FUNDING BOOST FOR FOOTBALL AND NETBALL IN WARRNAMBOOL

Two Warrnambool Football Netball Clubs are set to benefit from facility and ground upgrades, 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 clubs would receive $60,000 each as part of the latest round of the $11.2 million…

WESTERN DISTRICT HEALTH SERVICE: REPORT 2009

I rise to make comment on the Western District Health Service annual report for 2009. It has been an absolute pleasure to read the report to Parliament because this service is a leader in providing health services to the local community. It is a leader in community access and the quality of care it provides.…

WESTERN VICTORIA REGION: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

During the past few weeks I have met with many local government representatives and community groups to share the joy over successful projects and applications for future projects. These include a number of local men’s sheds at Winchelsea, Anglesea and Camperdown. Local bowling clubs, Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Bowling Club and Derrinallum Bowling Club, both received…

TOOLONG COMMUNITY HALL: UPGRADE

On Thursday, 13 May, I travelled to the small community of Toolong to announce a $110 000 Brumby government grant from the Small Towns Development Fund to upgrade the community hall. This project will refurbish and extend the hall and provide for the renovation of the kitchen area and the installation of the storage area,…

LEGISLATION REFORM (REPEALS No. 6) BILL

I rise to make a contribution in the debate on the bill before us, the Legislative Reform (Repeals No. 6) Bill 2009. The purpose of this bill is to repeal 63 redundant acts of Parliament. The first five acts in the series repealed approximately 200 principal and amending acts, and once it is passed the…

LOCAL STUDENT WINS STATEWIDE SCHOOL EDUCATION AWARD

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today congratulated Megan Balcombe from Terang College, who was today named a winner in the statewide Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Achievement Awards. “Megan should be exceptionally proud of her achievements in VCAL,” Ms Tierney said. “The VCAL certificate is an excellent alternative to the Victorian Certificate…

TERANG HUB SET TO ROLL

Families in Terang will soon have a new place to get together thanks to a $231,493 boost by the Brumby Labor Government  Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said Victorian Community Support Grant funding was the last step needed to start construction on the $900,000 refurbishment of Community Hub and Grandstand. “The Brumby Labor Government understands…

NEW FUNDING TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS IN COLAC

The Community Hub Inc in Colac has received a $5,000 Brumby Government funding boost to support for volunteers. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today that Community Hub Inc had received $5,000 from the latest round of Victorian Volunteer Small Grants. Ms Tierney said the organisation had received the grant for its Beechy…

$110,000 GIVES NEW LIFE TO TOOLONG HALL

Toolong Hall will be given a new lease of life with a major upgrade backed by a $110,000 Brumby Government grant. Announcing the funding today, Member for Western Victoria said revitalising the hall was a priority for the township’s 150 residents. She said the upgrade would produce benefits across the community, from playgroups to emergency…

PORTLAND TAXI RANK A BOOST FOR PASSENGER SAFETY

An upgraded taxi rank in Portland will provide taxi passengers with a safer environment to catch a cab, announced Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria. Glenelg Shire Council has received $62,628 of funding from the Victorian Government as part of the Taxi Rank Safety Program to improve lighting, seating, road treatment and signage at…

$125,000 TANKER A CENTENARY GIFT FOR BARWON DOWNS CFA

Barwon Downs CFA today celebrated its centenary with the handover of a new $125,000 ultra light tanker. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, MP, handed over the keys to the 550-litre tanker on the 100th anniversary of the brigade’s formation. “Today is an historic day for Barwon Downs CFA,” Ms Tierney said. “For the past…

PLANNING: GEELONG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. Can the minister outline to the house any budget initiatives for the planning portfolio that will benefit the Geelong region? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I welcome Ms Tierney’s interest in these matters, particularly those relating to…

WESTERN VICTORIA REGION: MEN’S SHEDS

I take this opportunity to congratulate those involved in the men’s sheds at Camperdown, Winchelsea and Anglesea. Last Friday the Camperdown men’s shed received $20 000 from the state Labor government for heating and cooling. I record my thanks to Len Wiseman, Alan Thompson and Graeme Fischer for all their hard work in ensuring that…

