GOVERNMENT GRANT FOR COLAC LIONS PARK MAKEOVER

The Victorian Government has provided more than $54,000 to Colac Otway Shire Council towards the redevelopment of the Colac Lions Park, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today. Ms Tierney said the grant will help the Council redevelop the Lions Park, which is an important community space and is also a key…

$75,000 GRANT FOR CORANGAMITE’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Corangamite Shire Council will receive $75,000 funding to support an Economic Development Officer position, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today. “Under the Local Skills Partnerships Program, the Victorian Government is committing $75,000 towards the two year appointment of a suitably qualified Strategic Economic Development Officer (SEDO) to help the council deliver…

$50,000 FOR CORANGAMITE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

A Brumby Government grant of $50,000 will help Corangamite Shire Council develop a strategy and action plan for economic development in the Shire, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said. Announcing the grant today for the Corangamite Economic Development and Industrial Land Strategy, Ms Tierney said a substantial increase in major projects in…

$50,000 FOR GROWTH PLAN TO BOOST PORTLAND ECONOMY

The Victorian Government is providing $50,000 to support planning for continued economic growth in Portland, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said.  Ms Tierney said the funding would develop an Integrated Growth Plan for Portland to boost exports through the Port of Portland and support growth of the town’s retail, cultural and tourism precincts.…

CORANGAMITE HERITAGE STUDY RECEIVES $50,000 BOOST

The Corangamite Shire Council has received a $50,000 heritage grant, sharing in more than $1.8 million worth of new grants to preserve and protect heritage across the State, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today. The grant is for Stage 2 of the Corangamite Heritage Study and will assist the Corangamite Shire…

$7,000 FOR MEN’S SHED EXPANSION IN COBDEN

Men in Cobden will soon have a better place to work together on community projects and build skills and projects, thanks to a new $7,000 grant from the Brumby Labor Government’s Men’s Shed program. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said Cobden District Health Services Inc had received the grant to expand the existing…

FUNDING BOOST NETBALL IN PANMURE

The Panmure Recreational Reserve will share in $10 million worth of Victorian Government funding to help develop and improve football and netball club and association facilities across the Victoria. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the Moyne Shire would receive $60,000 as part of the latest round of the Country Football and Netball…

$50,000 FOR MEN TO GET TOGETHER IN TIMBOON

Men in Timboon will soon have a new place to work together on community projects and build skills and projects, thanks to a new $50,000 grant from the Brumby Labor Government’s Men’s Shed program. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the Timboon and District Health Care Service had received the grant to Build…

$50,000 FOR MEN TO GET TOGETHER IN TERANG

Men in Terang will soon have a new place to work together on community projects and build skills and projects, thanks to a new $50,000 grant from the Brumby Labor Government’s Men’s Shed program. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said Cooinda – Terang Inc had received the grant to Build a new Men’s…

WARRNAMBOOL BMX TRACK SET FOR AN UPGRADE

Warrnambool residents will have more opportunities to exercise and enjoy the sports they love thanks to $60,000 in Victorian Government funding to develop a competition standard BMX track, in Warrnambool. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced the Warrnambool City Council would receive a grant through the latest round of the Community Facility…

WARRNAMBOOL LIBRARY IN NEED OF STUDY

A project to study the feasibility of a new joint library and community facility in Warrnambool will soon be underway thanks to a $30,000 Brumby Labor Government grant. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the funding would be used to test the desirability and sustainability of a joint community library and volunteer hub…

$150K BRINGS WINDS OF CHANGE TO BEEAC COMMUNITY

The Beeac Windmill Park and Heritage Walk has been officially opened by Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria. Representing the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan, Ms Tierney said the project illustrated the Victorian Government’s commitment to regional Victoria, and formed a part of the 150th anniversary celebrations for Beeac. “We are…

$20,000 GOVERNMENT GRANT FOR WARRNAMBOOL CHALLENGE

The Victorian Government has provided a $20,000 grant to assist with an important community leadership activity, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today. The community and leadership activity, the 32 Hour Community Challenge, is designed to improve community capacity through an intense workshop which is followed by a 100 day period of…

