GIVING THREATED SPECIES A HELPING HAND

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has encouraged local environmental organisations to apply for the Andrews Labor Government’s $5.2 million threatened species grants announced today. The Threatened Species Protection Initiative will support threatened species’ survival in the short term through on-ground activities such as habitat creation and restoration and site protection. Through the…

MORE FUNDING FOR LIBRARIES LAUNCHED

Victoria’s libraries will receive a funding boost with the latest round of the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program opening today. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the Andrews Labor Government hadallocated $4.3 million to the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program under the 2015-16 Victorian Budget, which is open for applications from now until 1 October…

LOCAL VOLUNTEERS URGED TO NOMINATE FOR NEW COUNCIL

The Andrews Labor Government has established a new Ministerial Advisory Council forVolunteers to better recognise the work that volunteers do in our local community. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today urged local community organisations and individuals to submit nominations. Volunteers make an enormous contribution to our community and the broader economy. The…

South West TAFE

My constituency question is for the Minister for Skills and Training, and it is in relation to his visit to South West TAFE in July of this year. During his visit the minister announced an additional $1.6 million in funding on top of the $4 million he announced for that education facility some time ago. The sustainability…

Anna Heisar

I would like to talk about another brave person in my electorate, Anna Heisar, who is a nurse in Apollo Bay. She has just won the Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) Annette Walker Award for 2014. The Annette Walker Award is for an outstanding contribution by an RAHC professional. Anna received her award for going…

Hunter Petrass

I rise to speak of a brave young man in my electorate, Hunter Petrass. Hunter is a 12-year-old boy who was a recent recipient of a Junior Triple Zero Hero Award for speaking calmly and clearly when he called 000 of his own volition when his mum’s lungs were filling with fluid due to complications…

STRENGTHENING THE EDUCATION STATE IN SOUTH BARWON

The Andrews Labor Government will inject $723,000 into local schools throughout South Barwon, to ensure each student can thrive in a safe, modern and comfortable environment. Four South Barwon schools will be the beneficiaries of the maintenance grant funding including: –                     Moriac Primary School- $156,000 –                     Bellbrae Primary School- $143,000 –                     Grovedale College – $128,000 –                     Torquay P-6 College-…

Victorian Defence Procurement Hub

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Industry, and it is in regard to the ongoing impact of the establishment of the Victorian Defence Procurement hub in Geelong. Geelong has over 300 businesses which supply products and services to domestic and international defence aerospace markets. The state’s defence industry is valued at $1.5 billion…

GLENELG HIGHWAY TO BE UPGRADED IN COLERAINE

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing its commitment to improving regionalroads with an extensive upgrade to the Glenelg Highway in Coleraine. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney welcomed the $1.1 million upgrade, with thisstretch of highway being in the heart of the town with the supermarket, post office and bank all on this section of…

STRENGTHENING THE EDUCATION STATE IN POLWARTH

The Andrews Labor Government will inject $617,000 into local schools throughout Polwarth, to ensure each student can thrive in a safe, modern and comfortable environment. Seven Polwarth schools will be the beneficiaries of the maintenance grant funding including: –                     Mortlake P-12 College – $257,000 –                     Cobden Technical School – $166,000 –                     Lorne – Aireys Inlet P-12 College –…

STRENGTHENING THE EDUCATION STATE IN SOUTH WEST

The Andrews Labor Government will inject $201,000 into local schools throughout South West, to ensure each student can thrive in a safe, modern and comfortable environment. Four South West schools will be the beneficiaries of the maintenance grant funding including: –      Woolsthorpe Primary School- $112,000 –      Brauer Secondary College- $44,000 –      Portland North Primary School- $32,000 –      Port Fairy…

STRENGTHENING FOOD AND FIBRE INDUSTRY IN THE SOUTH-WEST

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the Great South Coast Group to grow thefood and fibre industry in Victoria’s south-west. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, in partnership with the RegionalDevelopment Australia (RDA) – Barwon South West, today announced $40,000 to support the continued development of the Great South Coast Group’s Food &Fibre Strategic…

