COLAC OTWAY YOUTH COUNCIL

On  28 August members of the Colac Otway Youth Council and their mentors visited Parliament  and Government House.  I would like  to congratulate all those who have participated in this great initiative for getting involved in community projects and  building  community  leadership  capacity  in  the Colac community and outlying districts.

CINDY LEHMANN

On  another matter, I would  like to congratulate Warrnambool’s Cindy Lehmann, who was recently awarded  the honour of Carer of  the Year at the Robin Clark Memorial Awards 2012. Ms  Lehmann has  been a foster care worker for 24 years, taking in more  than 300 children during  this time, which is a  truly amazing commitment…

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR FARMER HEALTH: FUNDING

To the Legislative Council of Victoria: The  petition of certain citizens of  the  state  of  Victoria  draws  to  the  attention of the  house the state  government’s decision to cease  funding for  the National Centre for Farmer Health. In particular, we note: 1.  the likely  closure of  the  National Centre  for Farmer  Health due  to the…

GARY COLE

On  another note, on 31 August  I had the pleasure  of attending the Geelong Father of the Year breakfast to  hear 10-year-old Chelsea Cole speak of her  father,  Gary, who won honours  as Geelong Father of  the  Year for this year.  This is  a sponsored  program that was initiated by Bethany, which is all about…

WESTERN VICTORIA REGION: JOURNALISM AWARDS

I also  take  this opportunity to  congratulate  the Hamilton Spectator,  which was recently crowned country Victoria’s newspaper  of the year at Victoria’s annual media  awards. I would also  like to congratulate Spectator journalist Danielle Grindlay, who was named journalist  of the year and also won an award  for best agriculture story for the year. Ted…

TEACHERS: ENTERPRISE BARGAINING

More than 15  000  Victorian teachers and support staff  rallied  at  Rod Laver Arena and marched to Parliament House last week as part of their campaign  to get this government to  abide by its election promise to give every single teacher in this state a decent pay rise. It was the biggest  education  protest in …

NORTHERN VICTORIA REGION: GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

 I  will start  by saying that we have  here today a  motion  that  has  been  moved  by  the  government,  seconded  by  the government, supported by the government and is essentially a pat on the back for the  government. It has tied up this house for some  hours today. One would have thought,  particularly given that …

WINCHELSEA GUN CLUB: RELOCATION

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Environment and  Climate  Change,  and  it  is  in  relation to the Winchelsea  Gun  Club.  The  minister  may  be  aware  that  the  Department  of Sustainability and Environment (DSE)  has ordered the club to vacate its current premises at  the Winchelsea  Common by 31  December this  year.…

BELMONT COMMUNITY KINDERGARTEN: UPGRADE

I  would like to  congratulate  the Belmont Community Kindergarten on  the  official opening recently  of  its new $400  000 playroom.  The community raised the  phenomenal amount of $100  000 towards this project, and I place on  record my sincere appreciation for its amazing efforts. Kinder is a really important time in a child’s development, and…

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY: STRATEGIC CO-INVESTMENT

Ms TIERNEY  (Western Victoria) — From the outset I  will just  clarify a  few matters. We are talking about the automotive industry today. That  includes the major  manufacturers but also  the  component suppliers. Some other automotive areas are not being dealt with today because  they do  not fall within the description of what  is considered…

ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING REFERENCES COMMITTEE: ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN AND PUBLIC HEALTH IN VICTORIA

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Health, David Davis. This house endorsed the terms of reference for the Environment and Planning References Committee to  inquire into environmental design and  public health in  Victoria. On  24 May  this year  the majority  and minority  reports  were  tabled in this house. Since  that  time …

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY: WARRNAMBOOL ACCIDENT

It is with great sadness that I rise to speak on the  tragic  deaths of two drilling rig workers in western Victoria yesterday on  the Stena Clyde  mobile  rig stationed approximately  90 kilometres offshore from  Warrnambool. This  morning’s  media  reports state  that  the two  men,  a 32-year-old from  the Northern Territory  and a 60-year-old  from…

BAILLIEU MAKING NO PROGRESS ON FSL REPLACEMENT

The Baillieu Government has failed to deliver on its own commitment to introduce a new property-based levy to replace the Fire Services Levy (FSL), Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said. “The Government has sailed by its own deadlines to have begun the transition to the new arrangement, which was supposed to be underway…

GEORGE ROBERT CRAWFORD

 George Robert Crawford was born on 13 January 1926  and died on 7  August  2012. He was elected  to  Parliament after 41 years membership  of the Plumbers and Gasfitters Employees Union  of Australia, and he spent  30 years as a full-time official of that union, holding the  positions of both Victorian branch secretary and general…

