LEGISLATION REFORM (REPEALS No. 1) BILL

 It gives me great pleasure to rise to speak on this matter. Clearly it is a matter of housekeeping that we are removing obsolete legislation from the statute book. It is important to go through each of the acts that are being repealed, because referring to it just as housekeeping does not really identify the…

WOMEN: MORPHED — THE DANCE OF LIFE

On Saturday, 1 March 2008, I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Mental Health in the other place, Lisa Neville, at the premiere and launch of Morphed — The Dance of Life at the Warrnambool entertainment centre. It is a community arts program about the lives of women in our community. The performance…

FREE BOOKS FOR TODDLERS IN $2.1 M LITERACY DRIVE

Every Victorian toddler will receive a free picture book as part of a Brumby Government drive to boost literacy by encouraging parents to read to their children. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said under the $2.1 million Young Readers Program, parents visiting a maternal child health centre would be given a free literacy information…

BRUMBY GOVERNMENT GRANTS FOR WARRNAMBOOL SELF HELP

Eight groups in Warrnambool have received self help grants under the Brumby Government’s Disability Self Help Program, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. Ms Tierney said over 170 disability self help groups across Victoria will share in $220,000 in funding from the Brumby Government. “Groups across the state were eligible to apply for grants…

BRUMBY GOVERNMENT GRANTS FOR PORTLAND SELF HELP

Three groups in Portland have received self help grants under the Brumby Government’s Disability Self Help Program, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. Ms Tierney said over 170 disability self help groups across Victoria will share in $220,000 in funding from the Brumby Government. “Groups across the state were eligible to apply for grants…

HEALTH: WESTERN VICTORIA REGION

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Health in the other place. I ask the minister to take action to ensure that residents in Western Victoria Region continue to have access to high-quality medical services and facilities. This government has invested $4.1 billion across Victoria into the largest capital works program in the state’s…

GRIMWADE PARK, LISMORE: PLAYGROUND

 My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs in the other place, and it relates to an application put forward by the Corangamite Shire Council for the replacement of an existing playground at Grimwade Park in Lismore with a much more modern playground. The playground area has traditionally been well…

SPORT: TIMBOON GRANTS

Last week I had the pleasure of announcing two grants under the Country Football and Netball Program. In Camperdown, $20 000 has been allocated for the extension and widening of two netball courts as well as improved and expanded change rooms and suitable shelter for players and spectators at Leura Oval.It was a delight to…

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY BOOST FOR HORSHAM

A pedestrian refuge will be built on Wilson Street, Horsham to further improve safety for pedestrians crossing this busy road, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. “The refuge is a win for the community which petitioned the Rural City of Horsham for the much needed safety improvement,” she said. The $15,000 pedestrian refuge…

FUNDING BOOST FOR GRASSROOTS SPORT IN TIMBOON

Footballers and netballers in Timboon will enjoy better sporting facilities thanks to a Brumby Government program to upgrade community sports facilities across Victoria. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced that as part of the $10 million Country Football and Netball Program, the Timboon Demons would receive $60,000 to: • Create new umpire change rooms and…

VICTORIANS ENCOURAGED TO TAKE THE PREMIER’S CHALLENGE

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney is encouraging all Victorian families to get active, healthy and involved in their local community by taking the Premier’s 30-minute challenge. Ms Tierney said the Premier’s Active Families Challenge would kick-off next month and encouraged families to increase their physical activity levels and get involved in sport and recreation…

FUNDING BOOST FOR GRASSROOTS SPORT IN CAMPERDOWN

Footballers and netballers in Camperdown will enjoy better sporting facilities thanks to a Brumby Government program to upgrade community sports facilities across Victoria. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced that as part of the $10 million Country Football and Netball Program, the Camperdown Football Netball Club would receive $20,000 for: • The extension and widening…

NEW RESIDENTIAL ZONES RELEASED FOR DISCUSSION

Glenelg 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…

DOUBLE THE FREEZA FUN FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN CORANGAMITE

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced two years’ worth of music and cultural event funding for Corangamite, which will be music to the ears of the region’s younger residents. Ms Tierney said the Corangamite Council would receive $38,900 to run events in 2008 and 2009 through the Brumby Government’s FReeZA program. Successful…