SURF COAST EVENTS AWARDED LABOR GOVERNMENT TOURISM GRANTS

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney says three Andrews Labor Government grants totalling over $10,000 will help showcase the Surf Coast to visitors from Victoria and beyond. The funding, announced by Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren will support the staging and marketing of the popular events, aimed at showcasing the Surf Coast’s…

PORTLAND EVENTS AWARDED LABOR GOVERNMENT TOURISM GRANTS

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP says a $2,500 Andrews Labor Government grant to stage the Upwelling Festival will help showcase Portland to visitors from Victoria and beyond. The funding, announced by Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren, will support the staging and marketing of the popular event, aimed at showcasing Portland’s…

ROAD SAFETY FUNDING GRANTS NOW OPEN

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has called on community groups in Western Victoria to apply for funding under a $1 million Transport Accident Commission (TAC) grants program to make local roads safer. The TAC’s Community Road Safety Grants Program offers grants of up to $25,000 to local councils, schools, community and not-for-profit registered…

$500,000 BOOST FOR AGED CARE HOMES IN THE SOUTH WEST

Public-sector residential aged-care services in the south west will receive a total of over $500,000 to improve facilities and quality of care for elderly residents. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced health services across the south west will share in close to $6 million of new grants to help public aged-care facilities…

$300,000 BOOST FOR POLWARTH’S AGED CARE HOMES

Public-sector residential aged-care services in the Polwarth region will receive a total of just under $300,000 to improve facilities and quality of care for elderly residents. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced health services across the state will share in close to $6 million of new grants to help public aged-care facilities…

SURF COAST RECEIVES ROAD SAFETY GRANTS BOOST

Road safety on the Surf Coast has been given a boost after the Surf Coast Shire received a slice of a $1 million Transport Accident Commission grants program. Gayle Tierney MP this week congratulated the Surf Coast Shire after it was successful in securing funding for a project designed to save lives and prevent serious…

SUPPORT FOR 10,000 FIRST-YEAR APPRENTICES WILL CONTINUE

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has today welcomed an Andrews Labor Government announcement that will see TAFEs across the state benefit from $3.5 million to continue support and guidance to apprentices aged 15 to 24 during the first year of their apprenticeship, after the program was cut by the previous Liberal Government. Ms…

FOSTER CARERS AND ANIMAL SHELTERS URGED TO APPLY FOR GRANTS

Local not-for-profit groups dedicated to reuniting pets with their owners, rehoming lost pets, running dog socialisation classes and providing responsible pet ownership education are now eligible for grants thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP urged local non-government and not-for-profit organisations to apply for grants of up to $50,000…

NEW ROUNDABOUT AT BUSY GHERINGHAP INTERSECTION

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in a new roundabout on the MidlandHighway to boost safety and reduce the risk of crashes at a busy Gheringhapintersection. Gayle Tierney, the Member for Western Victoria welcomed the $2.48 million upgrade atthe intersection of Midland Highway and Fyansford-Gheringhap Road which will address a history of head-on and rear-end…

NEW SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR FOR WARRNAMBOOL

Small businesses in the Warrnambool area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a seminar to be held on Wednesday 22 July 2015. Through the program, businesses and prospective business owners are provided with the facts and advice needed to make informed decisions and create a platform…

$500 MILLION REGIONAL JOBS AND INFRASTRUCTURE FUND NOW OPEN

Local councils,  not for profits, community groups and businesses in Western Victoria are set to benefit from the Andrews Labor Government’s new $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, with applications now officially open. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the Fund presented an enormous opportunity to create jobs, build critical infrastructure and drive…

GRANTS HELP LAVERS HILL BUILD A MORE RESILIENT COMMUNITY

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced that Lavers Hill P-12 College had successfully received funding under a new grants program that will measure and strengthen student resilience. Ms Tierney said the approach will include the use of a specialist survey and is based on compelling international research and evidence linking strong resilience…

