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…

SWAN MARSH: COMMUNITY HALL

Halls in small communities are often the focal point of social, organising and emergency support activities. The hall at Swan Marsh is a prime example. Over the years the local community has determined that it is an important community asset and has raised money to assist with its maintenance. Over the last 27 years members…

BRIDGES: BARWON HEADS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is also for the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. Can the minister update the house on how the Brumby Labor government is taking action to deliver its commitment to improve infrastructure, particularly in regional Victoria? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I welcome Ms Tierney’s interest…

$40,000 FOR POINT GREY AND SLAUGHTERHOUSE SITES PLAN

A masterplan for Lorne’s Point Grey precinct and Slaughterhouse site will be developed with the help of a $40,000 Victorian Government grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney. Ms Tierney said the masterplan would guide redevelopment of the Point Grey and Slaughterhouse sites, which are located on the Great Ocean Road.…

COLAC OTWAY SCHOOLS SHARE IN $4M SCHOOL-BASED

A program supporting young people to volunteer in their local communities will again be rolled out to over 400 schools this year with a $4 million boost, forming part of the Victorian Government’s Respect Strategy.  Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said five Colac Otway Shire schools would each receive up to $9,725 to help…

CELTIC FESTIVAL BOOSTED BY STATE GOVERNMENT FUNDING

The 2009 National Celtic Festival has received a boost thanks to $22,500 in State Government funding from Tourism Victoria’s Events Program. Western Victoria MP, Gayle Tierney, announced the funding, saying it would help promotethe arts and cultural event, which will draw new and return visitors to the region. “Held over the long weekend in June,…

NEW ‘TOP-UP’ SCHEME FOR COMMUNITY HERITAGE PROJECTS

Community groups in Western Victoria working to preserve our local heritage will be eligible for a new fundraising assistance program launched by the Brumby Government and the National Trust. The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney encouraged local heritage custodians to consider whether ‘Top-Up: The Community Co-Contribution Heritage Funding Scheme’ could assist with heritage places…

GRANTS TO BUY EQUIPMENT FOR LOCAL LEARNING

Victoria’s adult learners will soon be using new, modern equipment, thanks to a $2 million Brumby Government. The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said community learning centres across the State will receive more than 1000 grants to make learning easier. “The Brumby Government is taking action to create more jobs and provide more opportunities…

GRANTS TO BUY EQUIPMENT FOR LOCAL LEARNING

Victoria’s adult learners will soon be using new, modern equipment, thanks to a $2 million Brumby Government. The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said community learning centres across the State will receive more than 1000 grants to make learning easier. “The Brumby Government is taking action to create more jobs and provide more opportunities…

GRANTS TO BUY EQUIPMENT FOR LOCAL LEARNING

Victoria’s adult learners will soon be using new, modern equipment, thanks to a $2 million Brumby Government. The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said community learning centres across the State will receive more than 1000 grants to make learning easier. “The Brumby Government is taking action to create more jobs and provide more opportunities…

TIERNEY TO OPEN 17TH APOLLO BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL

International, interstate and local musical talent will again converge at the town of Apollo Bay for the 17th Apollo Bay Music Festival. The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney will officially open the 2009 Apollo Bay Music Festival on the 27th of March, 2009. “This year’s lineup of international and national musical talent is the…

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR LOCAL CEMETERY TRUSTS

Panmure cemetery is set to benefit from a Brumby Government funding boost the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney 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 $72,776 in grants, including Panmure…

VICTORIAN SCHOOL SPORTS STARS SHINE

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today congratulated Ursula Hughson from Warrnambool Collage on winning the soccer award at the 15th annual Victorian School Sports Awards. The 2008 Victorian School Sports Awards (VSSA) recognise the sporting achievements of staff, students and volunteers in primary and secondary schools across the state. “Ursula is among 43…

$31,500 GRANT GIVES NEW LIFE TO SWAN MARSH HALL

The community life of Swan Marsh will be revitalised with an upgrade to the township’s hall helped by a $31,500 Victorian Government grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney. Painting, improved access and lighting, new heating and cooling systems and fencing are part of an overhaul designed keep the 76-year-old hall…

