BOOST FOR TORQUAY COMMUNITY HOUSE

The Andrews Labor Government is upgrading the Torquay Community House so that more locals in Torquay have access to vital services in a renovated and more modern facility. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Torquay Community House would receive $10,000 to upgrade the meeting area to include a portable coffee shop, as part…

WOMEN TAKE TO THE TRACK AT TERANG

Women racing enthusiasts will be invited to dine in style at the Terang trots this November as part of a joint racing and infrastructure funding package worth more than $47,000 supported by the Andrews Labor Government. The Labor Government is providing more than $12,000 towards two racing infrastructure upgrades at Terang Racecourse, and almost $9600…

ANDREWS GOVERNMENT LIGHTS UP COLAC SPORT

The Colac community will soon be enjoying modern sports facilities thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced a $375,164 Community Sports Infrastructure Fund grant to deliver the Central Reserve Lighting and Court Redevelopment project. Central Reserve is home to a number of community organisations including:…

CONSTRUCTION BLITZ TO FIX NOTORIOUS NARROW ROADS

The Andrews Labor Government will kick off major road rebuilding and widening works next week on three of south western Victoria’s most notoriously damaged and narrow roads. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said 10 kilometres of Warrnambool-Caramut Road (between Bromfield Road and the Hamilton Highway), five kilometres of Coleraine-Edenhope Road (between Harrow-Balmoral Road and…

DELIVERING A NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE FOR WARRNAMBOOL

The Andrews Labor Government’s record boost for Victoria’s neighbourhood houses means even more opportunities for locals to foster connections in Warrnambool, learn new skills and boost their health and wellbeing. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced a brand new neighbourhood house will be funded to open in Warrnambool through the Neighbourhood Houses Coordination…

ANDREWS GOVERNMENT KICKS IN FOR WARRNAMBOOL SPORT

Merrivale Football Netball Club and Merrivale Cricket Club will soon be enjoying modern sports facilities thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced a $250,000 Community Sports Infrastructure Fund grant to deliver the Merrivale Recreation Reserve Irrigation, Electrical & Lighting Improvements Project. The project scope…

BUILDING EVEN MORE KINDERS ACROSS VICTORIA

More kinders, integrated children’s hubs and upgraded early years facilities are on the way for Victorian families and their children, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. In Camperdown today, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced that more than 50 projects will be funded through the 2018-19 major grants round of the Children’s Facilities Capital…

GREAT LOCAL IDEAS SECURE FUNDING THROUGH PICK MY PROJECT

Grassroots sports clubs, community gardens and a multi-purpose cinema facility are among organisations in Victoria’s south west that have secured vital funding through Pick My Project – the Andrews Labor Government’s ground-breaking program that gives locals the power to choose the projects their community needs. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced 17 local…

Learn Locals

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (09:47:44) — I rise to update the house on the Andrews Labor government’s support for Victoria’s adult and community education providers known as Learn Locals. On 30 August 2018 I attended the 2018 Victorian Learn Local Awards and announced a new $5 million program to boost literacy, numeracy and language training for…

PORTLAND LIBRARY REDEVELOPMENT OPEN

The Victorian Government continues to invest record funding into Victoria’s libraries and support learning centres under the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney opened the redeveloped Portland Library today on behalf of Minister for Local Government, Marlene Kairouz. The Victorian Government partnered with the Glenelg Shire Council to deliver the $400,000…

TAFE funding

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (10:27:38) — I rise to update the house on the Andrews Labor government’s game-changing free TAFE for priority courses initiative. I was delighted to join the Premier and Deputy Premier at Melbourne Polytechnic, Greensborough campus, for the opening of the Banyule-Nillumbik Tech School, a campus reopened by this government…

Joe Pearl

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (10:39:19) — I rise to honour Joe Pearl. Joe Pearl arrived in Australia in 1953 from rural Turkenagh in County Clare, Ireland. Joe’s Gaelic name, Seosamh ó Seoid, means ‘jewel’, perhaps explaining the family name, Pearl. Joe looked to Australia for opportunity, bringing with him a lifelong love of learning despite…

NEW KINDERGARTEN GRANTS BENEFIT SOUTH WEST FAMILIES

Local kindergartens in Victoria’s south west are set to benefit from new and improved laptops and tablets as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s latest kindergarten grants round. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said 14 Kindergartens would share in $1.64 million through this year’s Children’s Facilities Capital Program minor grants round. The kindergartens will…

A Flurry Of Road Works Delivering Results In The ‘Green Triangle’

Drivers in south-western Victoria are already experiencing the benefits of upgrades to three vital regional freight routes in one of Australia’s major forestry, farming and mining regions, the ‘Green Triangle’, with the next phase of works due to start in September 2018. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said extensive…

Justice Legislation Amendment (Family Violence Protection and Other Matters) Bill 2018

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) (11:32:07) — The government is continuing its historic work to transform Victoria’s response to family violence so that victim survivors are better supported and perpetrators are held to account. We have committed to implementing all to 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, and through the 2017–18 budget invested an…