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: RAIL — LITTLE RIVER STATION

To ask the  Minister for  Planning (for  the Minister for Public Transport): What was the  average number of  passengers  that used Little  River railway station on a daily and weekly basis in — (a) 2009; (b) 2010; and (c) 2011. ANSWER: I am informed that, as at the date the question was raised: The  estimated …

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: RAIL — LARA STATION

To ask the Minister for Planning (for the Minister for Public Transport): What was the average number of passengers that used Lara railway station on a daily and weekly basis in — (a) 2009; (b) 2010; and (c) 2011. ANSWER: I am informed that, as at the date the question was raised: The estimated  average weekday, Saturday, …

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: RAIL — CORIO STATION

To  ask the  Minister for Planning (for the Minister for Public Transport): What  was the average number  of passengers that used  Corio railway station on a daily and weekly basis in — (a) 2009; (b) 2010; and (c) 2011. ANSWER: I am informed that, as at the date the question was raised: The estimated  average…

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: RAIL — NORTH SHORE STATION

 To ask  the Minister  for Planning (for the Minister for Public Transport): What was  the  average number of  passengers that used  North  Shore railway station on a daily and weekly basis in — (a) 2009; (b) 2010; and (c) 2011. ANSWER: I am informed that, as at the date the question was raised: The estimated…

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: RAIL — GEELONG STATION

To ask the  Minister for  Planning (for  the Minister for Public Transport): What was the average number  of passengers that used Geelong railway station on a daily and weekly basis in — (a) 2009; (b) 2010; and (c) 2011. ANSWER: I am informed that, as at the date the question was raised: The estimated average …

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: RAIL — MARSHALL STATION

To ask the Minister  for Planning  (for the  Minister for Public Transport): What was the average number of passengers that used Marshall railway station on a daily and weekly basis in — (a) 2009; (b) 2010; and (c) 2011. ANSWER: I am informed that, as at the date the question was raised: The estimated  average…

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: GREEN LIGHT PLAN

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Local Government, and it  relates to  the green light plan. Under a funding partnership agreement with the Baillieu government the Great South Coast program was to replace  7660  streetlights  with  energy-efficient  bulbs across municipalities including the  Colac Otway and  Corangamite shires, the  city  of Warrnambool,…

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR FARMER HEALTH: FUNDING

To the Legislative Council of Victoria:  The  petition  of  certain  citizens  of  the  state  of Victoria draws to the  attention of  the house the state  government’s decision to  cease funding for  the National Centre for Farmer Health. In particular, we note: 1. the  likely  closure of  the National  Centre for  Farmer Health  due to  the…

JEFF KENNETT: COMMENTS

Members may be aware of recent  comments  by past Victorian  Premier  Jeff Kennett in  the Geelong Advertiser  advocating the closure  of  both  the  Ford  factory  and  the  Alcoa  plant  at  Point  Henry. Contributions such as this are entirely unwelcome to the manufacturing industry, and  to talk it down at a time  when  it is facing…

WARRNAMBOOL ALTERNATIVE VCAL EDUCATION SCHOOL: FUTURE

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Education,  and it is in  relation to the  Warrnambool  Alternative VCAL  Education School,  or WAVE.  The WAVE program was established in 2010 as a satellite school to Warrnambool College. Prior to that it was auspiced by Brauer Secondary College, Mortlake College and  Hawkesdale P-12 College …

HIGHER EDUCATION: TAFE ASSETS

Ms  TIERNEY  (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister  for  Higher Education and Skills.  Can  the  minister confirm that TAFE boards will need his approval to sell off assets  or to sell off rural  campuses to help meet funding shortfalls,  and can he advise the house on  his  government’s  policy  on  such sell-offs?…

HORSHAM COLLEGE: REDEVELOPMENT

My  adjournment  matter  this  evening is directed  to  the  Minister  for  Education, Martin Dixon, and is in relation to Horsham College. Last  Tuesday and Wednesday  I  had several meetings  with  key stakeholders in the Wimmera, and in particular in Horsham, Stawell, the Pyrenees and  other  parts  of the Southern Grampians. The issue of the  Horsham …

THU SA LA

On another note I wish to  congratulate 11-year old Thu Sa La, a Karen  refugee who  arrived in this country nearly  four years  ago and  will be representing Victoria in the under-12 Australian Rules football championships in South  Australia  next month. What an  extraordinary  achievement!  A  wonderful example of what can happen in this country…