WESTERN VICTORIA REGION: HEALTH SERVICES

The matter I raise is for the Minister for Health in the other place, Daniel Andrews, and is in relation to ensuring that health services in western Victoria continue to have access to high-quality medical equipment and facilities. I am aware that this government has invested $4.1 billion in the largest capital works program the…

SHERIFF BILL

I also rise to speak in support of the Sheriff Bill 2008. This bill will consolidate the powers of the sheriff and the sheriff’s office. A number of acts have provided powers for that office over a period of time, and that has been recognised as a piecemeal approach to the various legal sources governing…

EMPLOYMENT: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Industry and Trade, Martin Pakula. Can the minister outline to the house how the Brumby Labor government is cooperating with the commonwealth government, businesses and unions to support and secure jobs in these difficult economic times, and is he aware of any impediment…

CORANGAMITE CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY: REPORT 2007-08

 I rise to comment on the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority annual report for 2007-08. First I will briefly describe the geographic boundaries of the catchment management authority (CMA). It essentially begins in the west, just west of Port Campbell, and moves right along the coast, around the Surf Coast, around the Bellarine Peninsula to Geelong…

MACARTHUR BOWLS CLUB: SYNTHETIC PLAYING SURFACE

Part of the privilege of being a member of Parliament is dealing with an extremely wide range of issues and a wide range of groups within our communities. An afternoon’s activities can range from handling early childhood issues and access to technology and presenting school prizes to formally opening synthetic greens at bowls clubs. Each…

CATTLE STORIES AND BUSH YARNS

Later that day I assisted in the launch of the DVD Cattle Stories and Bush Yarns. The Brumby Labor government contributed $5000 towards this project to record the living history of livestock agents, cattlemen, drovers and women who were involved in the history of livestock selling in the district. The Brumby Labor government knows it…

HEYWOOD WOOD, WINE AND ROSES FESTIVAL

The 17th Heywood Wood, Wine and Roses Festival on Saturday, 28 February, was a wonderful success, with over 10 000 people attending. Congratulations must go to the organisers and in particular, Mrs Elaine Evans, president and organiser of the street procession. On the day, my toughest job was assisting in the judging along with the…

SUPPORT FOR WILDLIFE CARERS AFTER VICTORIA’S BUSHFIRES

The Brumby Government is providing up to $350,000 in cash grants to wildlife carers in Western Victoria to support their rescue and rehabilitation effort in Victoria’s devastating bushfires. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the fires had led to an influx of injured animals that needed treatment and this was placing an extra pressure…

LOCAL COMMUNTIY HEALTH GROUPS GET FUNDING HELP

Community self-help health groups in the South West will share in a $158,700 Brumby Government funding boost to help them with their important tasks, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. Ms Tierney said more than 190 groups across Victoria would benefit from these grants. Many of the groups involve people with a chronic…

GLENELG LIBRARIES GET TECH SAVVY WITH $26,829 GRANT

Visitors to Glenelg libraries will soon benefit from the Victorian Government’s $26,829 grant to fund initiatives that support wireless internet and information security. The member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the funding for the Glenelg Library Service as part of the Computer Management and Wireless Internet in Public Libraries Grants Program.  “This grant…

CORANGAMITE LIBRARIES GET TECH SAVVY WITH $46,562 GRANT

Visitors to Corangamite libraries will soon benefit from the Victorian Government’s $46,562 grant to fund initiatives that support wireless internet and information security. The member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the funding for the Corangamite Library Service as part of the Computer Management and Wireless Internet in Public Libraries Grants Program.  “This grant…

LORNE: MOUNTJOY PARADE UPGRADE

On 17 February I was in Lorne to announce the Brumby Labor government’s contribution to the second stage of the Mountjoy Parade streetscape upgrade. The $500 000 for the second stage will be used to expand and improve the public open space along the Great Ocean Road within the retail and commercial centre of Lorne.…

BUSHFIRES: VICTORIA

I rise to lend my support to the condolence motion before the house. From the outset I also express my condolences to the families who have lost loved ones — 210 people confirmed dead so far; 210 people who were and will continue to be cherished. Hundreds of people have been injured, and many remain…

