$18,901 FOR AIREYS INLET HALL UPGRADE

The Victorian Government is contributing $18,901 towards the redevelopment of the Aireys Inlet Hall, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. Ms Tierney said the project would encourage greater use and improve the long-term sustainability of the facility through the installation of a commercial kitchen and provision of a portable stage. “Aireys Inlet…

PORTLAND: VIDA GOLDSTEIN SEAT

At last there is a very special seat for that dangerous and persuasive woman, the pioneering suffragist Vida Goldstein, in Portland, the town where she was born nearly 140 years ago. At last Vida Goldstein has been recognised for the significant role she played in helping Victorian women win the right to vote 100 years…

BUSES: LAKE BOLAC

 My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Community Development. Last Friday I had the pleasure of launching the Mt Gambier to Portland Transport Connections trial bus service in Nelson when over 40 community members were in attendance. It would be no news to people in this chamber that I am a serious fan of…

INNOVATION: BETTER PLACE PROGRAM

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Gavin Jennings. Can the minister please inform the house how the Brumby government is supporting innovative approaches to reducing vehicle emissions? Mr JENNINGS (Minister for Environment and Climate Change) — I thank Ms Tierney for her question and for…

LABOUR AND INDUSTRY (REPEAL) BILL

I am also pleased to make a contribution to debate on the Labour and Industry (Repeal) Bill 2008. This bill actually gives effect to an election commitment by this government to reduce the regulatory burden, by reviewing legislation and repealing any act or regulation that is assessed as being redundant. As part of this commitment,…

DORRIS TRAINOR

On another note — a sad note — I would like to mention the recent passing of Dorris Trainor at the astonishing age of 104. I recently spoke in this place about Dorris, who was a resident of the Allambi Elderly People’s Home in Dimboola, and I would like to extend my sympathy to Dorris’s…

HEYWOOD: FITZROY RIVER PRECINCT

 Last Friday I had the pleasure of officially opening the improvements to Heywood’s Fitzroy River precinct, made possible with the help of $63 000 from the Small Towns Development Fund grant from the Brumby Labor government. The improvements included a new footbridge over the Fitzroy River to provide a pedestrian link between both sides of…

WYNNE ANNOUNCES $107,300 FOR THE REFURBISHMENT OF CORANGAMITE LIBRARIES

Residents of Corangamite Shire Council will soon be able to enjoy updated facilities at a number of their libraries following a revitalisation program as part of the Brumby Government’s Living Libraries Program. The Minister for Local Government, Richard Wynne, announced today the Brumby Government’s $107,300 grant for the renovations.  “The Brumby Government’s $107,300 Living Libraries…

TIERNEY LAUNCHES HEYWOOD’S FITZROY RIVER PRECINCT PROJECT

Improvements to Heywood’s Fitzroy River precinct, including building a new footbridge, have been completed with the help of a $63,000 Victorian Government grant Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. The Small Towns Development Fund grant was provided to the Glenelg Shire Council for the $94,500 Fitzroy River Precinct Upgrade project. Ms Tierney said…

AT LAST THE SEAT FOR VIDA IS UNVIELED IN PORTLAND

Pioneering suffragist Vida Goldstein has at last been recognised for her contribution to helping Victorian women win the right to vote in 1908. An artist-designed ornamental seat was today unveiled in Portland – her place of birth – as part of Victorian Women Vote 1908 – 2008 celebrations. The seat was commissioned by Historic Buildings…

WELCOME BOOST TO NURSE NUMBERS IN APOLLO BAY

More than 7 extra nurses have been employed across Otway Health and Community Services since 1999, Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria announced today. Ms Tierney said that the 57.7% increase in local nurses since 1999 was a product of Australia’s most successful nurse recruitment and retention campaign, and the continuing effort by the…

WELCOME BOOST TO NURSE NUMBERS IN HEYWOOD

More than 11 extra nurses have been employed across Heywood Rural Health since 1999, Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria announced today. Ms Tierney said that the 81.2% increase in local nurses since 1999 was a product of Australia’s most successful nurse recruitment and retention campaign, and the continuing effort by the Brumby Government…

WELCOME BOOST TO NURSE NUMBERS IN COLAC

More than 24 extra nurses have been employed across Colac Community Health since 1999, Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria announced today. Ms Tierney said that the 19.3% increase in local nurses since 1999 was a product of Australia’s most successful nurse recruitment and retention campaign, and the continuing effort by the Brumby Government…

