NEW WIND TURBINE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

In an Australian first, Portland’s water and sewage treatment facilities have achieved net-zero-plus emissions thanks to locally generated renewable power. The achievement is a result of Wannon Water’s $4.2 million investment in a wind turbine at the energy-intensive facilities that will help reduce carbon emissions by an average of 2,500 tonnes a year. The project…

GRANT SUPPORTS CREATIVITY IN SIMPSON

Hundreds of students from schools across Victoria will work side-by-side with leading creative professionals this year, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Creative Learning Partnerships program. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced a $10,000 grant for Simpson Primary School to partner with Natimuk artist, Hannah French to bring new learning experiences to…

IMPROVING CORANGAMITE COMMUNITY TRANSPORT OPTIONS

The Victorian Government is helping improve community transport in Corangamite Shire with a funding boost to undertake an audit of existing options. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said a $70,000 investment from the State Government’s Flexible Local Transport Solutions Program, will help identify any gaps, or opportunities for improvement, in the existing community transport…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:07): Last week I had the pleasure of attending the first graduation of the certificate III in learning an endangered Aboriginal language. This Victorian-first course started in 2018 and continued throughout 2019. The certificate gives students the understanding, skills and resources to build up…

CREATIVE VICTORIA GRANTS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (13:17): I rise today to congratulate two organisations that are doing a fantastic job in extending creative opportunities in south-west Victoria. Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery at Cororooke has received $75 000 to create a space for workshops, rehearsals and performance plus a…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: WODONGA TAFE

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:45): I rise to share that Wodonga TAFE was recently awarded the Australian Defence Force driver machinery and plant training services contract at the army school of transport at Puckapunyal. This is an outstanding achievement for a TAFE. The contract spans up to…

SUPPORTING ABORIGINAL STUDENTS IN SOUTH WEST VICTORIA WITH THEIR CAREER PATHWAYS

More Victorian government Aboriginal school students in Victoria’s south west are being supported to complete Year 11 and 12, thanks to the Victorian Government’s Marrung Education Scholarships program. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated the 7 Marrung Education Scholarship recipients from south west Victoria for 2019 and 2020, who were among 40 Aboriginal…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: SUNSHINE SKILLS HUB

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:27): Last week was an important milestone for Melbourne’s west. I had the pleasure of joining Legislative Council colleagues Ingrid Stitt and Cesar Melhem, along with the member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman, in the other place, to officially open Victoria University Polytechnic’s Sunshine…

AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (13:15): It is with great pleasure that I rise today to note that 28 Western Victoria constituents have been recognised with Australia Day awards. Three became AMs—members of the Order of Australia—20 were awarded Medals of the Order of Australia, two received Australian Fire…

LOOKING AFTER COLAC BOTANIC GARDENS

The iconic Colac Botanic Gardens will be rejuvenated thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Round One of the Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens Grants Program will see 17 gardens across the state receive grants worth $1.4 million. Colac Botanic Gardens will receive a $95,000 grant to improve the supply of water required to irrigate…

LOOKING AFTER WARRNAMBOOL BOTANIC GARDENS

The iconic Warrnambool Botanic Gardens will be rejuvenated thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Round One of the Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens Grants Program will see 17 gardens across the state receive grants worth $1.4 million. Warrnambool Botanic Gardens will receive a $129,132 grant to repair the eastern and western paths systems, improve…

LOOKING AFTER HAMILTON BOTANICAL GARDENS

The iconic Hamilton Botanical Gardens will be rejuvenated thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Round One of the Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens Grants Program will see 17 gardens across the state receive grants worth $1.4 million. Hamilton Botanical Gardens will receive a $86,000 grant for completion of design and heritage planning for a…

FUNDING BOOST FOR WESTERN VICTORIA’S EMERGENCY SERVICES VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers in Western Victoria are receiving a welcome funding boost as part of a state-wide investment in new emergency services equipment by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services, Lisa Neville recently announced 294 new grants totalling more than $13.75 million as part of the 2019–20 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP). Labor Member…

START YOUR ENGINES AT SIMPSON SPEEDWAY

Enthusiasts at the Simpson Car Club near Cobden will now enjoy more accessible and safe events, thanks to upgraded lighting funded through an $88,781 investment from the Andrews Labor Government’s Pick My Project initiative. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney welcomed the Simpson Speedway upgraded lighting, which had become outdated and in vital need of…

NEW MEN’S SHED SET FOR WARRNAMBOOL

More men in Warrnambool will be building new friendships, skills and community connections, thanks to a Victorian Government grant for a new men’s shed. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Warrnambool Men’s Shed would receive $80,000 towards their much needed new shed. The grant will build a new 32 x 12 metre…

