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.…

CAMPERDOWN COMMUNITY HOUSE RECEIVES $3,000 GRANT

Gayle Tierney MLC, Member for Western Victoria, today announced that the Brumby Government will provide a grant of $3,000 to the Camperdown Community House to help them recruit and train more volunteers. Ms. Tierney said the Camperdown Community House was keen to attract new volunteers to help keep the Community House at the heart of…

CRIMES AMENDMENT (RAPE) BILL

I  am  also pleased  to rise  and make  a contribution  to the debate on the Crimes Amendment (Rape) Bill 2007. As we have heard from other speakers, this is the third stage  in a raft of changes arising from the Law Reform Commission’s Sexual  Offences  —  Final  Report  on law and procedures.  As we  have …

SESSIONAL ORDERS

I rise to  make a contribution to this debate and in particular I focus my comments on the proposed standing committee. I have looked at the proposal in every  way possible, I think, and the only description I can give it  is of a group of people attempting to  flex some political muscle and ignoring …

PLANNING: CREATING BETTER PLACES PROGRAM

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)— My question is to the Minister  for Planning. Can  the  minister  advise the house how the Brumby government is  committed  to supporting the development of strong, vibrant local  communities across Victoria through the Creating Better Places program? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning)—  I welcome  the question.  I know the…

CORANGAMITE: FEDERAL LIBERAL CANDIDATE

I was astonished to read in last  week’s Weekly  Times quotes from  the federal Liberal  member for Corangamite,  Stewart McArthur,  stating that he had not picked up resentment amongst  voters  in  his electorate  on interest rates or workplace reforms. In relating what the current issues are in the electorate Mr McArthur simply said, ‘If we…

LOCAL SPORT TO BENEFIT FROM NEW GRANTS ROUND

Sport and recreation organisations in Colac and surrounding areas now have more chances to get the community involved in physical activity, thanks to a new round of Brumby Government funding. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney is encouraging local sports clubs to apply for funds under the Country Action Grant Scheme and Victalent initiatives, to…

LOCAL SPORT TO BENEFIT FROM NEW GRANTS ROUND

Sport and recreation organisations in Colac and surrounding areas now have more chances to get the community involved in physical activity, thanks to a new round of Brumby Government funding. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney is encouraging local sports clubs to apply for funds under the Country Action Grant Scheme and Victalent initiatives, to…

MIGRANTS: GLOBAL SKILLS FOR PROVINCIAL VICTORIA PROGRAM

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Regional  and   Rural   Development   and  Minister  for  Skills  and  Workforce Participation in the other place, Jacinta Allan. Last week the minister launched a  $3.96 million initiative  to attract skilled  migrants  to regional Victoria. This is part of  the Brumby government’s skilled  migration strategy. The Global Skills for…

WARRNAMBOOL: EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES AWARD

I rise to congratulate the Warrnambool  City Council on being  commended in statewide  awards recognising excellence in early childhood  services.  The  council’s Welcome to Warrnambool Early Years  Service helps in making it easier for  children born  overseas to make the transition to kindergarten and has been  highly commended at  the second annual ‘early  years’ awards …

$2 MILLION FOR MORE MEN’S SHEDS ACROSS VICTORIA

Organisations from Western Victoria have been encouraged to apply for funding to establish a men’s shed following the announcement of funding which will see new sheds established in areas of high need across the state, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. The Brumby Government announced the $2 million first round of the…

LIFELINE: VOLUNTEERS

I  rise to  mention a  vital service  for not only  Victorians but all Australians experiencing various difficulties in  life. The Lifeline service began in 1963 after the late  Reverend Dr  Sir Alan  Walker received a call  from a distressed man  who  days later took his  own life. Only days after the service  was established, Lifeline…

ELECTRICITY: HEYWOOD INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADE

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Regional and Rural Development in the other  place, Jacinta Allan. Last week the minister announced a grant of $300 000 from the Brumby government to upgrade the electricity supply in  the Heywood industrial  corridor. The project will create the capacity for the upgrade of major infrastructure in…