TIERNEY WELCOMES FENCE LAW OVERHAUL

Colac residents will benefit from a review of Victoria’s fence laws, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. The reforms were announced today by Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Rob Hulls, as part of Justice Statement 2, the Brumby Government’s next chapter of reform for Victoria’s justice system. Ms Tierney said that a dedicated review…

WELCOME BOOST TO NURSE NUMBERS IN THE SOUTH WEST

More than 91 extra nurses have been employed across South West Healthcare since 1999, Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria announced today. Ms Tierney said that the 29.3% increase in local nurses since 1999 was a product of Australia’s most successful nurse recruitment and retention campaign, and the continuing effort by the Brumby Government…

TIERNEY WELCOMES FENCE LAW OVERHAUL

Corangamite Shire residents will benefit from a review of Victoria’s fence laws, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. The reforms were announced today by Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Rob Hulls, as part of Justice Statement 2, the Brumby Government’s next chapter of reform for Victoria’s justice system. Ms Tierney said that a dedicated…

WELCOME BOOST TO NURSE NUMBERS IN PORTLAND

More than 31 extra nurses have been employed across Portland District Health since 1999, Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria announced today. Ms Tierney said that the 31.5% increase in local nurses since 1999 was a product of Australia’s most successful nurse recruitment and retention campaign, and the continuing effort by the Brumby Government…

WELCOME BOOST TO NURSE NUMBERS IN MOYNE

More than 11 extra nurses have been employed across Moyne Health Services since 1999, Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria announced today. Ms Tierney said that the 33.7% increase in local nurses since 1999 was a product of Australia’s most successful nurse recruitment and retention campaign, and the continuing effort by the Brumby Government…

GRANT PROGRAM BOOSTS COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND ASSETS IN CORANGAMITE

Community facilities on Corangamite Shire crown land have received a boost through extra funding from the Brumby Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said over $625,000 has been provided to community volunteers under the Government’s Stewardship in Action Program including Dixie, Kennedys Creek, Carpendeit and Deep Lake. “The Stewardship in Action Program supports the…

HORSHAM SPECIAL SCHOOL: FUNDING

This evening my adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education in the other place, Bronwyn Pike. It is in relation to the Horsham Special School. I have had an opportunity to visit the school and two of the facilities and to meet staff, parents and of course students. I thank all involved in providing…

SOUTH WEST SPORTS ASSEMBLY

On another matter, I would like to congratulate the South West Sports Assembly which was awarded the Go for Your Life community participation award at the Brumby government’s 2008 sport and recreation awards. The South West Sports Assembly was awarded for its Up the Garden Path project, which brought together volunteers to design and build…

SUE HESTER

I rise to make mention of a Colac resident, Sue Hester, who was recently awarded the volunteer involvement award at the Brumby Labor government 2008 sport and recreation awards. After being diagnosed with a rare disability at the age of 25, Sue Hester began volunteering as a netball umpire, coach and committee member. Today Sue…

Warrnambool receives $24,000 Brumby Government funding to improve sustainable transport options

Warrnambool City Council has received a $24,000 Brumby Government boost to improve local access to public transport and walking and cycling facilities. The project named TravelSmart Champs will be delivered thanks to joint funding from the Brumby Government’s TravelSmart and Local Area Access Program Grants and Warrnambool City Council. “I am delighted to announce funding…

BOATING SAFETY BOOST FOR THE SOUTH WEST

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced an $87,757 boost to boating safety in the South West through the Brumby Government’s Boating Safety and Facilities Program 2008-09. Ms Tierney said the Brumby Government was committed to working with the community to provide safe boating facilities and a safer boating environment. “The projects funded through…

BOATING SAFETY BOOST FOR CAMPERDOWN

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced a $66,057 boost to boating safety in Camperdown through the Brumby Government’s Boating Safety and Facilities Program 2008-09. Ms Tierney said the Brumby Government was committed to working with the community to provide safe boating facilities and a safer boating environment. “The projects funded through the Boating…

MARINE PARKS: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Gavin Jennings. Can the minister inform the house of how the Brumby Labor government is helping to promote Victoria’s unique marine environment to the world? Mr JENNINGS (Minister for Environment and Climate Change) — I thank Ms Tierney for…

ABORTION LAW REFORM BILL

I would like to start my contribution by thanking very much the many constituents of Western Victoria Region who have contacted me in relation to this bill. We have been inundated with letters, emails and telephone calls, and that in itself is testimony to our democracy. However, the health of our democracy lies in our…

