CALLS FOR CONSULTATION ON WIND FARM POLICY

The State Opposition have called on the Baillieu Government to give residents, Shire Councils and the wind energy industry a chance to voice their views on the new wind farm policy. The Opposition have called on the Baillieu Government to require the Victorian Legislative Council Standing Committee on the Environment and Planning References Committee to…

SCHOOLS: BANNOCKBURN

My adjournment matter this evening is directed to the Minister for Education and is in relation to educational facilities in the Golden Plains shire. Statistics taken by the shire indicate that it is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the state. In particular, Bannockburn, which is the largest township in the shire, is growing…

PLANNING: AMENDMENT VC78

I rise to make a contribution to this debate in support of Mr Tee’s motion. I do so because of the incredible importance of renewable energy and its industry to Western Victoria Region. I particularly refer to wind energy in terms of jobs and its direct and indirect contribution to local economies. Western Victoria has…

GEELONG TRADES HALL COUNCIL: ANNUAL DINNER

Last Friday night, along with a number of vehicle workers, I attended the Geelong Trades Hall Council annual dinner at Buckley’s in Geelong. It was a very well attended function. Tim Gooden was the master of ceremonies. For me there were three highlights of the evening. The first was the announcement of the woman trade…

DISABILITY SERVICES: OCEAN GROVE FAMILY

My adjournment matter this evening is directed to the Minister for Community Services, Ms Wooldridge. It relates to a constituent in my electorate, Mrs Caroline Colby of Ocean Grove. Mrs Colby is a 33-year-old woman who became a tetraplegic almost 18 months ago. Since that time she has required 24-hour care. Caroline has no movement…

IAN HOARE AND SANDRA PEARSON

On another matter, I would like to congratulate Ian Hoare of Terang and Sandra Pearson of Lismore, who been honoured with national service medals for 15 years service in the Victoria State Emergency Service. I thank them for their unstinting commitment to keeping their local communities safe.

G-FORCE RECRUITMENT: TARGET 100 PROGRAM

On l6 March G-Force Recruitment, along with its community partners, launched the Target 100 program in Corio, Geelong. Target 100 is an initiative sponsored by G-Force Recruitment and its community partners to help 100 people from Geelong’s northern suburbs to become new apprentices and trainees. Statistics show that the northern suburbs of Geelong, such as…

SURFCOAST TEACHERS BETRAYED BY BAILLIEU

Ted Baillieu has betrayed teachers along the surfcoast after backflipping on a key election commitment, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. “Mr Baillieu should be embarrassed after breaking his own promise to make Victorian teachers the best paid in the country,” Ms Tierney said. “Instead of standing by his promise, Mr Baillieu is now…

COLAC TEACHERS BETRAYED BY BAILLIEU

Ted Baillieu has betrayed teachers in Colac after backflipping on a key election commitment, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. “Mr Baillieu should be embarrassed after breaking his own promise to make Victorian teachers the best paid in the country,” Ms Tierney said. “Instead of standing by his promise, Mr Baillieu is now offering…

CAMPERDOWN TEACHERS BETRAYED BY BAILLIEU

Ted Baillieu has betrayed teachers in Camperdown after backflipping on a key election commitment, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. “Mr Baillieu should be embarrassed after breaking his own promise to make Victorian teachers the best paid in the country,” Ms Tierney said. “Instead of standing by his promise, Mr Baillieu is now offering…

SCHOOLS: TORQUAY

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My last adjournment matter called on the Minister for Education, Martin Dixon, to commit to the construction of a primary school at Torquay North. Today my adjournment matter is also directed to the Minister for Education; again, my matter concerns the provision of education in Torquay, although on this occasion…

CITY OF WYNDHAM: MINISTERIAL VISIT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is also for the Minister for Planning. As the minister knows, Wyndham is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the country, let alone this state. It is also a municipality that has big plans for the Werribee employment precinct and has an obvious need to understand the…

GILLIAN WALKER

This morning I am going to quote from a letter to the editor in the Bellarine Times of 11 January this year entitled ‘Farewell to an activist’ written by Chris Kelly of Portarlington about Gillian Walker. The letter says: “Gill was a regular contributor to ‘Letters’ in this paper, and from time to time was…

WARRNAMBOOL FAMILIES LOSE UNDER BAILLIEU’S DRACONIAN LAWS

The Baillieu Government’s changes to Easter Sunday trading laws could force hundreds of local retail employees in Warrnambool to work without additional pay loading, Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. Ms Tierney said Labor would oppose the Shop Trading Reform Amendment Bill. “This draconian change will force Warrnambool retail workers to work on…

COLAC FAMILIES LOSE UNDER BAILLIEU’S DRACONIAN LAWS

The Baillieu Government’s changes to Easter Sunday trading laws could force hundreds of local retail employees in Colac to work without additional pay loading, Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. Ms Tierney said Labor would oppose the Shop Trading Reform Amendment Bill. “This draconian change will force Colac retail workers to work on…

SCHOOLS: WESTERN VICTORIA REGION

Last week I attended a number of discussions in the two fastest growing areas in the electorate of Western Victoria Region, those being the Surf Coast and Wyndham. As most members are aware, significant growth brings significant demands, but education for our young cannot be the sacrificial lamb when it comes to growth. My adjournment…