FISHERIES AMENDMENT BILL

 I wish to speak in support of  the Fisheries Amendment Bill. The allocation of natural resources is always a point for debate and indeed  controversy.  The allocation of  natural resources, who gets  to use them and how are key factors in this debate. As previous speakers have outlined, this matter comes  before us as a…

PORT FAIRY: PORT DEVELOPMENT GRANT

Last  week in Port  Fairy  a  number  of announcements were  made by the Minister  for Regional and Rural  Development in the other place, including a $1.5 million state government grant  for  the  Port Fairy  port.  The Port Fairy economy centres around tourism and fishing, both of which will be significantly enhanced due to  this grant. …

FUNDING BOOST FOR CRESSY NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE

The Cressy and District Neighbourhood Centre will be one of 29 Neighbourhood Houses to receive a $3350 grant to improve its services to the local community under the Brumby Government’s Neighbourhood House Foundation Grants program, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. “The Brumby Government recognises the valuable contributions Neighbourhood Houses across the state make…

MENTAL HEALTH: MINDLINX PROGRAM

 My  adjournment  matter is directed  at  the Minister for Mental Health in the other place,  Ms  Neville.  In early September the minister announced that the Mindlinx mental health first aid course would be available  at  no  cost to volunteers in Geelong to better support  people  with mental  illness. I congratulate  the  minister on the  announcement,…

BRAMBUK ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE: MANAGEMENT

Ms  TIERNEY  (Western  Victoria)—  My  question  is  to  the  Minister  for Environment  and Climate  Change.  Can  the minister  inform  the  house of  the outcomes  of the PricewaterhouseCoopers audit of  compliance  with  the  service agreement between Parks Victoria and the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre? Mr JENNINGS (Minister for Environment  and  Climate Change)— The last time I…

HOWARD GOVERNMENT FAILS HOME RENTERS IN WARRNAMBOOL

The Howard Government’s failure to put downward pressure on interest rates is putting more and more pressure on vulnerable Victorians trying to find a home to rent in the Warrnambool, Member for western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. Commenting on the Office of Housing’s Victorian June Quarter Rental report, Ms Tierney said the Howard Government’s failure…

WATER: BIOSOLIDS TREATMENT FACILITY

My adjournment matter  is for the Treasurer. The Treasurer announced  at  the  beginning of this month that a partnership has been struck between Barwon  Water and the  Plenary Environment consortium  under the  Partnerships  Victoria model to  build  a $76  million  biosolids treatment facility. This is  another example of successful partnerships between government departments, agencies and…

CLIMATE CHANGE: BUSINESS INVESTMENT

Ms  TIERNEY  (Western  Victoria)—  My  question  is  to  the  Minister  for Environment  and Climate Change. I  refer the minister  to the recently released survey of Australian businesses by the Australian Industry  Group in conjunction with Sustainability Victoria, and I  ask:  can  the minister inform the house of the  study’s findings  and  how  Victoria  compares  to …

MIGRANTS: CITIZENSHIP TEST

 In  recent  weeks I  have  attended  many citizenship  ceremonies in  a  number of towns  across Western Victoria  region, including Kyneton and Ballarat. It is fantastic to see the strong numbers at the ceremonies epitomising the strength of  multiculturalism in Victoria. The recent Geelong citizenship ceremony was moved to a larger venue to accommodate some 120…

RAIL: WESTERN VICTORIA LINES

 I raise a matter for the  attention of  the Minister  for Public Transport  in  another place.  On  31  August the  minister announced a  new V/Line timetable for the Geelong line. Geelong train travellers will have the benefit of three new weekday services, delivering 4312 extra seats on the Geelong line each week. The new services…

GRAIN HANDLING AND STORAGE AMENDMENT BILL

 I am pleased to speak on the Grain  Handling and Storage Amendment Bill. At  the very  heart of this bill is  a reduction  of regulation  affecting grain handling and  storage in a  sector  for which the  Essential Services Commission recommends  a  light-handed regulation regime. Secondly, the bill extends access regulation to the port of Melbourne…