BUSES: COLAC OTWAY SHELTERS

On 29 September I had the pleasure of officially launching 10 new bus shelters in the Shire of Colac Otway, along with the mayor, Cr Chris Smith, and Crs Riches and Mercer. On that day we were joined by local Colac residents Roberta Hay and Peggy Hose, who said the shelters were a fantastic improvement…

INVERLEIGH BRIDGE UPGRADES AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, today welcomed the completion of the first of two bridge upgrades to improve public safety in the township of Inverleigh. The $140,000 bridge upgrade project on Spring Creek Road, Inverleigh was completed on 3 October 2008. The second $140,000 bridge upgrade project on Peel Road, Inverleigh would commence…

ECONOMY: INTEREST RATES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Treasurer. I ask him to inform the house of the effects on Victoria’s working families of the 1 per cent interest rate cut announced yesterday by the Reserve Bank of Australia. Mr LENDERS (Treasurer)— I thank Ms Tierney for her question. Mr Drum interjected. Mr…

CLOVERDALE COMMUNITY CENTRE

On another matter, I would like acknowledge the Cloverdale community centre, which has created three banners in homage to the women’s suffrage movement under the Victorian Women Vote community grants program. The banners highlight the hopes and concerns of women and girls in Corio and Norlane, and we were lucky enough to have one of…

FANNY BROWNBILL LUNCHEON

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of hosting the eighth Fanny Brownbill luncheon in Geelong, which commemorates the first woman Labor member of the Legislative Assembly in this state. It was fitting to hold such a celebration during the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Victoria. Minister Maxine Morand spoke on the fight for women’s…

BOOST FOR CARAVAN AND CAMPING PARKS

The Brumby Government is providing almost $1.3 million for upgrades to Victoria’s Crown land caravan and camping parks including $19,800 for Skenes Creek Caravan Park. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said 50 tourist parks would receive the grants to upgrade facilities and improve their environmental performance including Skenes Creek for sewerage connection. “Camping and…

BOOST FOR CARAVAN AND CAMPING PARKS IN PORT CAMPBELL

The Brumby Government is providing almost $1.3 million for upgrades to Victoria’s Crown land caravan and camping parks including $140,000 for the Port Campbell Recreation Reserve. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said 50 tourist parks would receive the grants to upgrade facilities and improve their environmental performance including Port Campbell Recreation Reserve to design…

BOOST FOR CARAVAN AND CAMPING PARKS IN LORNE

The Brumby Government is providing almost $1.3 million for upgrades to Victoria’s Crown land caravan and camping parks including $100,000 for the Lorne Caravan Park Kia Ora. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said 50 tourist parks would receive the grants to upgrade facilities and improve their environmental performance including Lorne Caravan Park Kia Ora…

BOOST FOR CARAVAN AND CAMPING PARKS IN NELSON

The Brumby Government is providing almost $1.3 million for upgrades to Victoria’s Crown land caravan and camping parks including $44,962 for the Kywong Caravan Park. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said 50 tourist parks would receive the grants to upgrade facilities and improve their environmental performance including Kywong Caravan Park for a communal cooking…

MONSTER PETITION AND THE CENTENARY OF SUFFERAGE

100 years ago Victorian women won the right to vote. In celebration of the centenary, the State Government is inviting people to sign a replica of the original ‘monster’ petition presented to Parliament in September 1891. During 2008, 170 calico banners displaying the Victorian Women Vote 1908-2008 logo are traveling to metropolitan, rural and regional…

WESTERN VICTORIAN AMBULANCES NOW BETTER EQUIPPED TO SAVE LIVES

Residents in Western Victoria suffering from cardiac arrest will benefit from a multi-million dollar roll-out of new life-saving equipment in country ambulances. Gayle Tierney, member for Western Victoria announced today that local ambulance services in Western Victoria are now fitted with the latest state-of-the-art defibrillators. Ms Tierney said the new defibrillators will benefit paramedics and…

$38.2 MILLION RECORD FUNDING FOR VICTORIA’S LIBRARIES

Victoria’s libraries will share in a record $38.2 million Brumby Government funding allocation in 2008/09. Local Government Minister Richard Wynne said the Brumby Government has increased the allocation to the Public Libraries Grants Program by $1.5 million, which is almost a five percent increase on last year. “The Brumby Government is taking action to ensure…

$38.2 MILLION RECORD FUNDING FOR VICTORIA’S LIBRARIES

Victoria’s libraries will share in a record $38.2 million Brumby Government funding allocation in 2008/09. Local Government Minister Richard Wynne said the Brumby Government has increased the allocation to the Public Libraries Grants Program by $1.5 million, which is almost a five percent increase on last year. “The Brumby Government is taking action to ensure…

