WOMEN: PREMIER’S SUMMIT

This morning I wish to congratulate the Minister for Women’s Affairs, Maxine Morand, for organising an engaging and informative Premier’s Women’s Summit on 8 September. Many women attended for the very first time. I am sure they will now take up the many opportunities and challenges that were rolled out over the course of the…

JOSIE BLACK

I take this opportunity to speak on the passing of Josie Black, a passionate social justice campaigner who passed away last Friday morning, 11 September. The headline in Saturday’s Warrnambool Standard read ‘One of a kind’, and there is not a better description for Josie Black, who was a passionate leader and champion for rural…

EMPLOYMENT: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is directed to the Treasurer, John Lenders. Can the Treasurer update the house on current employment figures in Victoria? Mr LENDERS (Treasurer) — I thank Ms Tierney for her question and for her positive interest in jobs in Victoria and in her electorate, particularly in the great city…

LEASE AGREEMENT SECURES GLENORMISTON’S FUTURE

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today welcomed the signing of the Glenormiston College lease agreement by the South West Institute of TAFE, which will continue to operate the leading agricultural training facility. Representing Skills and Workforce Participation Minister Jacinta Allan, Ms Tierney thanked Josie Black – South West TAFE Board member and…

$9.9 MILLION FOR SAFER ROADS IN WESTERN VICTORIA

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced nearly $10 million worth of projects from the 2009-10 Budget aimed at improving the safety of Lowan and Polwarth arterial road network. “The Brumby Government recognises the important role our roads play in linking regional communities and we are taking action to improve the safety of…

$75,000 TO HELP FUND PORTLAND BAY BUSINESS CASE

A $75,000 Victorian Government grant will help fund a business case for the Portland Bay Coastal Infrastructure Plan – an urgent priority as recreational fishing and timber exports boom in the bay. Announcing the Portland Bay Infrastructure Plan Business Case Project today, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said Portland Bay was a key…

HELPING VICTORIANS GET BACK TO WORK

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today came out in support of the $2.9 million Back to Work information and support service to help retrenched workers back into employment. Ms Tierney said the Brumby Labor Government’s Back to Work initiative would assist Victorians hit hardest by the Global Financial Crisis find new work. “The…

WIRELESS ACCESS BOOST FOR ALL PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Classrooms across Victoria will soon surpass the modern office thanks to a $7 million wireless access point upgrade to all Victorian Government primary schools, the Minister for Education, Bronwyn Pike, revealed today. Ms Pike said up to 7,300 wireless access points (WAPs) ­– delivered to schools this month ­– ­are set to boost network coverage…

Libraries: Bannockburn

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Local Government and relates to the Brumby Labor government’s Living Libraries program. I have recently been made aware of a funding application for $500 000 made by the Golden Plains Shire Council to the state government’s Living Libraries program. This application details the Bannockburn library development project,…

PLANNING: PORTLAND HERITAGE BUILDINGS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. As we know, Victoria’s heritage is recognised as one of the state’s competitive strengths, and investment in the restoration and maintenance of heritage is returned in economic, social and environmental benefits. Can the minister update the house on how the…

INTERIM REPORT – BUSHFIRES

 I rise in support of the motion before the house this afternoon, which is to note the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission interim report. I begin by paying my respect to those who lost their lives in the tragic fires of February 2009. I also acknowledge the family and friends who lost loved ones. Their…

ECONOMY: PERFORMANCE

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Treasurer, John Lenders. Can the minister update the house on any recent releases by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and what they tell us about the current state of Victoria’s economy? Mr LENDERS (Treasurer) — It is amazing: a glass half full, or a glass…

Emergency services: Western Victoria Region

I had the pleasure of being involved in three emergency services events in the Wimmera region on 18 August, which included the Horsham VICSES twin cab utility handover, the Grampians Country Fire Authority group new forward command vehicle handover and the official opening of the Kaniva VICSES station. I take this opportunity to thank all…