Corrections Amendment (Parole) Bill 2018

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) (11:57:06) — I will make some summation remarks, but before I do so I would like to extend my thoughts and condolences to Angela Taylor’s family and friends, and also indicate that my thoughts are absolutely with all of those who were injured and with the families and friends of those…

Corrections Amendment (Parole) Bill 2018

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) (12:49:28) — I was dealing with the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities in my summing up. I mentioned that the opposition had raised the issue of the statement of compatibility for this bill. The statement of compatibility considers that this bill limits rights in the charter, and that is based…

Corrections Amendment (Parole) Bill 2018

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) tabled following statement in accordance with Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006: In accordance with section 28 of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Charter), I make this Statement of Compatibility with respect to the Corrections Amendment (Parole) Bill 2018 (Bill). In my opinion, the Bill,…

Corrections Amendment (Parole) Bill 2018

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) (17:36:23) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. The main purpose of the bill is to enhance community safety by clarifying the application of the strict parole laws for prisoners convicted of murdering a police officer, including the prisoner Dr Craig Minogue. This is to reaffirm the…

SUPPORT FOR MOYNE SHIRE’S ECONOMIC FUTURE

The Victorian Government has awarded a $50,000 Stronger Regional Communities Plan to Moyne Shire Council for it to prepare its economic development strategy. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced the funding from the Stronger Regional Communities Plan, which supports community-led initiatives that build community capabilities or improve the liveability of regional and rural…

SUPPORT FOR CORANGAMITE’S FIRE-AFFECTED TOWNS

The Victorian Government has awarded a $50,000 Stronger Regional Communities Plan grant to develop marketing and buy-local campaigns to promote townships and businesses of Cobden, Camperdown, Terang and Timboon. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced the funding from the Stronger Regional Communities Plan, which supports community-led initiatives that build community capabilities or improve…

HELPING WARRNAMBOOL MANUFACTURERS GROW

The Andrews Labor Government is helping manufacturers in Warrnambool grow, innovate and create jobs. Member for Western Victori,a Gayle Tierney today announced the creation of the Warrnambool Manufacturing Cluster – part of a $5 million state-wide scheme to boost the capability of regional manufacturers. The initiative will give local manufacturers access to programs that boost…

NEW KINDERGARTEN UPGRADES BENEFIT COLAC FAMILIES

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today visited the Colac East Kindergarten and inspected the recently upgraded facility. The $385,000 upgrade was funded by the Andrews Government, in conjunction with Barwon Child, Youth and Family, Colac Otway Shire and the Colac East Kindergarten Committee. The project increased Colac East Kindergarten’s capacity, including an additional…

GIVING YOUNG COLAC DRIVERS A SAFER START

Fifty young people in Colac and surrounds have now benefited from the Andrews Labor Governments L2P learner driver mentor program. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today met with 20-year-old Colac local John Bader, who will soon take his probationary licence test. John learned to drive after learning under the supervision of volunteer driving…

HERITAGE GRANT TO HELP PRESERVE LOCAL ICON

The Andrews Labor Government is restoring one of Warrnambool’s much loved heritage assets, Wollaston Bridge. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, today announced a $195,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Living Heritage Program, which gives communities like Warrnambool the resources we need to protect our treasured heritage. Constructed in 1890, Wollaston Bridge is…

Serious Offenders Bill 2018

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) (17:31:14) — This bill deals with important reforms to the post-sentence scheme and, along with related operational reforms, will acquit the remaining outstanding legislative recommendations of the Harper review. I want to take this opportunity to thank Justice Harper, Professor Paul Mullen and Professor Bernadette McSherry for their diligent work and…

MORE FUNDING TO SUPPORT EX-SERVICE ORGANISATIONS

The Andrews Labor Government has announced a new round of funding for the War Heritage Collections Training Program and Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria, is encouraging ex-service organisations across Western Victoria to lodge an Expression of Interest. The program is a great opportunity for ex-services organisations to receive expert training and support to…

COASTCARE FUNDS COMMUNITY CONSERVATION PROGRAMS

Volunteer community groups working to protect and preserve Victoria’s coastal landscapes will share in almost $250,000 funding through the 2018 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program. The recipients were announced at the recent Victorian Coastal Awards, which recognise and celebrate the outstanding work and commitment of individuals and groups along Victoria’s coast. Member for Western Victoria,…

The Geelong Project

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (12:38:57) — I rise today to inform the house of a great project focused on early intervention to assist young people in Geelong. The Geelong Project — TGP — is a fantastic example of a homegrown, innovative strategy to deal with a very serious problem on a local scale. It has…

Anzac Day

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (09:49:16) — Anzac Day this year had a special focus on the centenary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, which is of particular significance for Australians. In April 1918 in a battle to reclaim lost ground on the Western Front in France there were over 2400 casualties out of 3900 Australians who…

Auslan training

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (09:47:30) — I rise to update the house on the funding boost provided to Auslan training in regional Victoria by the Andrews Labor government. For the first time people in regional Victoria will be able to study Auslan qualifications up to diploma level without having to travel to Melbourne,…

Long Service Benefits Portability Bill 2018

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (17:23:07) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: It has often been said in this house that long service leave is a benefit that all workers should enjoy, as a reward for long and faithful service, and to allow workers…