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…

BUSES: COLAC-APOLLO BAY

Last Friday I represented the Minister for Community Development in officially opening yet another transport connections project in Apollo Bay. The new service from Colac to Apollo Bay will operate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 11 April 2010, and it will link towns such as Colac, Birregurra, Barwon Downs, Forrest, Skenes Creek and Apollo…

REGIONAL CENTRES OF THE FUTURE

I also rise to make a contribution on the Rural and Regional Committee’s report on its inquiry into regional centres of the future. In undertaking this inquiry, as its chair stated, the committee covered a huge amount of territory in regional Victoria. We received over 60 submissions and were inundated with people who wanted to…

FUNDING TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS IN DARTMOOR

The Dartmoor Golf Club Incorporated has received a $1,900 Brumby Labor Government funding boost to support volunteers. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today that The Dartmoor Golf Club Incorporated had received $1,900 from the latest round of Victorian Volunteer Small Grants. Ms Tierney said the organisation had received the grant for its…

FUNDING TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS IN COLAC

The 2nd Colac Scout Group has received a $2,500 Brumby Labor Government funding boost to support volunteers. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today that The 2nd Colac Scout Group had received $2,500 from the latest round of Victorian Volunteer Small Grants. Ms Tierney said the organisation had received the grant for its…

FUNDING TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS IN PORTLAND

The Portland Historical Society (A Member Group of Portland C.E.M.A. Inc.) has received a $2,375 Brumby Labor Government funding boost to support volunteers. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today that Portland Historical Society (A Member Group of Portland C.E.M.A. Inc.) had received $2,375 from the latest round of Victorian Volunteer Small Grants.…

HOUSING: GEELONG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Minister for Planning. Can the minister advise the house of what action the Brumby Labor government is taking to secure housing supply in Greater Geelong? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I welcome the member’s interest in all these matters. One of the…

NEW BUS LINKS COLAC WITH APOLLO BAY AND MARENGO

A four-month summer bus service linking the towns of Colac, Birregurra, Barwon Downs, Forrest, Barramunga, Tanybryn, Skenes Creek, Apollo Bay and Marengo hit the road this month, thanks to the Brumby Labor Government. Launching the service at the Visitor Centre in Apollo Bay today, Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said a new bus service…

APOLLO BAY WELCOMES FESTIVAL FUNDING

Victoria’s annual Apollo Bay Music Festival has received $10,000 through a Brumby Government program to boost tourism and support local jobs. “The Brumby Government continues to support tourism in Victoria which helps to boost economic activity and protect jobs,” Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said. “In 2010, the Apollo Bay Music Festival is…

$3.9 MILLION FOR RIVER HEALTH IN CORANGAMITE

The Brumby Government will invest $3.9 million to improve the health of rivers in the Corangamite region. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced the funding for the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority to implement a wide range of water programs. “The Corangamite CMA region is home to many significant rivers and ecosystems providing…

PLANNING: WEST MADDINGLEY

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. In planning ahead to accommodate the significant growth in Bacchus Marsh, has the minister created a residential growth precinct that will lead to 1400 homes in West Maddingley? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I thank the member…

BELLARINE COMMUNITY HEALTH: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the Bellarine Community Health annual general meeting in Queenscliff. What a wonderful organisation this is! John Fendyk, the chief executive officer of Bellarine Community Health, provided a thorough report and gave highlights of the achievements of BCH over the previous 12 months, one of which was receiving…

REFERENCE

I rise to indicate in the first instance my support for the terms of reference before the house afternoon. I will be voting in support of them. However, I also take this opportunity to indicate that if the terms of reference that I heard of two days ago were the proposed terms of reference before…

CLIMATE CHANGE: FUTURE COASTS PROGRAM

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Gavin Jennings. Can the minister inform the house how the Brumby Labor government is taking action to address the potential risk of rising sea levels as a result of climate change? Mr JENNINGS (Minister for Environment and Climate Change)…

COUNTRY FIRE AUTHORITY: NELSON BRIGADE

On Sunday, 15 November, I was in Nelson in the south-west of Victoria to officially open a $200 000 Country Fire Authority community facility and hand over a $92 000 tanker that will help the Nelson CFA brigade protect the community during a bushfire season that threatens to be every bit as bad as or…

