EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AMENDMENT BILL

As previous speakers on this side of the chamber have stated, the Bracks government is serious about protecting Victorian workers and their families from WorkChoices wherever constitutionally possible. This bill will make it unlawful to discriminate against an employee who has raised his or her concerns about pay or conditions and it will enable workers…

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY: REPORT 2006

I wish to make a statement on the Deakin University annual report 2006. I remind the house that Deakin University was originally established under a 1974 act. The primary specialisation of the institution in the 1970s was the promotion and facilitation of higher education through external studies, which was quite new to this country at…

CLUNES: RURAL TOWNSHIP RENEWAL

On Sunday I had the pleasure of attending an event in Clunes held by the Clunes Tourist and Development Association in conjunction with the Hepburn Shire Council. The event was called a ‘Book town for a day’. It was part of a project called Creative Clunes, which received $15 000 from the Department for Victorian…

GOVERNMENT BACKS YOUNG LEADERS IN COLAC OTWAY

A young leaders program in Colac Otway Shire is being supported with the help of a $6,000 Victorian Government grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney. Ms. Tierney said the grant was being provided to Colac Otway Shire Council for the Colac Otway Community Leaders Project under the Provincial Leaders Development…

MENTAL HEALTH: YOUTH EARLY PSYCHOSIS PROGRAM

My adjournment matter relates to mental health services in western Victoria and is directed to the Minister for Mental Health in the other place, Lisa Neville. In early April this year the minister announced the expansion of the Youth Early Psychosis service in Warrnambool, which will also assist communities beyond Warrnambool in the south-west. The…

SCHOOLS: FEDERAL-STATE COOPERATION

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister advise the house on how the Bracks government works together with the commonwealth government to achieve a quality education for our children? Mr LENDERS (Minister for Education) — I thank Ms Tierney for her question and her insightfulness in…

HAMILTON COMMUNITY HOUSE: EXTENSION

On 10 May I represented the Minister for Housing, who is also the Minister for Local Government and minister responsible for neighbourhood houses in the other place, in opening the extension of the Hamilton community house. It was a joyous event, attended by Mr Koch, a member for Western Victoria Region, Mr Delahunty, the member…

WEEDS AND PEST ANIMALS: CONTROL

I address my adjournment matter to the Minister for Agriculture in the other place. I have travelled extensively across my electorate and worked with wonderful communities, but I am often asked what our government is doing to assist communities in dealing with the curse of noxious weeds and pest animals. Pest plants and animals are…

FAIR TRADING AND CONSUMER ACTS AMENDMENT BILL

A key priority for the Bracks government is to facilitate better ways in which our markets can operate. Indeed this bill contributes to the better operation of markets by ensuring that consumers, particularly those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, are well informed and protected. This bill makes Victoria’s consumer laws more effective, efficient and definitely…

GEELONG: COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

On 14 May I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Victorian Communities in the other place in announcing funding for two new and improved community spaces in Geelong — the Geelong youth activity area and the Northside Geelong community centre. Located in the waterfront precinct, the Geelong youth activity area will be a…

$6,617.39 GRANT TO REPAIR AND RESTORE ANGLESEA WAR MEMORIAL

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced that the Bracks Government has allocated $6,617.39 to restore Eumeralla Memorial Chapel in Anglesea. Ms. Tierney said the funding was announced as part of the third round of the $950,000 Restoring Community War Memorials Grants Program. “This funding is to help councils, RSL sub-branches and local groups…

BARWON HEALTH LAUNCHES DVD TO RECRUIT VOLUNTEERS

Barwon Health hopes a new DVD will entice more people to consider becoming a volunteer with the health service across the Geelong region. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, today launched Barwon Health’s Volunteer Recruitment DVD, which encourages people from diverse backgrounds to become volunteers for Barwon Health. “Volunteering opportunities at Barwon Health include work…

SCHOOLS: COLAC

On Monday, 23 April, I represented the Minister for Skills, Education Services and Employment in the other place, Jacinta Allan, in opening the Colac Primary School’s new and refurbished school buildings. The state government contributed nearly $692 000 to the cost of this work. In addition to the refurbishment, the new buildings and new computers,…

BUSHFIRES: TRIBUTES

On 21, 22 and 23 April events were held in 28 regional locations to thank firefighters, support staff, volunteers and community members. On Sunday, 22 April, I spoke at two events, one in Heywood, followed by an afternoon tea function at the Warrnambool Civic Centre. The events provided representatives of the state government with an…

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…

ANZAC DAY: GEELONG

The pre-dawn Anzac Day service in Johnstone Park, Geelong, had an atmosphere that could be virtually touched — people walking from all directions in the dark in silence, with a common purpose, to the dome. Children of all ages crouched and made their way through the crowd and sat in a circle, ever so attentive…