HOUSING: NORLANE

On another note, last week the Minister for Housing announced a massive investment in public housing in Norlane to fund an additional 160 affordable new homes. On the completion of this project Geelong will have 200 affordable new homes — an investment of $40 million by the Brumby Labor government, with 170 jobs directly supported…

BUSES: GEELONG

On 8 August the Minister for Public Transport visited Geelong with welcome news of 400 additional weekly bus services as part of the massive $80 million Brumby Labor government package to boost public transport links. From the beginning of next week, on top of the 400 new weekly bus services there will be an additional…

BRUMBY GOVERNMENT BOOSTS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S SCHOOL STIMULUS FUNDING BY $88 MILLION

The Brumby Government today announced it will boost the Federal Government’s stimulus package spending on Victorian government schools by a further $88 million. Cudgee Primary School, Deans Marsh Primary School, and Nullawarre and District Primary School, along with a 100 other government schools will benefit from this additional Brumby Government capital works boost, Gayle Tierney…

VICTORIANS HAVE THEIR SAY ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Victorians can hear from environmental experts and help shape the Brumby Labor Government’s policy on climate change through a series of online forums launched on the Premier’s website Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney said the six-week public consultation process would highlight key climate change themes with topics including Transformation in…

BRUMBY GOVERNMENT BOOSTS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S SCHOOL STIMULUS FUNDING BY $88 MILLION

The Brumby Government today announced it will boost the Federal Government’s stimulus package spending on Victorian government schools by a further $88 million. Cressy Primary School, Lavers Hill P-12 College, Lismore Primary School and Shelford  Primary School along with a 100 other government schools will benefit from this additional Brumby Government capital works boost, Gayle…

FACELIFT FOR PORTLAND BAY WITH $250,000 GRANT

Improvements to the Portland Foreshore Civic Precinct with a $250,000 Brumby Government grant will improve liveability for residents and the tourism experience for visitors, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said today. “The Portland Foreshore Civic Precinct, also known as Nun’s Beach, overlooks the town’s harbour and is a prime location to view…

HELP SHAPE WARRNAMBOOL’S COMMUNITY SERVICES

Warrnambool residents can have a say on what community services are needed in the growing region through a new Brumby Labor Government-funded study. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP said that through a $30,000 grant, Mpower will employ a consultant to work with the community on a feasibility study. “The Brumby Labor Government is…

PORTLAND: FORESHORE UPGRADE

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan, and like last night it is also a request to support an important application put together by a community in the electorate of Western Victoria Region — on this occasion it is in relation to the Portland foreshore civic precinct upgrade.…

ANNUAL STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTENTIONS

It is a great pleasure to stand in this place and speak in support of the Brumby Labor government’s annual statement of government intentions, announced by the Premier on the first parliamentary sitting day of this year. This is only the second year that such a statement has been presented to Parliament, and I believe…

HUMAN TISSUE AMENDMENT BILL

 I am pleased to make a contribution do debate on the Human Tissue Amendment Bill 2009. The amendment before the house deals only with blood donations. It is important at the outset to say the bill does not deal with organ and/or tissue donations. The key to this amending legislation is being able to increase…

VICTORIAN COASTAL COUNCIL: REPORT 2007-08

 I have much pleasure in making a statement in relation to the Victorian Coastal Council 2007-08 report. As members of this house would be aware, Victoria boasts one of the most beautiful coastlines of any state. It has magnificent coastal scenery, and we have many coastal townships dotted along its coast. The coast is also…

SCHOOLS: TORQUAY

On another matter, I welcome the announcements made by the Minister for Education, Bronwyn Pike, last Wednesday of a new primary school for Torquay North and the extension of Torquay College from P-9 to P-12. This is an extremely popular decision that has been embraced by the local community. Parents on the school council, the…

PORTLAND AIRPORT: REDEVELOPMENT

On Sunday, 2 August, on behalf of the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan, I announced $1.35 million for a major redevelopment of Portland airport. The modernisation works will prepare the airport for new services, more passengers and increased maintenance contract works by extending the apron area, expanding the maintenance hangar and providing…