NEW BIKE SHEDS SO STUDENTS CAN RIDE TO SCHOOL

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has welcomed Brumby Government funding to St Joseph’s, Warrnambool, for a new bike shed. Forty Victorian primary and secondary schools will get new bike sheds for students with the announcement of $200,000 for the second round of Brumby Government’s Go for your life Bike Shed Seeding Grants. Ms Tierney…

NEW BIKE SHEDS SO STUDENTS CAN RIDE TO SCHOOL

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has welcomed Brumby Government funding to St John’s, Portland, for a new bike shed. Forty Victorian primary and secondary schools will get new bike sheds for students with the announcement of $200,000 for the second round of Brumby Government’s Go for your life Bike Shed Seeding Grants. Ms Tierney…

NEW BIKE SHEDS SO STUDENTS CAN RIDE TO SCHOOL

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has welcomed Brumby Government funding to St Patrick’s, Port Fairy, for a new bike shed. Forty Victorian primary and secondary schools will get new bike sheds for students with the announcement of $200,000 for the second round of Brumby Government’s Go for your life Bike Shed Seeding Grants. Ms…

DORRIS TRAINOR

As a member of Parliament there are a number of highlights that I am privileged to experience. I experienced one last Monday in Dimboola. I had the great pleasure in being able to congratulate one of the oldest women in Western Victoria Region on her birthday. Dorris Trainor turned the amazing age of 104 years;…

DARTMOOR SAWMILL: CLOSURE

My adjournment matter this evening is in relation to the township of Dartmoor and is directed to the Minister for Regional Development, who is also the Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation. The decision taken by Carter Holt Harvey to close the Dartmoor mill is extremely disappointing and is life-changing for a whole range of…

TIERNEY BACKS AIREYS INLET HALL IMPROVEMENTS

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has strongly supported improvements to be made to the Aireys Inlet Hall In the Victorian State Parliament last night, Ms Tierney called upon the Minister for Rural and Regional Development, Jacinta Allen to consider favorably the application made by the Surf Coast Shire Council for improvements for the…

$15,000 FOR COLAC OTWAY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Colac Otway Shire Council will pursue opportunities to encourage new investment, business and industry to stimulate economic and population growth with the help of $15,000 Victorian Government grant announced today by the ember for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney. “Over the past five years, Colac Otway Shire has undergone significant growth and change,” Ms Tierney said.…

$58,000 TO IMPROVE COASTAL SAFETY AT APOLLO BAY

The Brumby Government is spending $1 million this financial year to improve safety along the state’s coast including $58,000 at Apollo Bay. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said Victorians would benefit from safety improvements at some of their favourite beaches. “Victoria’s 2000 kilometres of coastline is a precious natural asset of great economic, social…

AIREYS INLET: HALL

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan, in the other place and it is with respect to the Aireys Inlet hall. I have received some representations from local community members who want support for an upgrade of the hall. On Thursday I was in the area at a…

$25,600 TO IMPROVE COASTAL SAFETY AT WARRNAMBOOL

The Brumby Government is spending $1 million this financial year to improve safety along the state’s coast including $25,600 at Warrnambool. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said Victorians would benefit from safety improvements at some of their favourite beaches. “Victoria’s 2000 kilometres of coastline is a precious natural asset of great economic, social and…

NEW BUS ROUTE FROM WOODFORD TO WARRNAMBOOL

Residents of smaller communities in Moyne will have greater access to services and activities in Warrnambool, thanks to a trial bus service funded by the Brumby Government. In a 12-month trial launched today, the service will operate between Woodford and Warrnambool, stopping at Bushfield and Mailors Flat, every Friday and Saturday. State Member for Western…

$316 MILLION PACKAGE TO BOOST STATE’S SKILLS

Every eligible Victorian will be guaranteed a training place in a massive $316 million overhaul of the training sector. Under the biggest investment in Victoria’s history to the state’s training sector, 172,000 extra Government-supported training places will be created and in a landmark deal with the Commonwealth university-style loans will be made available to students…

BRUMBY GOVERNMENT IMPROVES FISHING FACILITIES IN WARRNAMBOOL

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has today welcomed a Brumby Government commitment to improve fishing opportunities in Warrnambool. Ms Tierney said money from Recreational Fishing Licenses (RFL) would fund two projects in Warrnambool, including: – $30,000.00 to replace the Lyndoch fishing jetty – Hopkins River, Warrnambool. Removal of the existing concrete jetty & replace it…

