NEW FUNDING TO SUPPORT YOUTH PROGRAM IN COLAC

A community-based program to reduce youth problem behaviours has been rolled out in Colac after the Andrews Labor Government provided $220,000 in funding. Colac is one of three new sites to receive funding to deliver the innovative Communities That Care (CTC) project – an internationally recognised program that works with communities to prevent anti-social and…

DELIVERING MORE SHADE TO PREVENT SKIN CANCER

More people in the Colac and Camperdown districts will be protected from the sun’s rays, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government installing more sunshades and trees in community spaces and sports clubs across Victoria. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, today announced recipients from the third round of the Community Shade Grant Program. The…

GETTING BEHIND NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSES IN PORT FAIRY

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering record new funding to neighbourhood houses across Victoria to support their staff, their volunteers and the local communities they serve. As part of the Victorian Budget 2018/2019, the Labor Government will invest $21.8 million across the neighbourhood house network so that more families can access the activities and services…

GETTING BEHIND NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSES IN CAMPERDOWN

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering record new funding to neighbourhood houses across Victoria to support their staff, their volunteers and the local communities they serve. As part of the Victorian Budget 2018/2019, the Labor Government will invest $21.8 million across the neighbourhood house network so that more families can access the activities and services…

STRONGER, SAFER ROADS FOR THE SOUTH WEST

Drivers in the South West Victoria can look forward to safer, more reliable roads as the Andrews Labor Government launches the biggest regional road maintenance blitz Victoria has ever seen. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 allocates $941 million to get on with the job of fixing Victoria’s regional road network, including a massive $77 million maintenance…

FAMILY VIOLENCE PERPETRATOR PROGRAMS FOR SOUTH WEST

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to reduce family violence and hold perpetrators to account, with a Warrnambool service provider receiving a major grant to deliver specialist services in the region. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that the Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative received a $167,000 grant under the Family Violence Perpetrator Intervention…

INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADE FOR COLAC AREA HEALTH

More Colac patients will get the surgeries they need sooner thanks to an Andrews Labor Government funding boost to upgrade critical air conditioning and sterilisation equipment at Colac Area Health. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced Colac Area Health would receive $349,000 through the Labor Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund. The $200…

VETERANS GRANT ANNOUNCED FOR TERANG RSL

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that Terang RSL will receive funding to commemorate the service and sacrifice of our veterans. Ms Tierney said $5,000 from the Victoria Remembers Minor Grants Program would help enable the Terang RSL Sub Branch to construct a WWI Diggers dugout inside the Terang RSL. This dugout…

ENDOSCOPY UPGRADE FOR TERANG HOSPITAL

More Terang patients will get the endoscopies they need sooner thanks to an Andrews Labor Government funding boost to upgrade equipment at Terang Hospital. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Terang and Mortlake Health Service would receive $271,000 through the Labor Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund. The $200 million fund – the largest…

Responses

Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (11:29:38) — Also, on behalf of the government, I wish to sincerely thank the efforts of all staff, whether they be the clerks, the attendants, those working in the library, those working in catering or Hansard. It is an enormous effort, and it is that effort that makes working at…

Western Victoria fires

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (13:15:04) — Last week Minister Pulford and I visited fire-affected areas in the south-west to meet with local families, some of whom have lost so much, including their family homes. There were many fires on the St Patrick’s Day weekend, but the four main blazes at Terang, Camperdown, Garvoc and Gazette…

PROTECTING VICTORIA’S BIODIVERSITY IN THE SOUTH WEST

The Andrews Labor Government is protecting the future of Victoria’s biodiversity through $4.7 million funding for regional projects. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated the South West Coastal Network for their leadership training project which has been awarded $5,000. The funding is being provided through the Labor Government’s Regional Landscapes and Targeted Action…

PROTECTING VICTORIA’S BIODIVERSITY IN THE EASTERN OTWAYS

The Andrews Labor Government is protecting the future of Victoria’s biodiversity through $4.7 million funding for regional projects. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated the Friends of Eastern Otways for their First Aid project which has been awarded $2,200. The funding is being provided through the Labor Government’s Regional Landscapes and Targeted Action…

PROTECTING VICTORIA’S BIODIVERSITY IN THE HEYTESBURY DISTRICT

The Andrews Labor Government is protecting the future of Victoria’s biodiversity through $4.7 million funding for regional projects. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated the Heytesbury District Landcare Network for their Skilling Up Landcare project which has been awarded $16,900. The funding is being provided through the Labor Government’s Regional Landscapes and Targeted…