BEEAC WINDMILL PARK AND HISTORY WALK: FUNDING

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan. It relates to an application for funding under the Small Towns Development Fund for the Beeac windmill park and history walk. Some time ago I was made aware that an application had been made by the Colac Otway shire in relation…

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY: GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Minister for Industry and Trade, Martin Pakula. Can the minister update the house on the latest developments in Victoria’s important automotive industry, particularly in regard to Victoria’s major automotive manufacturers? Hon. M. P. PAKULA (Minister for Industry and Trade) — I am always pleased to…

ALLANSFORD MECHANICS HALL

On another matter, the community of Allansford came together on 2 August for the official opening of the redeveloped Allansford mechanics hall. The Brumby Labor government contributed $132 500 from the Small Towns Development Fund to this project. The day was a real celebration, particularly for Bev Byron, secretary of the hall committee, but also…

SHEEPVENTION 2009

On Sunday, 2 August, I represented the Minister for Regional and Rural Development at the Hamilton Sheepvention wool fashion parade, when I announced $800 000 for an extensive upgrade of the Hamilton Showgrounds. These significant improvements will benefit local community groups but also the annual beef expo and Sheepvention. The Hamilton Pastoral and Agricultural Society…

$800,000 FOR HAMILTON SHOWGROUNDS REDEVELOPMENT

Hamilton Showgrounds will receive an extensive upgrade with the help of an $800,000 Brumby Government grant announced today by Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP. Ms Tierney said the $1.4 million redevelopment would help the showgrounds build on the success Hamilton Sheepvention, which attracts 25,000 visitors and boosts the local economy by $5 million…

TIERNEY OPENS UPGRADED ALLANSFORD MECHANICS HALL

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, today officiated at the formal opening of the upgraded Allansford Mechanics Hall. “Allansford, which is located about 11 kilometres east of Warrnambool, is experiencing significant residential and commercial growth,” Ms Tierney said. “Allansford Mechanics Hall, which was built in 1911 and had barely been improved since, lacked basic…

PORTLAND AIRPORT’S FUTURE TAKES OFF WITH $1.35 M GRANT

Portland Airport will be modernised and upgraded for expansion with the help of a $1.35 million Brumby Government grant announced today by Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney. She said the modernisation works would prepare the airport for new services, more passengers and increased maintenance contract works by expanding the maintenance hangar and providing new…

TIERNEY ANNOUNCES $36,156 GRANT FOR HAWKESDALE CFA

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today said Hawkesdale CFA would receive $36,156 from this year’s Community Safety Emergency Support Program (CSESP). Ms Tierney said the Brumby Labor Government boost would help the brigade secure a Mazda BT50 Field Command Vehicle. This would boost its response capacity by enabling an additional Field Command…

TIERNEY ANNOUNCES $37,900 GRANT FOR CASTERTON CFA

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today said Casterton CFA would receive $37,900 from this year’s Community Safety Emergency Support Program (CSESP). Ms Tierney said the Brumby Labor Government boost would help the brigade secure a Nissan Navara Field Command Vehicle. This would boost its response capacity by enabling an additional Field Command…

TIERNEY ANNOUNCES $39,229 GRANT FOR MORTLAKE SES

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today said Mortlake SES would receive $39,229 from this year’s Community Safety Emergency Support Program (CSESP). Ms Tierney said the Brumby Labor Government funding would help the unit secure a 4WD Nissan Patrol Wagon. “The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to invest in the services that communities…

TIERNEY ANNOUNCES $78,500 GRANT FOR LORNE CFA

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today said Lorne CFA would receive $78,500 from this year’s Community Safety Emergency Support Program (CSESP). Ms Tierney said the Brumby Labor Government boost would help the brigade secure a new medium tanker. This would boost the Lorne CFA’s response capacity by providing an additional appliance which…

L’OREAL MELBOURNE FASHION FESTIVAL

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Industry and Trade, Martin Pakula. Can the minister update the house on how the Brumby Labor government is taking action to support the Australian fashion industry and how this is boosting jobs and the Victorian economy? Hon. M. P. PAKULA (Minister for Industry…