WARRNAMBOOL: FOOTBALL AND NETBALL FACILITIES

I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs. The matter concerns the latest round of country football and netball programs. We are all fairly familiar with this program, which assists local communities in coming together, being active and playing sport. The program provides up to $60 000…

EMPLOYMENT: SOUTH-WESTERN VICTORIA

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Treasurer. Can the Treasurer please update the house on any recent Australian Bureau of Statistics data that confirms that the Brumby Labor government is making the south-western region of Victoria a great place to live, work and raise a family? Mr LENDERS (Treasurer) — I…

WESTERN DISTRICT HEALTH SERVICE: REPORT 2006-07

I rise to make a statement on the Western District Health Service annual report for 2006-07. This report is co-signed by the service’s president, Richard Walter, and its chief executive officer, Jim Fletcher. It touches on many of the highlights of 2007 that the service is particularly proud of. Its major achievements include the re-accreditation…

WATER: SMALL TOWNS WATER QUALITY FUND

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Water. The action I seek is for the minister to officially launch the small towns water quality fund. The fund was announced in the 2007-08 budget and was allocated $20 million. The scheme follows on from the previous country towns water supply and sewerage program…

MANUFACTURING: GOVERNMENT STRATEGY

I rise to oppose the motion. I do not intend to take the house through the importance of manufacturing and the importance of vehicle manufacturing to this state and this country — suffice to say that the manufacturing industry is incredibly important to our economy, our exports and to maintaining a highly skilled, developed workforce.…

APOLLO BAY P-12 COLLEGE: FUNDING

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education, and it relates to the Apollo Bay P-12 College. The Apollo Bay P-12 school has 275 students, obviously ranging from those attending their very first days of school right through to those completing their Victorian certificate of education. The school offers its students a very high…

PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELLBEING BILL

 I rise to make a contribution in support of the Public Health and Wellbeing Bill 2008. It is a thorough review of the Health Act. If this bill is passed, it will replace an act that is now 50 years old. I take this opportunity to congratulate the Minister for Health, Daniel Andrews, and his…

UNCLAIMED MONEY BILL

 I rise to support the Unclaimed Money Bill 2008. This bill is part of the government’s ongoing commitment to modernise and streamline Victorian statutes and to reduce the regulatory burden placed on business in this regard. In this case it is to do with unclaimed money. What do we mean by unclaimed money? There are…

WATER: MACARTHUR SUPPLY

On Tuesday, 5 August, I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Regional and Rural Development in officially announcing the Macarthur water supply project. The $557 000 project, to be partly funded under the Brumby Labor government’s Small Towns Development Fund, will allow Macarthur to meet the health criteria of the Safe Drinking Water…

WATER: GEELONG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning. Can the minister inform the house about recent action the Brumby Labor government has taken to secure water supply for the Geelong region? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I thank Ms Tierney for her question and her interest in…

PLASTIC BAG TRIAL BEGINS IN VICTORIA

The major supermarkets and the Brumby Government launched an Australian-first trial today that will test a charge on plastic checkout bags. From tomorrow, supermarket shoppers in Fountain Gate, Wangaratta and Warrnambool will pay a 10c government and industry charge for each plastic checkout bag in a bid to reduce Victoria’s use of one billion bags…

FUNDING AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT VULNERABLE YOUNG PEOPLE

Community organisations running programs in Corangamite Shire, to help at risk and vulnerable young Victorians can now apply for funding of up to $150,000 over three years from the Brumby Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said three-year funding of up to $50,000 a year was available for programs starting in January 2009 as…

FUNDING AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT VULNERABLE YOUNG PEOPLE

Community organisations running programs in Colac Otway Shire, to help at risk and vulnerable young Victorians can now apply for funding of up to $150,000 over three years from the Brumby Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said three-year funding of up to $50,000 a year was available for programs starting in January 2009…

BOOKS AND DVD’s TO BENEFIT VISION IMPAIRED AND AGEING

Vision impaired and ageing residents within the Corangamite community will have access to a greater range of books and DVD’s through their local libraries thanks to a $5,000 Victorian Government grant, Minister for Local Government Richard Wynne announced today. Under the funding allocation, the Corangamite Shire Council will receive $5,000 for the purchase of large…

$250,000 GRANT TO UPGRADE MACARTHUR’S WATER SUPPLY

Macarthur’s water treatment plant will be upgraded with the help of $250,000 in Victorian Government funding, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. Ms Tierney said the funding to Moyne Shire Council from the Government’s Small Towns Development Fund would allow Macarthur to meet the health criteria of the Safe Drinking Water Regulations…