EXTENDED MEN’S SHED SET FOR HEYWOOD

More men in Heywood will be building new friendships, skills and community connections, thanks to a Victorian Government grant for an extended men’s shed. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Heywood Men’s Shed would receive $14,000 towards their much needed shed extension. The grant will build an extension of the existing shed…

GEOFF HANDBURY

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (09:53:38): I rise today to reflect on the contribution to regional Victoria, and especially western Victoria, made by Geoff Handbury, PhD, AO. Mr Handbury died this week, aged 94, after a lifetime supporting the community at a local, regional, state and even national level.…

MINISTER’S STATEMENTS: AUSTRALIAN TRAINING AWARDS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:28:38): Last Thursday I had the opportunity to attend the Australian Training Awards. The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards for the vocational education and training sector, and again this year Victorian TAFEs did not disappoint. For the fourth year in…

MINISTER’S STATEMENTS: GOVERNMENT ACHIEVEMENTS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:22:58): Last Sunday marked the year anniversary of the re-elected Andrews Labor government. The gift of government is something we do not take for granted, and we have not wasted a day since. We have continued our proud record of building an education…

AN IMPROVED MEN’S SHED FOR ANGLESEA

The Victorian Government is getting behind local communities and men’s mental health and social wellbeing, by opening a much improved men’s shed in Anglesea. A $20,000 Victorian Government grant has supported the refurbishment of the Anglesea Men’s Shed in Cameron Road. The refurbishment includes a new main entry, separate metal working area, a large community…

PROVIDING GREAT RESOURCES TO KINDERS IN PORTLAND

Children in Glenelg Shire are set to benefit from technology upgrades ahead of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten starting next year, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced four early childhood services in Portland would share $10,500 in funding to purchase tablet computers through the Labor Government’s Children’s Facilities Capital…

PROVIDING GREAT RESOURCES TO KINDERS IN COLAC

Children in Colac are set to benefit from technology upgrades ahead of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten starting next year, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced two kindergartens would receive funding to purchase tablet computers through the Labor Government’s Children’s Facilities Capital Program (CFCP). The Children’s Facilities Capital Program…

PROVIDING GREAT RESOURCES TO KINDERS IN CORANGAMITE

Children in Corangamite Shire are set to benefit from technology upgrades ahead of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten starting next year, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced seven kindergartens in the Corangamite Shire would share $10,370 in funding to purchase laptop computers through the Labor Government’s Children’s Facilities Capital…

MINISTERS STATEMENT: ADULT COMMUNITY EDUCATION

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:06:39): Today is a historic day for adult community education in this state. At lunchtime today I will officially launch the ministerial statement on The Future of Adult Community Education in Victoria 2020–25. The ministerial statement will give the sector the acknowledgement and…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: GEELONG ARTS CENTRE

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (13:08:53): Last night I had the privilege of attending the formal opening of the Geelong Arts Centre, the revitalised and redeveloped facility that was funded by the Andrews Labor government to the tune of $37 million, and it certainly is a great facility.…

BAG BAN BEGINS IN WESTERN VICTORIA

The Victorian Government has delivered on its promise to ban lightweight plastic shopping bags in Victoria to reduce plastic pollution and help protect the environment. The ban will apply from 1 November bags being provided at point of sale by all retailers, including supermarkets, fashion boutiques, fast food outlets, convenience stores, and service stations and…

DANGEROUS GOODS AMENDMENT (PENALTY REFORM) BILL 2019

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (11:19:41): I thank all the members who have contributed to this debate today and given accounts of what has been occurring in their electorates. In particular Mr Meddick, who shares my electorate, outlined some of the things that our constituents have faced in…

TAFE COMPLETION RATES

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:17:19): What I can advise the house is that when I go around and visit TAFEs, which I do on a very regular basis, people advise me that their classrooms are full and that there is a real emphasis on completing their course…

TAFE COMPLETION RATES

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:14:41): This is sort of a re-run in terms of a matter that was before the media during the winter recess. Clearly the member still has not got the memo, and the memo is this: that the data is two years old. It…

TRAINING AND SKILLS FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:08:36): I again thank the member for giving me an opportunity to talk about TAFE and free TAFE. I can say that I am a little bit surprised that Ms Wooldridge, who normally conducts herself, I think, in a very, very professional manner,…