BRUMBY GOVT BACKS LORNE STREETSCAPE UPGRADE

One of Australia’s best known beach streetscapes will be remodelled with the help of a $500,000 Victorian Government grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney. The 1.2 kilometre section of the Great Ocean Road through Lorne – 140 km from Melbourne – will be completely upgraded under a $5.2 million Surf…

FINANCE FOR WESTERN VICTORIAN SMALL BUSINESSES

A timely new loan finance service will benefit small businesses across Western Victoria, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. “Small businesses can quickly and easily compare business loan options using Business Loan Finder, a new Victorian Government website,” Ms Tierney said. “Just go to www.business.vic.gov.au/findaloan and you can compare a vast range…

LAKE PURRUMBETE: BOAT RAMP

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Agriculture in the other place and is in relation to the boat ramp at Lake Purrumbete. At present the boat ramp at Lake Purrumbete is not in use due to the lake’s low water level. Under Marine Safety Victoria’s 2008-09 boating facilities and community harbours program, this…

GREAT SOUTH COAST: STRATEGIC PLAN

Last Friday I was in Portland with the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan, when she announced a Brumby Labor government injection of $280 000 for the region, specifically for the Great South Coast strategic plan. Great South Coast councils include the Colac-Otway, Corangamite, Glenelg, Moyne and Southern Grampians shire councils, along with…

POLWARTH RECEIVES $870,000 ROAD SAFETY GREYSPOT BOOST

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced five new road safety projects worth $870,000 for Polworth, as part of the Brumby Government’s Greyspot Program that targets intersections on outer metropolitan and rural arterial roads. Ms Tierney said the Victorian Greyspot Program was launched in 2006 to specifically target intersections where the possible risk of…

CRIMES LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (FOOD AND DRINK SPIKING) BILL

I am very pleased to rise to speak in support of the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Food and Drink Spiking) Bill 2008. It is a very important piece of legislation, and it further demonstrates this government’s commitment to protecting Victorians, particularly those who are potentially in vulnerable situations, in circumstances where people are out supposedly attempting…

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY: GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Industry and Trade. Will the minister update the house on how the Brumby Labor government is taking action to ensure that Victoria remains the engine room of the automotive industry, and in doing so will the minister outline the challenges the industry is…

HI-TECH MINI NETBOOKS TO BOOST LEARNING IN 2009

All year 5 students in government schools in the Barwon South Western region will each receive a mini netbook computer to boost their learning. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said that 110 schools in the Barwon South West region will receive the netbooks as part of a state-wide project including over 344 schools. “This latest…

ECOLIVING FUNDING FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY HUBS

Community groups and organisations from Western Victoria are being encouraged to apply for a second round of funding for the Brumby Government’s EcoLiving program. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said more than $1 million in grants will be available for organisations and community groups to establish EcoLiving Centres in their local communities. “The Brumby…

BOOST FOR GOLD, COPPER EXPLORERS IN WESTERN VICTORIA

More than $145,000 in grants have been awarded to four companies to search for gold, copper and other mineral resources in western Victoria, Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney announced today. ”We are standing up for Victorian jobs by driving investment in communities across Victoria and that’s why we are supporting companies search for undiscovered…

APOLLO BAY RECEIVES $16,000 HERITAGE BOOST

The Colac Otway Shire Council has received a $16,000 heritage grant, sharing in more than $1 million worth of new grants to protect and conserve heritage across Victoria, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. The $16,000 heritage grant to the Colac Otway Shire Council will be for roof repairs, to address ongoing water…

WARRNAMBOOL RECEIVES $19,100 HERITAGE BOOST

Warrnambool has received two heritage grants, sharing in more than $1 million worth of new grants to protect and conserve heritage across Victoria, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. The Warrnambool City Council will receive $13,600 for the conservation of cannon and artillery pieces in Warrnambool. Ms Tierney said these pieces, located at…

PORTLAND RECEIVES $110,000 HERITAGE BOOST

The Glenelg Shire Council has received two heritage grants worth $110,000, sharing in more than $1 million worth of new grants to protect and conserve heritage across Victoria, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. A conservation management plan has been completed on Portland’s Former Drill Hall and identified a number of works. The…

