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.…

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…