TRAINING AND SKILLS FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:05:39): I am aware of the comments made by the shadow minister, Tanya Plibersek, in relation to the underspend. It is very disappointing that that money was not spent in a way that was more targeted in areas where there are government priorities,…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: CHISHOLM INSTITUTE

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:31:20): I am pleased to rise and inform the house of a new Andrews government initiative announced last week to support free TAFE students to complete their studies. Last Wednesday I joined the member for Nepean, Chris Brayne, at the Chisholm Mornington Peninsula…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: APPRENTICESHIPS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:26): I rise to update the chamber on how the reintroduction of trade papers by the Andrews government is rebuilding the status of apprenticeships. Last week I visited Ringwood Training with a member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Sonja Terpstra, who is an absolute…

MELTON TAFE FACILITY

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:33): I thank Dr Cumming for raising this question. The provision of post-school education in our suburbs and our regional towns and provision for our rural communities is incredibly important but particularly so in areas where we have high population growth. I can advise…

MELTON TAFE FACILITY

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:35): I thank Dr Cumming for her question again. The area of adult education is incredibly important and it is part of the post-school sector. I have had a lot of engagement in that sector in recent times. I called a summit of…

TAYA DAVIES

MS TIERNEY: Taya Davies from Barwon Heads is the 2020 Victoria Young Australian of the Year. Taya works with the Department of Education and Training in the Geelong region in support of disengaged young people of high school age, currently as a coordinator and manager. She brings her social values not only to these programs…

ARCHIE ROACH

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (13:08:21): I rise today to celebrate the achievements of two people whose work has impacted on the lives of western Victorians. I begin by congratulating Archie Roach, iconic musician and performer, who has been named the 2020 Victoria Australian of the Year. Archie…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: CHISHOLM INSTITUTE

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:44:45): I wish to update the house on capital works in the TAFE sector. Recently I joined the Premier, along with the member for Frankston, Paul Edbrooke, the member for Mordialloc, Tim Richardson, and the member for Nepean, Chris Brayne, at Chisholm lnstitute’s…

$55,000 AWARDED TO COLAC TO PREVENT CRIME

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded $55,000 to the Colac Otway Shire Council to tackle community safety concerns under the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Colac Otway Shire Council would receive funding for the Queen Street Shared Path – Street Lighting Upgrade project. The Colac Otway Shire…

PRINCES HIGHWAY DUPLICATION

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (10:02:09): Last week I had the opportunity to take a close look at a project that will improve road usage not only for locals from Colac and its region but for all who use the Princes Highway through western Victoria. The replacement of…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: RAISING EXPECTATIONS PROGRAM

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:12:46): I would like to update the house on the Raising Expectations program. Last week I joined the member for Bayswater, Jackson Taylor, at Swinburne’s Croydon campus. We met with a number of the participating students in the Raising Expectations program. This program…

BACK TO BACK THEATRE

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (09:40:28): I rise today to share a recent experience in which I felt privileged to gain an insight into what it means to live with a disability. I attended the opening in Geelong of Back to Back Theatre’s production The Shadow Whose Prey…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: WURREKER AWARDS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:33:54): I wish to update the house on the Wurreker Awards and Indigenous language courses. Recently I had the pleasure of attending my third Wurreker Awards at the Aborigines Advancement League. The awards are an annual event hosted by the Victorian Aboriginal Education…

NEW ANGLESEA SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB

Construction on the new Anglesea lifesaving clubhouse has officially commenced thanks to funding support from the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today toured the construction site for Anglesea’s modern, fit-for-purpose clubhouse and thanked the club and the community for their work to deliver the new facility. The new building will…

ESP WOOL PRODUCTION PROGRAM WINS PREMIER’S SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

A finewool-growing family operation near Winslow in Victoria’s south-west won the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award and the Small and Medium Enterprises Award at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2019 for their sustainable wool production. Kia Ora Merino’s E.S.P. or Ethical, Sustainable, Profitable wool production is now a feature of the Finnigan family farm, pulling together existing…

HELPING TO CELEBRATE COLAC OTWAY CHILDREN

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the Colac Otway community to host fun and free educational activities and events for local families and children as part of this year’s Children’s Week celebrations. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced three local organisations were among the 118 recipients to receive a grant to help host…

HELPING TO CELEBRATE SOUTH WEST CHILDREN

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the South West community to host fun and free educational activities and events for local families and children as part of this year’s Children’s Week celebrations. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced two local organisations were among the 118 recipients to receive a grant to help host…

HELPING COMMUNITY PLAYGROUPS GROW

Children and families in Aireys Inlet and Winchelsea will be well supported thanks to new grants funded by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, today announced local playgroups will share in funding from the $50,000 Great Start Community Playgroup Grants program. Each grant of up to $1000 value will help to…