NATIONAL CELTIC FESTIVAL: VOLUNTEERS

On another note, I thank Una McAlinden and the  National Celtic Festival  committee  for their hard  work  in delivering a  magnificent event in Portarlington  over  the recent  long  weekend. Live  music  and highly  skilled artists were embraced by the town as they  worked their  Celtic magic  for three days  and three nights.  The events demonstrated …

PORTARLINGTON: BIGGEST AFTERNOON TEA

During the last sitting week I made mention of an extremely well-attended Biggest Afternoon Tea held at Portarlington on 3l May to  raise money  for cancer  research. At  the time  we believed the  amount raised was  of  the order of $11 000,  but I can now inform  the  house that the final amount raised was…

EDUCATION OF GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENTS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) presented report, including appendices, together with transcripts of evidence.  Laid on table.  Ordered that report be printed. Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I move:  That the Council take note of the report.  I am pleased to rise this morning to make some comments on the joint parliamentary Education and Training Committee’s…

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: TRANSPORT CONNECTIONS — WINCHELSEA AND MORIAC-WAURN PONDS AND TORQUAY SERVICE

To ask  the Minister  for Planning  (for the Minister for Public Transport): In relation to the Winchelsea  and Moriac to Waurn Ponds and Torquay Transport  Connections  service  that  has  recently been  cut  by the  Baillieu government,  what  arrangements will now  be  made to provide  the  vital public transport required by  those living in the  Winchelsea,…

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: TRANSPORT CONNECTIONS — HAWKESDALE-WARRNAMBOOL SERVICE

To  ask the  Minister for Planning (for the Minister for Public Transport):  In  relation  to  the  Hawkesdale  to  Warrnambool  school  holiday Transport  Connections  service that  has  recently  been  cut  by  the Baillieu government,  what  arrangements will  now  be made to  provide  the vital public transport required by those living in the Hawkesdale community. ANSWER: I…

INDUSTRY TRAINING ADVISORY BOARDS: FUNDING

My  adjournment  matter this  evening  is directed to the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, and it  deals with the government’s  assault  upon  skills  development across  Victoria  through  this government’s  dramatic  funding  cuts  to  industry  advisory  boards. The Labor government repeatedly  acknowledged the value  of these  advisory  arrangements, recognising that the industry training advisory boards…

South West Institute of TAFE: funding

Last  Thursday  in  Warrnambool  a rally organised by TAFE 4 All was held in front of the electorate office of the member for  South-West  Coast  in the Legislative Assembly, Denis  Napthine.  Students, academics and teachers addressed the crowd, highlighting how their lives will be impacted upon by the cuts  to their  local TAFE. The following…

TIERNEY KEEPS UP PRESSURE FOR FARMER HEALTH CENTRE FUNDS

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney is continuing to apply pressure on the Baillieu Government to immediately reinstate funding for the National Centre for Farmer Health. In response to the Minister’s answer provided in the last Parliament sitting week Ms Tierney accused the Baillieu Government of passing the funding buck to the Federal Government. “The…

LABOR MP’S STANDING UP FOR BANNOCKBURN EDUCATION

State Labor Upper House Members Gayle Tierney and Jaala Pulford have continued their support for Golden Plains Shire calling on the Government to fund Bannockburn K-12 in Parliament this week. Ms Tierney said the hard work from the Golden Plains Shire has not slowed, but the support from the state government has ground to a…

DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES: REGIONAL OFFICES

My adjournment matter this evening is directed to the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, and it relates to the Baillieu government’s decision to close Department of Primary Industries (DPI) offices in Western Victoria Region.  Over the past weeks and months my electorate office has been very busy dealing with emails, telephone calls and constituents…

BUDGET PAPERS 2012-13

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I will also make a contribution in relation to taking note of the 2012-13 budget papers. In preparation for my budget response today, I revisited my response to last year’s midyear financial report and the economic and social environment that the state was in at that time. It is true…

PORTARLINGTON: BIGGEST AFTERNOON TEA

I also congratulate Portarlington Community Association and the combined local community groups that held the Biggest Afternoon Tea last Thursday, coordinated by Madge Pinge and Gemma Tobschall. They raised a massive amount of $11 000, and I thank them for their amazing contribution, which will go to the cancer centre in Geelong. The volunteers on…

DONNA CAMPBELL

Last month in Texas, Donna Campbell, a researcher at the Geelong Hospital, was given the international excellence in clinical research award for outstanding leadership. The award was in recognition of Ms Campbell’s work in setting up pharmaceutical research trials and, more recently, the work she has done with GP-based Alzheimer’s disease trials. This is an…

BANNOCKBURN: K-12 SCHOOL

My adjournment matter this evening is in relation to the Bannockburn K-12 school in the Golden Plains shire. The construction of the new early years to year 12 school in Bannockburn, along with the natural gas connection to the township, is the Golden Plains Shire’s highest priority project. It is widely known that the shire…