BALMORAL BUSH NURSING CENTRE: REDEVELOPMENT

On Thursday, 6 September, I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for  Health  in the other place, Daniel Andrews, in officially  opening the redevelopment  of the Balmoral  Bush Nursing Centre. The total  cost of the project was just under  $866 000,  with the  state government contributing just  over  $412 000. The bush nursing centre…

WORKS COMPLETED TO KEEP WARRNAMBOOL STATION IN GOOD NICK

Maintenance works to the exterior brickwork of Warrnambool Station have recently been completed at a cost of $70,000, Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney announced today. Expert heritage contractors, I G Parker Stonemasons, restored the brickwork’s mortar as a preventative measure to maintain the building’s structural strength. Ms Tierney said the works would ensure that…

REDEVELOPED BALMORAL BUSH NURSING CENTRE NOW OPEN

Families in Victoria’s west will have greater access to healthcare facilities following the official opening of Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre by Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney.   The redeveloped facility will be able to continue providing an extensive range of medical and allied health services, including primary care, emergency care, palliative care and community nursing.…

SUPREME COURT JUDGES: REPORT 2005-06

 I rise to speak on the annual report  of the Supreme Court of Victoria  for  2005-06.  The  Supreme  Court of Victoria is the supreme court in the state and is governed by the Supreme Court  Act 1986. It is equal  in  status  to the legislature and the executive government,  and  it  is imperative in a…

PENSHURST FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB: FACILITIES

On 4 August, along with hundreds of other country football  fans, I enjoyed  a  very entertaining  football  match between Penshurst and Woorndoo.  My colleague for Western  Victoria Region, David  Koch, was also  present.  We  then  opened the new amenity facilities at the Penshurst Football Netball Club. The $67 000 amenity room redevelopment was  able to …

HOUSING: AFFORDABILITY

Ms TIERNEY (Western  Victoria)—  My  question  is  also to the Minister for Planning. Access to affordable and appropriate housing is a critical element in building sustainable, diverse  and inclusive communities.  I ask the minister to  advise the house what  initiatives VicUrban is undertaking to improve access to affordable housing in Victoria. Hon. J. M. MADDEN…

Vestas Announcement: 130 Jobs Lost

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, has laid blame on the Federal Government for the closure of the Vestas factory in Portland resulting in the loss of 130 jobs.  “This is what happens when a Federal Government does not support new cutting-edge industries and refuses to embrace a suite of different technologies to address energy…

FANNY BROWNBILL

It is with  honour that I rise to pay tribute to  the first woman  elected  to the Victorian  Legislative  Assembly, Mrs Fanny Brownbill. Fanny Brownbill was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1938 after her husband, William Brownbill — who previously held the seat — died whilst in office. Fanny  held the seat until  her…

$5 MILLION BOOST FOR BOATING SAFETY AND FACILITIES

Local community groups, search and rescue organisations, councils and waterway authorities have been encouraged to apply for funding to improve waterway access and safety by Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria. Ms Tierney welcomed the announcement by Roads and Ports Minister, Tim Pallas, to inject $5 million into the Boating Safety and Facilities Program (BSFP).…

TIERNEY: GEELONG MUST CONTINUE TO BE MANUFACTURING HOME

Member for Western Victoria, GayleTierney last night gave an adjournment motion speech in parliament stressingthe importance of manufacturing inGeelong. Ms Tierney also called onthe Minister for Industry and Trade, Theo Theophanous, to advise of thestrategy and subsequent implementation of the $24 million Investment and InnovationFund from the Federal and State Governments, and Ford. “Many people…

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY: INVESTMENT

My  question  is  to  the  Minister  for Information  and Communication  Technology. The minister  previously noted  that information  and  communications  technology  (ICT)  is an important sector that impacts on the rest of the economy. Can he inform the house of Victoria’s recent record in attracting new investments in the ICT sector, particularly in regional Victoria?  …