GRANTS HELP WARRNAMBOOL BUILD A MORE RESILIENT COMMUNITY

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced that Warrnambool East Primary School had successfully received funding under a new grants program that will measure and strengthen student resilience. Ms Tierney said the approach will include the use of a specialist survey and is based on compelling international research and evidence linking strong resilience…

GRANTS HELP COBDEN BUILD A MORE RESILIENT COMMUNITY

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced that Cobden Technical School had successfully received funding under a new grants program that will measure and strengthen student resilience. Ms Tierney said the approach will include the use of a specialist survey and is based on compelling international research and evidence linking strong resilience to…

ANDREWS LABOR GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS PORTLAND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

The Andrews Labor Government is improving mental health services in Portland with a$90,000 grant to the Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service underthe Andrews Government’s Enhanced Community Mental Health Initiative. The funding, announced today by Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, willbe used to upgrade and remodel internal and external areas of the Cultural…

MASSIVE BOOST TO GIVE KINDER KIDS MORE ONE-ON-ONE ATTENTION

Gayle Tierney MP announced today Kindergartens across Western Victoria would receive extra funding under a package worth up to $83.7 million announced by the Premier, Daniel Andrews. Kindergartens across Victoria are receiving the additional funds so they can improve theirstaff-to-child ratios. The funding boost will support eligible community-based kindergartens to hire additionalstaff, giving preschool kids…

GROWING THE FUTURE OF FOOD IN WESTERN VICTORIA

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, is urging local producers and agri-businesses to get ready to apply for the Andrews Labor Government’s new $20 million Food Source Victoria program ahead of applications opening on 1 July, 2015. A key election commitment, the program will support producers in Western Victoria to work together to market…

ANSON TO REPRESENT SOUTH WEST ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT ADVISORY GROUP

Warrnambool City Council CEO, Bruce Anson, will represent South West Victoria on the Regional Transport Advisory Group, which will drive consultation with local communities and provide recommendations to the Andrews Labor Government during the development of Victoria’s first Regional Network Development Plan. Mr Anson brings decades of senior management experience to the Group, having held…

Health Funding

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Health. It is in relation to an initiative that was outlined in the budget dealing with acute services. The line item is ‘Meeting hospital services demand’. As I understand it, there is $970 million allocated over four years. This injection of money is of course much needed in…

South West Alternative Medium Project

On Monday, 1 June, I had the pleasure of visiting the South West Alternative Medium Project, or SWAMP, as it is more affectionately known. SWAMP is an Indigenous-managed, volunteer-run, not-for-profit community arts organisation based in Portland, Victoria. Through its innovative programs, SWAMP aims to improve the wellbeing and disposition of people who are disengaged from society…

Anglesea Power Station

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water and is in relation to the recent announcement made by Alcoa regarding the closure of the Anglesea power station. In late May I joined the Minister for Energy and Resources at the Anglesea power station site, where we were taken…

Auditor-General: Technical and Further Education Institutes — 2014 Audit Snapshot

I rise this evening to speak on the Victorian Auditor-General’s 2014 report on technical and further education institutes, which was tabled last month. This report lays out starkly the clear-felling approach to vocational education taken by the former Liberal-Nationals coalition government. In his cover letter to the Presiding Officers, the Auditor-General states: The report demonstrates…

Portarlington Safe Harbour

I read with great pleasure in the budget papers that $12 million has been allocated by this state government to build a safe harbour at Portarlington. This was an election commitment made by then Labor opposition, and I commend the work undertaken by Minister Neville in securing and delivering on such an important election commitment. The…

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO ANGLESEA

Small business operators in the Anglesea area can access free mentoring, support andinformation about Victorian Government services when the Small Business Bus visits on Wednesday 24 June 2015. The Andrews Labor Government is doubling its mobile support for small business with asecond Small Business Bus now delivering valuable advice to towns and suburbs across Victoria.…

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO COLAC

Small business operators in the Colac area can access free mentoring, support and information about Victorian Government services when the Small Business Bus visits on Thursday 25 June 2015. The Andrews Labor Government is doubling its mobile support for small business with asecond Small Business Bus now delivering valuable advice to towns and suburbs across…