Settling Business Disputes Quickly and Economically

Local small business operators can settle any dispute quickly and economically through a unique service offered by Victoria’s Small Business Commissioner. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said that mediation through the Commissioner’s office offers a remarkably successful and extremely economic alternative to expensive formal litigation. The service costs each business only $195, saves time,…

BOATING SAFETY BOOST FOR APOLLO BAY

The Apollo Bay community will receive $31,200 through the 2010-11 round of the Brumby Government’s Boating Safety and Facilities Program, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today. “The Brumby Government is committed to working with community groups to ensure a safer boating environment and for the provision of safe boating facilities.” “Funding has…

BOATING SAFETY BOOST FOR VICTORIA’S SOUTH-WEST COAST

Victoria’s south-west coast region will receive $435,056 through the 2010-11 round of the Brumby Government’s Boating Safety and Facilities Program, Gayle Tierney MP announced today. “The Brumby Government is committed to working with community groups to ensure a safer boating environment and for the provision of safe boating facilities,” Ms Tierney said. Funding has been…

GRANTS ASSIST LOCAL GOVERNMENT TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE

The Brumby Labor Government is providing up to $7 million in grants to local governments to tackle climate change through sustainable local initiatives. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the grants would be made under the Victorian Local Sustainability Accord. The Accord is a partnership agreement to strengthen cooperative efforts between the state…

WARRNAMBOOL WINS PRESTIGIOUS COMMISSIONER’S AWARD

An annual children’s festival that attracts thousands of visitors every year to Warrnambool today won the prestigious “Commissioner’s Award” at the 2010 Corrections Victoria Community Work Partnership Awards, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said today. The partnership involves offenders on community-based orders setting-up and packing-up the festival which is run by Warrnambool City…

NEW TANKERS A MAJOR BOOST FOR GORAE WEST FIRE BRIGADE

Gorae West Fire Brigade received a major boost to its firefighting fleet today as the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, handed over the keys to two new tankers. Ms Tierney said the new vehicles would significantly improve the brigade’s firefighting capability. “The tankers will provide quicker response times and give the firefighters better access…

BRUMBY GOVERNMENT GRANT LIGHTS UP COBDEN BOWLING CLUB

Cobden residents will have more opportunities to exercise and play the sports they love thanks to $22,179 in Victorian Government funding to light up the Cobden Bowling Club. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced the Corangamite Shire would receive a grant through the latest round of the Community Facility Funding Program –…

NEW LAKE COLAC OVAL TURF HITS DROUGHT FOR SIX

Colac and District cricket fans can look forward to enjoying even longer sessions out on Colac’s Lake Oval thanks to the recently completed $90,000 plus oval redevelopment featuring a new drought tolerant grass surface, fully automated irrigation system and drainage.  Representing Sport Minister, James Merlino, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP was at the…

WARRNAMBOOL: CLIMATE COMMUNITIES FUNDING

Ms TIERNEY — I also congratulate the Warrnambool Community Garden and the Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Group, which have recently received funding under the Climate Communities program that the Minister for Environment and Climate Change talked about in question time. The Warrnambool Community Garden received $50 000 for its health urban living project, and the Warrnambool…

BULLA DAIRY FOODS: 100TH ANNIVERSARY

On another matter, I congratulate Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac on its 100th anniversary. This is a fantastic achievement for rural industry in Victoria. I also commend the company for its role in employing over 50 people in the last three years, some of whom have been long-term unemployed. This again reinforces that local people…

REGIONAL AND RURAL VICTORIA: WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

On 27 September I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation at the announcement of a $150 000 project to address shortfalls in skills and workforce development in the south-west. The Brumby Labor government has funded the great south coast industry workforce development strategy team to investigate and address the…