GORDON INSTITUTE OF TAFE: REPORT 2011

I rise to speak on the 2011 annual report of the Gordon TAFE in Geelong. Last year, 2011, was a very successful year for the Gordon. It was a year in which the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall, launched the new three-year strategic plan. That is outlined on pages 23, 24 and…

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR FARMER HEALTH: FUNDING

The Hamilton community, along with many other farming communities in regional Victoria, is absolutely disgusted with the Liberal-Nationals coalition government’s decision to cease funding for the National Centre for Farmer Health. The centre, which opened in 2008, was built to address the significant issues associated with farmer health and wellbeing and the safety of our…

GORDON INSTITUTE OF TAFE: FUNDING

Last Thursday the Geelong community told the Baillieu government in no uncertain terms that it will not get away with its systematic destruction of Victoria’s TAFEs. Over 1200 people attended the rally outside the Gordon Institute of TAFE, with many students and teachers addressing the crowd and communicating their anger at the government’s decision to…

GAS: REGIONAL AND RURAL VICTORIA

My adjournment matter this evening is directed to the Minister for Regional and Rural Development and is in relation to natural gas connections to rural and regional townships. The promised natural gas extension to Terang and the increasing delays experienced by the township are causing significant angst. The Terang community has been in limbo in…

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR FARMER HEALTH: FUNDING

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Health, David Davis. The National Centre for Farmer Health based in Hamilton was established in 2008 after a significant contribution of $1 million was offered by the respected local philanthropist Mr Geoff Handbury. It also secured $2.4 million from the state government. In…

ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN AND PUBLIC HEALTH IN VICTORIA

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria Region) presented report, including appendices, extracts of proceedings and minority report, together with transcripts of evidence. Laid on table. Ordered that report be printed. Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I move: That the Council take note of the report. I am pleased to table the Environment and Planning Reference Committee’s report…

PIONEER ROAD, WAURN PONDS: UPGRADE

I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Roads in relation to Pioneer Road, Waurn Ponds, near Geelong. The Liberal Party made a commitment of $13.5 million to the community of Waurn Ponds to redevelop Pioneer Road. I have raised this matter with the minister on a number of occasions, and on…

HIGHER EDUCATION: TAFE FUNDING

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise to speak in support of the motion moved by Mr Lenders earlier today. Before I get to the substantive matter, I wish to remind the house that it was only a short time ago — late last year — that the TAFE sector took a substantial financial hit.…

BELMONT PRIMARY SCHOOL: EXPANSION

Last night during the adjournment debate I raised the issue of the much-needed playground expansion at Belmont Primary School and stated this could be done by the education department purchasing a property at 44 Regent Street, Belmont, which is currently on the market. In reply the minister on duty, David Davis, again editorialised and attempted…

BELMONT PRIMARY SCHOOL: EXPANSION

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Education, and it is in relation to Belmont Primary School and the opportunity for its grounds to be extended. Belmont primary is currently at full capacity and has a long waiting list. The school has wonderful facilities, but it lacks outdoor space for children to…

HIGHER EDUCATION: TAFE FUNDING

Without question, the issue that has occupied my electorate office since the handing down of the state budget earlier this month is the savage cuts to the TAFE sector. The telephone calls and emails from constituents about the impact of the cuts on the Gordon, the South West Institute of TAFE and the Otway Community…

APOLLO BAY P-12 COLLEGE: FUNDING

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Education and is in relation to Apollo Bay P-12 College. The minister will be aware that in the lead-up to the 2010 state election Terry Mulder, the member for Polwarth in the Assembly, who is now the Minister for Public Transport, made an election commitment…

VICTORIAN CERTIFICATE OF APPLIED LEARNING: FUNDING

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — On a number of occasions I, along with other members of the opposition, have spoken about the disastrous impacts of the Baillieu government’s damaging decision to cut Victorian certificate of applied learning (VCAL) funding for Victorian schools. In early April the front page of the Bellarine Times told yet another…

RICHARD ‘DICK’ WEARMOUTH

I take this opportunity to speak of Richard ‘Dick’ Wearmouth, who passed away on 5 April this year. In 1944, aged 18, Dick began playing football with Footscray Football Club where he won a Gardiner Medal for the best and fairest in the Victorian Football League reserve competition in his very first year. After taking…

SHIRE OF MELTON: EARLY CHILDHOOD INFRASTRUCTURE

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development and is in relation to early learning infrastructure in the shire of Melton, which is at the eastern end of the electorate of Western Victoria Region. I have been made aware of recent applications that the shire has made for…