HITTING SIXES AT BRIERLY RECREATION RESERVE

Cricketers at Brierly Christ Church Cricket Club are benefitting from better pitches and cheaper operating costs thanks to a new automated irrigation system. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney formally opened the upgraded system today, made possible thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Andrews Labor Government. The old irrigation system had to be manually…

WARRNAMBOOL LINE UPGRADE SET TO BEGIN

A multimillion-dollar investment in better train services for passengers in Victoria’s south west can now begin, with the Andrews Labor Government receiving funding for the $1.57 billion Regional Rail Revival program. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that work will soon start on the Warrnambool Line Upgrade to deliver more frequent and reliable…

Planning scheme amendment GC65

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (10:51:20) — I rise to make a contribution to the debate and oppose the motion to revoke the planning scheme amendment GC65 moved by Mr Davis, which would have the effect of stopping work on and then further delaying the West Gate tunnel project. There are no legitimate grounds for…

International Women’s Day

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (10:10:04) — I recognise that tomorrow is International Women’s Day and use this opportunity to congratulate the women in my electorate on their outstanding achievements, past and present, and note the positive encouragement of this government’s policies in encouraging the community participation of our women. Local government is one…

Justice system

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) (09:53:21) — I rise to inform the house that the new Post Sentence Authority, charged with overseeing many of Victoria’s most serious criminals, has officially started work. The independent authority with its inaugural chair, Judge Ian Gray, will assume the role that the Adult Parole Board of Victoria (APB) played previously, but…

Racing Amendment (Modernisation) Bill 2017

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (16:41:15) — I do note that this bill has been before the house since about 9.45 a.m. today, and we are almost about to go into committee. Honourable members interjecting. The ACTING PRESIDENT (Ms Dunn) — Order! Ms TIERNEY — Thank you, Acting President; I was just checking to see if they were still…

MAKING WESTERN VICTORIA KINDERGARTENS MORE INCLUSIVE

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Western Victoria’s kindergartens upgrade their buildings and playgrounds and buy equipment to provide a more inclusive environment for children with disabilities and additional needs. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced $6.4 million for the new Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program to improve classrooms and playgrounds. Local governments,…

BRINGING THE BEST OF THE ARTS TO WESTERN VICTORIA

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney is encouraging local not-for-profit arts groups, arts societies, venues and local councils to apply for funding, and increase the range of cultural experiences available in Western Victoria. Applications are now open for the Andrews Labor Government’s Small Regional Presenters program to bring new shows, performances and festivals to…

$2 MILLION FOR COMMUNITIES ACTING TO PROTECT VICTORIA’S BIODIVERSITY

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has encouraged local environmental organisations to apply for the $2 million 2018 Community & Volunteer Action Grants, and $116,000 for Crowdfunding Grants under the Biodiversity On-ground Action Initiative, recently announced by the Victorian Government. The Andrews Labor Government is helping community groups in Western Victoria to undertake…

HITTING SIXES FOR WARRNAMBOOL CRICKETERS

Tomorrow’s local cricket stars will soon be enjoying better facilities at Mack Oval in Warrnambool with the announcement of funding through the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund – Cricket Facilities. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Warrnambool City Council would receive $90,000 in funding to upgrade facilities at Mack Oval, home of Russells Creek…

A NEW MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE FOR WARRNAMBOOL

Warrnambool is the latest rural centre to open a new recovery-based mental health service, which will free up acute hospital beds and boost local employment opportunities for health workers. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today opened the $4.75 million South West Healthcare Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) 10-bed facility. Operations will officially commence in…

Bail Amendment (Stage Two) Bill 2017

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (15:06:56) — Thank you for the opportunity to respond to a number of points that members of the house have made in the second reading. This bill, together with the stage one reforms, includes the most comprehensive changes to the Bail Act 1977 since it was first passed in 1977,…

Skills and jobs centres

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (09:55:47) — I rise to update the house on the Andrews Labor government’s skills and jobs centres and the recent extension of services they provide for the Victorian community. This afternoon I will have the pleasure of launching the Bendigo Kangan Institute’s skills and jobs centre bus on the…

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…

Oaths and Affirmations Bill 2017

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (11:31:30) — It is pleasing that the opposition has indicated that they do not oppose this bill. The bill consolidates, modernises and streamlines legal processes to improve accessibility and equality before the law. These are much-needed reforms. Currently there is not one guiding act that clearly sets out how…

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…