CRIME: GOVERNMENT PERFORMANCE

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I am pleased to make a contribution on this issue and to put the government’s initiatives on the record. As members are aware, last week the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, along with the Premier, made a number of announcements, which essentially involved the single biggest boost to police…

KOROIT: SPORTS STADIUM

Ms TIERNEY — On the same day I had the great pleasure of officially opening the Victoria Park sports stadium in Koroit. Again, it was a great community event chaired by the Moyne shire mayor, Cr James Purcell. I visited this complex during its construction with Cr Ken Gale, who deserves the highest praise for…

KOROIT AND DISTRICT PRIMARY SCHOOL: REDEVELOPMENT

Last Friday I had the pleasure of officially opening the $2.1 million redevelopment of the Koroit and District Primary School. The Brumby Labor government contributed $1.4 million to this redevelopment, and the federal government contributed $600 000. The 200-strong audience heard a heartfelt and emotional speech by the principal, Ms Michelle Bickley, outlining the enormous…

VICTORIAN FAMILIES THE BIG WINNERS IN 2010 STATE BUDGET

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has welcomed a 2010 State Budget that invests heavily in services for Victorian families, cuts taxes and builds for the future – including a record $4 billion boost to Victoria’s hospitals and health system. Regional Victorians will now receive a grant of $26,500 when purchasing a new home,…

$40,000 FOR MEN TO GET TOGETHER IN WINCHELSEA

Men in Winchelsea will soon find themselves learning new skills and enjoying time with friends in a new men’s shed, as one of 25 applicants that have been successful in the latest round of Men’s Shed Program funding. Member for Western Victoria said that Winchelsea Community House Inc had received the $40,000 grant for a…

$50,000 FOR MEN TO GET TOGETHER IN ANGLESEA

Men in Anglesea will soon find themselves learning new skills and enjoying time with friends in a new men’s shed, as one of 25 applicants that have been successful in the latest round of Men’s Shed Program funding. Member for Western Victoria said that Anglesea & District Community House Inc had received the $50,000 grant…

KOROIT SPORTS STADIUM OFFICALLY OPEN

Sporting enthusiasts of all ages in the Western Victoria town of Koroit will again be taking the court in their newly-refurbished stadium. The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, today officially opened the Victoria Park Stadium on behalf of the Sport and Recreation Minister, James Merlino. Ms Tierney said the project will cater for…

BOOST TO GRASSROOTS SPORT AND RECREATION IN DENNINGTON

Dennington children, both big and small, will have more opportunities to get physically active thanks to $60,000 in Victorian Government funding for the Dennington Playground Redevelopment. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Warrnambool City Council would receive a grant through the Community Facility Funding Program – Minor Facilities Category. “Victorians love their…

FUNDING BOOST FOR LOCAL SPORT IN WARRNAMBOOL

The Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Bowling Club is one of 49 local sporting venues set to benefit from facility and ground upgrades, thanks to a Victorian Government funding program to help keep community sport alive and provide long term, sustainable, low water use community sporting facilities. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, said the Warrnambool…

FUNDING BOOST FOR LOCAL SPORT IN DERRINALLUM

The Derrinallum Bowls Club is one of 49 local sporting venues set to benefit from facility and ground upgrades, thanks to a Victorian Government funding program to help keep community sport alive and provide long term, sustainable, low water use community sporting facilities. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, said the Derrinallum Bowls Club…

$20,000 FOR MEN TO GET TOGETHER IN CAMPERDOWN

Men in Camperdown will soon find themselves with more opportunities to learn new skills and enjoying time with friends in an upgraded men’s shed, as one of 25 applicants that have been successful in the latest round of Men’s Shed Program funding. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said that the Corangamite District Adult Education…

CELEBRATING PORTLAND COASTAL CHAMPIONS

An exciting range of projects to foster young coastal advocates, protect and enhance significant coastal wetlands and cultivate important links between coast and catchment, are among the winners of the 11th Victorian Coastal Awards for Excellence, 2010. This year’s awards were hosted by the Victorian Coastal Council and attracted 16 finalists across six different categories.…

GAYLE TIERNEY ANNOUNCES RECORD NEW

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, has welcomed a Brumby Labor Government announcement to add an extra 1,966 police across Victoria in the biggest single boost to police numbers in the state’s history. “We are deploying an additional 1,700 officers to front-line policing as well as freeing up an additional 266 police officers to…

