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,…

$210,000 GRANT TO NEW HAWKESDALE STREETSCAPE

A $210,000 Brumby Government grant to enable the construction of a new streetscape in the township of Hawkesdale was announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney. This project will reinvigorate Hawkesdale by providing improved infrastructure and social interaction spaces in the business area. “Work will focus on the public space surrounding the…

UPGRADE WILL KEEP WARRNAMBOOL AIRPORT FLYING HIGH

The Brumby Government is supporting a major upgrade of Warrnambool Airport with a $492,000 grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney. Ms Tierney said the upgrade would position Victoria’s fastest growing regional city for future growth by providing the infrastructure to underpin the airport’s development and enabling the operation of Air…

LOCAL HEALTHCARE VOLUNTEERS HONOURED FOR THEIR EFFORTS

Dedicated volunteers from Portland District Health have been honoured in the inaugural 2009 Minister for Health Volunteer Awards. In a special awards ceremony, Health Minister Daniel Andrews paid tribute to Telecare Volunteers from Portland for making a selfless contribution to public healthcare. “These awards are a first for this state, and they recognise the vital…

LAKE BULLEN MERRI BOAT RAMP UPGRADES COMPLETE

Upgrades to the boat ramps at Lake Bullen Merri are now complete thanks to a grant awarded by the Brumby Government. Corangamite Shire received just over $51 000 for the upgrades through the 2008 – 09 round of the Victorian Government’s Boating Safety and Facilities Program. The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said…

NEW SYNTHETIC SURFACE FOR BIRREGURRA BOWLS CLUB

The Birregurra Bowls Club will have a new synthetic surface following a $60,000 boost from the Victorian Government’s Synthetic Surfaces Program (SSP). The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the club was among eight projects to share in $960,000 for the installation of synthetic turf.  This funding is part of the $27.7 million that…

$75,000 PARK UPGRADE GRANT TO BOOST BIRREGURRA

A makeover and new infrastructure for an Otways park popular with tourists and residents is being assisted with a $75,000 grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP. She said the Birregurra Park upgrade would revitalise one of the town’s most important community assets. Apart from increased use by visitors and…

$800,000 GRANT BACKS STEP UP FOR SURF COAST WALK

An $800,000 Brumby Government grant is backing a major upgrade to one of Australia’s most popular surf walks. The Surf Coast Walk from Torquay to Lorne – the walker’s equivalent of the Great Ocean Road – will be improved and extended under a $1.35 million Surf Coast Shire works program. The Member for Western Victoria,…

GREAT OCEAN ROAD EVENTS RECEIVE FUNDING BOOST

The Great Ocean Road region will receive a $15,000 boost through a Brumby Government program to support a number of events in regional Victoria, said Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP. Ms Tierney welcomed the support for the Portland Bay Upwelling Festival, the 2009 Vic Bream Classic Series, the Australian Whale Boat Racing Championships…

WARRNAMBOOL KINDER TEACHER GETS INCENTIVE

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today that local Warrnambool Kindergarten teacher Ms Kara Thompson has received a $12,000 incentive from the Brumby Government for Early Childhood Teachers in Rural Sessional Kindergartens 2008/09. Ms Tierney congratulated Ms Thompson from the Lions Hopkins Kindergarten on the award and said she was proud to have…

PORTLAND KINDER TEACHER GETS INCENTIVE

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today that local Portland Kindergarten teacher Ms Naomi Monk has received a $12,000 incentive from the Brumby Government for Early Childhood Teachers in Rural Sessional Kindergartens 2008/09. Ms Tierney congratulated Ms Monk from the Kalbarri Kindergarten on the award and said she was proud to have such…

SOCIAL AND SPORTING HUB IN VICTORIA’S

Alvie’s Football Netball Clubrooms will soon be redeveloped into a vibrant new social and sporting hub, and the Forrest Netball Club will be upgrade, thanks to a Brumby Government funding boost. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP said the Brumby Government would provide $170,000 to Colac Shire Council to build a new multipurpose facility…

WORKPLACE RIGHTS ADVOCATE (REPEAL) BILL

I am pleased to rise and make a contribution in respect of the bill before us, the Workplace Rights Advocate (Repeal) Bill 2008. The intention of this bill is to repeal the Workplace Rights Advocate Act 2005 and to make consequential amendments to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998 and the Public Sector…