CENTRE FOR ADULT EDUCATION: REPORT 2006

 I rise to make a statement on the Centre for Adult  Education’s annual report for  2006. The Centre for Adult Education (CAE) provides learning opportunities to  the  Victorian community through an extended range  of  programs and services.  The centre receives  state government funding through the adult  community and further  education (ACFE) division  to  provide accredited…

JOLEEN RYAN

Australian Medical Association in 2004. Her involvement  in the Victorian Indigenous  Family Violence Task Force and the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Group gave her an opportunity to contribute to her  community, and  as such  she was  recognised  for her  efforts with  the national  NAIDOC  Youth of the Year award and the Victorian  Ricci  Marks  Young…

FORD AUSTRALIA: GEELONG PLANT

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Industry and Trade.  Ford Geelong recently announced it would close  its in-line six-cylinder engine plant in 2010 with the  loss  of  600  full-time  jobs.  The Geelong economy is vibrant at the moment with over 6000 jobs created in the last 12 months. As a matter of fact,…

DISABILITY SERVICES: BAR NONE PROJECT

On 20 July  I attended with the then Minister for Community Services, Gavin Jennings, and many supporters, the Alcoa Celebrate All Abilities  Festival launch and the  Bar None local  leadership  project. The catchcry of the  state  government initiative is  ‘Bar  none’ because the  state government  is  committed to  a  world where  everyone  can  participate without…

WILLS AMENDMENT BILL

 I rise to speak in support of this bill. What I  have  found  since being  elected is  that  I  have  been  provided  with  an opportunity  to  meet  with a whole range of people from diverse backgrounds who confront  a number  of issues  in their  daily lives.  The area  of people  with differing abilities is one…

MAGISTRATES’ COURT AND CORONERS ACTS AMENDMENT BILL

 I  rise  to  speak  in  support  of  the Magistrates’ Court  and Coroners Acts Amendment Bill 2007. As we have heard from previous speakers, the  bill makes six  separate but interrelated  amendments to the  Magistrates’  Court Act 1989 and  also the Coroners Act.  I  do not wish to cover all six proposed  amendments,  but I will…

LISMORE: TOWNSHIP REVITALISATION PROJECT

I  rise  to  mention  another  example of the small  towns development  fund in  recent times.  On Monday,  25 June, I  was in Lismore to announce on behalf of Mr John Brumby, the then Treasurer and Minister for Regional and Rural  Development in  the other  place, and  now of course the Premier  of  this  great state, …

New amenities room for Penshurst Football and Netball Club

A new amenities and change room facility was officially opened at the Penshurst Recreation Reserve on Saturday as part of the Victorian Government’s Country Football and Netball Program.. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney was part of the official proceedings that followed the Penshurst Football and Netball Club’s final home and away football match of…

MAKE POVERTY HISTORY ZERO SEVEN ROAD TRIP

I rise to mention a truly wonderful event that took  place in  the week  beginning 1  July, the Make Poverty History  Zero Seven  Road Trip. It involved 500 of Australia’s most dynamic  young  people  as ambassadors to spread  the Make Poverty History message, and inspire  those they met to take action to end extreme  poverty.…

BRACKS GOVERNMENT GIVES LOCAL COMMUNITIES $2 MILLION FOR HERITAGE

Local heritage groups can now apply for more than $2 million worth of Bracks Government heritage grants, to assist in the protection, management and interpretation of Victoria’s heritage, Minister for Planning Justin Madden announced today. The 2007-08 grants are part of the Bracks Government’s $20.5 million, four-year heritage strategy, Victoria’s Heritage: Strengthening our communities. The…

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: WESTERN VICTORIA REGION

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Victorian Communities  in  the other place.  Regional Victoria, and  the western region  in particular, has  experienced  decades of  government  neglect in  the provision  of public transport, and this has led  to economic stagnation, social isolation  and reduced  life  expectancies due  to  the difficulty in  accessing services. The…