BOOST TO GRASSROOTS SPORT AND RECREATION IN TIMBOON

Timboon children, both big and small, will have more opportunities to get physically active thanks to $60,000 in Victorian Government funding for the Timboon Playground Redevelopment. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Corangamite Shire Council would receive a grant through the Community Facility Funding Program – Minor Facilities Category. “Victorians love their…

BOOST TO GRASSROOTS SPORT AND RECREATION IN ANGLESEA

Anglesea residents will have more opportunities to get physically active thanks to $60,000 in Victorian Government funding for the Lighting Up Anglesea Tennis Project – Stage 2 in Anglesea. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Surf Coast Shire would receive a grant through the Community Facility Funding Program – Minor Facilities Category.…

BOOST TO GRASSROOTS SPORT AND RECREATION IN COLAC

Colac residents will have more opportunities to get physically active thanks to $60,000 in Victorian Government funding for the Colac Skatepark Redevelopment. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Colac Otway Shire would receive a grant through the Community Facility Funding Program – Minor Facilities Category. “Victorians love their sport and recreation, especially…

NEW JOBS FOR PEOPLE WITH EMPLOYMENT CHALLENGES

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, today announced a $330,200 program to place 70 disadvantaged jobseekers in the Barwon South west region into sustainable employment. “Congratulations to Superior Staff for winning the opportunity to place 70 young retrenched and mature aged workers and neighbourhood renewal jobseekers into jobs in the dairy processing and food…

TIERNEY CALLS ON WORKPLACE SAFETY HEROES TO BE HONOURED

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today called on Western Victorian workplaces to nominate their workplace safety at their workplace for the WorkSafe Victoria Awards 2010.Ms Tierney said nominations for the awards had just opened and Western Victorian workplaces can nominate for a variety of categories including: • Health and Safety Representative of the Year,• Best Health…

NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR DAIRY WORKERS

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, today announced a $160,000 program to place 16 disadvantaged jobseekers in the western Victorian region into sustainable employment. “Congratulations to Dairy Australia Ltd and the Brotherhood of St Laurence for winning the opportunity to place 16 unemployed dairy workers from Warrnambool to Colac into jobs in the…

MACARTHUR RECREATION RESERVE: PAVILION UPGRADE

On another matter, last Saturday I attended the Macarthur Recreation Reserve to represent the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs and to officially open the upgraded sports pavilion. The new pavilion was put to use on Saturday as the crowd saw the Hawkesdale-Macarthur Eagles take on the Glenthompson-Dunkeld Rams in the season opener. The…

APOLLO BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL

Recently I had the pleasure of again opening the Apollo Bay Music Festival, where I represented the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Tim Holding. The 18th Apollo Bay Music Festival had something for absolutely every taste and age, with over 70 acts across 11 stages. There were also fantastic local artists from all over…

HOUSING: COLAC NEIGHBOURHOOD RENEWAL

The matter I wish to raise tonight is for the attention of the Minister for Housing. I call on the minister to provide an update on the progress of the Colac neighbourhood renewal program and to provide support for the Colac men’s shed. The neighbourhood renewal program in Colac started in 2003. On this side…

MICHELLE BICKLEY MILLER

On another note, I would like to congratulate Ms Michelle Bickley Miller, the Koroit and District Primary School principal, who was the runner-up in the Baillieu Myer Rural Education Leadership Scholarship Award. This award acknowledges the work of rural school leaders across Victoria, and it recognises a significant and commendable achievement. Michelle Bickley Miller is…

BIRREGURRA SKATE PARK

Last Sunday I joined many young community members in Birregurra to officially open the Birregurra Skate Park, and what a great start to National Youth Week it was. It is always a pleasure to be in Birregurra, as it really leads the way for small Victorian townships in terms of community involvement and participation. It…

$67 million in safety measures for Victorian roads

A $67 million funding boost from the Brumby Labor Government will improve safety on metropolitan and regional roads across Victoria, including a $160,000 boost for Tyrendarra, Western Victorian MP Gayle Tierney announced today. “The Brumby Labor Government is building a better transport network for Victoria, providing important road safety upgrades for local communities,” Ms Tierney…