NEW RESIDENTIAL ZONES RELEASED FOR DISCUSSION

Colac Otway 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…

WOMEN CREATING HARMONY PROJECT 2007-2008

The member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney will launch the Women Creating Harmony Project this Saturday the 16th of February at the Marrow Theatrette, Geelong at 2.30pm. There are a number of established ethnic communities in the Geelong region who have settled in the region since WW2, predominately of European decent. However, over recent years…

NEW FUNDING FOR NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK IN TERANG

Young people in Terang will be enjoying National Youth Week 2008 in style, thanks to new Brumby Government funding for local organisations to run events and activities during the celebration, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. Ms Tierney said Terang Resources Inc had received funding to organise Get Scuffed – youth-led Skateboarding…

ARCHAEOLOGY STUDENTS DIVE FOR CLUES AT CLIFTON SPRINGS

Maritime archaeology students will this week undertake a research excavation at one of Victoria’s most important heritage sites, the Clifton Springs Spa Complex, the Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney announced today. With guidance from Heritage Victoria’s maritime archaeology team, the students from Adelaide’s Flinders University will focus on the 1890s Long Jetty site, looking…

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY: NATIONAL PLAN

My matter is directed to the Minister for Industry and Trade. The 2008 annual statement of government intentions presented on Tuesday by the Premier reinforces the imperative for this government to have policies, programs and legislation to encourage and foster strong families, strong communities and strong economic growth. Of course jobs are central to this…

BALLARAT HEALTH SERVICES: REPORT 2006-07

 I rise to speak on the Ballarat Health Services annual report of 2006-07. This report is a remarkable achievement for Ballarat Health Services. It is particularly worth noting that the 150th anniversary of the Ballarat Base Hospital was celebrated in September. The foundation stone for the hospital was originally laid on Christmas Day one year…

BUSES: COLAC AND PORTLAND

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport in the other place. On 30 January the minister announced the government’s Regional Bus Improvement Program. Services in Colac will be boosted from 20 to 114 services a week. The Colac bus service will now provide 21 services a day from 8.00 a.m. till 6.00…

MITSUBISHI MOTORS AUSTRALIA: ADELAIDE PLANT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Industry and Trade. Can the minister please outline to the house the effects of the closure of the Mitsubishi manufacturing plant in Adelaide on the Victorian automotive industry? Hon. T. C. THEOPHANOUS (Minister for Industry and Trade) — I thank the member for…

HOMELESSNESS: BALLARAT COMMUNITY AWARDS

Many members of this house attended a range of Australia Day ceremonies in late January. I had the pleasure of attending functions at Portarlington, Geelong and Ballarat, but I want to mention particularly the community awards at the Ballarat ceremony and the importance of local communities recognising issues in their communities and actively working to…

ALBERT PARK, WARRNAMBOOL: TRAIL NETWORK

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs in the other place. It relates to a grant application made by the Warrnambool City Council for the Albert Park trail network. I understand stage 1 has been submitted to the minister’s office. The proposal is to create a passive trail network…

CLIMATE CHANGE: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change. Can the minister outline for the house some of the ways in which the Brumby government will build on its leadership role in the effort to tackle climate change during 2008? Mr JENNINGS (Minister for Environment and Climate Change)…

$802,000 for TAFE UPRADES IN WARRNAMBOOL

South West TAFE, Warrnambool campus received a major funding boost to upgrade facilities and buy new training equipment, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. The Premier, John Brumby, and the Minister for Skills, Jacinta Allan, announced the new $20 million funding to be shared by all 18 Victorian TAFEs. Ms Tierney said the investment…

RUMBLE STRIPS TO BE INSTALLED IN POLWARTH

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today welcomed the announcement that the contract had been awarded for the installation of rumble strips at 180 level crossings across Victoria.Rumble strips were installed at 20 priority sites at the end of last year, and the successful contractor, Downer EDI Works, will now work on the remaining 180…

RUMBLE STRIPS TO BE INSTALLED IN THE SOUTH WEST

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today welcomed the announcement that the contract had been awarded for the installation of rumble strips at 180 level crossings across Victoria.Rumble strips were installed at 20 priority sites at the end of last year, and the successful contractor, Downer EDI Works, will now work on the remaining 180…