GARDINER FOUNDATION: ANNUAL REVIEW 2008

I wish to make some comments about the Gardiner Foundation annual review 2008. In doing so I draw the attention of the house to the comprehensive work the foundation undertakes throughout Victoria. For those who might not be all that familiar with the foundation and by way of background, the foundation was established in 2001.…

$10,000 FOR PORTLAND SLIPWAY STUDY

A study to determine the viability of a large dry dock in the Port of Portland is being supported with a $10,000 Brumby Government grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP. Ms Tierney said the study was a key step in potentially facilitating an investment on the site that could…

REPORT BACKS BRUMBY SUPPORT FOR REGIONAL STUDENTS

A parliamentary committee has backed the Brumby Government’s investment and support to increase the number of regional and rural students in Victoria undertaking higher study or training. The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney welcomed the release of the Victorian Parliament’s Inquiry into Geographical Differences in the Rate in Which Victorian Students Participate in Higher…

BUSINESS BREAKFASTS FOR GOLDEN PLAINS

Golden Plains Shire Council will host a series of business breakfasts with the aim of nurturing local leaders and strengthening the region’s economy. Announcing a $6,000 grant for the Golden Plains Shire Council to assist with the cost of hosting the breakfasts, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said seven business breakfasts would…

SCHOOLS: CLOSURES AND MERGERS

 I rise to make a contribution on this important debate. I welcome genuine debate, particularly on the issue of education. It has always been a no. 1 priority for me, and I am more than happy that it is a no. 1 priority for the Brumby Labor government. But when I looked at the first…

$620,903 RECORD FUNDING FOR CORANGAMITE LIBRARIES

Public libraries in Corangamite will receive a record $620,903 in 2009/10 through the Brumby Labor Government’s Public Libraries Grants Program, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today. “Recurrent funding from the Brumby Labor Government’s Public Libraries Grants Program has increased by $21,140 which is an increase of 3.5 per cent on last…

$9000 FOR PORT FAIRY FOOD & WINE WINTER WEEKEND

The Great South Coast’s food and wine producing capabilities will be showcased in Port Fairy on the first weekend of August with the help of a $9000 Brumby Government grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP. Ms Tierney said the Food & Wine Winter Weekend on 1-2 August would include…

EMERGENCY SERVICES: SUPPORT GRANTS

My adjournment matter for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services is in regard to the latest round of the community safety emergency support grants. Some months ago the minister announced that applications were open for the new $3.76 million 2009 round of the community safety emergency support program. This program plays a crucial role…

WESTERN VICTORIA REGION: GOVERNMENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Over the last four weeks some truly magnificent events have occurred in Western Victoria Region: the completion and formal opening by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Mr Jennings, of the $14 million Portland Trawler Wharf; the arrival of the $20.8 million south-west emergency helicopter at its home base in Warrnambool, greeted by the…

$4000 FOR DISCOVERY SYMPHONY PREMIERE IN PORTLAND

The world premiere in Portland this August of a symphony celebrating the Great South West Walk is being supported with a $4000 Victorian Government grant announced by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney. “Twelve years ago the local community investigated the possibility of finding a composer to write a work for the Great South…

NO INTEREST LOANS AVAILABLE IN CORANGAMITE

Low-income residents of Corangamite and surrounds now have access to no-interest loans, thanks to the Brumby Labor Government. Visiting Camperdown Community House today, Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP launched the Corangamite branch of the No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS), a program that has been running in Victoria for 25 years. “The Brumby Government…

$180,000 TO UPGRADE LAKE BULLEN MERRI SOUTH BEACH

The south beach at Lake Bullen Merri outside Camperdown will be upgraded with the help of a $180,000 Brumby Government grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP. “Lake Bullen Merri is considered one of the best inland fishing and water sports destinations in Victoria,” Ms Tierney said.  “Visitation and usage…

$30,000 FOR CAMPERDOWN SHOWGROUNDS CAPITAL WORKS

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced Brumby Government funding of $30,000 for improvements to Camperdown Showgrounds. “Camperdown Showgrounds, which is home to an annual show and the Autumn Horse Show, is also used for monthly meetings by the local pony and pigeon clubs,” Ms Tierney said. “The funding will allow the…

