MORE FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR VICTORIA’S ENVIRONMENT VOLUNTEERS IN WESTERN VICTORIA

The Victorian Government has announced the opening of the 2019-2020 Victorian Landcare Grants for projects that protect and restore Victoria’s land and environment in Western Victoria. Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the $1.76 million grants program to support Landcare and other environmental volunteer groups. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle…

ENCOURAGING PEOPLE INTO KINDERGARTEN TEACHING

The Andrews Labor Government is offering an additional 300 scholarships to aspiring kinder teachers, as well as $9,000 incentives to support early childhood teachers to move to areas where three-year-old kinder is rolling out. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today encouraged local residents to consider pursuing careers in early childhood education, with an…

DOUG PHILLIPS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (16:30:58): I rise today to acknowledge with great sadness the recent passing of Doug Phillips of Portland and offer my condolences to Doug’s wife Helen and children, Lachlan and Brianna. Doug devoted untold hours, over decades, to environmental activism, protecting forests, waterways and…

ROSS AND ANDREW POWELL

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria – Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (13:49:28): (By leave) I rise to pay tribute to two valued and very much loved members of the Victorian community in Western Victoria, Ross and Andrew Powell – a father and son who recently lost their lives while attempting to rescue a person…

TELLING THE STORIES OF WINCHELSEA VETERANS

The Andrews Labor Government is keeping the legacy of our veterans alive for future generations in Winchelsea. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has announced $30,000 for Surf Coast Shire Council for the Winchelsea Memorial Park and Interactive Map Project. The grant was approved as part of the Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues…

BIG EQUIPMENT BOOST FOR PORTLAND DISTRICT HEALTH

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Portland District Health the latest cutting-edge equipment so that they can continue to do what they do best. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Portland District Health would receive funding under the Medical Equipment Replacement Program and Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program grant. In total, the Labor…

SAFETY BOOST FOR WARRNAMBOOL GROWTH ZONES

Accessing one of Warrnambool’s fastest-growing commercial and residential centres is now safer and more efficient with works complete on Boiling Down Road thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Rehabilitation and widening works on 1.2 kilometres of Boiling Down Road are now complete, providing extra room for vehicles to pass one another without having to veer…

WORKS COMPLETE ON LAVERS HILL-COBDEN ROAD

Drivers will now enjoy a smoother and safer journey when travelling between Lavers Hill and Cobden with the completion of a massive road rebuilding project thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said about 10 kilometres of Lavers Hill-Cobden Road had been completely rebuilt between Chapple Vale and Jancourt East…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: GOTAFE

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria — Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:37:34): My ministers statement today is on the importance of not only training in regional communities but training that leads to good, sustainable jobs. Last week I had the pleasure of meeting workers at Benalla’s LS Precast facility who supply precast…

FRANCIS SUTHERLAND HAMBLY

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (09:48:34): Today I rise to pay tribute to the life of Francis Sutherland Hambly, whose career reflected long and dedicated service to tertiary education in this country. Frank Hambly passed away in November 2018, aged 83, in Canberra, although both his own education…

BUILDING A SAFER CASTERTON-APSLEY ROAD

The Andrews Labor Government is making Casterton-Apsley Road smoother and safer for drivers with the completion of recent road upgrades. Just under a kilometre of road at Nangeela was reconstructed, resurfaced and widened as part of the Labor Government’s $40 million Narrow Roads program. Previously this section of road was too narrow for two vehicles…

HON. GORDON SCHOLES

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (10:00:47): I rise today to reflect on the life of Gordon Scholes, a man whose life was devoted to longstanding service to his community and to the Australian Labor Party. Gordon Scholes died in December 2018 at the age of 87. He represented…

WARRNAMBOOL SEASIDE FESTIVAL OF RACING

Families in Warrnambool for the summer are set to benefit from a festival of greyhound racing thanks to a joint funding package worth almost $73,000. The Andrews Labor Government is providing $26,000 from its Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program to support the 2018–19 Seaside Festival at Wannon Park. The festival includes eight premier…

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…

Portland Bay School and Portland Lighthouse Home

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (10:24:58) — I rise today to draw the house’s attention to two fantastic projects in Portland. Recently I had the privilege to officially open Portland Bay School, a school providing great opportunities for Portland students aged between five and 18 with special needs. This school on a brand-new site has…

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…