LOCAL SPORTING CLUBS DRESSED FOR SUCCESS

Grassroots sports clubs in the Golden Plains Shire Council will be dressed for success after the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, announced the successful applicants of the Sporting Uniform Grants Program today. Ms Tierney said seven clubs would receive up to $1,000 to purchase essential sports uniforms and footwear. “Sport in the Golden Plains…

LOCAL SPORTING CLUBS DRESSED FOR SUCCESS

Grassroots sports clubs in the Corrangamite Shire will be dressed for success after the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, announced the successful applicants of the Sporting Uniform Grants Program today. Ms Tierney said six clubs would receive up to $1,000 to purchase essential sports uniforms and footwear. “Sport in Corrangamite Shire is as strong…

LOCAL SPORTING CLUBS DRESSED FOR SUCCESS

Grassroots sports clubs in the Moyne Shire Council will be dressed for success after the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, announced the successful applicants of the Sporting Uniform Grants Program today. Ms Tierney said eleven clubs would receive up to $1,000 to purchase essential sports uniforms and footwear. “Sport in the Moyne Shire is…

LOCAL SPORTING CLUBS DRESSED FOR SUCCESS

Grassroots sports clubs in the Colac Otway Shire will be dressed for success after the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, announced the successful applicants of the Sporting Uniform Grants Program today. Ms Tierney said five clubs would receive up to $1,000 to purchase essential sports uniforms and footwear. “Sport in Corrangamite Shire is as…

INVESTMENT IN BOATING SAFETY AND FACILITIES FOR POLWARTH

The Local Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that $29,452 has been allocated to the Polwarth region out of the Brumby Government’s 2007-08 Boating Safety and Facilities Program. “The Brumby Government is committed to working with community groups to ensure a safer boating environment and the provision of safe boating facilities,” said Ms…

DROUGHT RELIEF FOR LOCAL SPORTS FACILITIES

Residents in Winchelsea will benefit from a $40 000 Brumby Government grant to support sporting grounds and facilities affected by drought conditions. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the grant was part of a $12.9 million Drought Relief for Community Sport and Recreation Program recently announced by the Premier John Brumby and the Minister…

$15,000 TO DEVELOP WINCHELSEA CULTURAL PRECINCT PLAN

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, today announced a $15,000 grant to Surf Coast Shire Council under the Brumby Government’s provincial planning initiative to develop a master plan for a new cultural precinct in Winchelsea. Ms Tierney said the Winchelsea Cultural Precinct Master Plan would determine the feasibility of establishing a new cultural precinct…

HOME GOODS THE NUMBER ONE CONSUMER ISSUE FOR 2007

Problems with household goods and services were the most common consumer concern reported to Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) in 2007. More than 620,000 Victorians contacted CAV last year for information on issues ranging from lay-by and refund problems to misleading advertising and faulty products. Details of the top 10 goods and services enquiries last year…

HOME GOODS THE NUMBER ONE CONSUMER ISSUE FOR 2007

Problems with household goods and services were the most common consumer concern reported to Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) in 2007. More than 620,000 Victorians contacted CAV last year for information on issues ranging from lay-by and refund problems to misleading advertising and faulty products. Details of the top 10 goods and services enquiries last year…

HOME GOODS THE NUMBER ONE CONSUMER ISSUE FOR 2007

Problems with household goods and services were the most common consumer concern reported to Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) in 2007. More than 620,000 Victorians contacted CAV last year for information on issues ranging from lay-by and refund problems to misleading advertising and faulty products. Details of the top 10 goods and services enquiries last year…

FREE BIKES PROVIDE PEDAL POWER TO LOCAL PRIMARY KIDS

Ten students in total from Merrivale Primary School, Warrnambool special Development School, Warrnambool East Primary School, Warrnambool Primary School and Warrnambool West Primary School will receive free bicycles as part of the Brumby Government’s 1000 bike Ride2School giveaway, Western Victoria MP Gayle Tierney announced today. The lucky recipients were nominated for the prize by their…

FREE BIKES PROVIDE PEDAL POWER TO LOCAL PRIMARY KIDS

Eight students in total from Alvie Consolidated School, Colac South West Primary School, Colac West Primary School and Elliminyt Primary School will receive free bicycles as part of the Brumby Government’s 1000 bike Ride2School giveaway, Western Victoria MP Gayle Tierney announced today. The lucky recipients were nominated for the prize by their school for their…