$150,261 RECORD FUNDING FOR GLENELG LIBRARIES

Public libraries in Glenelg will receive a record $150,261 in 2009/10 through the Brumby Labor Government’s Public Libraries Grants Program, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today. “Recurrent funding from the Brumby Labor Government’s Public Libraries Grants Program has increased by $4,408 which is an increase of 3.0 per cent on last…

$60,000 FOR COLAC VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE UPGRADE

The Brumby Government is supporting an upgrade of the Colac Visitor Information Centre with a $60,000 grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP. “Colac’s proximity to many local natural and built attractions like the Otways and the Great Ocean Road makes it a regular thoroughfare for people travelling in south-west…

$25,000 FOR GLENELG SHIRE’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLANS

The Victorian Government is providing $25,000 to assist Glenelg Shire develop future strategies for economic development, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today. “Glenelg Shire in partnership with the Victorian Government recognises the need to support economic and community growth and to foster the development of existing and new business,” Ms Tierney…

FUNDING TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS IN HEYWOOD

The Heywood and District Pony Club Incorporated have received a $2,450 Brumby Labor Government funding boost to support volunteers. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today that The Heywood and District Pony Club Incorporated had received the grant from the latest round of Victorian Volunteer Small Grants. Ms Tierney said the grant is…

FREE FRUIT ON THE MENU

There are now more than 110,000 Victorian students who devour fresh fruit and vegetables under the Brumby Government’s popular Free Fruit Friday program. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said around 110,000 Prep to Year 2 students from a total of more than 1000 schools are participating in the ‘Go for your life’ Free…

TIERNEY URGES BUSINESSES TO COMMIT TO SKILLS

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today urged businesses across Western Victoria to commit to the ongoing development of their workers by signing up to the Victorian Skills Pledge. Ms Tierney said Victorian businesses had much to gain by continuing to invest in the development of their workforces. “There’s no denying that many…

$250,000 GRANT TO HELP RENEW NELSON’S RIVERFRONT

A project to revitalise the eastern foreshore along the Glenelg River in Nelson is being supported with a $250,000 Brumby Government grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP. “Tourism and its associated economic activity is critical to Nelson businesses, which in turn is integral to the ongoing viability of the…

BRUMBY GOVERNMENT BACKS GROWTH IN STATE’S SOUTH WEST

The Brumby Government is supporting the development of major projects in Victoria’s south-west with a $60,000 grant announced today the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP. Ms Tierney said the funding would help Moyne Shire and Warrnambool City councils employ a Major Projects Liaison Officer for 12 months. “In Moyne Shire there is currently…

FUNDING BOOST FAST TRACKS RURAL CFA STATIONS

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced that a $26 million funding package will fast track the construction and upgrade of 60 rural Country Fire Authority (CFA) stations across the State over the next two years, benefiting communities in Polwarth. Ms Tierney said funding boost will significantly bring forward building schedules for…

FUNDING BOOST FAST TRACKS RURAL CFA STATIONS

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced that a $26 million funding package will fast track the construction and upgrade of 60 rural Country Fire Authority (CFA) stations across the State over the next two years, benefiting communities in the South West. Ms Tierney said funding boost will significantly bring forward building…

$32,000 TO RELOCATE PORTLAND CABLE TRAM TERMINUS

The Brumby Government is helping secure the long-term viability of Portland Cable trams with a $32,000 grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP. Ms Tierney said Portland Cable Trams attracted about 80,000 passengers over the past six years and generated about $35 million for the local economy. “In 2007 a…

SOUTH WEST SPORT BENEFITS FROM GRANT SCHEME

Sport and recreation organisations in the South West will be able to get more locals involved in physical activity, thanks to a boost in Victorian Government funding. The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced 2009 Country Action Grant Scheme and Victalent funding to strengthen local grassroots sport and recreation organisations. Ms Tierney…

AIREYS FESTIVAL FUNDING SOMETHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT

A $10,000 Victorian Government grant will help lift the profile of the Aireys Festival of Words, attracting more visitors and revenue in the off-peak winter season, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. “The Aireys Festival of Words is a community event which celebrates local culture, literacy, the love of reading, arts and…

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR LOCAL CEMETERY TRUSTS

The Cressy cemetery is set to benefit from a $3,985 Brumby Government funding boost Gayle Tierney, member for Western Victoria announced today. The Brumby Government has provided the money for maintenance grants to small and medium-sized Victorian cemetery trusts, Ms Tierney said. Ms Tierney said ten cemetery trusts State-wide will share $73,004 in grants, including…

CONSUMER AFFAIRS VICTORIA: REPORT 2007-08

I rise to make a statement on the Consumer Affairs Victoria annual report 2007-08. Consumer Affairs Victoria is the state’s leading consumer protection agency and was established to protect and promote consumer interests and to make sure that consumers get a fair deal. In the reporting period CAV received more than 545 000 calls to…

GEELONG: AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Minister for Industry and Trade, Martin Pakula. Can the minister outline to the house how the Brumby Labor government is taking action to secure jobs in the automotive sector and in particular in the Geelong region? Hon. M. P. PAKULA (Minister for Industry and Trade)…

SHIRE OF COLAC OTWAY: SPORTS FUNDING

 Last Wednesday I was in Colac to make two announcements. Firstly, the government allocated $60 000 to the Shire of Colac Otway under the community facility funding program, minor facilities category, for the resurfacing of six netball courts. This government understands that quality, accessible community sport and recreation facilities play an important role in building…

GEELONG RING ROAD: STAGE 3 OPENING

On Sunday, 14 June, the Geelong region celebrated yet another milestone in road infrastructure development, with the opening of stage 3 of the Geelong Ring Road. Premier Brumby, along with federal Labor member of Parliament Darren Cheeseman, officially opened the stage 3 section of the ring-road. The opening was also witnessed by all local Labor…

BOOST TO GRASSROOTS SPORT AND RECREATION IN WARRNAMBOOL

Warrnambool residents will have more opportunities to get physically active thanks to $60,000 in Victorian Government funding for the Warrnambool Skate Park Redevelopment. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced the Warrnambool City Council would receive a grant through the Community Facility Funding Program – Minor Facilities Category to extend the existing skate…

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 to resurface of six netball courts under the Eastern Reserve Netball Court Redevelopment project. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced the Colac Otway Shire would receive a grant through the Community Facility Funding Program –…

DROUGHT RELIEF FOR LOCAL SPORTS FACILITIES

Drought affected communities across Victoria are being given a helping hand to help ‘drought proof’ local sporting facilities, thanks to a $2.1 million boost from the Victorian Government. The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the Lake Colac Cricket Ground in Colac is among 54 projects to receive funding from the latest round…

$300,000 FOR HERITAGE STUDIES

The Surfcoast Shire council will share in $300,000 worth of Brumby Government grants to help them protect and preserve their local heritage, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today.The Surfcoast council will receive $15,000 to prepare and exhibit a planning scheme amendment to implement the Surf Coast (Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Modewarre and Winchelsea)…

BLACK BALLOONS REMIND VICTORIANS TO SAVE WINTER ENERGY

Winter has arrived and Victorians are again being urged to save energy during the colder months through the Brumby Labor Government’s iconic “Black Balloons” energy savings campaign. “Winter is the most energy intensive season for Victorian households, so it’s important everyone cuts their energy use wherever and whenever possible,” the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle…

PLANNING: APOLLO BAY

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. The Brumby Labor government is committed to encouraging residential development in regional Victoria while balancing the need to make sustainable, long-term decisions that improve local communities. Can the minister update the house on recent decisions regarding planning approvals in Apollo…

COUNTRY FIRE AUTHORITY: REPORT 2007-08

I rise to make a statement on the Country Fire Authority annual report 2007-08. I will focus most of my remarks around CFA volunteers and the CFA in our communities. On page 5 of the report the chairman, Kerry Murphy, points to research conducted by the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre which shows that CFA volunteers…

