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…

PORT FAIRY COMMUNITY SERVICES CENTRE

On Monday of this week the Brumby Labor government announced a $500 000 contribution to the establishment of the Port Fairy Community Services Centre. This new facility will include the relocation of the Port Fairy Kindergarten with programs for up to 60 children; it will provide for an additional 30 child-care places, maternal and child…

SPORT AND RECREATION: COUNTRY ACTION GRANTS

 My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs in the other place. It concerns two Country Action grant applications put forward by Diversitat and the Geelong Community Basketball Association. A number of Country Action grants awarded to organisations within Western Victoria Region have been instrumental in increasing the capacity of…

WATER: SMART WATER FUND

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Water in the other place, Tim Holding. It is in regard to the Smart Water Fund, which was established in 2002 to develop innovative water resource management programs across this state. This fund supports and encourages organisations to develop new approaches to saving water through recycling, conservation…

PRESCHOOLS: WESTERN VICTORIA REGION

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of visiting the wonderful staff and students at the Apex Preschool Centre in Elliminyt to announce funding boosts to early childhood services. ‘I have happy tears rolling down my cheeks’, was the response from one kindergarten staff member when I passed on the news. Another staff member said, ‘This…

BRUMBY GOVERNMENT BOOSTS FUNDING FOR REFUGEE HEALTH

An innovative program which helps refugees get a healthy start in their communities is being expanded across Victoria Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria said today. The Brumby Government will spend an extra $3 million on the Refugee Health Nurse program, expanding it in to areas with growing refugee communities. The funding boost is in…

$500,000 FOR NEW CHILDREN’S CENTRE IN PORT FAIRY

Port Fairy families will have access to a range of children’s services in one convenient location thanks to a $500,000 Brumby Government grant to help establish the Port Fairy Community Services Centre. Children and Early Childhood Minister Maxine Morand said the Port Fairy Community Services Centre is one of nine new children’s centres to be…

TURTONS TRACK NOW OPEN TO ALL VEHICLES

Turtons Track in the Otway Ranges has been sealed and can now be used by motorists, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. “The $6.3 million project means that this popular tourist route, between Beech Forest and Haines Junction, is now accessible to two wheel drive vehicles all year round. “This is good…

UPGRADE FOR WARRNAMBOOL CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Western Victorian kindergartens, child care centres, neighbourhood houses and schools will share in $10.7 million in Brumby Government grants to buy equipment, expand surfaces, renovate and improve general amenities. The South Warrnambool Kindergarten Inc has received a grant as part of the Brumby Government’s boost to the state’s early childhood services. Member for Western Victoria,…

UPGRADE FOR COLAC OTWAY SHIRE CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Western Victorian kindergartens, child care centres, neighbourhood houses and schools will share in $10.7 million in Brumby Government grants to buy equipment, expand surfaces, renovate and improve general amenities. Four Kindergartens in the Colac Otway Shire have received grants as part of the Brumby Government’s boost to the state’s early childhood services. Member for Western…

Innovation, Industry and Regional Development: report 2006-07

 I rise to make a statement on the annual report of the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development for 2006-07. During the reporting period the department was involved in a number of key initiatives. One of the ongoing initiatives was the Australian synchrotron. Another involved Invest Victoria and Tourism Victoria successfully negotiating and lobbying…

GEELONG: LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

— I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Community Development in the other place, Peter Batchelor, in launching the Leaders for Geelong program on 30 May 2008. A community support grant of $180 000 was provided by the Brumby Labor government to the Committee for Geelong towards the Leaders for Geelong program, Growing…

WATER: PLUG THE PIPE PROTEST

 I rise to oppose the opposition’s motion and speak on the importance of water to all Victorians. This government is about planning and securing our water. Our Water Our Future has seven major platforms. The first, of course, is the funding element and it is $4.9 billion worth of investment. It also provides for one…