FORD AUSTRALIA: GEELONG PLANT

Ms TIERNEY (Western  Victoria)— My question is to the Minister for Industry and State Development. Given my history prior to coming to this house and indeed because Geelong is in my  electorate,  this issue is of incredible importance to me  and to Ford workers  at Geelong. Can the  minister  advise the house of  the details …

WORKCHOICES: WORKPLACE AUTHORITY ADVERTISING

On  Sunday  night,  along  with  my family, I witnessed  a barrage  of  Workplace  Authority  television  advertisements.  The federal government has hit a new low  in its abuse of power. The first frame  of the advertisement enters the debate by stating that the federal government wants to  tackle   a  myth.  The   advertisement  itself essentially  admits   to …

PLANNING: GEELONG

 My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Planning. The Bracks government  has  an  unprecedented  commitment  to regional Victoria,  and  in  the electorate  of  Western  Victoria Region,  Geelong  is a significant  beneficiary  of   funding  associated   with  the  transit   cities initiative, which is part of the government’s commitment to Melbourne 2030,  its long-term plan to manage…

$2.1 M ROAD SAFETY BOOST FOR ELINGAMITE

In the latest road safety funding boost, Minister for Roads and Ports, Tim Pallas, today announced $2.1 million for road safety improvements on the Cobden-Warrnambool Road south west of Cobden. Mr Pallas said the funding will be used to:• Install safety barriers along a 1.3km length• Shoulder sealing over a 10km section • ‘wake-up’ outer edgeline marking• Removal of…

ROAD SAFETY TO IMPROVE IN HEYWOOD

The Bracks Government is delivering its commitment to improve the safety and efficiency of the Victorian road network, with Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announcing $240,000 in the 2007/08 State Budget for pedestrian signals to be installed near the intersection on the Princes Highway West near Hunter Street in Heywood. The signals will…

STATE FUNDS CORANGAMITE SHIRE COUNCIL TO CELEBRATE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF VICTORIAN SENIORS FESTIVAL

Corangamite Shire Council will receive a grant of $1500 as part of the State Government’s funding for the 25th Anniversary Victorian Seniors Festival. Gayle Tierney, the Member for Western Victoria said the Corangamite Shire council will share in Active Living Grants worth almost $195,000 to Victoria’s local governments for the 2007 Victorian Seniors Festival, which…

$2.5M TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY ON COROROOKE ROAD

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced $2.5 million for a road safety improvement project on Cororooke Road between Colac and Beeac. The funding will be used to seal the road shoulder, provide safety barriers, remove some roadside hazards, and improve delineation. These works are planned to improve safety and reduce run off road…

$1.6M TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY ON COBDEN-TERANG ROAD

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced $1.6 million in funding for a road safety improvement project on Cobden-Terang Road west of Cobden. The funding will be used to seal the road shoulder, install safety barriers, paint edge lines, relocate a power pole and remove some roadside hazards. These works are planned to improve…

$1.3M TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY ON CAMPERDOWN-LISMORE ROAD

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced $1.3 million in funding for a road safety improvement project on Camperdown-Lismore Road between Camperdown and Kariah. The funding will be used to provide shoulder sealing, safety barriers, improved line markings and hazard removal. These works are planned to improve safety and reduce run off road crashes.…

ROAD SAFETY TO IMPROVE IN TERANG

The Bracks Government is delivering its commitment to improve the safety and efficiency of the Victorian road network, with Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney welcoming $728,000 in the 2007/08 State Budget for widening the Old Peterborough Road south of the Princes Highway West at Terang. The road widening will improve access for freight south…

ROAD SAFETY TO IMPROVE IN GARVOC

The Bracks Government is delivering its commitment to improve the safety and efficiency of the Victorian road network, with Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, has welcomed $2.1 million in the 2007/08 State Budget to continue to improve the Garvoc Overpass. The works will improve the stability of the approach embankments. “Extensive investigations found the…