CAMPERDOWN RECEIVES $23,000 HERITAGE BOOST

Camperdown has received two heritage grants, sharing in more than $1 million worth of new grants to protect and conserve heritage across Victoria, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. The Corangamite Shire Council will receive $18,000 for structural and flashing repairs to the Camperdown Clock Tower Ms Tierney said. “The Camperdown Clock Tower…

STUDENTS RISE TO PREMIER’S READING CHALLENGE

A record number of Victorian Prep to Year 10 students have embraced a challenge set by Premier John Brumby to read more books. More than 210,000 avid bookworms across the state participated in this year’s Premier’s Reading Challenge, with more than 117,000 completing the challenge. State Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated students…

TWO GRANTS A BOOST FOR HERITAGE IN THE GLENELG SHIRE

Heritage in the Glenelg Shire will receive a $17,000 boost thanks to the Brumby Government’s Victoria’s Heritage Grants program, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. Ms Tierney said the Glenelg Shire had received two grants in the 2008/2009 program, including $14,000 to employ a heritage advisor and $3,000 to digitise its heritage records.…

BETTER CARE FOR WARRNAMBOOL HERITAGE

Heritage in Warrnambool will receive a $14,000 boost thanks to the Brumby Government’s Victoria’s Heritage Grants program, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. Ms Tierney said Warrnambool City Council was one of 52 local councils to share in $400,000 worth of heritage advisor grants in 2008/2009. “This grant will allow Warrnambool property owners…

BETTER CARE FOR CORANGAMITE SHIRE HERITAGE

Heritage in the Corangamite Shire will receive a boost thanks to the Brumby Government’s Victoria’s Heritage Grants program Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. “The Corangamite Shire Council was one of 52 local councils to share in $400,000 worth of heritage advisor grants in 2008/2009”. “This grant will allow Corangamite Shire property owners…

BETTER CARE FOR MOYNE SHIRE HERITAGE

Heritage in the Moyne Shire will receive a $12,000 boost thanks to the Brumby Government’s Victoria’s Heritage Grants program, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. Ms Tierney said the Moyne Shire Council was one of 52 local councils to share in $400,000 worth of heritage advisor grants in 2008/2009. “This grant will allow…

BETTER CARE FOR COLAC OTWAY HERITAGE

Heritage in the Colac Otway Shire will receive a boost thanks to the Brumby Government’s Victoria’s Heritage Grants program Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. “The Colac Otway Shire Council was one of 52 local councils to share in $400,000 worth of heritage advisor grants in 2008/2009”. “This grant will allow Colac Shire…

PLANNING: BRUCES CREEK

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. It is in relation to the Creating Better Places program and an application for funding by the Golden Plains Shire Council for the Bruces Creek open space corridor project. I had the opportunity of having a tour of the area several months ago with…

HESSE RURAL HEALTH SERVICE: REPORT 2007-08

I rise to make a statement on the Hesse Rural Health Service 14th annual report, which is for 2007-08. This reporting period has been a very exciting time in the further development of Hesse Rural Health Service with the signing of contracts to commence the building of the specialised, 10-bed rural dementia wing. I would…

LAKE BOLAC TO ARARAT BUS SERVICE HITS THE ROAD

Travel between Lake Bolac and Ararat has been made easier with the Brumby Government delivering a new trial bus service. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP said the Brumby Government was taking action to improve transport in communities across Victoria. “Residents in Lake Bolac, Wickliffe, Willaura and Maroona will be provided with a low-cost…

MANUFACTURING: INDUSTRY STATEMENT

 I rise to make comment on the sad but so consistent comments made by the shadow minister for industry and state development, Richard Dalla-Riva. However, before I do so I would like to draw the attention of the house to this most recently announced manufacturing and industry policy, Building Our Industries for the Future —…

PLANNING: ARMSTRONG CREEK DEVELOPMENT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. Geelong is an important regional centre to the state of Victoria and is experiencing significant levels of population growth. Can the minister advise the house of the Brumby Labor government’s actions to make sure Geelong accommodates this growth in a…

CLUNES AND DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SHOW

 On 15 November I attended the Clunes annual show and enjoyed the wonderful festivities in that beautiful town. I enjoyed the opportunity of talking to members of the community on issues of mutual concern. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all those involved in the Clunes and District Agricultural Society for their…