MATERNITY BOOST FOR RURAL AND REGIONAL MUMS

Families in the Colac region will continue to have the opportunity to have their maternity care as close to home as possible after the Brumby Government committed an extra $166,000 through the Rural Maternity Initiative Western Victoria. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP welcomed the announcement of additional funding for maternity services. “This initiative…

MATERNITY BOOST FOR RURAL AND REGIONAL MUMS

Families in and along Victoria’s South West Coast will continue to have the opportunity to have their maternity care as close to home as possible after the Brumby Government committed up to an extra $180,000 through the Rural Maternity Initiative South Western Victoria. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP welcomed the announcement of additional…

FREE BIKES PROVIDE PEDAL POWER TO LOCAL PRIMARY KIDS

Six students in total from Bundarra Primary School, Portland Primary School and Portland South Primary School will receive free bicycles as part of the Brumby Government’s 1000 bike Ride2School giveaway, Western Victoria MP Gayle Tierney announced today. The lucky recipients were nominated for the prize by their school for their leadership qualities. All nominees were…

FREE BIKES PROVIDE PEDAL POWER TO LOCAL PRIMARY KIDS

Two students from Camperdown Collage Brooke Street Campus will receive free bicycles as part of the Brumby Government’s 1000 bike Ride2School giveaway, Western Victoria MP Gayle Tierney announced today. The lucky recipients were nominated for the prize by their school for their leadership qualities. All nominees were selected as a reward for either participating in…

$30,000 HERITAGE GRANT FOR PORTLAND TOWN HALL

Portland Town Hall is among the recipients of more than $1 million worth of new grants to preserve and protect Victoria’s heritage, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. The old Town Hall, constructed in 1864, is one of a distinguished group of public buildings in Portland and an interesting example of conservative…

PORTLAND PUBLIC HOUSING

“The Victorian Government has cut public housing waiting lists throughout Victoria by 15 per cent since 1999,” Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. “Specifically for the Portland region, over the past four years the waiting lists have been steadily decreasing with a drop of 8.4 per cent in the last quarter. “In the last state…

ROAD SAFETY FUNDING GETS PRE-CHRISTMAS BOOST

Road safety for motorists and pedestrians at the Colac-Lavers Hill Road and Hoveys Road intersection will be improved as part of a new round of road safety funding, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. Ms Tierney said the $315,000 project included realignment to convert Y to T intersection including delineation, widen shoulder to…

ROAD SAFETY FUNDING GETS PRE-CHRISTMAS BOOST

Road safety for motorists and pedestrians at the Park Street and Henty Highway intersection and the Garden Street and Henty Highway intersection will be improved as part of a new round of road safety funding, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. Ms Tierney said the $270 000 Garden Street project includes widening the…

CAMPERDOWN COMMUNITY HOUSE: VOLUNTEER SMALL GRANT PROGRAM

On Friday, l6 November, I  had  the  great pleasure of presenting yet  another  Brumby government Victorian volunteer small grant to the Camperdown community house.  As  I  arrived the community house was full  of  excited  volunteers  overjoyed  that  the  community  house  had  been recognised and  indeed was granted $3000  to help recruit  further volunteers to the …

RAIL: LEVEL CROSSING SAFETY

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport in the other place, Lynne Kosky. I ask  the minister to provide me with information on any future  planned level crossing upgrades in the Barwon south-west region. Two weeks ago $750 000  in  upgrades  were  completed  in the Colac Otway  shire, significantly improving  safety for…

PARTNERSHIPS VICTORIA: PROJECTS

Ms TIERNEY  (Western  Victoria)—  Could  the  Treasurer please  explain  how effectively Partnerships  Victoria projects are being implemented and any recent improvements to the Partnerships Victoria framework? Mr LENDERS (Treasurer)— I  thank Ms  Tierney for  her question  and for her interest in the  procurement of major projects  in Victoria, because  under  the Brumby  government, and the …

NEW GRANTS TO HELP CLEAN-UP GRAFFITI SCOURGE

Local member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, today announced applications for the State Government’s new Graffiti Clean-up Community Grants Program were now open. Ms Tierney urged Colac, Apollo Bay and all surrounding areas to take advantage of the program to assist with the fight against graffiti in the local community. Ms Tierney said the non-recurrent…