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO CAMPERDOWN

Small business operators in the Camperdown area can access free mentoring, support and information about Victorian Government services when the Small Business Bus visits on Friday 26 June 2015. The Andrews Labor Government is doubling its mobile support for small business witha second Small Business Bus now delivering valuable advice to towns and suburbs across…

CCTV CAMERAS MAKES WARRNAMBOOL SAFER

A new CCTV system officially launched in Warrnambool today will help police keep a closer eye on crime and create a safer entertainment precinct. The Warrnambool City Council received $168,000 from the Victorian Government to install nine closed circuit TV cameras across seven sites in Warrnambool’s late night entertainment precinct. The camera sites were determined…

SACRED HEART PRIMARY TAPS INTO WATER CONSERVATION

Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today visited Sacred Heart Primary School inColac to see Barwon Water’s school education program in action. Ms Tierney joined a Year 3 class as they learned about waterway health. Other classes tookpart in sessions on the water cycle earlier in the day. The education program, which has been running…

Roof Water Harvesting Project expanded in Warrnambool

Labor Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today announced a $500,000 expansion of Wannon Water’s multi-award-winning Roof Water Harvesting Project to capture water from the roofs of a new industrial subdivision in Warrnambool’s north east, boosting the city’s drinking water supplies. Speaking in Warrnambool, Ms Tierney said the Warrnambool Roof Water Harvesting Project was an…

Crimes Amendment (Repeal of Section 19A) Bill 2015

I am pleased to make a contribution to the debate on the Crimes Amendment (Repeal of Section 19A) Bill 2015. The bill is the result of an election commitment made by Labor prior to the International AIDS Conference last year. I am particularly pleased to speak about an election commitment being fulfilled. To be frank, it…

Deakin University: report 2014

I rise to make a contribution on the Deakin University annual report for 2014. Deakin celebrated its 40th anniversary in this reporting year. It has grown from a small regional university into a world leader during that time. It is in the top 3 per cent of the world’s universities, and it is at the cutting…

Review of Performance Targets for Bushfire Management on Public Land

My constituency question is to the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water regarding the stakeholder consultation process arising out of the government’s release of the report entitled Review of Performance Targets for Bushfire Management on Public Land by the inspector-general for emergency management. The review recommended that Victoria move from a hectare-based fuel reduction…

Victorian certificate of applied learning awards

I rise to congratulate Ms Lyn Maniz, a teacher at Ballarat Secondary College on winning of the Victorian certificate of applied learning (VCAL) Teacher of the Year award. Ms Maniz was humble in receiving her award, thanking her colleagues at the college. She did, however, say that it was a huge honour and the highlight of her…

Port of Geelong

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Ports, and it is in relation to the future sustainability of the port of Geelong. Geelong is Victoria’s largest regional port and one of the largest multi-cargo facilities in the country. Over 12 million tonnes of cargo a year are handled at the port. It is responsible for…

National Sorry Day

I rise to speak on National Sorry Day. This is the 17th National Sorry Day, and I am sad that, although some progress has been made on Indigenous issues since the first sorry day, the story is still not good. Since 1998 there have been good symbols and important symbolic actions taken, including Kevin Rudd’s…

Victorian Racing Industry Fund

My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Racing, and it relates to the bolstered Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF). Members in this place know that racing is an important economic driver in Victoria, generating $2.8 billion of economic activity and supporting more than 26 000 full-time jobs, many of which are in regional…

COLAC RESIDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM L2P PROGRAM

Young drivers in Colac will benefit following the announcement earlier this year of $16 million in funding to continue the L2P learner driver mentor program across Victoria. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney welcomed the funding, which will help disadvantaged young drivers in Colac and across the region get their licence. The program targets young…

OPPOSITION SPLIT OVER RATE CAPPING

A split has emerged within the Liberal Party on fair go rate capping, as Andrew Katos, Member for South Barwon, declared war on the policy – despite Opposition Spokesperson David Davis’ support. The split emerged after Mr Katos declared he did not believe in rate capping in today’s Geelong Independent, saying the policy was merely…