NATS-LIBS TALK DOWN REGIONAL AND RURAL VICTORIA

The Regional and Rural Committee’s latest report is unnecessarily negative and talks down rural and regional Victoria, say the Labor members of the Committee. The report on the committee’s inquiry in to The Extent and Nature of Disadvantage and Inequity in Rural and Regional Victoria was tabled in parliament today. Labor MPs on the committee,…

SIGNIFICANT SPORTING EVENTS PROGRAM: APPLICATIONS

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs, James Merlino. It is in relation to the Significant Sporting Events program. As detailed on the Department of Planning and Community Development’s website, the Significant Sporting Events program will assist sporting, community and event organisations to deliver significant sporting events in Victoria.…

REGIONAL AND RURAL VICTORIA: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. Can the minister update the house on how the Brumby Labor government is supporting regional Victoria through the creation of jobs and better retail choice? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I welcome Ms Tierney’s interest in this…

JUDICIAL COMMISSION OF VICTORIA BILL

I rise to make a contribution to the debate on the Judicial Commission of Victoria Bill 2010. At the beginning I also indicate that the government will not be supporting Mr Rich-Phillips’s reasoned amendment. With respect to the proposed amendments that have just been circulated by Ms Pennicuik, I understand Mr Tee will be responding…

UCI ROAD CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2010 UCI World Road Cycling Championships were held in Geelong from 29 September to 3 October. The whole city was buzzing with anticipation during the days before the racing as the infrastructure was being erected and the riders were out in the colours of their respective countries exploring the course and undertaking time trials.…

$75 MILLION IN SAFETY MEASURES FOR VICTORIAN ROADS

A $75 million funding boost from the Brumby Labor Government will improve safety on metropolitan and regional roads across Victoria, including a $2.26 million boost for the Colac Lavers Hill Road, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today. “We understand people are concerned about road safety, which is why we’re building a better…

NEW WORKFORCE STRATEGY FOR THE GREAT SOUTH COAST

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced a $150,000 project to address shortfalls in skills and workforce development in the Great South Coast region. Ms Tierney said as the region emerged from the global economic downturn, local industry was faced with the challenges of attracting and retaining skilled labour. “To counteract this, the…

KNOW YOUR DISTRICT, SAYS MP

Victoria’s Total Fire Ban district boundaries will now align with the Fire Danger Ratings, Victorian Bureau of Meteorology weather districts and local government areas, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. “Colac Otway Shire now falls within the South West district, so residents should familiarise themselves with this to ensure they are as fire…

JUSTICE LEGISLATION FURTHER AMENDMENT BILL

I rise to make a contribution to debate on the Justice Legislation Further Amendment Bill 2010. This is a multifaceted bill and, as the previous speaker said, an omnibus bill. It makes a number of changes to legislation within the justice portfolio. Some 18 amendments amend an even larger number of acts that are instruments…

GOVERNMENT: PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

It is Wednesday in the Victorian Parliament, and again we have the situation that continues to be played out time and again on Wednesdays during opposition business, when the opposition is hell-bent on determining that the primary role of the Legislative Council is to provide documents. On this occasion this issue has taken up a…

V/LINE: MAINTENANCE CONTRACT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Public Transport, the Honourable Martin Pakula. Can the minister update the house on the recently awarded contract to maintain Victoria’s V/Line train fleet? Hon. M. P. PAKULA (Minister for Public Transport) — I thank Ms Tierney for the question. The Premier and I…

RURAL PRESS CLUB: ANNUAL AWARDS

I take this opportunity to congratulate Mr Alex Sinnott, whose excellent work was recently acknowledged and awarded at the Rural Press Club of Victoria annual awards. Alex, who is a journalist with the Warrnambool Standard, was awarded the 2010 Young Journalist of the Year for his series of stories on Peter’s project. Alex has been…

TOYOTA AUSTRALIA: ALTONA PLANT

Last Friday Premier John Brumby, along with the federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Kim Carr, announced that Toyota would undertake a $300 million upgrade of the Altona plant, securing over 3000 Victorian jobs. Old technology is being closed down all over the world. Nearly all new global investment is going into the…