DON WALLACE RESERVE, TEESDALE: PAVILION

On Friday, 31 October, I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs to officially open the new pavilion at the Don Wallace Reserve in Teesdale. The new pavilion enhances the previous smaller facility and now provides more space for local clubs to host events and accommodate the increasing number…

PORT FAIRY: COMMUNITY CENTRE FUNDING

I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan, in relation to the Port Fairy community centre. The Port Fairy community centre is a $2.8 million project. I had the pleasure in June this year of representing the Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development in announcing…

STATE TAXATION ACTS FURTHER AMENDMENT BILL

 I rise to make a contribution to the debate on the State Taxation Acts Further Amendment Bill 2008. The bill is divided into six parts and makes amendments to a number of acts. It amends the Duties Act 2000, the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994, the First Home Owner Grant Act 2000 and the Taxation…

MULTICULTURAL VICTORIA AMENDMENT BILL

 I am pleased also to rise to make a contribution on the Multicultural Victoria Amendment Bill 2008. What we have before us this afternoon is a bill to enact an election commitment taken by the Labor Party to the 2006 election. That commitment was to merge the Victorian Office of Multicultural Affairs with the Victorian…

FORD AUSTRALIA: GEELONG PLANT

On 18 July 2007 the Ford Motor Company announced that it would close the Ford engine plant in 2010. It was a dark day for Ford workers and a sad day for Geelong. A question mark hung over Ford’s future, but with the change of government in November 2007 hard work began on a new…

TIERNEY OFFICIALLY OPENS NEW FACILITIES IN MORTLAKE

Mortlake residents can now enjoy better sporting facilities with the official opening of the new synthetic green at the Mortlake Bowling Club today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney. The Mortlake Bowling Club were successful in receiving a $60,000 grant to replace their grass green with a synthetic green under the 2007-2008 round…

$204,000 TRAINING FOR DARTMOOR MILL WORKERS

Dartmoor mill workers will receive up to $204,000 worth of training after Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today announced a package of Brumby Government assistance. Representing Regional and Rural Development Minister Jacinta Allan, Ms Tierney said training through the Skill Up program would help equip the retrenched workers to secure high demand occupations after…

$214,000 TRAINING FOR DARTMOOR MILL WORKERS

Dartmoor mill workers will receive up to $214,000 worth of training after Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today announced a package of Brumby Government assistance. Representing Regional and Rural Development Minister Jacinta Allan, Ms Tierney said training through the Skill Up program would help equip the retrenched workers to secure high demand occupations after…

$40,000 GRANT TO DARTMOOR COMMUNITY RECREATION RESERVE

The Dartmoor Community Recreation Reserve will receive a new boundary fence with the help of a $40,000 Victorian Government grant announced today by Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney. Representing Regional and Rural Development Minister Jacinta Allan, Ms Tierney said the grant would be provided to Glenelg Shire Council through the Small Towns Development Fund…

FUNDING BOOST FOR OTWAY ODYSSEY

The Otway Odyssey has received a $5,000 funding grant from the Brumby Government’s Country Victoria Events Program (CVEP), Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. “Events and festivals such as the Otway Odyssey contribute to the prosperity, growth and community spirit of regional areas,” Ms Tierney said. “They are a fantastic way of boosting…

VICTORIA’S TOURISM INDUSTRY HONOURS ITS FINEST

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated the Otway Estate – Winery and Brewery from Barongarook for being honoured at the Melbourne Airport 2008 Victorian Tourism Awards. Otway Estate – Winery and Brewery received the Minister for Tourism’s Encouragement Award. “The tourism industry is worth $15.1 billion to the Victorian economy and provides jobs…

LOCAL COMMUNITY HEROES HONOURED FOR THEIR EFFORTS

A courageous resident from Apollo Bay who went to the rescue of others involved in medical emergencies has been honoured for their bravery and compassion. John DiCecco from Apollo Bay was recognised by the Victorian Health Minister Daniel Andrews and Ambulance Victoria CEO Greg Sassella as a winner of the 2008 Ambulance Victoria Community Hero…