KYNETON DISTRICT HEALTH SERVICE: REPORT 2007-08

I rise to make a statement on the Kyneton District Health Service annual report 2007-08. The chief executive officer of the health service, Jennifer Gale, indicates in the report that the service was brought in without a deficit, largely due to a substantial funding allocation from the Department of Human Services as well as to…

ECONOMY: GOVERNMENT PERFORMANCE

The motion before the house today, moved by the opposition, contains charges of the government having squandered its opportunities; of having failed to capitalise on historic opportunities; of having failed to deliver in key services which Victorians deserve and expect; and further, of having failed to provide critical infrastructure, thereby failing to provide Victoria with…

BUDGET: BUSHFIRE PREPAREDNESS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Gavin Jennings. Can the minister update the house on how the Brumby Labor government is taking action through the package for parks and biodiversity that was announced in yesterday’s state budget to reduce the risk of bushfires across Victoria…

PAUL TURNER

I take this opportunity to speak on the passing of Paul Turner, an active and energetic community member in Geelong, an Australian Labor Party member and a wonderful friend to the many who knew him. Paul was a regular contributor to the Geelong Advertiser ‘letters to the editor’ column, demonstrating his vigour and energy to…

2009 STATE BUDGET: BUILDING LOCAL JOBS AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today welcomed the Brumby Labor Government’s 2009 State Budget and its record $11.5 billion infrastructure investment that will secure up to 35,000 jobs in the next financial year. Ms Tierney said the Brumby Labor Government was taking action by investing in infrastructure to secure jobs and stimulate the…

BUDGET BOOST FOR POLICE TO KEEP STATE SAFE

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today said the record $1.9 billion Victoria Police budget unveiled in today’s State Budget 2009 highlights the Brumby Labor Government’s commitment to investing in our police force to deliver a safer Victoria, now and into the future. Ms Tierney said as part of this record funding an additional…

BUDGET BOOST FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES TO KEEP STATE SAFE

A record investment in new vehicles, equipment and communications has highlighted the Brumby Government’s commitment to supporting our volunteer emergency services throughout the Victoria, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today. Ms Tierney said the record $215.5 million emergency services budget centres on ensuring Victorian communities are better prepared to address future…

BUDGET BOOST FOR POLICE TO KEEP STATE SAFE

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today said the record $1.9 billion Victoria Police budget unveiled in today’s State Budget 2009 highlights the Brumby Labor Government’s commitment to investing in our police force to deliver a safer Victoria, now and into the future. Ms Tierney said as part of this record investment, funding would…

INTERPRETER SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated three Colac recipients of Brumby Government scholarships that assist students gaining qualifications to be a qualified interpreter. Ms Tierney said 26 scholarships were awarded to students studying Karen – a language spoken in Burma and Thailand – and 14 scholarships for those studying interpreting in Nuer…

PUBLIC TRANSPORT TRAVEL MADE EASIER IN COLAC

Colac residents have been urged to keep an eye out for a new guide to local public transport services arriving in their letterboxes in the coming days. Upper House Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the new ‘Your guide to local public transport’ booklet will provide people in Colac with vital information about…

$300,000 TRAINING BOOST FOR SOUTH WEST HEALTH CARE

South West Health Care will receive $300,000 to increase training for medical specialists to help ease the shortage of doctors, nurses and other health professionals. Announcing the funding from the Strengthening Medical Specialist Training Program, Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria, said the funding boost was part of a $21 million Brumby Government funding boost…

$4 MILLION ROADS BOOST FOR FARMERS, INDUSTRIES

Road upgrades across regional Victoria to help the competitiveness of agricultural and horticultural industries will be backed by almost $4 million in funding recently announced by Regional and Rural Development Minister Jacinta Allan. $479,500 has been committed to the Moyne Shire Council for a number of projects which will upgrade roads for B-double access including:– $257,000…

BRUMBY GOVERNMENT BACKS GROWTH IN WARRNAMBOOL

The City of Warrnambool will support strategic economic development and investment opportunities in the region with the help of a $30,000 grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP. Ms Tierney said the council would use the Provincial Economic Partnerships funding to employ a Business Support Officer for 2 years. “Council…

HEALTHY FUNDING BOOST FOR POLWARTH

Four Primary Schools in the Polwarth electorate will benefit from a Brumby Government boost through the ‘Go for you life’ Healthy Start in Schools Grants for 2009, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. These Primary Schools were a number of the schools who had responded with an outstanding application for the ‘Go for…