FREE FRUIT ON COLAC SCHOOL MENU

Students at government schools in Colac will be able to enjoy free fresh fruit on Fridays next year thanks to an $11 million Brumby Government ‘Go for your life’ initiative. Minister for Education, Bronwyn Pike, said the program would encourage local students to adopt healthy eating practices and avoid unhealthy snacks. “Children need fresh fruit…

STUDENTS RISE TO PREMIER’S READING CHALLENGE

One Hundred and fifty students in the area of Colac have embraced a challenge set by Premier John Brumby to read more books. The avid bookworms join 116,251 Victorian Prep to Year 9 students across the state who successfully completed the 2007 Premier’s Reading Challenge. Between them they read an astonishing 3.4 million books and…

FREE FRUIT ON MORTLAKE’S SCHOOL MENU

Students at government schools in Mortlake will be able to enjoy free fresh fruit on Fridays next year thanks to an $11 million Brumby Government ‘Go for your life’ initiative. Minister for Education, Bronwyn Pike, said the program would encourage local students to adopt healthy eating practices and avoid unhealthy snacks. “Children need fresh fruit…

STUDENTS RISE TO PREMIER’S READING CHALLENGE

Nine students in the area of Inverleigh have embraced a challenge set by Premier John Brumby to read more books. The avid bookworms join 116,251 Victorian Prep to Year 9 students across the state who successfully completed the 2007 Premier’s Reading Challenge. Between them they read an astonishing 3.4 million books and set another Challenge…

NEW GRANTS TO HELP CLEAN-UP GRAFFITI SCOURGE

Local member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, today announced applications for the State Government’s new Graffiti Clean-up Community Grants Program were now open. Ms Tierney urged the Inverleigh community to take advantage of the program to assist with the fight against graffiti in the local community. Ms Tierney said the non-recurrent grants of between $5,000…

FREE FRUIT ON INVERLEIGH SCHOOL MENU

Students at government schools in Inverleigh will be able to enjoy free fresh fruit on Fridays next year thanks to an $11 million Brumby Government ‘Go for your life’ initiative. Minister for Education, Bronwyn Pike, said the program would encourage local students to adopt healthy eating practices and avoid unhealthy snacks. “Children need fresh fruit…

FREE FRUIT ON PORTLAND’S SCHOOL MENU

Students at government schools in Portland will be able to enjoy free fresh fruit on Fridays next year thanks to an $11 million Brumby Government ‘Go for your life’ initiative. Minister for Education, Bronwyn Pike, said the program would encourage local students to adopt healthy eating practices and avoid unhealthy snacks. “Children need fresh fruit…

NEW GRANTS TO HELP CLEAN-UP GRAFFITI SCOURGE

Local member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, today announced applications for the State Government’s new Graffiti Clean-up Community Grants Program were now open. Ms Tierney urged Cobden to take advantage of the program to assist with the fight against graffiti in the local community. Ms Tierney said the non-recurrent grants of between $5,000 and $25,000…

FREE FRUIT ON COBDEN’S SCHOOL MENU

Students at government schools in Cobden will be able to enjoy free fresh fruit on Fridays next year thanks to an $11 million Brumby Government ‘Go for your life’ initiative. Minister for Education, Bronwyn Pike, said the program would encourage local students to adopt healthy eating practices and avoid unhealthy snacks. “Children need fresh fruit…

NEW GRANTS TO HELP CLEAN-UP GRAFFITI SCOURGE

Local member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, today announced applications for the State Government’s new Graffiti Clean-up Community Grants Program were now open. Ms Tierney urged Camperdown to take advantage of the program to assist with the fight against graffiti in the local community. Ms Tierney said the non-recurrent grants of between $5,000 and $25,000…

FREE FRUIT ON CAMPERDOWN’S SCHOOL MENU

Students at government schools in Camperdown will be able to enjoy free fresh fruit on Fridays next year thanks to an $11 million Brumby Government ‘Go for your life’ initiative. Minister for Education, Bronwyn Pike, said the program would encourage local students to adopt healthy eating practices and avoid unhealthy snacks. “Children need fresh fruit…

STUDENTS RISE TO PREMIER’S READING CHALLENGE

Twenty-three students in the area of Camperdown have embraced a challenge set by Premier John Brumby to read more books. The avid bookworms join 116,251 Victorian Prep to Year 9 students across the state who successfully completed the 2007 Premier’s Reading Challenge. Between them they read an astonishing 3.4 million books and set another Challenge…