TIERNEY CONGRATULATES POLWARTH’S CHAMPION VOLUNTEERS

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has congratulated members of the Beeac and Irrewarra CFAs after their success at the 2010 State Rural Fire Brigade Championships in Whittlesea recently. Joining more than 1000 fire-fighters from across the state, the two brigades placed in a number of event including: Beeac A:• 1st for the Wet…

QUEENSCLIFF: SAFE HARBOUR

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Gavin Jennings. Can the minister inform the house of how the Brumby Labor government is taking action to strengthen the vibrant tourism industry in Queenscliff, ensuring that it continues to grow for the benefit of towns and regions surrounding…

Geelong Cemeteries Trust: report 2008-09

 I rise to speak on the annual report of the Geelong Cemeteries Trust. Memorial and burial grounds can be places where one can reflect; they are places we visit to deal with the loss of a loved one, to place mementos on their gravesites, and to sit and reflect on their lives and the relationship…

GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY

On a related matter, I wish the Greek community a very happy Greek Independence Day today. I am sure there will be many celebrations this evening. I am also sure they will be different from the Liberal Party plate-breaking fundraising event exposed by the Geelong Advertiser, where the Greek cultural tradition of breaking plates was…

GEELONG: PAKO FESTA

I wish to congratulate Diversitat for yet another fantastic Pako festival, which was held on 27 February in Geelong and opened by the Premier, John Brumby. The parade winners were Clonard College for the best school entrant. St Patrick’s Primary School won the best use of the theme, and the award for most culturally aware…

GOVERNMENT: PERFORMANCE

 I rise to speak in opposition to the motion before us today. I wish to refer to and place on the record some of the programs and projects this government has been working on in regional Victoria, particularly over the last three and a half years since my election to this house. During that time…

REFERENCE

 I wish to indicate to the house from the outset that the government will not oppose this reference going to the Law Reform Committee. However, in saying that I would like to place a couple of points on the record. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Victoria Police, the Department of Sustainability and Environment and…

RELAY FOR LIFE: GEELONG

Last Friday I had the privilege to attend the Relay for Life ambassadors breakfast in Geelong, which was held at the Geelong Racing Club. This breakfast is an annual event organised by Geelong Relay for Life ambassadors Professor Peter Loney and Roxanne Bennett. This year’s breakfast was the fourth, and its reputation is certainly growing…

RAIL: INFRASTRUCTURE

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Public Transport, Martin Pakula. Can the minister advise the house of measures undertaken to improve rail reliability and infrastructure on the metropolitan network? Hon. M. P. PAKULA (Minister for Public Transport) — I thank Ms Tierney for the question. The Brumby government is…

RACING: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Racing. It relates to the safety of horses and jockeys whilst racing and training. On 26 February the minister issued a media release, and I was pleased to learn that new plastic running rails will be installed at the track used by the Hamilton Racing Club. The…

PLANNING: PORT FAIRY DEVELOPMENT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning. Can the minister advise the house on how the Brumby Labor government is at the forefront of managing coastal climate change, especially in light of his recent decision to protect the coast at Port Fairy from inappropriate development? Hon. J. M. MADDEN…

CRIMES LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL

 I wish to make a contribution to the debate on the Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2009, which I support. The bill contains a number of amendments to legislation governing the criminal justice system. The bill will act on the recommendations of the Sentencing Advisory Council to restructure the offence of sexual penetration of a child…

TRANSPORT ACCIDENT COMMISSION: REPORT 2009

I rise to give a statement on the 2009 annual report of the Transport Accident Commission. As members in the chamber will be aware, 2009 marked the beginning of a new chapter for the TAC, with its moving to its brand-new Geelong headquarters. More than a year on from the Premier and TAC minister announcing…

WORKSAFE VICTORIA: WORKHEALTH PROGRAM

Raised with: Minister for Finance, WorkCover and the Transport Accident Commission Raised by: Ms Tierney Raised on: 2 February 2010 REPLY: I am informed that: WorkHealth is a world first program aimed at reducing the risk of chronic disease across Victoria’s working population. The program, delivered by WorkSafe Victoria, includes free health checks for Victorian…

