PORTLAND LIBRARY REDEVELOPMENT OPEN

The Victorian Government continues to invest record funding into Victoria’s libraries and support learning centres under the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney opened the redeveloped Portland Library today on behalf of Minister for Local Government, Marlene Kairouz. The Victorian Government partnered with the Glenelg Shire Council to deliver the $400,000…

TAFE funding

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (10:27:38) — I rise to update the house on the Andrews Labor government’s game-changing free TAFE for priority courses initiative. I was delighted to join the Premier and Deputy Premier at Melbourne Polytechnic, Greensborough campus, for the opening of the Banyule-Nillumbik Tech School, a campus reopened by this government…

Joe Pearl

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (10:39:19) — I rise to honour Joe Pearl. Joe Pearl arrived in Australia in 1953 from rural Turkenagh in County Clare, Ireland. Joe’s Gaelic name, Seosamh ó Seoid, means ‘jewel’, perhaps explaining the family name, Pearl. Joe looked to Australia for opportunity, bringing with him a lifelong love of learning despite…

NEW KINDERGARTEN GRANTS BENEFIT SOUTH WEST FAMILIES

Local kindergartens in Victoria’s south west are set to benefit from new and improved laptops and tablets as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s latest kindergarten grants round. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said 14 Kindergartens would share in $1.64 million through this year’s Children’s Facilities Capital Program minor grants round. The kindergartens will…

A Flurry Of Road Works Delivering Results In The ‘Green Triangle’

Drivers in south-western Victoria are already experiencing the benefits of upgrades to three vital regional freight routes in one of Australia’s major forestry, farming and mining regions, the ‘Green Triangle’, with the next phase of works due to start in September 2018. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said extensive…

Justice Legislation Amendment (Family Violence Protection and Other Matters) Bill 2018

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) (11:32:07) — The government is continuing its historic work to transform Victoria’s response to family violence so that victim survivors are better supported and perpetrators are held to account. We have committed to implementing all to 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, and through the 2017–18 budget invested an…

Corrections Amendment (Parole) Bill 2018

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) (11:57:06) — I will make some summation remarks, but before I do so I would like to extend my thoughts and condolences to Angela Taylor’s family and friends, and also indicate that my thoughts are absolutely with all of those who were injured and with the families and friends of those…

Corrections Amendment (Parole) Bill 2018

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) (12:49:28) — I was dealing with the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities in my summing up. I mentioned that the opposition had raised the issue of the statement of compatibility for this bill. The statement of compatibility considers that this bill limits rights in the charter, and that is based…

Corrections Amendment (Parole) Bill 2018

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) tabled following statement in accordance with Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006: In accordance with section 28 of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Charter), I make this Statement of Compatibility with respect to the Corrections Amendment (Parole) Bill 2018 (Bill). In my opinion, the Bill,…

Corrections Amendment (Parole) Bill 2018

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) (17:36:23) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. The main purpose of the bill is to enhance community safety by clarifying the application of the strict parole laws for prisoners convicted of murdering a police officer, including the prisoner Dr Craig Minogue. This is to reaffirm the…

SUPPORT FOR MOYNE SHIRE’S ECONOMIC FUTURE

The Victorian Government has awarded a $50,000 Stronger Regional Communities Plan to Moyne Shire Council for it to prepare its economic development strategy. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced the funding from the Stronger Regional Communities Plan, which supports community-led initiatives that build community capabilities or improve the liveability of regional and rural…

SUPPORT FOR CORANGAMITE’S FIRE-AFFECTED TOWNS

The Victorian Government has awarded a $50,000 Stronger Regional Communities Plan grant to develop marketing and buy-local campaigns to promote townships and businesses of Cobden, Camperdown, Terang and Timboon. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced the funding from the Stronger Regional Communities Plan, which supports community-led initiatives that build community capabilities or improve…

HELPING WARRNAMBOOL MANUFACTURERS GROW

The Andrews Labor Government is helping manufacturers in Warrnambool grow, innovate and create jobs. Member for Western Victori,a Gayle Tierney today announced the creation of the Warrnambool Manufacturing Cluster – part of a $5 million state-wide scheme to boost the capability of regional manufacturers. The initiative will give local manufacturers access to programs that boost…

NEW KINDERGARTEN UPGRADES BENEFIT COLAC FAMILIES

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today visited the Colac East Kindergarten and inspected the recently upgraded facility. The $385,000 upgrade was funded by the Andrews Government, in conjunction with Barwon Child, Youth and Family, Colac Otway Shire and the Colac East Kindergarten Committee. The project increased Colac East Kindergarten’s capacity, including an additional…

GIVING YOUNG COLAC DRIVERS A SAFER START

Fifty young people in Colac and surrounds have now benefited from the Andrews Labor Governments L2P learner driver mentor program. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today met with 20-year-old Colac local John Bader, who will soon take his probationary licence test. John learned to drive after learning under the supervision of volunteer driving…

HERITAGE GRANT TO HELP PRESERVE LOCAL ICON

The Andrews Labor Government is restoring one of Warrnambool’s much loved heritage assets, Wollaston Bridge. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, today announced a $195,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Living Heritage Program, which gives communities like Warrnambool the resources we need to protect our treasured heritage. Constructed in 1890, Wollaston Bridge is…

Serious Offenders Bill 2018

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) (17:31:14) — This bill deals with important reforms to the post-sentence scheme and, along with related operational reforms, will acquit the remaining outstanding legislative recommendations of the Harper review. I want to take this opportunity to thank Justice Harper, Professor Paul Mullen and Professor Bernadette McSherry for their diligent work and…