NELSON CFA RECEIVES MAJOR BOOST

Nelson’s bushfire defences have received a major boost with the opening of a $200,000 multi-purpose facility and the handover of a new $92,000 two-seater tanker. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP opened the facility and handed over the keys to the two-seater tanker today. “The State Government values the important work Victoria’s emergency services…

MORE FUNDING FOR CHILDREN’S SERVICES IN WESTERN VICTORIA

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today invited local councils and children’s services in Western Victoria to apply for a Victorian Children’s Capital Program grant. The grants, announced by Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Maxine Morand, are part of the Brumby Labor Government’s $38.5 million commitment to improving Victoria’s early childhood services.…

VICTORIA LEGAL AID: REPORT 2008-09

I rise to speak on the Victoria Legal Aid annual report 2008-09. I would like to start off by saying that it is a pleasure to stand in this chamber and speak on what is a very important part of our legal system and social justice in Victoria. Most people are aware of the important…

VICTORIAN RENEWABLE ENERGY AMENDMENT BILL

 I rise to speak in support of the Victorian Renewable Energy Amendment Bill 2009. I am pleased to see that this bill will be supported by members opposite. The crux of this legislation before us tonight is our fight against global warming and climate change and in particular the mechanisms that need to be put…

BUSES: SHIRE OF GOLDEN PLAINS

On 23 October I had the pleasure of joining quite a number of Golden Plains shire residents in Bannockburn to launch two new trial bus services for the region. The trial Bannockburn loop will travel to Teesdale, Shelford, Inverleigh and Bannockburn on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, linking people to services and social opportunities in the…

FUNDING TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS IN WARRNAMBOOL

Warrnambool East Primary School Koori Club has received a $2,500 Brumby Labor Government funding boost to support volunteers. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today that OCR FM had received $2,500 from the latest round of Victorian Volunteer Small Grants. She said the organisation had received the grant for its ‘Cultural Awareness Program…

FUNDING BOOST FOR MORTLAKE FESTIVAL

Mortlake is set to benefit from Brumby Government funding to support tourism and boost local jobs. “The Mortlake Festival will receive a $2,000 boost through a Brumby Government program to support a number of events in regional Victoria,” said Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MLC. Ms Tierney welcomed the support for the Mortlake Festival,…

TWO NEW TRIAL BUS SERVICES FOR BANNOCKBURN

Residents in Bannockburn and surrounding towns will now be able to get around more easily, with the launch of two new trial bus services funded by the Brumby Labor Government. Launching the initiatives in Bannockburn today, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the trials would provide bus services linking people to services and social…

TAC COMMUNITY GRANTS BOOST LOCAL ROAD SAFETY EFFORTS

Victorian community groups and local councils have been given more resources to tackle road trauma in the local community. The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, has announced that Glenelg Shire Council will receive $20,000 under the TAC Community Road Safety Grants program. The Glenelg Shire Road Safety Strategy project will support the Shire…

BUSES: COLAC-LORNE

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport and is in relation to the Colac-Lorne bus service. This service was trialled for nine weeks last year, and it was met with great success; over 4600 people used it. Over 500 people used the service on a weekly basis in December, and it peaked…

EMPLOYMENT: SOUTH-WESTERN VICTORIA

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Treasurer. Can the Treasurer update the house on what the Brumby Labor government is doing to protect jobs in the south-west of Victoria? Mr LENDERS (Treasurer) — I thank Ms Tierney for her question. The south-west coast is an extraordinarily great region in the state…

STUDENTS: YEAR 12 EXAMS

In the time that remains I would like to wish all Victorian year 12 students and
their families all the very best over the forthcoming exam period. In what is
inevitably a difficult time, I remind them to stay focused and to take care of
one another. Good luck to all.

HOUSING: BACCHUS MARSH

On another note, on 23 September I had the pleasure of joining the Minister for Housing, Richard Wynne, and the member for Melton in the other place, Don Nardella, as the minister turned the first sod on the $5.4 million public housing estate in Bacchus Marsh, which is to be completed next year. We were…

LORNE BOWLS CLUB: SYNTHETIC GREEN

On Sunday, 19 September, I had the pleasure of joining the Lorne community to officially open the new synthetic green at the Lorne Bowls Club. I would like particularly to thank the secretary, Peter Jacobs, and vice-president, Allan Walls, and club committee members for their hospitality. I congratulate the whole club on a great achievement…