CASH FOR ROADS A BOOST FOR FARMERS, PROCESSORS

The Brumby Labor Government is providing more than $1.9 million for local road upgrades in the Green Triangle Region to support export industries, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today. The funding is being provided to Glenelg, Moyne, Southern Grampians, Warrnambool and West Wimmera councils through the Local Roads to Markets Program for…

BELLARINE AGRICULTURAL SHOW

On another note, last Sunday I attended the Bellarine Agricultural Show. This event is a true commitment to the notion of an agricultural show, where our local farming community members provide their stock and produce to be judged. It also provides an opportunity to educate the wider community on our agricultural products. I congratulate the…

HEYWOOD WOOD, WINE AND ROSES FESTIVAL

 On Saturday, 27 February, I had the pleasure of attending the many stalls and exhibitions at the Heywood Wood, Wine and Roses Festival, as well as having the opportunity to assist in the judging of the street parade floats. As reported in the Hamilton Spectator, around 12 000 people attended the festival, which was an…

EQUIPMENT BOOST FOR SOUTHWEST HEALTHCARE WARRNAMBOOL

South West Healthcare – Warrnambool will share in a $9.4 million Victorian Government boost for regional health services to fund state of the art medical equipment Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria said today. Ms Tierney said South West Healthcare – Warrnambool was one of 41 regional and rural health services that would share in…

EQUIPMENT BOOST FOR COLAC AREA HEALTH

The Colac Area Health service will share in a $9.4 million Victorian Government boost for regional health services to fund state of the art medical equipment Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria said today. Ms Tierney said Colac Area Health was one of 41 regional and rural health services that would share in the extra…

EQUIPMENT BOOST FOR PORTLAND DISTRICT HEALTH

The Portland District Health service will share in a $9.4 million Victorian Government boost for regional health services to fund state of the art medical equipment Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria said today. Ms Tierney said Portland District Health was one of 41 regional and rural health services that would share in the extra…

EQUIPMENT BOOST FOR SOUTHWEST HEALTHCARE CAMPERDOWN

South West Healthcare – Camperdown will share in a $9.4 million Victorian Government boost for regional health services to fund state of the art medical equipment Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria said today. Ms Tierney said South West Healthcare – Camperdown was one of 41 regional and rural health services that would share in…

$5,000 CHEQUES TO LIFE SAVING CLUBS

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today congratulated a number of life saving clubs for receiving a $5,000 Brumby Labor Government boost as part of a renewed call for Victorians to play it safe by the water this summer. “The Brumby Labor Government is helping lifesavers keep Victorians safe by delivering a $5000 boost…

PORTLAND CHILD AND FAMILY COMPLEX

I wish to advise the house that the Portland Child and Family Complex is on track to be opened. It will provide early childhood services to the Portland community by July. Last Wednesday the Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, Maxine Morand, and I toured the $2.5 million complex, which has been funded by…

PLANNING: GEELONG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is also to the Minister for Planning. Can the minister update the house on how the Brumby Labor government is taking action to renew regional towns and centres such as Geelong and promote good development and urban design? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I welcome…

TOURISM VICTORIA: REPORT 2008-09

I would like to make a contribution on Tourism Victoria’s annual report for 2008-09. As most people will be aware, Tourism Victoria is a Victorian state government authority which was established by the Tourism Victoria Act 1992. Tourism Victoria is the mechanism which enables the state government to be involved in tourism. There are essentially…

WOMEN: WARRNAMBOOL ROUND TABLE

Last Wednesday night I was delighted to host a women’s round table in Warrnambool, which provided women from Geelong, Colac, Timboon, Terang, Warrnambool, Camperdown and Hamilton an opportunity to meet with the Minister for Women’s Affairs, Maxine Morand, to discuss issues they and other women face in their communities. Much was learnt and exchanged, with…

PORT CAMPBELL COMMUNITY CENTRE: REDEVELOPMENT

Earlier this morning I had the great pleasure of joining Joe Helper, the Minister for Agriculture, at an early breakfast meeting with Corangamite shire councillors and their chief executive officer. But it was last Thursday that I had enormous pleasure in announcing a state government allocation of $225 000 from the Small Towns Development Fund…