DAIRY INDUSTRY: GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE

 I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Agriculture, Joe Helper. The action I seek is for the minister to assist Victoria’s dairy farmers to become more profitable and productive, especially in the wake of the recent drop in milk prices, by widely publicising and promoting the outcomes of a new $6.9…

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

I rise with a heavy heart that is quite agitated this evening, because like many other members in this chamber I have become increasingly impatient with the type of business that is before this house on Wednesdays. This is just symptomatic of what we have been putting up with for some time. But this motion,…

BIRREGURRA: RECREATION FACILITIES

On 20 May I had the pleasure of joining a number of community members at Birregurra and Forrest for not one or two but three significant announcements for the local area. Firstly, a total of $243 000 will be invested as part of the Brumby Labor government’s Small Towns Development Fund and the synthetic surfaces…

OUTWORKERS: WORKPLACES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Industrial Relations, Mr Pakula. Can the minister advise the house of any recent successful initiatives that demonstrate the Brumby government’s commitment to fair workplaces? Hon. M. P. PAKULA (Minister for Industrial Relations) — I thank Ms Tierney for her question and for what…

CRIMES AMENDMENT (IDENTITY CRIME) BILL

I also rise to make a contribution in support of the Crimes Amendment (Identity Crime) Bill 2009. As we have heard from Ms Mikakos, this bill proposes new offences to cover the making, using or supplying of identifying information, possessing identification information, and possessing equipment capable of making identification documentation with the intent of committing…

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY: REPORT 2008

 I rise to make a statement on the Deakin University annual report 2008. At the beginning of the reporting period the Deakin University council approved a new strategic plan entitled ‘Delivering effective partnerships’, which will be in place until 2012. From my experience with the university I could not think of a more appropriate title…

ALVIE AND FORREST FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUBS

 The Saturday after this place last rose the clash between Alvie and Forrest in the Colac and District Football League occurred. The standard of football and netball played that day was tremendously high. It was not all that long ago that many country sporting clubs were floundering, not being able to cobble enough players together…

WESTERN VICTORIA REGION: HEALTH SERVICES

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Senior Victorians, Lisa Neville, and is in relation to funding for a number of health services in the Western Victoria Region to address wound management for elderly and disabled patients. As members know, there has been much progress made in terms of younger people understanding the importance…

CLIMATE CHANGE: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Gavin Jennings. Will the minister update the house on how the Brumby Labor government is taking action to help address the complex issues involved in adapting to the impacts of climate change and demonstrating once again the Brumby Labor…

$60,000 GRANT OPENS UP ACCESS AROUND APOLLO BAY

Getting around one of Victoria’s most popular coastal resorts will be safer and more convenient after the construction of a coastal trail backed by a $60,000 grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP. A 1.1 kilometre shared pathway will be built from Thomson St to Marriner’s Lookout Road in the…

FAIR TRADING AND OTHER ACTS AMENDMENT BILL

I am also pleased to rise to speak in support of the Fair Trading and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2008. I would clearly argue that the bill does a number of key things. Firstly, it strengthens enforcement capacity and it updates and amends definitions in the Fair Trading Act 1999. It also inserts an unfair…

NATIONAL CELTIC FESTIVAL, PORTARLINGTON

On another matter, I must mention that hard work is well and truly under way by Una McAlinden and the organising committee who, along with visitors and local committee community members, will make this weekend the best ever National Celtic Festival in Portarlington. Last week I had the great pleasure of announcing a $22 500…

Ashby Primary School, Geelong West

Since the last sitting week we have had National Volunteers Week and Education Week. I had the good fortune of officially launching Education Week at Ashby Primary School in Geelong West. This is a school that clearly knows that high levels of literacy and numeracy are imperative, but it is also committed to nurture a…

VICTORIANS CAN CLEAN UP WITH $100 APPLIANCE REBATE

Western Victorian residents will be able to clean up with a $100 discount on the cost of energy and water efficient washing machines and dishwashers through a $1 million Brumby Labor Government initiative announced by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today. Starting on World Environment Day (June 5) and running until June 28,…