LIBERALS HAVE TO COME CLEAN ON SCHOOLS POLICY

Terry Mulder and Ted Baillieu have to come clean about the Liberal Party’s dark past of selling more than 300 public schools. The Member for Polwarth, Terry Mulder was quoted in the Colac Herald (3-9-2010) stating that a Liberal State Government would match Labor’s promise to fund the rebuild of the Apollo Bay    P-12 College.…

LIBERALS HAVE NO DIRECTION ON EDUCATION

The Member for Polwarth, Terry Mulder has today been quoted in the Colac Herald stating that a Liberal State Government would match Labor’s promise to fund the rebuild of the Apollo Bay    P-12 College. This shows that the Liberal Government have no policy on education for Victoria, and are simply committing to rebuild schools on…

$931,510 FOR HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT IN WARRNAMBOOL

Families in Warrnambool and surrounds will have access to even better hospital services thanks to a $931,510 Brumby Labor Government boost for new equipment at South West Health Care. Announcing the funding boost, Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria said the funding would be used to buy new state-of-the-art medical equipment at South West Health…

$175,000 FOR HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT IN COLAC

Families in Colac and surrounds will have access to even better hospital services thanks to a $175,000 Brumby Labor Government boost for new equipment at Colac Area Health. Announcing the funding boost, Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria said the funding would be used to buy new state-of-the-art medical equipment at Colac Area Health. “This…

$174,645 FOR HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT IN PORTLAND

Families in Portland and surrounds will have access to even better hospital services thanks to a $174,645 Brumby Labor Government boost for new equipment at Colac Area Health. Announcing the funding boost, Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria said the funding would be used to buy new state-of-the-art medical equipment at Portland District Health. “This…

$127,605 FOR HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT IN CAMPERDOWN

Families in Camperdown and surrounds will have access to even better hospital services thanks to a $127,605 Brumby Labor Government boost for new equipment at South West Health Care – Camperdown. Announcing the funding boost, Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria said the funding would be used to buy new state-of-the-art medical equipment at South…

PLANNING: RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. Can the minister update the house on how the planning system is facilitating the effective delivery of renewable energy projects across Victoria? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I welcome Ms Tierney’s interest in these matters, because in…

HEALTH: WESTERN VICTORIA

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Health, and it is in regard to health services in the Western Victoria Region. As a result of the historic agreement made between the federal and state Labor governments some months ago, it was recently announced that Colac Area Health would receive $1.5 million to expand its…

WESTERN VICTORIA: TOURISM

Yesterday’s Age newspaper covered Monday night’s The Age Good Food Guide awards with the title ‘Good food puts country towns on the culinary map’. The restaurant of the year award again went to the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld under the guidance of Dan Hunter, and the best new country restaurant was won by Loam…

ADULT AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION: AWARDS

On another note, I congratulate a number of finalists in the 2010 adult and community education (ACE) awards. They are Rachelle Collett from Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre in Corio, outstanding ACE learner; Karen Williams from the Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre, outstanding ACE practitioner; Joanna Weeku from the Werribee Community and Education Centre, outstanding ACE learner; and the…

EASTERN RESERVE, COLAC: NETBALL FACILITIES

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of officially opening the newly upgraded netball facilities at Eastern Reserve in Colac. The Brumby Labor government contributed $60 000 to this project, which involved the resurfacing and extending of six old asphalt netball courts to meet current national and international standards, upgrading existing lighting for night games and…

POSITIONING THE WIMMERA-MALLEE PIPELINE REGION TO CAPITALISE ON NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

I rise to make some comments in regard to the Rural and Regional Committee’s report entitled Inquiry into Positioning the Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline Region to Capitalise on New Economic Development Opportunities. I begin by thanking the many people who provided verbal and written submissions to the committee. We were blessed by the standard of contributions as…

