FUNDING BOOST FOR SURF COAST SHIRE EVENTS

The Lorne Sculpture Biennale and Surf Coast Arts Trail events have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to tourism, arts and culture by being awarded grants by the Andrews Labor Government to support their continued success. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced that both the 2018 Lorne Sculpture Biennale and the Surf Coast…

GRANTS TO BRING THE BEST OF THE ARTS

Birregurra, Cororooke and Apollo Bay will play host to exciting new performances thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Small Regional Presenters program. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated Birregurra Community Group Inc, Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery and Apollo Bay Arts Inc who have received support for their presentations. The productions…

BUILDING A BETTER ROAD TO A VICTORIAN ICON

Travelling to one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations will soon be a significantly smoother and safer experience for drivers when works to improve Otway Lighthouse Road start next week. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $2.3 million to rebuild 4.2 kilometres of the road – the gateway route to Australia’s oldest surviving lighthouse, the…

HELPING KIDS BECOME MATHS MASTERS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping pre-schoolers and their families in the Colac Otway Shire improve their maths skills through a new early years’ program. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that early childhood educators at Apex Preschool Centre in Elliminyt and Lavers Hill and District Preschool will participate in Let’s Count training,…

IMPROVEMENT WORKS UNDERWAY ON FOXHOW ROAD

The Andrews Labor Government has begun repairing the damaged and narrow surface of Foxhow Road, as part of its $40 million investment in widening and making roads safer for drivers in south-west Victoria. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today announced works have started on rebuilding and widening four kilometres of road between Wettenhalls Lane…

HITTING SIXES FOR MODEWARRE CRICKETERS

Tomorrow’s local cricket stars will soon be enjoying better facilities at Mount Moriac Recreation Reserve with the announcement of funding through the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund – Cricket Facilities. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced $52,810 funding to upgrade facilities at Mount Moriac Recreation Reserve, home of Modewarre Cricket Club. The funding will…

NEW SURF COAST BOARDWALK FOR ANGLESEA

Work has begun on a $257,000 raised boardwalk along the iconic Surf Coast Walk to protect the sensitive Anglesea heathland and enhance the visitor experience. Western Victoria MP Gayle Tierney, representing Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, today turned the first sod on works to build the 180-metre boardwalk at Demons Bluff. EcoProjects Australia is constructing the…

ENGAGING! MORE YOUNG PEOPLE IN COLAC

Young people in Colac will have more opportunities to actively participate in and connect with their local community, through the Andrew Labor Government’s Engage! 2018-20 program. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced Colac Area Health will receive an Engage! 2018-20 grant of $130,000 over three years for their Our Place 3250 project.…

ENGAGING! MORE YOUNG PEOPLE IN WARRNAMBOOL

Young people in Warrnambool will have more opportunities to actively participate in and connect with their local community, through the Andrew Labor Government’s Engage! 2018-20 program. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced two organisations in Warrnambool will receive an Engage! 2018-20 grants for projects that will support young people aged between 12…

NEW SECURITY OFFICERS FOR COLAC COURT

Colac residents will have access to safer and more secure court facilities thanks to a $330,000 upgrade and the roll out of new Court Security Officers under the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced three Court Security Officers will be deployed on court sitting days from today, Monday 18 December.…

Corrections system

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (09:36:47) — I rise to inform the house of Labor’s steady progress on making Victoria safe. Labor has increased frontline police by over 640 since 2014. As we would all be aware, this has led to a 6.3 per cent decrease in the last crime stats report. This is the…

Port Phillip Prison

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) (12:43:42) — I rise to update the house on the fire that took place at the privately operated Port Phillip Prison in the early hours of 29 November. Thankfully all staff were safely evacuated and prisoner accommodation was not impacted by the fire. While the cause of the fire is being investigated,…

Firearms Amendment Bill 2017

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (11:47:02) — I rise to sum up and provide some points of clarification that have been asked of me by members of the house, but prior to doing that I ask that the house amendment I will move in my name be circulated. This is an amendment that deals…