RAIL: LAVERTON STATION

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Public Transport, Martin Pakula. Can the minister update the house on the progress of the Laverton rail upgrade? Hon. M. P. PAKULA (Minister for Public Transport) — I thank Ms Tierney for her question, because this is a project which will benefit not…

CHILDREN’S SERVICES CENTRE, WARRNAMBOOL

The following day we toured the Warrnambool children’s hub where the minister opened the Raglan Parade redevelopment centre. This centre will help cater for the growing population of Warrnambool, which is home to more than 2300 children aged under six. At the moment the centre offers parent support groups, playgroups and three-year-old kindergarten, and occasional…

95 HOONS CAUGHT IN WARRNAMBOOL

Police have caught 95 hoons in the Warrnambool area under the Brumby Government’s tough anti-hoon legislation, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney said Victoria Police had impounded more than 10,000 vehicles since the laws were introduced three and a half years ago to help keep Victorians safe on the road. “Since…

12 HOONS CAUGHT IN CORANGAMITE SHIRE

Police have caught 12 hoons in the Corangamite Shire area under the Brumby Government’s tough anti-hoon legislation, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. This figure includes:– Five in Terang– Four in Camperdown– Two in Cobden, and;– One in Timboon Ms Tierney said Victoria Police had impounded more than 10,000 vehicles since the laws were introduced three and…

51 HOONS CAUGHT IN COLAC OTWAY SHIRE

Police have caught 51 hoons in the Colac Otway Shire area under the Brumby Government’s tough anti-hoon legislation, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney said Victoria Police had impounded more than 10,000 vehicles since the laws were introduced three and a half years ago to help keep Victorians safe on the…

$10,000 FOR BUY-LOCAL CAMPAIGN IN CORANGAMITE

Corangamite Shire Council will undertake a Buy Local campaign to increase local spending with the help of a $10,000 Brumby Government grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP. Ms Tierney said the grant for the Corangamite – Buy Local, Try Local, Supply Local Program would be provided to the Shire…

$10,000 BUSINESS EVENTS BOOST FOR CORANGAMITE

Corangamite Shire businesses will benefit from a series of business development and networking events with the help of $10,000 Victorian Government grant, announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP. Ms Tierney said The Corangamite Business Development Events Program will encourage local business growth in the Corangamite region through a series of…

LOCAL COMMUNITY HEALTH GROUPS GET FUNDING HELP

Community self-help organisations in Warrnambool will share in more than $164,000 in funding from the Brumby Government to help them with their important tasks, said the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP Ms Tierney said that more than 170 community self help groups from around the State will benefit from the funding, including:– $1305 for…

$50,000 BOOST FOR INDEPENDENCE IN PORTLAND

Victorians living with a disability in Portland are set to receive extra support to become more independent thanks to a $50,000 boost in Brumby Labor Government funding. Welcoming the funding Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, said that through the Changing Days initiative disability day services will be able to provide programs to give…

VICTORIA UNIVERSITY BILL, ROYAL MELBOURNE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY BILL, SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY BILL and UNIVERSITY OF BALLARAT BILL

 I rise to speak in relation to the bills before us this afternoon that deal with the University of Ballarat, RMIT and Swinburne and Victoria universities. Prior to the Christmas break a number of bills were before the house in relation to the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, Monash University and Deakin University. Whilst…

LORNE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: REPORT 2008-09

I rise to speak on the Lorne Community Hospital annual report 2008-09. It would be safe to say that most members in the chamber, as well as a significant number of Victorians, have visited Lorne, whether it be for a one-off visit or a regular place to spend holidays with family and friends. Events such…

AUSTRALIA DAY: SHIRE OF GLENELG

On 26 January 2010 I attended the Australia Day ceremony in Portland, where history was made. For the first time two equally deserving community members were named the Shire of Glenelg’s 2010 Citizens of the Year. Ms Gail Jaensch of Heywood has been a local volunteer for over 15 years, opening the Portland branch of…

PORT CAMPBELL COMMUNITY CENTRE: REDEVELOPMENT

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Regional and Rural Development and concerns the Port Campbell community centre. This government, as all members are aware, has a Small Town Development Fund which continues to help Victoria’s smaller towns create jobs, drive economic growth and improve community infrastructure. Since being elected as a…