PUBLIC LIBRARIES AWARDED $1 MILLION FOR PREMIER’S READING CHALLENGE

Victoria’s public libraries have received $1 million from Premier’s Reading Challenge Book Fund to support the 2009 campaign. Local Government Minister Richard Wynne said the funding highlighted the important role public libraries in Victoria play in supporting students undertaking the Premier’s Reading Challenge. “The Brumby Government is taking action to help more of Victoria’s young…

TIERNEY ANNOUNCES $42,425 GRANT FOR TIMBOON FIRE BRIGADE

Local member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today said Timboon Fire Brigade would receive $42,425 from this year’s Community Safety Emergency Support Program (CSESP). Ms Tierney said the funding would help the brigade secure a Field Command Vehicle – Nissan Patrol. This would boost its response capacity by providing transport and enhanced control capacity for…

TIERNEY ANNOUNCES $41,407 GRANT FOR COBDEN FIRE BRIGADE

Local member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today said Cobden Fire Brigade would receive $41,407 from this year’s Community Safety Emergency Support Program (CSESP). Ms Tierney said the funding would help the brigade secure a Field Command Vehicle – Nissan Navara Dual Cab. This would boost its response capacity by providing transport and enhanced control…

LORNE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: REPORT 2007-08

 I rise to make a statement on the Lorne Community Hospital annual report 2007-08. I would like to begin by saying that the Lorne Community Hospital does an absolutely marvellous job servicing the health needs of residents in Lorne and surrounding areas, and visitors to the area during the lead-up to the Christmas break and…

BUSES: COLAC-LORNE

It is with pleasure that I rise to speak on another fantastic announcement for Western Victoria Region under the Brumby Labor government’s $18 million Transport Connections initiative. This summer a new bus service connecting people living in the Colac area to Lorne will operate seven days a week. There has been a longstanding need for…

FUNDING TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS IN SIMPSON

The Simpson and District Community Centre Inc in has received a funding boost from the Brumby Government to introduce new people to volunteering and to train and support them to get more involved in the community. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today that the Simpson and District Community Centre Inc had received $3,260…

FUNDING TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS IN THE SOUTH WEST

The South West Sports Assembly Inc and the Warrnambool City Landcare Group Inc have received a funding boost from the Brumby Government to introduce new people to volunteering and to train and support them to get more involved in the community. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today that the South West Sports Assembly…

FUNDING TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS IN PORT FAIRY

The Port Fairy Cricket Club Inc in has received a funding boost from the Brumby Government to introduce new people to volunteering and to train and support them to get more involved in the community. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today that the Port Fairy Cricket Club Inc had received $1,000 from the…

FORD AUSTRALIA: GEELONG PLANT

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan. Last Monday saw the announcement of a historic new car plan from the Rudd government which will provide $6.2 billion to the industry. This funding will provide a serious future for the industry. Leaving that announcement to one side, there has…

STALKING INTERVENTION ORDERS BILL

I rise to speak on the Stalking Intervention Orders Bill 2008. This bill essentially seeks to preserve the current system of stalking intervention orders, with minor and technical changes, until the stalking intervention order system can be comprehensively reviewed by the Department of Justice. To provide some background to this, the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s…

TIERNEY ANNOUNCES $36,020 GRANT FOR TERANG VICSES

Local member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today said Terang VICSES would receive $36,020 from this year’s Community Safety Emergency Support Program (CSESP). Ms Tierney said the funding would help the unit secure Local Headquarters extensions. In total, 20 VICSES units will buy more than $1.2 million in extra emergency equipment by matching almost $809,000…

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY: GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

Australia is one of only 15 countries in the world where vehicles are manufactured. Vehicle manufacturing is important to general industry, the Australian economy, employment, skill levels and innovation. Yesterday I was at the Automotive Centre of Excellence when the Prime Minister announced A New Car Plan for a Greener Future. The plan defends all…

EMPLOYMENT: GEELONG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Acting Minister for Industry and Trade, John Lenders. Can the minister outline to the house how the Brumby Labor government is listening to and working with regional communities and stakeholders, and more specifically how it is doing so in the Geelong area? Mr LENDERS (Acting…