Frankston planning scheme

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (11:41:45) — I rise because a number of issues have been raised in relation to acquisition; in particular Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins raised this issue. The purpose of me standing at this point in time is to assure members of this house that the government and its agencies will continue to…

MUSIC GRANT CELEBRATES LOCAL TALENT

Geelong’s music scene will take off like never before, with the Andrews Labor Government’s latest round of grants providing support to local artists and music industry. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today welcomed news that Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Marrma Rom Two Worlds Foundation are amongst more than 50 music industry representatives…

Fines Reform Amendment Bill 2017

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (13:27:50) — I am pleased to rise to sum up what has been an interesting discussion on this important bill before the house. This government is committed to supporting victims of family violence, and we are proud to introduce a bill which will assist people suffering from family violence…

FUNDING BOOST FOR CORANGAMITE LANDCARE GROUPS

Corangamite environment groups have received $191,000 in funding as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $1.93 million Landcare Grants program. Announcing the grants, Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the funding will be distributed through the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, which supports local Landcare groups carry out environmental projects to improve regional waterway…

FUNDING BOOST FOR LOCAL LANDCARE GROUPS

Local environment groups in Victoria’s south-west will benefit from $191,000 in funding as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $2 million Landcare Grants program. Announcing the grants, Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the funding will be distributed through the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority, which supports local Landcare groups carry out environmental…

GETTING THE PLANNING RIGHT IN BANNOCKBURN TO BOOST JOBS AND MAKE COMMUNITIES STRONGER

The Andrews Labor Government is getting the planning right in Bannockburn to cut red tape, boost jobs and make homes more affordable. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced an $80,000 grant to assist the Golden Plains Shire Council develop the Bannockburn Traffic and Car Parking Strategy. Bannockburn is growing, and we’re giving…

FUNDING BOOST FOR EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS IN WESTERN VICTORIA

Volunteers in Western Victoria are receiving a welcome funding boost, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services, James Merlino recently announced the outcome of the 2017-18 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, delivering grants to 300 successful applicants. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated the 26 emergency service organisations in…

Boroondara Planning Scheme Amendment

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (16:53:55) — I do wish to make a contribution on the matter that has been brought to the chamber by Mr Davis in respect of the Markham estate. I would like to also continue the theme that Mr Mulino has developed in respect of those opposite actually bringing forward a motion…

FUNDING BOOST FOR PORT FAIRY

The Port Fairy Folk Festival has been recognised for its outstanding contributions to tourism, arts and culture by being awarded a grant from the Andrews Labor Government to support its continued success. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced that Port Fairy Folk Festival has secured a $20,000 grant through the Labor Government’s Regional…

FUNDING BOOST FOR KOROIT

The Koroit Irish Festival has been recognised for its outstanding contributions to tourism, arts and culture by being awarded a grant from the Andrews Labor Government to support its continued success. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced that Koroit Irish Festival has secured a $5,000 grant through the Labor Government’s Regional Events Fund.…

FUNDING BOOST FOR APOLLO BAY

The 2018 Apollo Bay Seafood Festival is set to expand to a 3 day event thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced that Apollo Bay Seafood Festival has secured a $10,000 grant through the Labor Government’s Regional Events Fund. This family fun event features…

SPRING SHADE GRANTS HELP SCHOOL KIDS IN WESTERN VICTORIA GET READY FOR SUMMER

As we head into summer, more students in Western Victoria will be protected from the dangers of ultraviolet (UV) radiation with extra shade to prevent deadly skin cancers. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced five schools will receive $102,474 through the Andrews Labor Government’s School Shade Grants Program. The $1.4 million program provides…

Auslan training

Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (09:49:00) — Ms Lovell raised concerns yesterday by pronouncing that Auslan funding will cease at the end of this year. Let me be clear: there is no basis to this statement. What is true is that the current qualifications are being reviewed for re-accreditation in 2018, a process that is…

