Transport Ministers and other interest groups.

The 2011-2016 strategy saw a number of improvements nationwide, which included the introduction of pedal-assist bicycles, consistency in design guidance for bicycle infrastructure, the publication of national metrics and reporting on cycling participation, safety, integrated planning and government investment in cycling.

With funding set to end in December this year, the Turnbull Government is jeopardising the development of this active transport policy by refusing to commit to any additional funding.

The Turnbull Government is kidding itself if it believes there is no further work to be done on active transport projects.

In contrast, Labor understands that our cities face challenges of increased congestion, which is why we will prioritise the cycling strategy.

A Shorten Labor Government will require that all projects submitted to Infrastructure Australia add another criterion to its assessments – the inclusion of active transport modes including cycling and walking.

We will also continue to work with States and Territories to consider establishing a new Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport Council, as outlined in the 2013 Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport report.

Linking active transport through walking and cycling to our public transport systems is a key part of sustainable urban design.

That’s why today, we are also announcing that a Shorten Labor Government will invest $7.25 million in the Cooks River to Iron Cove Greenway to create a continuous pedestrian and cycleway along the length of the corridor.

“This is an example of how practical funding can make a significant difference to the local community,” Mr Albanese said.

“Having lived in the inner-west my whole life, I understand that our open, green spaces are precious and deserve proper investment.

“The Greenway will benefit many local families, particularly kids who can now safely travel to school along the route, without having to cross Parramatta Road.

Today’s announcements build on Labor’s plans to improve our cities and ensure they are productive, sustainable and liveable.


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