MORE FUNDING TO SUPPORT EX-SERVICE ORGANISATIONS

The Andrews Labor Government has announced a new round of funding for the War Heritage Collections Training Program and Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria, is encouraging ex-service organisations across Western Victoria to lodge an Expression of Interest. The program is a great opportunity for ex-services organisations to receive expert training and support to…

COASTCARE FUNDS COMMUNITY CONSERVATION PROGRAMS

Volunteer community groups working to protect and preserve Victoria’s coastal landscapes will share in almost $250,000 funding through the 2018 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program. The recipients were announced at the recent Victorian Coastal Awards, which recognise and celebrate the outstanding work and commitment of individuals and groups along Victoria’s coast. Member for Western Victoria,…

The Geelong Project

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (12:38:57) — I rise today to inform the house of a great project focused on early intervention to assist young people in Geelong. The Geelong Project — TGP — is a fantastic example of a homegrown, innovative strategy to deal with a very serious problem on a local scale. It has…

Anzac Day

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (09:49:16) — Anzac Day this year had a special focus on the centenary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, which is of particular significance for Australians. In April 1918 in a battle to reclaim lost ground on the Western Front in France there were over 2400 casualties out of 3900 Australians who…

Auslan training

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (09:47:30) — I rise to update the house on the funding boost provided to Auslan training in regional Victoria by the Andrews Labor government. For the first time people in regional Victoria will be able to study Auslan qualifications up to diploma level without having to travel to Melbourne,…

Long Service Benefits Portability Bill 2018

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (17:23:07) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: It has often been said in this house that long service leave is a benefit that all workers should enjoy, as a reward for long and faithful service, and to allow workers…

NEW FUNDING TO SUPPORT YOUTH PROGRAM IN COLAC

A community-based program to reduce youth problem behaviours has been rolled out in Colac after the Andrews Labor Government provided $220,000 in funding. Colac is one of three new sites to receive funding to deliver the innovative Communities That Care (CTC) project – an internationally recognised program that works with communities to prevent anti-social and…

DELIVERING MORE SHADE TO PREVENT SKIN CANCER

More people in the Colac and Camperdown districts will be protected from the sun’s rays, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government installing more sunshades and trees in community spaces and sports clubs across Victoria. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, today announced recipients from the third round of the Community Shade Grant Program. The…

GETTING BEHIND NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSES IN PORT FAIRY

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering record new funding to neighbourhood houses across Victoria to support their staff, their volunteers and the local communities they serve. As part of the Victorian Budget 2018/2019, the Labor Government will invest $21.8 million across the neighbourhood house network so that more families can access the activities and services…

GETTING BEHIND NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSES IN CAMPERDOWN

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering record new funding to neighbourhood houses across Victoria to support their staff, their volunteers and the local communities they serve. As part of the Victorian Budget 2018/2019, the Labor Government will invest $21.8 million across the neighbourhood house network so that more families can access the activities and services…

STRONGER, SAFER ROADS FOR THE SOUTH WEST

Drivers in the South West Victoria can look forward to safer, more reliable roads as the Andrews Labor Government launches the biggest regional road maintenance blitz Victoria has ever seen. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 allocates $941 million to get on with the job of fixing Victoria’s regional road network, including a massive $77 million maintenance…

FAMILY VIOLENCE PERPETRATOR PROGRAMS FOR SOUTH WEST

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to reduce family violence and hold perpetrators to account, with a Warrnambool service provider receiving a major grant to deliver specialist services in the region. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that the Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative received a $167,000 grant under the Family Violence Perpetrator Intervention…

INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADE FOR COLAC AREA HEALTH

More Colac patients will get the surgeries they need sooner thanks to an Andrews Labor Government funding boost to upgrade critical air conditioning and sterilisation equipment at Colac Area Health. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced Colac Area Health would receive $349,000 through the Labor Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund. The $200…

VETERANS GRANT ANNOUNCED FOR TERANG RSL

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that Terang RSL will receive funding to commemorate the service and sacrifice of our veterans. Ms Tierney said $5,000 from the Victoria Remembers Minor Grants Program would help enable the Terang RSL Sub Branch to construct a WWI Diggers dugout inside the Terang RSL. This dugout…

ENDOSCOPY UPGRADE FOR TERANG HOSPITAL

More Terang patients will get the endoscopies they need sooner thanks to an Andrews Labor Government funding boost to upgrade equipment at Terang Hospital. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Terang and Mortlake Health Service would receive $271,000 through the Labor Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund. The $200 million fund – the largest…

Responses

Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (11:29:38) — Also, on behalf of the government, I wish to sincerely thank the efforts of all staff, whether they be the clerks, the attendants, those working in the library, those working in catering or Hansard. It is an enormous effort, and it is that effort that makes working at…

Western Victoria fires

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (13:15:04) — Last week Minister Pulford and I visited fire-affected areas in the south-west to meet with local families, some of whom have lost so much, including their family homes. There were many fires on the St Patrick’s Day weekend, but the four main blazes at Terang, Camperdown, Garvoc and Gazette…

PROTECTING VICTORIA’S BIODIVERSITY IN THE SOUTH WEST

The Andrews Labor Government is protecting the future of Victoria’s biodiversity through $4.7 million funding for regional projects. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated the South West Coastal Network for their leadership training project which has been awarded $5,000. The funding is being provided through the Labor Government’s Regional Landscapes and Targeted Action…