SCHOOLS: BUILDING PROGRAM

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Treasurer. Can the Treasurer update the house on the progress of the Victorian schools plan, and in particular on how the Partnerships Victoria in Schools Project is helping the Brumby Labor government deliver a first-class education system? Mr LENDERS (Treasurer) — I thank Ms Tierney…

WARRNAMBOOL: FOOTBALL AND NETBALL FACILITIES

Raised with: Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs Raised by: Ms Tierney Raised on: 21 August 2008 REPLY: At the time the Adjournment matter was raised, the Warrnambool City Council had submitted an application to the Victorian Government’s Country Football and Netball Program for the Old Collegians Football Netball Club project. On 1 September…

GOLDEN PLAINS: SPORTING FACILITIES

Raised with: Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs Raised by: Ms Tierney Raised on: 17 April 2008 REPLY: At the time the Adjournment matter was raised, applications to the Drought Relief for Community Sport and Recreation Program (DRCSRP) had been submitted by the Golden Plains Shire Council. On 29 April 2008, following the assessment…

AIREYS INLET TENNIS CLUB: FACILITIES

Raised with: Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs Raised by: Ms Tierney Raised on: 11 March 2008 REPLY: At the time the Adjournment matter was raised Surf Coast Shire Council had submitted an application to the 2008/2009 Community Facility Funding Program (CFFP)-Minor Facilities category requesting $51,460 for the Aireys Inlet Tennis Courts Upgrade project.…

ALBERT PARK, WARRNAMBOOL: TRAIL NETWORK

Raised with: Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs Raised by: Ms Tierney Raised on: 5 February 2008 REPLY: At the time the Adjournment matter was raised Warrnambool City Council had submitted one application to the 2008/2009 Community Facility Funding Program (CFFP)-Minor Facilities category requesting $60,000 for the Albert Park Trail Network-Stage 1 project. In…

WORKSAFE VICTORIA: WORKHEALTH PROGRAM

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Finance, WorkCover and the Transport Accident Commission. Unfortunately an increasing number of Australians are suffering from preventable chronic diseases, and we have heard a lot about this in recent times. These diseases can contribute to poor health and potentially to the risk of being injured at work.…

OVARIAN CANCER: AWARENESS MONTH

I also raise the issue of ovarian cancer. February is ovarian cancer awareness
month. We know that women with awareness of the symptoms go to their doctors,
and early diagnosis of this disease ensures that women have a much greater
chance of surviving this dreadful disease.

PORTARLINGTON MUSSEL FESTIVAL

On 9 January I had the pleasure of officially opening the Portarlington Mussel Festival. Festivals like this one are extremely important to local communities, and this was of particular importance to Portarlington this year. As members may be aware from media reports in recent times, the local mussel industry has had its challenges. But the…

BANNOCKBURN HUB BUILDING ON STRONG FOUNDATIONS

The Bannockburn Community and Cultural Hub is taking shape, with Members for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney and Jaala Pulford inspecting works at the site today. “It’s great to be here today to see the foundations of this Centre – and the future of Bannockburn – set in concrete,” Ms Tierney said. “Bannockburn is the fastest…

BANNOCKBURN COMMUNITY TO BENEFIT FROM $135,250

Bannockburn residents will benefit from a $135,250 Brumby Government grant to support a key urban improvement project. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the grant for stage two of the Bruce’s Creek Open Space Corridor. “Today’s boost will help the Golden Plains Shire Council to complete the construction of the 2.4km shared pedestrian…

APOLLO BAY COMMUNITY TO BENEFIT FROM $40,000

Apollo Bay residents will benefit from a $40,000 Brumby Government grant to support a key urban improvement project. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced the $40,000 for support the review of urban growth potential in Apollo Bay. “Today’s boost will help Colac Otway Shire Council in its review of sustainable areas included…

Birregurra Bowls Club: synthetic green

On another note, after many months of excitement the Birregurra Bowls Club has officially opened its new synthetic green. On Sunday, 29 November, I had the pleasure of joining club members and club executive members and seeing the mayor of Colac Otway Shire, Brian Crook, make the first bowl on this excellent new facility. I…