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…

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…