Victorian Budget

What a great week for western Victoria! After years of uncertainty, and a bandaid fix by the previous government, the Andrews Labor government has provided confidence and certainty for over 200 workers at Avalon Airport. In a deal struck by Labor with Jetstar and Linfox, the Andrews government will contribute $12 million to shore up this important…

Address in Reply

I begin my address-in-reply by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, and pay my respects to their elders both past and present. I will also start by congratulating the President of the Legislative Council, Mr Bruce Atkinson, on again being elected as President of…

South West Institute of TAFE: report 2014

I rise to make a contribution on the South West Institute of TAFE’s annual report 2014, which was tabled last sitting week. It is fair to say that it has been a tough few years for South West Institute of TAFE, as it has been for every other TAFE in this state. This sector has…

Warrnambool Special Developmental School

My constituency question is for the Minister for Education and it is in relation to the Warrnambool Special Developmental School. In yesterday’s state budget the Andrews government fulfilled its election commitment to allocate $5 million towards this school. That funding is much needed. The current school is located on the side of a hill, making it…

SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS FOR COLAC-BALLARAT ROAD

The south-west of the state will receive a boost, with the Andrews Labor Government providing $2.4 million to upgrade Colac-Ballarat Rd as part of the 2015-16 Victorian Budget. The upgrade will make a significant difference to the more than 1,000 vehicles that use the busy road each day. As part of the upgrade, improvements will…

Building the Education State in the South-West Coast

Students in the electorate of South-West Coast are big winners in the Andrews Labor Government’s first Education State Budget. Warrnambool Special Development School will receive $5 million towards the first stage of the schools new location, which will accommodate rising enrolment numbers. The Labor Government has used its first Education State Budget to inject a…

LABOR GOVERNMENT TO IMPROVE ANGLESEA ROUNDABOUT

The Andrews Labor Government will upgrade one of Anglesea’s most notorious intersections. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney welcomed the $2.9 million in funding for roundabout improvements at the intersection of Great Ocean Road and Camp Rd as announced in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget. The roundabout forms a key junction for traffic travelling between the…

Local Learning and Employment Networks

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Training and Skills and is in relation to local learning and employment networks, commonly known as LLENs. There are 31 LLENs in Victoria, and I have quite a few in my electorate, including the Central Grampians LLEN in Ararat, the Geelong Region LLEN in Geelong, the Glenelg and…

Domestic Animals Amendment Bill 2015

I am pleased to stand here today to make a contribution to debate on the Domestic Animals Amendment Bill 2015, because this amendment is an election commitment that the Labor Party took to the last state election. It is also with great pride that I am making a contribution that reinforces the delivery of that…

Nepal Earthquake

Since the last time this Parliament met, a number of horrific events have occurred beyond the borders of this state. In particular I wish to speak on the devastating earthquake in Nepal. The number of lives lost from this disaster continues to rise, with the latest news reports stating a figure over 7300 . The number…

LABOR GOVERNMENT TO IMPROVE ANGLESEA ROUNDABOUT

The Andrews Labor Government will upgrade one of Anglesea’s most notorious intersections. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney welcomed the $2.9 million in funding for roundabout improvements at the intersection of Great Ocean Road and Camp Rd as announced in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget. The roundabout forms a key junction for traffic travelling between the…

NEW SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS FOR WARRNAMBOOL

Small businesses in the Warrnambool area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Wednesday 20 May 2015. Through the program, businesses and prospective business owners are provided with the facts and advice needed to make informed decisions and create a platform…

PORTLAND GETS SHARE IN $500,000 TO TACKLE AGAINST ICE

Community groups in Portland can now apply for grants of up to $10,000 todevelop the most effective way to combat ice in their local area, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. The Andrews Labor Government is providing $500,000 to fund grassroots Community Ice Action Groups across regional and rural Victoria. The funding will…

COLAC GETS SHARE IN $500,000 TO TACKLE AGAINST ICE

Community groups in Colac can now apply for grants of up to $10,000 to develop the most effective way to combat ice in their local area, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. The Andrews Labor Government is providing $500,000 to fund grassroots Community Ice Action Groups across regional and rural Victoria. The funding…