REJUVINATED NETBALL HUB IN COLAC NOW OPEN

Teams in the Colac and District Netball Association and Colac Summer Netball Association can now utilise six fully compliant courts with lighting in Eastern Reserve. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, visited the Reserve today to officially open the upgraded netball court facility. “If your passion is netball, or you just want to have a…

MOYNE SERVICES WORKING TOGETHER TO TACKLE CHRONIC DISEASE

Moyne residents with chronic diseases will have easier access to support as part of a $1 million Brumby Labor Government funding boost to local service providers. Announcing the boost, Member for Western Victoria, Gaye Tierney MP said Moyne Health Services would receive $18,000 to develop incentive projects to local partnerships between community health services, local…

SOLAR GRANTS TO HELP WESTERN VICTORIA SHINE

Businesses and community groups in Western Victoria are invited to apply for $3 million of grants in the first round of the Victorian Government’s Solar Photovoltaic Hubs program which will help reduce emissions and create green jobs. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the program, part of the Brumby Labor Government’s Action Plan…

JUDGEMENT DAY FOR WOOLSTHORPE PRIMARY SCHOOL

From Ararat to Altona Meadows, from Woolsthorpe to Wodonga and Melton to Murrayville, a panel of judges is traversing the state to find this year’s winners of the Victorian Schools’ Garden Awards. Woolsthorpe Primary School is one of 31 schools across Victoria being visited by the judges in the next two weeks because it is…

FUNDING OUTCOME FOR WEST PORTLAND RESIDENTS

Gayle Tierney MP was in Portland this morning to inform Clarkston Ray, spokesperson for the West Portland Sewerage Scheme Action Group that the Brumby Labor Government has committed more than $767,000 to Wannon Water for the West Portland Sewerage Scheme. The funding will reduce the contribution of each landowner to the sewerage scheme by $5,770…

EMPLOYMENT: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Treasurer, John Lenders. Can the Treasurer report on how we can measure infrastructure and skills investment over the last several budgets?

Mr LENDERS (Treasurer) — There are several ways, but the most succinct way is to say ’98 000 jobs’.

TOURIST AND HERITAGE RAILWAYS BILL

I rise to speak in favour of the Tourist and Heritage Railways Bill 2010, which will provide for sustainable tourist and heritage railway operations in Victoria. There are three key aspects in the legislation before us today. Firstly, the bill establishes a register of tourist and heritage railway assets; secondly, it provides for the modernisation…

STONY RISES PROJECT

On 22 July I had the pleasure of officially opening the Stony Rises Project at the RMIT Gallery. Stony Rises is an area south-east, south and south-west of Lake Corangamite, with a vast number of basalt rocks as a result of volcanic activity. The project brings together 10 contemporary artists and designers, including interpretations of…

COUNTRY FIRE AUTHORITY: LETHBRIDGE AND MAUDE BRIGADES

On Sunday I represented the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Bob Cameron, in handing over two medium tankers in the Golden Plains shire. The first tanker was handed over to Yvonne Perdrisat, the first woman captain of the Lethbridge Country Fire Authority (CFA) brigade. Yvonne is a driving force in the local community. Lethbridge…

STAND-FOR-NOTHING OPPOSITION MISLEAD COMMUNITY WITH CHEAP TRICKS

Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP today slammed the lazy, stand-for-nothing Liberal National Opposition for misleading the community with blatantly false claims about Victorian Government road safety policy. Ms Tierney said Opposition MPs had recently distributed community surveys about young driver safety issues that incorrectly stated the Government was considering introducing night time curfews…

THE ULTRANET BREAKS DOWN CLASSROOM WALLS

Western Victorian schools are now connected to the Ultranet – the Victorian Government’s new online portal for government schools that will take government students, parents and teachers into the learning environment of the future. “Education is the Brumby Government’s number one priority and our government schools are equipped with the best modern technology available” Member…

MAJOR BOOST TO MAUDE AND LETHBRIDGE CFA BRIGADES

The Golden Plains Shire region received a major boost to its emergency services today when local member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney handed over the keys to two brand new firefighting appliances. Two medium tankers were handed over at separate events at Maude and Lethbridge CFA brigades today. Ms Tierney said the new tankers would…