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (09:55:00): Today I rise to inform the house of fantastic programs being put into practice in Western Victoria. Congratulations to the recently announced finalists in the Victorian Early Years Awards; seven of the 20 are located in my electorate. They are Delkaia Aboriginal…

STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH

MS TIERNEY: In the south-west, four colleges—Apollo Bay P–12 College, Lavers Hill K–12 College, Lorne P–12 College and Colac Secondary College—are leading the way in supporting the mental health needs of regional Victorians. Recruitment is already underway to appoint mental health practitioners to work with students in each school every week starting in term 4.…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: WORLDSKILLS COMPETITION

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:13:01): I rise to update the house on Australia’s performance at the recent WorldSkills event in Russia, commonly known as the Olympics of skills and training. Recently our Australian representatives, known as the Skillaroos, including three Victorians, returned home after finishing eighth out…

TANYA MCDONALD

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (09:40:54): I rise to share several inspiring achievements of residents of Western Victoria. Last Friday I presented the Victorian Training Awards to some fantastic individuals. Outstanding amongst those is Tanya McDonald. Tanya’s award of Koorie Student of the Year recognises a student who…

STAYCEE CHARLES AND BIANCA LAURICELLA

MS TIERNEY: On another note, two constituents were recognised in the Ricci Marks Awards for outstanding young Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a range of fields. Staycee Charles won one of the top awards, which brings a bursary of $5000, for her work in climate change advocacy. Her passion for protecting the…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: VICTORIAN TRAINING AWARDS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:07:40): I rise to update the chamber on the outstanding success of regional Victoria at this year’s Victorian Training Awards last Friday night. Now in its 65th year, the Victorian Training Awards recognise the achievements of Victoria’s VET sector. Regional Victoria won big-time…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: EDUCATION FIRST YOUTH FOYER PROGRAM

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:33:46): Last month I joined the Minister for Housing, Richard Wynne, and a member for Northern Victoria Region, Wendy Lovell, at the launch of the Education First Youth Foyer evaluation report. Youth foyers provide accommodation and training facilities for young people who are…

VICTORIAN DISABILITY AWARDS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (09:55:28): It is with great pleasure that I rise today to congratulate the members of Find Your Voice all-abilities choir from Warrnambool on their recent successes. The choir, led by inspiring Warrnambool musician Tom Richardson and facilitator Kylie Thulborn, was recently awarded the…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:07:11): I rise to update the house on data relating to participation in the Victorian training system. Yesterday the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, commonly known as NCVER, released its report on government-funded students and courses for the first quarter of 2019.…

WORK STARTS ON HEYWOOD SCHOOL UPGRADE

Students in Heywood will soon have access to the first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve, with work under way upgrading Heywood and District Secondary College. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that Bowden Corporation has been appointed to build the school’s $600,000 upgrade, which will help it deliver a 21st century education. The…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:31:27): This morning I rise to update the house on the tremendous success of Labor’s free TAFE initiative. More than 25 000 students had commenced training in free TAFE courses at the end of June this year, almost double the commencements in these…

KEEPING SENIORS CONNECTED TO COMMUNITY

Seniors living in Lismore are set to get better connected thanks to a $700,000 funding package from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced South West Healthcare will receive $25,000 for their Lismore Derrinallum Safari Lunch Project as part of the package to strengthen seniors’ involvement in the community and…

COASTAL COMMUNITIES SHARE IN COASTCARE FUNDING

Community groups along Victoria’s south west coast will share in more than $260,000 statewide funding from the Victorian Government’s Coastcare Grants Program in 2018/2019. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said, “The Coastcare Community Grants Program supports small-scale community projects in coastal areas, building environmental and community resilience in a changing environment.” “This funding will…

RUSSELLS CREEK CLUB BENEFITS FROM NEW IRRIGATION SYSTEM

Warrnambool’s passionate footballers and cricketers now have a state-of-the-art automated irrigation system at Mack Oval, keeping the ground in top condition year-round thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today officially opened the new irrigation system, made possible with $90,000 from the Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. The Russells…

WARRNAMBOOL ICON PROTECTED FOR YEARS TO COME

Warrnambool’s historic Wollaston Bridge is currently being restored to its former glory thanks to a grant from the Victorian Government. The Government contributed $195,000 from the Living Heritage Program towards the restoration of the bridge, with Warrnambool City Council also contributing $100,000. The bridge was first built in 1890 to facilitate access across the Merri…