TOYOTA AUSTRALIA: HYBRID CAR

I rise to congratulate Toyota, the Brumby Labor government and the Rudd Labor government and welcome the announcement by Toyota that the company will produce hybrid Camrys at the beginning of 2010. This is a great announcement. It is good for the environment, it is good for the workforce, it is good for the future…

$68 MILLION TO CONTINUE DRIVING REGIONAL GROWTH

Initiatives to drive growth, expand industry, build on skills and respond to the challenges ahead are the focus of a $68 million Brumby Government package to keep provincial Victoria moving forward. Premier John Brumby and Regional and Rural Development Minister Jacinta Allan this week unveiled Moving Forward: Update – The Next Two Years 2008 to…

AGRICULTURE: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Minister for Planning. Farming families in regional and rural Victoria have been faced with various challenges over recent years, ranging from drought and climate change to increasingly competitive overseas markets. I ask the minister to inform this house how this year’s budget responds to the…

PORT FAIRY CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL: ACHIEVEMENTS

Last Friday during Education Week I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Education in the other place, Bronwyn Pike, in officially opening the major redevelopment project and the renewable energy demonstration unit at the Port Fairy Consolidated School. The school now has a new library, refurbished art room, canteen and administration and staffroom,…

DIRECTORY PROMOTES INDIGENOUS BUSINESS IN HEYWOOD

Local businesses Budj Bim Tours and Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation feature in a new directory of Victoria’s Indigenous enterprises. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today welcomed the promotion of Heywood Indigenous enterprises in the 2008/09 Victorian Indigenous Business Directory. “Budj Bim Tours and Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation are among the more than 130 businesses…

DIRECTORY PROMOTES INDIGENOUS BUSINESS IN WARRNAMBOOL

Local businesses Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-operative and Tower hill State Game Reserve wildlife and volcano experiences feature in a new directory of Victoria’s Indigenous enterprises. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today welcomed the promotion of Warrnambool Indigenous enterprises in the 2008/09 Victorian Indigenous Business Directory. “Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-operative and Tower hill State Game Reserve wildlife…

DIRECTORY PROMOTES INDIGENOUS BUSINESS IN PORT FAIRY

Local businesses Kaawirn Kuunawarn Hissing Swan Arts Pty Ltd, Tarerer Gunditj Project Association Inc and Eumeralla Backpackers in Yambuk feature in a new directory of Victoria’s Indigenous enterprises. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today welcomed the promotion of Port Fairy Indigenous enterprises in the 2008/09 Victorian Indigenous Business Directory. “Kaawirn Kuunawarn Hissing Swan Arts…

THE UNITING CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA AMENDMENT BILL

I rise to support the Uniting Church in Australia Amendment Bill. The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) was formed on 22 June 1977, amalgamating the Congregational Church, the Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church. The UCA has churches in all states and territories, with a membership of approximately 300 000 nationwide, and it plays a role…

HEALTHY FUNDING BOOST FOR HEYWOOD CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL

Heywood Consolidated School will benefit from a Brumby Government boost through the ‘Go for you life’ Healthy Start in Schools Grants for 2008, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Heywood Consolidated School is one of a number of schools who had responded with an outstanding application for the ‘Go for your life’ program,”…

HEALTHY FUNDING BOOST FOR NOORAT PRIMARY SCHOOL

Noorat Primary School will benefit from a Brumby Government boost through the ‘Go for you life’ Healthy Start in Schools Grants for 2008, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Noorat Primary School is one of a number of schools who had responded with an outstanding application for the ‘Go for your life’ program,”…

HEALTHY FUNDING BOOST FOR PORTLAND PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Portland Primary School and Portland North Primary School will benefit from a Brumby Government boost through the ‘Go for you life’ Healthy Start in Schools Grants for 2008, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. The schools are two of a number of schools who had responded with an outstanding application for the ‘Go…

