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…

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…

A BIGGER, BETTER GYM FOR COBDEN

Cobden residents can now work out in a modern, well-equipped gymnasium thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney officially opened the new and fully-equipped Cobden Community Fitness Centre today, made possible thanks to $90,000 in funding from the Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund and a further $185,580…

GREEN FUTURE FOR WINCHELSEA GOLF COURSE

Winchelsea Golf Club now has a state-of-the-art automated irrigation system keeping its course green and in excellent condition year-round thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney officially opened the new irrigation system today, made possible thanks to $75,000 from the Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. Winchelsea Golf…

SAFETY BOOST FOR HEATHMERE LEVEL CROSSING

Safety for motorists and train passengers in Victoria’s west has been boosted following upgrades to the Princes Highway level crossing in Heathmere thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said works to install new boom gates, bells and flashing lights at the level crossing were aimed at preventing serious collisions…

MAKING KINDERGARTENS MORE INCLUSIVE FOR ALL CHILDREN IN WESTERN VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more kindergartens in Western Victoria upgrade their playgrounds and buildings and buy new equipment to support children with additional needs. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney welcomed the launch of the 2019 round of the Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program for local centres. The Victorian Budget 2019/20 included $6 million…

A BOOST FOR CREATIVITY AT WARRNAMBOOL ARTS GALLERY

Warrnambool Arts Gallery will further connect and inspire audience’s thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated Warrnambool City Council, which has received a $46,405 grant to contract a Curator of Cultural Engagement for the Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG) Maar Nation gallery. The Curator will receive mentorship…

WORK STARTS ON LISMORE SCHOOL UPGRADE

Students in Lismore will soon have access to the first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve, with work under way upgrading Lismore Primary School. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that BDH Constructions has been appointed to build the school’s $110,000 upgrade, which will help it deliver a 21st century education. The upgrade will…

WESTERN VICTORIA REGION FESTIVALS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (09:45:35): The Queen’s Birthday weekend saw the small Bellarine village of Portarlington transformed as the National Celtic Festival hit town. This festival attracts not only international and interstate performers but thousands of visitors. It is a festival that relies on the work of its…

WARRNAMBOOL EAST PRIMARY SCHOOL

MS TIERNEY: On another note I congratulate Warrnambool East Primary School on an absolutely wonderful achievement: first prize winner of the Community Leadership School of the Year in last week’s 2019 ResourceSmart Schools Awards, announced by Minister D’Ambrosio at the MCG. Warrnambool East Primary School were among a wide field of schools recognised for their…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: SKILLS UPLIFT PROGRAM

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:30:47): I wish to inform the house about a pilot that is helping to break down barriers when it comes to obtaining work in the construction industry. While there is a high demand for workers in this industry, thanks in no small part…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE GIPPSLAND

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:12:52): I rise to update the house on matters pertaining to Federation Training—or it was previously known as Federation Training. Following extensive consultations with the Gippsland communities, Federation Training has now been renamed TAFE Gippsland. This new name means that local students will…

TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:18:15): I thank the member again for her surprising new and renewed and unexpected interest in TAFE, let alone free TAFE. The reality is that this government has encouraged partnership models between industry, private providers and TAFE. We have done that for a…

PUBLIC LAND MANAGEMENT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (14:14:55): I am pleased to rise and contribute to this debate. As I understand it, four members from western Victoria will speak on this motion today. That is of little surprise given that, one, we represent the area but, two, I think everyone that…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: FAMILY VIOLENCE

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:14:19): Today I wish to update the house on a valuable education initiative that highlights the unique and important role played by Learn Locals. The financial literacy for women affected by family violence initiative is jointly run by the Department of Education and…

LORNE P–12 COLLEGE

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (09:43:47): Today I congratulate Lorne P–12 College for its outstanding achievement in engaging students in the Victorian certificate of applied learning (VCAL). Principal Shane Elevato and his staff deliver a program that is an exemplar to educators and schools in Western Victoria. Their…

STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH

MS TIERNEY: That same emphasis on supporting students is reflected in a really significant initiative that will see schools having dedicated mental health practitioners on site. The Andrews Labor government understands the challenges faced by regional communities, especially young people living in farming areas. All schools aim to support students’ health and wellbeing, but welfare…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: THE CAPITOL

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:40:31): On Monday I joined the vice-chancellor of RMIT, Martin Bean, at the reopening of the iconic Capitol theatre on Swanston Street in the city. By investing $2.5 million in the Capitol’s refurbishment, the Andrews Labor government has helped to make this world-class…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (14:04:40): Today I want to inform the house of yet another example of how the Andrews government’s revitalisation of Victoria’s TAFE system is changing people’s lives. In March I had the pleasure of opening the Berwick Centre for Health at the Chisholm Institute…

WORK STARTS ON WARRNAMBOOL SCHOOL UPGRADE

Students at Warrnambool Primary School are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that Rendine has been appointed to design the school’s $739,000 upgrade. The upgrade will deliver a…

HELPING LOCAL CHILDREN GET THE MOST OUT OF KINDERGARTEN

Children in Terang, Timboon, Cobden and Skipton will be among almost 20,000 heading to kindergarten this year who will benefit from the Andrews Labor Government’s Australian-first school readiness funding. All kindergartens in Corangamite Shire will receive a funding boost to engage with professional support such as speech pathologists, occupational therapists and language and literacy experts,…

WESTERN VICTORIA REGION SPORTING CLUBS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (09:49:12): Last weekend I was very pleased to join the Bannockburn community in opening the Bannockburn Victoria Park netball courts. The completion of two competition-standard netball courts with new lighting plus undercover seating and fencing was made possible by a $100 000 grant…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:21:56): I rise to update the house on the Andrews Labor government’s further investment in Victoria’s TAFE infrastructure. Prior to last year’s state election Labor announced a $220 million Building Better TAFEs Fund, the largest single investment in Victoria’s TAFE asset portfolio in…

EDUCATION FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:14:05): Thank you, and that is not what the budget paper says. In fact what we have is those on the opposite side being in absolute denial. They are the past masters of cuts. If you want to know about cuts, just go across…

EDUCATION FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:09:40): I am very pleased with the outcome for the skills and training, and higher education portfolios in last Monday’s budget. The fact of the matter is that there has been an additional $82 million provided in government-subsidised training. There is also an…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:07:28): I rise to update the house on an additional two courses that will be added to Labor’s free TAFE course list as a result of Monday’s state budget. Next year the certificate III in early childhood education and care and the diploma…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:07:28): I rise to update the house on an additional two courses that will be added to Labor’s free TAFE course list as a result of Monday’s state budget. Next year the certificate III in early childhood education and care and the diploma…

GUARDIANSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION BILL 2018

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (15:50:54): Throughout the course of this debate, in the other place as well as in some of the points made in this house, issues were raised that require some clarification. Firstly, on the subject of medical treatment decisions under the Medical Treatment Planning…

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…

OPEN COURTS AND OTHER ACTS AMENDMENT BILL 2019

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (17:21:42): Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for their contributions in this debate this afternoon. Suppression orders in courts are generally used at points that are very distressing for people, and I think that with everyone’s contributions today we have been able…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: GOTAFE

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:32:21): Recently I had the pleasure of visiting GOTAFE’s Shepparton campus to speak firsthand with staff and students who are part of this growing institute. There is absolutely no doubt that GOTAFE is turning the institution around. This has happened through the sheer…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: LA TROBE UNIVERSITY CHANCELLOR

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:37:06): On 29 March I was privileged to take part in the installation of the new chancellor of La Trobe University, the Honourable John Brumby, AO. John, who served as Premier of this great state from 2007 to 2010, could not be a…

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…