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT VICTORIA: REPORT 2006-07

 I rise to make a statement on the Regional Development Victoria (RDV) annual report 2006-07. There are positive statistics in this reporting period. Some 2395 new jobs were created in provincial Victoria, facilitating $1.52 billion worth of new investment and $273.7 million in new exports. The commencement of all these initiatives and programs was announced…

PORT FAIRY: SEARCH AND RESCUE VESSEL

On 20 July on a brisk and rainy Saturday morning in Port Fairy I had the pleasure of launching the second search and rescue vessel for the south-west in eight months. On this occasion it was the Captain John Mills. The Captain John Mills, named after the deceased founder of the Port Fairy marine rescue…

HAMILTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE: REDEVELOPMENT

Recently the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan, announced funding of $950 000 for major upgrades and refurbishments of the Hamilton arts precinct, bringing the total amount for the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre redevelopment to $1.7 million. The funding will result in the building of a new forecourt area; upgrades to the box…

RURAL AND REGIONAL TOURISM

I rise to also comment on this report. As an introductory comment, I will say that overall this report highlights a number of issues and challenges in the tourist industry. I think there is unanimous support for the contention that tourism in regional Victoria is well and truly alive and kicking. Many of the recommendations…

EMERGENCY SERVICES VOLUNTEER GROUPS URGED TO APPLY FOR GRANTS

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today encouraged local emergency services volunteer groups in Colac Otway Shire to apply for the 2008 round of Community Safety Emergency Support Program (CSESP) grants. The CSESP grants program is open to local CFA brigades, VICSES Units, Life Saving Victoria Clubs, Australian Volunteer Coastguard flotillas and CERT teams. Ms…

ACCORD FUNDS SUSTAINABLE PARTNERSHIPS IN WARRNAMBOOL

The Warrnambool community will benefit from funding through the Brumby Government’s $1.3 million dollar Victorian Local Sustainability Accord program,” Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. “This funding will enable 11 councils, including the City of Warrnambool, to work in partnership with a further 31 councils to undertake local and regional projects addressing a range…

ACCORD FUNDS SUSTAINABLE PARTNERSHIPS IN COLAC

The Colac community will benefit from funding through the Brumby Government’s $1.3 million dollar Victorian Local Sustainability Accord program,” Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. “This funding will enable 11 councils, including the Colac Otway Shire, to work in partnership with a further 31 councils to undertake local and regional projects addressing a range…

LOCAL TAC COMMUNITY GRANTS BOOST ROAD SAFETY EFFORT

Colac RoadSafe will receive a $20,000 to help keep local roads safer. The member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the funding was part of the Transport Accident Commission’s (TAC) effort to give local community groups and councils funding to tackle road trauma in the local community. Ms Tierney congratulated Colac RoadSafe for being one…

WARRNAMBOOL CITY HERITAGE TO JOIN DIGITAL AGE

Heritage places in the Warrnambool City Council area will be listed on a new State-wide online database, thanks to a $3,000 grant through the Brumby Government’s Victoria’s Heritage Grants program, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. Ms Tierney said the Warrnambool City Council was one of 13 local councils to receive a heritage…

LOCAL TAC COMMUNITY GRANTS BOOST ROAD SAFETY EFFORT

Warrnambool based organisation Community Connections (Vic) Pty Ltd and the Warrnambool City Council will receive a $18,496 and $17,180 respectively to help keep local roads safer. The member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the funding was part of the Transport Accident Commission’s (TAC) effort to give local community groups and councils funding to tackle…

FUNDING TO SHAPE UP BODY IMAGE FOR HEYWOOD YOUNG PEOPLE

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has announced new funding to help promote positive body image in young people in Heywood. Ms Tierney announced that Glenelg Outreach Primary Health (auspice Heywood Rural Health), had received a Victorian Government ‘Go for your life’ Positive Body Image Grant for the Girls with a Purpose project . Ms…

PLANNING: GLENELG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning. I ask the minister to update the house on any recent progress made in addressing the significant planning challenges faced in the shire of Glenelg. Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I welcome Ms Tierney’s interest in this matter. It…

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY: REPORT 2007

 I rise to make a statement on the Deakin University annual report 2007. It is a pleasure to stand and make a contribution here on the achievements of Deakin University, as I have witnessed firsthand a number of announcements of many exciting accomplishments and future endeavours of that university. Recently I have attended two major…