REFERENCE

I rise and indicate that I will be opposing Mr Kavanagh’s motion. At the outset I also challenge Mr Kavanagh’s assertion that those who oppose his motion this evening are people who reject knowledge and demand to be ignorant. That could not be further from the truth. In terms of the particular issue that is…

WESTERN VICTORIA: TIMBER HARVEST COORDINATOR

On another matter, the Minister for Regional and Rural Development also announced $100 000 to employ a timber harvest coordinator, who will assist the Southern Grampians and Glenelg shires with the blue gum harvests in the area. Timber harvesting in the region is expected to create up to 2000 jobs over the next five years.…

PORTLAND: HARBOUR UPGRADE

On 29 June I joined the Minister for Regional and Rural Development in Portland to announce a $4.6 million upgrade to the Portland harbour. The Brumby Labor government will contribute $3.1 million to the project under the Regional Infrastructure Development Fund, with the remaining $1.5 million from the Glenelg shire. This upgrade will ensure that…

STONY RISES PROJECT OPENS AT RMIT GALLERY MELBOURNE

Some of Western Victoria’s most beautiful landscapes and local history are now on display at RMIT Gallery in Melbourne. The Stony Rises Project, which brings together 10 contemporary artists and designers, includes interpretations of various layers of the narrative of the place, geology, history and the literary, cultural and architectural interpretations that have resulted from…

COLAC: MEN’S SHED

I was also in Colac to represent the Minister for Mental Health in officially opening the Colac men’s shed and announcing $50 000 in relation to that shed. I would like to congratulate Mr Paul Durr and the Colac men’s shed team for the wonderful work they do in the community. I also congratulate Ron…

COLAC: BIOGAS PLANT

On 30 June I had the great pleasure of representing the Minister for Regional and Rural Development to announce $1.5 million in Regional Infrastructure Development Fund funding for the Colac biogas plant project. The project is a first for western Victoria, and it will provide a local solution to a local problem of how to…

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2011 VICTORIAN

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today invited the Western Victorian community to honour inspirational women, by nominating them for the 2011 Victorian Honour Roll of Women. “The Honour Roll is a great opportunity to recognise the achievements of women from all sections of the community, different areas of life, and diverse backgrounds,” Ms…

$120,000 FOR STORAGE SPACE AT PORTLAND CIVIC HALL

A $160,000 upgrade to the Portland Civic Hall will provide a more flexible community facility, attracting more commercial shows and creating an estimated five jobs during construction, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said today. Announcing a Brumby Government grant of $120,000, Ms Tierney said Portland Civic Hall was Glenelg Shire’s largest venue…

COLAC MEN’S SHED OPEN TO NEW CONNECTIONS

Men of all ages living in the Colac Otway Shire are encouraged to come along and check out the new Men’s Shed in Colac opened today. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP officially opened the purpose-built shed at Skills Connections in Pound Road today and said that Men’s Sheds help reduce social disconnection that…

LORNE: SWIMMING POOL

It gives me great pleasure to advise the house of another excellent project in Western Victoria Region funded by the Brumby government’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund to the tune of $758 000. The Lorne community will benefit from the $858 000 project, which involves geoexchange technology to heat the Lorne pool. The technology will allow…

PLANNING: COASTAL SETTLEMENTS OF THE FUTURE

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. Could the minister outline to the house the details of the newly announced Coastal Settlements of the Future initiative? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I welcome Ms Tierney’s interest in these matters. Her extensive region has certainly…

REGIONAL AND RURAL VICTORIA: READY FOR TOMORROW

Last Tuesday, 15 June, I joined the Premier, the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, and a number of government members of Parliament for the launch of the Brumby Labor government’s Ready for Tomorrow — A Blueprint for Regional and Rural Victoria, through which $631 million over five years will deliver five new strategies with…