HEALTHY FUNDING BOOST FOR SOUTH WEST

Four Primary Schools in the South West will benefit from a Brumby Government boost through the ‘Go for you life’ Healthy Start in Schools Grants for 2009, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. These Primary Schools were a number of the schools who had responded with an outstanding application for the ‘Go for…

FUNDING TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS IN MOYNE SHIRE

The Basalt to Bay Landcare Network Inc. in the Moyne Shire has received a $3,308 Brumby Government funding boost to encourage people to volunteer. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today that Basalt to Bay Landcare Network Inc. had received the grant from the latest round of Victorian Volunteer Small Grants. Ms Tierney…

FUNDING TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS IN COLAC OTWAY

The Forrest MTB and Cycling Club Inc, and Otway Health & Community Services in the Colac Otway Shire have both received a Brumby Government funding boost to encourage people to volunteer. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today that The Forrest MTB and Cycling Club Inc had received a $2,500 grant, and Otway…

NEW $10,000 BOOST TO TRANSPORT PARTNERSHIPS IN GLENELG

South West Transport Connections has received a $10,000 Brumby Government grant to help continue delivering better community transport services to the Glenelg community. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the $10,000 Transport Connections Project Partnerships grant would allow the South West Transport Connections team to run workshops to learn strategies and identify resources…

NEW $10,000 BOOST TO TRANSPORT PARTNERSHIPS IN CORANGAMITE, MOYNE AND WARRNAMBOOL

“Getting There and Back” Corangamite, Moyne and Warrnambool has received a $10,000 Brumby Government grant to help continue delivering better community transport services to the Corangamite, Moyne and Warrnambool community. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the $10,000 Transport Connections Project Partnerships grant would allow the “Getting There and Back” Corangamite, Moyne and…

NEW $10,000 BOOST TO TRANSPORT PARTNERSHIPS IN COLAC OTWAY AND SURF COAST

Bringing Communities Together has received a $10,000 Brumby Government grant to help continue delivering better community transport services to the Colac Otway and Surf Coast community. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the $10,000 Bringing Communities Together Partnerships grant would allow the Bringing Communities Together team to run workshops to learn strategies and…

SOLAR HOTWATER INVESTMENT TO MAKE STIMULUS LAST

The Brumby Government has called on the Western Victorian community to consider spending their Commonwealth Stimulus payments on solar hotwater systems and other investments that cut costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the stimulus payments, combined with Brumby Government rebates are a great opportunity for households to make a…

MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND BILL

It is a pleasure to rise and speak in favour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground Bill 2008. Many say the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the heart of Melbourne. Whether they are sporting fans, music fans or interested in the history of this great city, for many people the MCG holds a special place in their…

FILM VICTORIA: REPORT 2007-08

I rise to make a statement on Film Victoria’s annual report for 2007-08. It is obvious that film is an important medium, a medium that is accessible to all, regardless of one’s socioeconomic background. Film provides entertainment, information and pushes the boundaries of our imagination. It is a great vehicle for phenomenal acting, but it…

APOLLO BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL

Many of us in this chamber have a number of music festivals held in various communities in our electorates. In Western Victoria Region we have along the coast the Port Fairy music festival, the Portarlington Celtic festival and the Apollo Bay Music Festival, just to name a few. Last weekend was the 17th annual Apollo…

U3A GRANTS HELP SENIORS EXTEND HORIZONS

Senior Victorians in Colac will have greater access to lifelong learning programs through the latest round of grants to the University of the Third Age (U3A), Minister for Senior Victorians, Lisa Neville said. “U3A Colac Otway Inc will benefit from an additional $2,400 in funding from the Victorian Government which will go towards supporting existing…

WOMEN: SUFFRAGE CENTENARY

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Women’s Affairs, Maxine Morand. I request that she attend a particular conference in south-western Victoria with me later this year. By way of background, it is worth noting that on this day 100 years ago the Adult Suffrage Bill received royal assent, giving for the…

UNITED WAY GEELONG: CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

I would also like to take this opportunity to mention the United Way Geelong campaign launch for 2009, which was held at the Ford Discovery Centre. I encourage employees to approach their employers to organise payroll deductions for donations to the campaign and to join the workplace giving program. People are feeling the effects of…