BRACKS GOVERNMENT’S RECORD LEVELS OF FISH STOCKING

More than 1000 fish are being stocked into western Victoria waterways this month by Fisheries Victoria, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney said the Bracks Government had set records for fish stocking with more than 1.3 million fish released into the state’s waterways for the last two years. “This year the…

FUNDING TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS IN ANGLESEA

New volunteers will be recruited and supported in Anglesea, thanks to new Victorian Government funding announced. The Member for Western Victoria, Ms. Gayle Tierney, said Anglesea and District Community House Inc. had received funding in the latest round of Victorian Volunteer Small Grants. She said the organisation had received a grant of $3,000 toward its…

FUNDING TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS IN TERANG

New volunteers will be recruited and supported in Terang, thanks to new Victorian Government funding announced. The Member for Western Victoria, Ms. Gayle Tierney, said Colac Do Care Inc. had received funding in the latest round of Victorian Volunteer Small Grants. She said the organisation had received a grant of $5,000 toward its Do Care…

GRASSROOTS SPORTS FLUSH WITH LATEST DROUGHT FUNDING

Drought affected communities statewide are reaping the benefits of Bracks Government relief packages to help keep local sport and recreation options alive and thriving, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms. Tierney announced Colac-Otway Shire Council had received $50,000 through the $4.7 million Drought Relief for Community Sport and Recreation Program. “Councils, sporting…

GRASSROOTS SPORTS FLUSH WITH LATEST DROUGHT FUNDING

Drought affected communities statewide are reaping the benefits of Bracks Government relief packages to help keep local sport and recreation options alive and thriving, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms. Tierney announced Corangamite Shire Council had received $50,000 through the $4.7 million Drought Relief for Community Sport and Recreation Program. “Councils, sporting…

$90,000 GRANT TO REVITALISE LISMORE TOWN CENTRE

Streetscape improvement works to help revitalise Lismore’s town centre will be carried out with the help of a $90,000 Victorian Government grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney. Visiting Lismore, Ms Tierney said the grant for the $180,000 Lismore Township Revitalisation project would be provided to Corangamite Shire Council through the…

PLANNING: REGIONAL TOWNS DEVELOPMENT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning. The past seven years have seen a dramatic turnaround in the prosperity and future prospects of Geelong and south-western Victoria. The Bracks government has worked hard to attract jobs, people and investment to the region, and this has resulted in an increased…

SOUTH WEST INSTITUTE OF TAFE: REPORT 2006

It is with great pleasure that I also rise to speak on the South West Institute of TAFE annual report 2006. When I looked at the report it became very apparent to me that the South West Institute of TAFE has a very well-established reputation. It is financially secure, it is committed to regional sustainability,…

APOLLO BAY P-12 COLLEGE: FACILITIES

On Monday 4 June I represented the Minister for Skills, Education Services and Employment in the other place, Jacinta Allan, in opening the new and refurbished science and technology rooms at Apollo Bay P-12 College. The new facilities include new science rooms, a preparation storeroom, a music room, two music practice rooms, an art room,…

GOLDEN PLAINS: RECREATION FACILITIES

On Monday, 28 May 2007, I represented the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs in the other place and opened the Inverleigh second oval project and Rokewood Recreation Reserve redevelopment. It was a fantastic day for sport and local communities in the Golden Plains shire with the opening of these two great projects. It…

LOCAL CONSUMER PROTECTION CHAMPIONS TO BE RECOGNISED

Residents of Corangamite and Colac-Otway Shire Councils are being encouraged by Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney to nominate local consumer protection champions for the inaugural Consumer Affairs Victoria Awards. “Nominations are still open for the inaugural awards, with the winners to be announced at a ceremony on 15 November 2007,” Ms. Tierney said. “The…