BENJAMIN GEBERT AND LUKE REICHENBACH

On another matter, I would like to congratulate two young Jeparit men, Benjamin Gebert and Luke Reichenbach, on receiving Wimmera Agricultural Societies Association awards this month. Benjamin was given the junior ambassador of the year award and Luke received the rural ambassador runner-up award. Benjamin will now go on to represent Victoria in Melton in…

NORTHERN BELLARINE FORESHORE PLAN

On Friday evening, 11 February 2011, community members from St Leonards, Portarlington and Indented Head came together at the beach in front of the Parks Hall Community Centre and Indented Head Community Hall to launch the Northern Bellarine foreshore planning project. Uncle Bryon Powell started the proceedings with a welcome to country and gave an…

VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN COLAC LEFT BEHIND BY BAILLIEU

Premier Ted Baillieu has broken his commitment to Colac pensioners and concession card holders, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said. “On December 1, Mr Baillieu announced that he would bring forward energy concessions for low income earners to January 1,” Ms Tierney said. “He fudged in parliament, and on the weekend he backtracked,…

VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN PORTLAND LEFT BEHIND BY BAILLIEU

Premier Ted Baillieu has broken his commitment to Portland pensioners and concession card holders, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said. “On December 1, Mr Baillieu announced that he would bring forward energy concessions for low income earners to January 1,” Ms Tierney said. “He fudged in parliament, and on the weekend he backtracked,…

ADDRESS-IN-REPLY

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I would also like to contribute to the address-in-reply in this 57th Parliament. I start by thanking the good people of Western Victoria Region for again giving me the opportunity to represent them as their member in the Victorian Legislative Council. Before going any further, I take this opportunity to…

ARDA DUCK

Many people in Geelong are still in shock over the sudden death of Arda Duck, a consummate educationalist and dedicated change agent who strove to improve the opportunities for all students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Arda was a highly respected principal of the Corio Bay Senior College and a major driving force in creating…

FLOODS: VICTORIA

I also rise in support of the motion moved by Mr Tee. The Honourable Daniel Andrews, the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, has been calling for an inquiry for some time. I am particularly pleased that the government has now responded, as recently as 4.42 p.m. yesterday, with a media statement announcing the…

OVARIAN CANCER: AWARENESS

The month of February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and I take this opportunity to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms. Three Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every day, and approximately 75 per cent of these women are diagnosed at the advanced stage, when it is very difficult to treat successfully.…

GEELONG: ARTS PRECINCT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for the Arts, and it relates to the coalition government’s $30 million promise to rejuvenate the Geelong arts precinct. That commitment comprised $15 million for GPAC (Geelong Performing Arts Centre) and another $15 million for the Geelong central library. However,…

NATURAL DISASTERS: AUSTRALIA

I also rise to support the motion before the house. I begin by thanking the many people who have worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for many weeks now, not only during the most recent floods but also during the floods that preceded the ones we are recovering from at this time.…

GEELONG HOSPITAL: FUNDING

President, I also offer my congratulations to you on your election earlier today. My adjournment matter this evening is directed to the Minister for Health, David Davis, and it relates to the level of funding for the expansion of the Geelong Hospital. I quote from the Geelong Advertiser editorial of 9 December 2010, which states:…

BOOST TO FISHING FACILITIES IN PORTLAND

Portland residents will have more opportunities to enjoy the sports and recreational facilities they love thanks to $55,229 in Victorian Government funding to build an accessible fishing platform at the Fawthrop Canal, Canal Court, Portland. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, today announced the Glenelg Shire would receive a grant through the latest round…

NEW CFA FIRE STATION COMMITTED FOR PORTLAND

A future Brumby Labor Government will support Portland firefighters by building a brand new fire station for Portland, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said today. Ms Tierney said that a future Brumby Labor Government would invest in the biggest fire station building program in the Country Fire Authority’s history and that would see…

A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR OUR YOUTH

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has welcomed the announcement made today by the Federal Government to build a Trade Training Centre in Colac. “This is about serious training opportunities for our young people in regional Victoria, an announcement that will be whole heartedly supported by the Colac community. “It means our young…

HELPING POLWARTH VOLUNTEERS HELP OTHERS

A number of organisations in Polwarth have received a Brumby Labor Government funding boost to support volunteers. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said that the Polwarth organisations had received a total of $9,750 from the latest round of Victorian Volunteer Small Grants. The organisations and funding details are:– Otway Health and Community Services –…

HELPING SOUTH WEST VOLUNTEERS HELP OTHERS

A number of organisations in the South West have received a Brumby Labor Government funding boost to support volunteers. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said that the South West organisations had received a total of $18,000 from the latest round of Victorian Volunteer Small Grants. The organisations and funding details are:– Brierly Christ Church…

LABOR WILL KEEP THE JOBS COMING FOR THE TIMES AHEAD

The Brumby Labor Government has the plans, the vision and energy to keep jobs coming to Victoria and lead for the times ahead, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said today. “We offer Victorians strong leadership for the times ahead,” Ms Tierney said. “Through the Brumby Labor Government’s strong economic leadership, Victoria is Australia’s…

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…