FREE WHOOPING COUGH VACCINE FOR PARENTS TO START

Expectant parents and parents of newborns in Western Victoria will be able to receive the whooping cough vaccine for free from 1 June. Announced during World Immunisation Week, the Parents’ Whooping Cough Vaccination Program will be available to all pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation and their partners. In addition, all parents and guardians of…

FREE WHOOPING COUGH VACCINE FOR PARENTS TO START

Expectant parents and parents of newborns in Western Victoria will be able to receive the whooping cough vaccine for free from 1 June. Announced during World Immunisation Week, the Parents’ Whooping Cough Vaccination Program will be available to all pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation and their partners. In addition, all parents and guardians of…

HISTORIC AVENUES OF HONOUR PROTECTED

Four Avenues of Honour, planted in remembrance of World War I soldiers, have been given the highest level of heritage protection in the state. Two avenues in the Western Victorian Region- at Mortlake and Kingston- plus two others in Macedon and Cranbourne, have been added to the Victorian Heritage Register. Adding these four significant avenues…

Budj Bim Masterplan

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. It is in relation to the Budj Bim master plan. Last month I had the opportunity to meet with the CEO and other leaders of the Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation in Heywood. We discussed a number of issues, with particular emphasis on the need for employment…

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Geelong women have shown incredible support for the many International Women’s Day events held recently. The City of Greater Geelong’s Women in Community Life Advisory Committee is to be congratulated on organising the inaugural Women in Community Life Award to recognise and highlight the achievements of women in the Geelong region. This award was the…

Auditor General: Emergency Service Response Times

My contribution this evening is in relation to the Auditor-General’s report that was tabled in March and deals with emergency service response times. The report outlines the concerns the Auditor-General has about the way emergency response times are measured as well as the very limited public reporting of performance measures. The report states that the…

VOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA

 I rise to make a contribution to the debate on this important discussion today. I was not going to speak on this matter because when I first looked at the motion I saw it more as dealing with the mechanics of the situation and not necessarily the substance of the matter contained within. I do,…

WIND FARMS IN WESTERN VICTORIA

My constituency question is for the Minister for Energy and Resources. On 20 March Premier Andrews and the minister announced the implementation of a policy commitment made before the election to scale back wind farm buffer zones from 2 kilometres to 1 kilometre. Along with this important policy implementation the Premier announced the development of the Victorian Renewable…

RIP CURL PRO

The 54th Rip Curl Pro was another major event that took place this month. It is the longest-running professional surfing contest in the world, and the Andrews government has renewed its support for the event through to 2017. The event sees surfers, locals and tourists flock to Bells Beach and surrounding areas. The Rip Curl…

STAWELL WOMEN’S GIFT

I take this opportunity to congratulate Grace O’Dwyer, a 15-year-old Ballarat schoolgirl, on her remarkable win at the prestigious Stawell Women’s Gift on Easter Monday. Grace achieved the time of just 13.40 seconds in a race that was clearly special for her and her family, with her father Peter O’Dwyer a veteran of the Stawell Gift.…

Veterans and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2015

I rise to speak on the Veterans and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2015. I am very pleased to make a contribution, particularly given the timely nature of the passage of this bill in the lead-up to the remembrance activities that will occur in relation to Gallipoli later this month. I also take this opportunity to…

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE 2015 VICTORIAN TRAINING AWARDS

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today encouraged students who have achieved their training goals to nominate for the 2015 Victorian Training Awards. Now in their 61st year, the Awards celebrate the achievements of Victoria’s training system and recognise collaboration and innovation by students, teachers, employers and training providers from across the state. Ms Tierney…

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO WARRNAMBOOL

Small business operators in the Warrnambool area can access free mentoring, support and information about Victorian Government services when the Small Business Bus visits on Thursday 9 April 2015. Minister for Small Business, Adem Somyurek, said the Andrews Labor Government is doubling its mobile support for small business with a second Small Business Bus now…