VICTORIA’S TOURISM INDUSTRY HONOURS ITS FINEST

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated Holiday Great Ocean Road for being honoured at the Melbourne Airport 2007 Victorian Tourism Awards last Monday night. Holiday Great Ocean Road received the City of Melbourne Award for specialised Tourism Services. Holiday Great Ocean Road is a specialised property management and booking service for the Great…

VICTORIA’S TOURISM INDUSTRY HONOURS ITS FINEST

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated The Flagstaff Hill Precinct and the Fun4Kids Festival from Warrnambool for being honoured at the Melbourne Airport 2007 Victorian Tourism Awards last Monday night. The Flagstaff Hill Precinct received the award of the Herald Sun Award for Tourist Attractions. The Fun4Kids Festival received the V/Line Award for…

STUDY TO SCOPE NEW USE FOR A PORT FAIRY OLD SHED

The old Port Fairy Rail Goods Shed could soon be transformed into a hive of community activity following an $8,000 funding announcement by Gayle Tierney MLC, Member for Western Victoria.   Ms Tierney said the Moyne Shire Council would receive a Victorian Community Support Grant to investigate the potential for the Shed to be used as…

$1 BILLION INVESTED IN REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

The Victorian Government’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) has leveraged $1 billion in new investment in country Victoria, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. “Establishing the RIDF was one of the first acts of this Labor Government because we realised the importance of rebuilding infrastructure in regional and rural areas after many…

$1 BILLION INVESTED IN REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

The Victorian Government’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) has leveraged $1 billion in new investment in country Victoria, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. “Establishing the RIDF was one of the first acts of this Labor Government because we realised the importance of rebuilding infrastructure in regional and rural areas after many…

SCHOOLS: WESTERN VICTORIA REGION

I  raise  a  matter for the Minister for Education in the other place, Ms Bronwyn Pike. It  is a well known fact that the no. 1  priority for this  government is  education. One  only need  look at  the 2007-08 budget to have this demonstrated.  We promised to rebuild  or modernise every  school, invest in new…

WORKING FAMILIES COUNCIL: ROLE

 I raise a matter for the Deputy Premier and Minister for Industrial Relations in the other place. On  26  August  the Deputy Premier  announced  the  inaugural meeting of Victoria’s first Working  Families Council. The council will  work with industry  and community groups to  champion the  issues of  working families  in their efforts to strike the…

HEALTH (FLUORIDATION) AMENDMENT BILL

 I  rise  to speak in  opposition  to  Mr Kavanagh’s private member’s  bill. In my opening remarks I wish to make a couple of statements. One is the fact  that 77 per cent of Victorians now live in areas that have fluoride. It  has been  interesting to  talk to  people over  the last couple  of  weeks. …

WATER: WIMMERA-MALLEE PIPELINE

Ms TIERNEY (Western  Victoria)— Could the Treasurer please inform  the house of any progress made in the final funding for the Wimmera-Mallee pipeline? Mr LENDERS (Treasurer)— I thank Ms Tierney for her question and her interest in the Wimmera-Mallee pipeline,  which I have spoken about before in this house. I have spoken about it being…

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR WANNON: NEWSLETTER

Last week a number of examples were raised in the media over the alleged misuse of the federal government’s rural partnerships program. The colloquial  term is ‘pork-barrelling’, but  this morning I want  to raise a blatant and serious misrepresentation. The   current  federal  member   for   Wannon  and  Speaker   of  the  House  of Representatives, David Hawker, has…

PORTLAND SPECIAL SCHOOL: RUBBISH-FREE LUNCH CHALLENGE

I  raise  a  matter  for  the  Minister for Education in the other place. Shortly I will have the pleasure of presenting the Portland  Special School with  an award for  completing the Brumby  government’s rubbish-free Friday initiative. It  is  great  to see that our local schools are winning the battle  to eliminate lunchtime  rubbish  and food…

GRAFFITI PREVENTION BILL

  I rise  to speak in support of the Graffiti Prevention Bill. As we have heard, there are three  main  objectives to the bill — that  is,  to reduce the financial and social costs connected to graffiti; to promote a strong deterrent  to  the perpetrators and  promote accountability, and  to  reduce the incidence of graffiti.…