HEALTHY FUNDING BOOST FOR CAMPERDOWN COLLEGE

Camperdown College will benefit from a Brumby Government boost through the ‘Go for you life’ Healthy Start in Schools Grants for 2008, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Camperdown College is one of a number of schools who had responded with an outstanding application for the ‘Go for your life’ program,” Ms Tierney…

REGIONAL AND RURAL VICTORIA: EVENT PLANNING

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Community Development in the other place, Peter Batchelor. It relates to assisting regional and rural communities in planning for local events. Farmers markets specialising in local produce and craft, music festivals, heritage weekends and events such as the recent Booktown in Clunes attract an enormous number of…

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: GETTING THERE AND BACK PROGRAM

On 15 May I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Community Development in the other place to officially launch new public transport services for Timboon, Cobden and Camperdown. The Brumby Labor government’s Getting There and Back program has improved the local public transport timetables in Timboon, Cobden and Camperdown which will help young…

2008/09 STATE BUDGET DELIVERS NEW TRUCK FOR TERANG VICSES

Terang VICSES will receive funding for a new emergency response truck as part of a $20.5 million emergency services package in the 2008/09 State Budget. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said VICSES was responsible for responding to a range of emergencies, including planning for and responding to floods. “VICSES members assist during severe storm…

BRUMBY BUSINESS GRANT TO INNOVATIVE WARRNAMBOOL FIRM

A business grant from the Brumby Government will help Chemblast Industrial Coatings test the viability of a new job tracking system to reduce paperwork for trades people, Western Victoria MP Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney announced the $11,250 Grow Your Business grant to Warrnambool firm, Chemblast, whose unique system replaces the need for trades…

MONSTER PETITION AND THE CENTENARY OF SUFFERAGE

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today signed one of 150 calico banners that are traveling across Victoria this year to mark the 100th anniversary of Victorian women winning the right to vote.The 150 calico banners will be joined to create a monster petition with the aim of collecting 30,000 signatures in acknowledgment of the…

PLANNING: GEELONG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning. The minister has often spoken about the increasing population of Melbourne and provincial Victoria and the Brumby Labor government’s initiatives that are managing that growth. In particular Geelong is recognised as Australia’s largest provincial municipality and is experiencing continuing population growth because…

RAIL: FREIGHT REBATES

I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Public Transport in the other place with respect to rail freight. I ask that the minister promote the benefits of rail freight, and I will go to the specifics a little bit later. We all know that the drought has hit hard in regional…

UNIVERSITY OF BALLARAT: REPORT 2006

I rise to make a statement on the University of Ballarat annual report 2006. Although the institution’s heritage dates back to 1870, it was in 2006 that it completed its 13th year of operating as a university. During 2006 it achieved many goals and set many more goals for the future. To begin with, I…

BUDGET: AMBULANCE SERVICES

I rise to mention the record $185.7 million Brumby Labor government budget boost for ambulance services, which will significantly increase access to vital services in communities across Victoria. The two new medical helicopters, a proposed single statewide ambulance service, and new or expanded ambulance services based in 59 towns and suburbs across Victoria is a…

DROUGHT RELIEF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SPORTS FACILITIES

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, has announced funding to drought proof sports facilities in Inverleigh as part of the second round of the Brumby Government’s Drought Relief for Community Sport and Recreation Program. Ms Tierney said the $20,000 grant would go towards investing in water efficient assets for local sports facilities, which will make…

BUDGET DELIVERS FOR THE SOUTH WEST

Babies and young families, home buyers and regional Victorians are the big winners in the 2008-09 State Budget, Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria said today. Local highlights of the budget include: • Confirmation of an emergency medical helicopter for South West Victoria located at Warrnambool which is part of the $185.7 million boost to Victorian…

THE ARTS KEEPING VICTORIA’S RICH HISTORY ALIVE

Promoting Heywood and District Committee Inc is among seventy-nine community groups across Victoria to share in $350,000 of Brumby Government funding to help preserve and share local stories, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney said the latest round of grants through the Local History Grants Program reflected a rich array of…