MEMBER FOR WESTERN VICTORIA WELCOMES THE $631 MILLION VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT BLUEPRINT TO DRIVE GROWTH IN REGIONAL AND RURAL VICTORIA

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said that Western Victorian rural and regional towns and cities are big winners in the Brumby Government’s announcement of the new $631 million blueprint by the Victorian Government. The Ready for Tomorrow: A Blueprint for Regional and Rural Victoria delivers a new vision, backed by record funding,…

$4.6 MILLION TO UPGRADE KINDERS, MORE FUNDING AVAILABLE

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced Apex Pre-School Ltd in Elliminyt would receive $200,000 to expand facilities so they can deliver more kinder hours. Ms Tierney said Apex Pre-School Ltd is among twenty-three Victorian kindergartens and child care centres to share in $4.6 million of Brumby Labor Government grants to help…

WESTERN VICTORIA REGION: FOOTBALL AND NETBALL CLUBS

On another matter, I wish to congratulate the Anglesea Netball Club, the Kolora-Noorat Football Netball Club, the North Warrnambool Eagles Football and Netball Club, and the Merrivale Football Netball Club on their success in receiving $60 000 each for amenity improvements under the state Labor government’s country football and netball program. Each club, along with…

SOUTH WEST INSTITUTE OF TAFE: WARRNAMBOOL CAMPUS

On Tuesday last week I had the honour of representing the Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation and the Premier to officially open the new $12.5 million South West Institute of TAFE building in central Warrnambool, of which the state Labor government contributed $11.3 million. This modern, green building is testament to the Brumby Labor…

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR LOCAL CEMETERY TRUSTS

Polwarth cemeteries are set to benefit from a $732,537 Brumby Government funding boost Gayle Tierney MP, member for Western Victoria announced today. The Brumby Government has provided the money for maintenance grants to small and medium-sized Victorian cemetery trusts, Ms Tierney said. Ms Tierney said eighty two cemetery trusts State-wide will share $732,537 in grants,…

PLANNING: TORQUAY AND JAN JUC

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning. Can the minister update the house on actions the Brumby Labor government has taken to help manage growth in Torquay and Jan Juc? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I welcome Ms Tierney’s interest in these matters, and I note…

ANDREW SCOTT

I acknowledge and thank Andrew Scott, the chief executive officer of G21, for his tireless work in ensuring that during his tenure all members of G21 continued to work cohesively and in a focused manner, which cemented G21 as a premier regional development organisation. Many of us in this chamber were not able to join…

AUSSIE FARMERS DIRECT: CAMPERDOWN PLANT

Last Thursday I represented the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan, and the Premier, John Brumby, in Camperdown where I announced $700 000 of state funding to assist in the establishment of a new dairy processing and bottling plant at the former Bonlac factory. The grant to the Aussie Farmers Direct milk processing…

PLANNING: GEELONG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. Can the minister update the house on any recent announcements that demonstrate how the Brumby Labor government is taking action to plan for a growing Geelong? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I thank the member for her…

FUNDING BOOST FOR FACILITIES AT KOLORA NOORAT FNC

The Kolora Noorat Football Netball Club in Noorat is set to benefit from facility upgrades, thanks to a Victorian Government funding program to help improve football and netball facilities across the state. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the club would receive $60,000 as part of the latest round of the $11.2 million Country…

FUNDING BOOST FOR FOOTBALL AND NETBALL IN ANGLESEA

The Ellimatta Reserve Netball courts through the Anglesea Great Courts Project thanks to a Victorian Government funding program to help improve football and netball facilities across the state. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the facility would receive $60,000 as part of the latest round of the $11.2 million Country Football and Netball…

NEW $220,000 RESCUE TRUCK FOR LORNE VICSES

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today handed over the keys to a $220,000 emergency response vehicle to Lorne VICSES. Ms Tierney said the State Government was committed to ensuring the state’s VICSES volunteers have the resources they need to carry out their important work in the community. “The new Lorne VICSES rescue truck…