GORDON INSTITUTE OF TAFE: REPORT 2006

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise to make a contribution in respect of the Gordon Institute of TAFE and its annual report for 2006. As many members know, the Gordon institute is based in Geelong — in fact the institute is almost synonymous with the word ‘Geelong’. However, it now has campuses outside Geelong…

BOOST TO GRASSROOTS SPORT AND RECREATION IN ANGLESEA

Anglesea residents will have more opportunities to get physically active thanks to a Bracks Government boost to sport and recreation facilities in the area. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced the Surf Coast Shire Council will receive $40,000 through the Community Facility Funding Program, saying it is crucial local sporting clubs had adequate facilities…

BOOST TO GRASSROOTS SPORT AND RECREATION IN MORTLAKE

Mortlake residents will have more opportunities to get physically active thanks to a Bracks Government boost to sport and recreation facilities in the area. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced the Moyne Shire Council will receive $60,000 through the Community Facility Funding Program, saying it is crucial local sporting clubs had adequate facilities to…

BOOST TO GRASSROOTS SPORT AND RECREATION IN TEESDALE

Teesdale residents will have more opportunities to get physically active thanks to a Bracks Government boost to sport and recreation facilities in the area. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced the Golden Plains Shire Council will receive $60,000 through the Community Facility Funding Program, saying it is crucial local sporting clubs had adequate facilities…

RAIL: KERANG ACCIDENT

I also join other members of this chamber in wishing the very best to all of those families who have been taken by surprise by yesterday’s events. I also join with Ms Lovell in expressing thanks for all the tireless work that has been done over the last nearly 24 hours by the emergency services…

WARRACKNABEAL PRIMARY SCHOOL: READING CHALLENGE

On 18 May this year I attended the Warracknabeal Primary School to talk with students, teachers and support staff on the importance of the Premier’s reading challenge. The day was a celebration of what reading brings to all of us as individuals, as well as the ongoing development of a mature and democratic society. It…

AGED CARE: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Can the minister explain to the house how the Bracks government is supporting the health of older Victorians by providing a continuum of care and in particular what the government is doing in my electorate to focus on the high-care end…

PREMIER’S AWARDS PUT VCE STARS IN SPOTLIGHT

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated former schools students from the Colac-Otway and Corangamite region, who have been commended for achieving excellent results in last year’s VCE. Last week, the Premier, Steve Bracks, presented VCE High Achiever awards to 24 students from across Victoria, with more than 250 other students receiving awards for…

PREMIER’S AWARDS PUT VCE STARS IN SPOTLIGHT

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated former schools students from the South West Coast region, who have been commended for achieving excellent results in last year’s VCE. Last week, the Premier, Steve Bracks, presented VCE High Achiever awards to 24 students from across Victoria, with more than 250 other students receiving awards for…

BUDGET 2007-08: DELIVERING ON OUR COMMITMENTS

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the Budget delivers on the Bracks Government’s election commitments, building on the achievements of its first two terms and providing a framework for the State’s future. Ms. Tierney said this year’s Budget delivered on the Government’s promises to improve services, build vital infrastructure and make Victoria and even…

SUPPORTING COUNTRY KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney congratulates Monica Jones on her successful application for an early childhood graduate rural employment grant. Ms. Jones has been awarded a grant of $6000 to help her provide a Victorian Government funded kindergarten program in a rural region. ‘I congratulate Monica and wish her every success for the important…

SPORT SET FOR GREAT TIMES IN GOLDEN PLAINS SHIRE

Community sport in the Golden Plains Shire received a boost today thanks to the opening of the new Rokewood Recreation Reserve development and the second oval at Inverleigh Reserve. State Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney officially opened both developments, and was joined by the State Member for the Western Province, David Koch, and Councillor…

$25,000 BOOST FOR PUBLIC FACILITIES IN POLWARTH

More than $25,000 will be spent on public works at the Rokewood Lagoon and new storage facilities for a local hall, thanks to the Victorian Government’s Stewardship in Action grants announced today by Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney. “These grants will assist with important works at the Lagoon, including a clean up of the…