$196,610 FOR TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT IN POLWARTH SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Nine Government secondary schools in Polwarth will share in $15 million of Brumby Government grants to upgrade their technical equipment, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. Ms Tierney said Camperdown College, Cobden Technical School, Colac Secondary College (Interim name), Derrinallum P-12 College, Lavers Hill P-12 College, Lorne-Aireys Inlet P-12 College, Mortlake P-12 College, Terang…

$250,598 FOR TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT IN SOUTH WEST VICTORIAN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Four Government secondary schools in Victoria’s south west will share in $15 million of Brumby Government grants for schools across Victoria to upgrade their technical equipment, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. Ms Tierney said Brauer Secondary College, Hawkesdale P12 College, Heywood District Secondary College, Portland Secondary College and Warrnambool College will receive a…

THE ARTS KEEPING VICTORIA’S RICH HISTORY ALIVE

Camperdown and District Historical Society Inc is among seventy-nine community groups across Victoria to share in $350,000 of Brumby Government funding to help preserve and share local stories, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney said the latest round of grants through the Local History Grants Program reflected a rich array of…

THE ARTS KEEPING VICTORIA’S RICH HISTORY ALIVE

Birregurra District Historical Centre Inc is among seventy-nine community groups across Victoria to share in $350,000 of Brumby Government funding to help preserve and share local stories, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney said the latest round of grants through the Local History Grants Program reflected a rich array of local…

BUDGET GREEN LIGHT FOR WARRNAMBOOL HOSPITAL

The next key stage in the major redevelopment of South West Healthcare’s Warrnambool Hospital has been given the green light, with $70.1 million committed in this year’s State Budget, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. Ms Tierney said the funding will build a new inpatient ward block and associated facilities, as part of…

WESTERN VICTORIA WINS FUTURE FARMING FUNDS

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today welcomed more assistance for Western Victorian farmers with the release of the Brumby Government’s $205 million Future Farming strategy. Ms Tierney said the centrepiece of the strategy was the biggest boost to agricultural research and development in at least a decade and improved delivery of information to farmers.…

FUNDING TO PURCHASE LEARNING EQUIPMENT IN APOLLO BAY

Adult learners in Apollo Bay will have access to a more modern learning environment, thanks to a $3,000 boost from the Brumby Government. Announcing the funding today, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the State Equipment Grant would help Otway Health & Community Service with resources for use in teaching classes outlined in the…

FUNDING TO PURCHASE LEARNING EQUIPMENT IN ANGLESEA

Adult learners in Anglesea will have access to a more modern learning environment, thanks to a $5,000 boost from the Brumby Government. Announcing the funding today, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the State Equipment Grant would help the Anglesea and Community District House to purchase a colour printer and two new computers. “This…

FUNDING TO PURCHASE LEARNING EQUIPMENT IN SIMPSON

Residents of Simpson will have more opportunities to strengthen ties with family and friends as well as get involved in global communities, thanks to a $5,000 Brumby Government grant to the Simpson and District Community Centre Inc. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the Public Internet Access Program (PIAP) gave grants of up to…

FUNDING TO PURCHASE LEARNING EQUIPMENT IN WARRNAMBOOL

Adult learners in Warrnambool will have access to a more modern learning environment, thanks to a funding boost from the Brumby Government. Announcing the funding today, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the State Equipment Grant would help Worn Gundidj Aboriginal Cooperative with a $3,199 grant for the purchase of: – Canon Pixma IP90V Portable…

FUNDING TO PURCHASE LEARNING EQUIPMENT IN COLAC

Adult learners in Colac will have access to a more modern learning environment, thanks to a $5,000 boost from the Brumby Government. Announcing the funding today, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the State Equipment Grant would help Colac Adult and community Education to purchase: – 10 chairs to replace current old chairs in one…