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017

Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (21:56:36) — I am pleased to rise to make a contribution to the debate on this very, very important matter for our community. This bill establishes a system for voluntary assisted dying which I believe is very conservative and cautious. It follows a careful, consultative process which involved an…

PROTECTING RECREATIONAL AND ABORIGINAL WATER FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has welcomed new legislation introduced to parliament to enshrine recreational and Aboriginal water values into law for the first time across Victoria. The Andrews Labor Government has already taken significant steps to implement these values through projects like the Cultural Flows project along the Glenelg River. Traditional knowledge…

Apprenticeships and traineeships

Parliament of Victoria – Search Hansard TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (16:35:41) — It is with great pleasure I rise to speak on behalf of the government on this motion. What a great opportunity to remind the house of the many investments this government is making to support many pathways through training and skills. The…

Prisoner hepatitis treatment

Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) (12:44:58) — I rise to update the house on an important Andrews Labor government program to reduce the spread of bloodborne viruses such as hepatitis B and C both in the community and in the corrections system. Rates of hepatitis C are much higher amongst prisoners than in the general population, with a…

Look Good Feel Better

Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (13:06:39) — I rise to congratulate my constituents for the work they do in fundraising for excellent causes. Last week I was very pleased to take part in the Pink Ribbon Breakfast organised by the Bellarine Women’s Network in support of research into breast cancer. This very well attended…

Corrections Legislation Further Amendment Bill 2017

Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) (15:50:12) — This bill makes a range of changes to improve the operation of the corrections system and to enhance community safety. Most of the changes are clearly reasonable, and I note that this bill receives broad support across the chamber. It addresses the inadequacy of contraband penalties and closes loopholes…

STRENGTHENING FAMILY CAPABILITY IN SOUTH WEST VICTORIA

The Victorian Government is boosting support to vulnerable children and families in south west Victoria with funding for prevention and early intervention support services. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced four local integrated family service providers will receive an additional $514,598.01 to deliver integrated family services that build capacity and work with…

BOOST FOR LOCAL SPORTS CLUB IN ANGLESEA

A grassroots sports club in Anglesea is getting the equipment, skills and expertise they need to grow and win silverware. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Anglesea Football Club would share in over $500,000 from the first round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program 2017-18 The Club will receive…

Victorian Training Awards

Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (09:58:58) — I rise this morning to talk about the Victorian Training Awards. I had the pleasure and the privilege of presenting our training awards to vocational education and training (VET) students, teachers, training providers and employers, recognising and honouring their outstanding achievements. These awards showcase not only the…

MAKING ROADS SAFER BY REDUCING TEEN ALCOHOL USE

The Andrews Labor Government is targeting alcohol-related crashes involving young drivers in Warrnambool through a new awareness program about the dangers of underage drinking. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced a $25,000 grant for local organisation Communities That Care to run their Smart Generation Program. “The program reduces access to alcohol for minors…

BANNOCKBURN BULLS NET NEW FACILITIES

Bannockburn Cricket Club players will be smashing sixes, thanks to the construction of three new multi-purpose synthetic cricket nets at Victoria Park Recreation Reserve. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney officially opened the training nets today, made possible thanks to a $67,000 grant from the Andrews Labor Government. The new nets feature retractable soft netting…

NAME CHANGE FOR BRAND NEW VICTORIAN SCHOOLS

Two of Victoria’s newest schools have chosen their new names. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Bannockburn Primary School’s new name is Bannockburn P-12 College, while Torquay North Primary School will become Torquay Coast Primary School. Bannockburn Primary School will expand next year to include secondary schooling and is relocating to a…

VICTORIAN COASTAL GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Andrews Labor Government has announced funding to improve the safety, access and amenity of coastal areas. The funding is part of the Government’s nearly $1 million Coastal Public Access and Risk Program that provides financial assistance to Victorian coastal Crown land managers, including volunteer committees of management and local governments, to reduce coastal risk…