May 11, 2007

Labor announces trades training centres and water security for towns & cities

Federal Labor announces trades training centres and water security for towns and cities

MEDIA RELEASE – ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

11 May 2007

Last night, Kevin Rudd announced Federal Labor’s 10-year, $2.5 billion Trades Training Centres in Schools Plan – a groundbreaking initiative which will see new trade centres built in all high schools in our local area to provide real career paths to trades and apprenticeships.

Labor will give hard working students at schools in our local area the best possible opportunity to develop skills to set them up for the future.

In his Budget Reply speech, Kevin Rudd last night also announced Federal Labor will create a $250 million National Water Security Plan for Towns and Cities to secure water supplies by repairing water pipes and reducing leaks, wastage and evaporation.

Labor’s plan will help secure domestic and industrial water use in our local area by stopping the wastage of water as it makes its way to the tap.

Ten per cent, or more than 155,000 megalitres, is lost from urban water systems in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth alone each year. This is the equivalent of 77,500 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Up to 30 per cent of water in water mains can be lost through leaks and burst pipes, and a small leak can waste more than 500,000 litres of water in just 12 months.

Under the National Water Security Plan for Towns and Cities, a Federal Labor Government will invest $250 million and work with local water authorities to minimise water loss and invest in modern, more efficient water infrastructure and – where appropriate – refurbish older pipes and water systems.

It follows on from Labor’s plan to offer loans of up to $10,000 to help local homes become more energy and water efficient.

Labor offers a strong alternative plan for Australia’s future.