FUNDING TO PURCHASE LEARNING EQUIPMENT IN PORT FAIRY

Adult learners in Port Fairy will have access to a more modern learning environment, thanks to a $5,000 boost from the Brumby Government. Announcing the funding today, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the State Equipment Grant would help Port Fairy Community Group with the installation of an access ramp to improve access for…

FUNDING TO PURCHASE LEARNING EQUIPMENT IN CAMPERDOWN

Adult learners in Camperdown will have access to a more modern learning environment, thanks to a $5,000 boost from the Brumby Government. Announcing the funding today, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the State Equipment Grant would help Corangamite District Adult Education Group with the purchase of two Electronic Mobile Whiteboards with Thermal Paper…

GOLDEN PLAINS: SPORTING FACILITIES

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs in the other place and it concerns drought relief for sporting grounds. All members are well aware of the impact that the drought is having, particularly in country Victoria, and how it affects farming communities for whom, by and large, a large…

ESSENTIAL SERVICES COMMISSION AMENDMENT BILL

I rise to make a contribution in respect of the Essential Services Commission Amendment Bill 2008, which is the government’s final response to the review of the Essential Services Commission Act 2001. The review, commonly known as the Beale review, was charged with the responsibility to determine whether the objectives of the act were being…

WATER: HAMILTON-GRAMPIANS PIPELINE

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Water in the other place regarding the Hamilton-Grampians pipeline. Just this morning the federal Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, the Victorian Minister for Water in the other place, Mr Tim Holding, the federal member for Ballarat, Catherine King, and the state member for…

BANNOCKBURN: COMMUNITY HUB

I raise a matter for the Minister for Regional and Rural Development in the other place with respect to an application for funding for the Bannockburn community and cultural hub. Golden Plains Shire Council has applied for funding under the Small Towns Development Fund. That fund has proved very successful in Western Victoria Region. In…

ANNUAL STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTENTIONS

 I am pleased to rise to make comment on the 2008 annual statement of government intentions delivered by the Victorian Premier, John Brumby, in February 2008. From the outset I will say that it is a new approach, and many people have asked me questions about the concept. After discussing it with people and putting…

HON. DAVID HENSHAW, MBE

 I take this opportunity to speak on the passing of David Henshaw, MBE, who passed away on 2 April, aged 76. David Henshaw served in this chamber as the member for Geelong Province from 1982 until his retirement in 1996. David graduated with a physics degree from the University of Western Australia in 1952, and…

TIERNEY ANNOUNCES $32,714 GRANT FOR KOROIT FIRE BRIGADE

Local member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today said Koroit Fire Brigade would receive $32,714 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. This would boost its response capacity by providing transport and enhanced control capacity for…

Moyne Health Services: report 2006-07

I rise to make comment on the Moyne Health Services annual report for 2006-07. If we were to go back 159 years, I would be making this statement on a report on a four-roomed cottage at 40 James Street, Belfast. Over the past 159 years of its existence, Moyne Health Services has grown into a…

SOLAR ENERGY: HOT WATER SYSTEMS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Minister for Environment and Climate Change. Can the minister inform the house of how the Brumby Labor government is helping households in regional Victoria reduce greenhouse emissions? Mr JENNINGS (Minister for Environment and Climate Change) — I thank Ms Tierney for the opportunity to respond…

RELATIONSHIPS BILL

I rise to make a contribution to the debate on the Relationships Bill and, like many other members of the chamber, I have received many emails and pieces of correspondence from constituents and the various organisations which previous speakers have referred to. I have read all of the correspondence, and I have also met with…

SKILLS STORES: SOUTH-WEST VICTORIA

On 26 March I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation in the other place to officially open Victoria’s 11th skills store in Warrnambool. The South West Skills Store is situated at the South West Institute of TAFE in Warrnambool and is one of the 13 skills stores being established…

FUNDING BOOST FOR LISMORE COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND

The Corangamite Shire Council will receive a $60,000 boost from a Brumby Government funding package to improve community sporting facilities across the state. The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, said the project was one of 130 across Victoria to share in almost $5.5 million from the latest round of the 2008-2009 Community Facility Funding…

ANGLESEA SPORT BENEFITS FROM GRANT SCHEME

Sport and recreation organisations in Anglesea will be able to get more locals involved in physical activity, thanks to a boost in Brumby Government funding. Announcing the first phase of the 2008 Country Action Grant Scheme and Victalent funding, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the grants helped strengthen grassroots sport and recreation…

COLAC AND DISTRICT SPORT BENEFITS FROM GRANT SCHEME

Sport and recreation organisations in and around Colac will be able to get more locals involved in physical activity, thanks to a boost in Brumby Government funding. Announcing the first phase of the 2008 Country Action Grant Scheme and Victalent funding, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the grants helped strengthen grassroots sport…

CAMPERDOWN SPORT BENEFITS FROM GRANT SCHEME

Sport and recreation organisations in Camperdown will be able to get more locals involved in physical activity, thanks to a boost in Brumby Government funding. Announcing the first phase of the 2008 Country Action Grant Scheme and Victalent funding, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the grants helped strengthen grassroots sport and recreation…

BODY IMAGE GRANTS SHAPING UP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN COLAC

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney is encouraging community-based organisations working with local young people to apply for new funding to help promote positive body image. Ms Tierney said the Brumby Government was taking the lead on promoting healthy body image and working to reduce the effect of unrealistic and unhealthy images in the media…

NEW RESIDENTIAL ZONES RELEASED FOR DISCUSSION

Corangamite Shire Council, and all Councils across Victoria are a step closer to making clearer and faster decisions around housing development with today’s release of new draft residential zones by the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said a discussion paper outlining the suggested new residential zones was now available…

CORANGAMITE SHIRE COUNCIL JOINS STATE LINK CUTTING RED TAPE

The State Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, today commended Corangamite Shire Council for joining the Brumby Government’s online initiative to cut red tape. Ms Tierney said 59 of the State’s 79 councils now offered the link to the Government’s business website www.business.vic.gov.au “This single website provides a one-stop shop that makes it easier to…

MOYNE SHIRE COUNCIL JOINS STATE LINK CUTTING RED TAPE

The State Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, today commended Moyne Shire Council for joining the Brumby Government’s online initiative to cut red tape. Ms Tierney said 59 of the State’s 79 councils now offered the link to the Government’s business website www.business.vic.gov.au “This single website provides a one-stop shop that makes it easier to…

TWIN SKILLS BOOST FOR VICTORIA’S SOUTH WEST

Victoria’s South West received a twin skills boost today when Gayle Tierney Upper House Member for Western Victoria Region, officially opened the South West Skills Store and turned the first sod to commence construction of Stage 3 of South West Institute of TAFE’s major redevelopment. The South West Skills Store – one of nine Skills…

FUNDING BOOST FOR CLIFF STREET BICYCLE PATH

The Brumby Government has given cycling in Portland a boost, with a $20,000 upgrade to the Cliff Street off-road bicycle path, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. The project will see the construction of a 2 metre wide off-road asphalt bicycle path from Glenelg Street to Cliff Street. Ms Tierney said that once…

PLANNING: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning. Can the minister update the house on the Brumby Labor government’s initiatives to make the planning system more efficient for local councils, the planning community and all Victorians? Mr Finn interjected. Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — Could I take…

FUNDING FOR EMPLOYMENT PROJECT IN WARRNAMBOOL

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, this week announced funding of $80,000 to Mentor Professional Pty. Ltd. for an important employment project in Warrnambool and Barwon South West to help disadvantaged jobseekers and skills shortages. Ms Tierney said Mentor would provide employment and personal development opportunities for Indigenous Australian jobseekers in the region. “This…