GOAL FOR GRASSROOTS SPORTS IN DENNINGTON

Grassroots sports received a huge boost in Dennington today thanks to a Bracks Government funding package to upgrade facilities at country football and netball clubs Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the Dennington Football Netball Club is one of 25 new projects being funded under that latest round of grants through the $10 million…

WATER SAVINGS FOR COLAC AND CORANGAMITE SCHOOLS

Local schools in the Colac and Corangamite areas  have a great opportunity to save water under a Bracks Government initiative, Gayle Tierney, State Member for Western Victoria said today. Ms. Tierney explained that schools in this area are being offered a full audit of their internal water use, plus installation of water efficiency fittings and…

NEW CANTEEN OPENS FOR ST IGNATIUS COLLEGE

Ms Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria, representing the Minister for Education, officially opened the canteen at St Ignatius College Geelong at a celebration at the school on Friday, 20 April 2007. The college hosted a special event to celebrate the blessing and opening of the canteen, the Food Technology Centre, VCE Centre, Technology…

WIND ENERGY: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is also for the Minister for Planning. I commend the Bracks government for its ongoing commitment to a sustainable, secure and affordable energy supply for Victoria. Renewable energy, and wind energy in particular, are critical to achieving a sustainable future. I ask the minister to inform the house…

COMMISSIONER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY: STRATEGIC AUDIT OF VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise to make a contribution with respect to the commissioner for environmental sustainability’s report Strategic Audit of Victorian Government Agencies Environmental Management Systems of January 2007. Environmental management systems (EMS) that are reported are in respect of office-based environments. It is a system that has measurements and benchmarks. It…

WYNDHAM: AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — On the evening of Tuesday, 3 April this year, I, along with the future deputy leader of this country, Julia Gillard, attended the Wyndham City Council Australian citizenship ceremony. It was the largest ceremony of this type that I have experienced and definitely the largest the Wyndham City Council has…

LIVESTOCK DISEASE CONTROL AMENDMENT BILL

I rise to speak on the Livestock Disease Control Amendment Bill as well. Firstly, can I say that I do not have a veterinary science or a medical background, but I did have the honour of working for the Australian Public Service Association. It was through the portfolios of the federal Department of Primary Industry…

POLISH SENIORS DAY

On 29 March this year I had the honour of attending and speaking at the Polish Seniors Day. The event was hosted by the Geelong Polish Club at White Eagle House and was attended by over 700 Polish people from all over Victoria. The day was a procession of cultural performances from various Polish seniors…

BRACKS BUILDING BETTER BIKE SHEDS FOR KIDS

Bike sheds will play a revamped role in the school life of young Victorians with the Bracks Government offering grants of $5000 to help schools design and build a bike shed, or convert an existing shed into a secure bike storage facility. Member Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, urged schools in the Colac-Otway and Corangamite Shires…

DROUGHT: INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

The matter I wish to raise relates to drought relief, and I direct my adjournment matter to the Minister for Agriculture in the other place. On Thursday, 5 April 2006, a significant number of new drought infrastructure projects for south-western Victoria were announced — 3 projects in Corangamite shire, 6 in Glenelg shire, 1 very…

AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Industry and State Development. Can the minister provide the house with the outcomes of the recent Australian International Airshow 2007, which was held at Avalon? Hon. T. C. THEOPHANOUS (Minister for Industry and State Development) — I thank the member for her question.…

$2.9M SCHOOLS DROUGHT RELIEF PACKAGE UNVEILED

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has welcomed the Bracks Government’s $2.9 million relief package for schools to help students and their families in Victoria’s drought affected areas. The relief package will help ease the cost of sending children to school and provide support services to families struggling through the drought.  Ms. Tierney said the…

WARRNAMBOOL GETS YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE

Young people with mental health issues in the Warrnambool area have access to a new early intervention service, Minister for Mental Health Lisa Neville announced today. Lisa Neville made the announcement after the Youth Early Psychosis (YEP) service began operating at South West Health Care earlier this year. “The expansion of the Youth Early Psychosis…

GAYLE TIERNEY MP CONGRATULATES LOCAL SCHOOLS REWARDED FOR TOP TEACHER TRAINING

Gayle Tierney, State Member for Western Victoria congratulated Simpson Primary School and Timboon P-12 School for excellence in ‘on-the-job’ teacher training and creating a culture of continuous improvement. Both Simpson Primary School and Timboon P-12 School received the accreditation certificate by the Minister for Education, John Lenders at an awards presentation at Essendon Keilor College…

MILLIONS MORE TO DROUGHT PROOF VICTORIAN SPORT

Up to $50,000 will be made available to the Surf Coast Council, Colac-Otway Council and Corangamite Council thanks to a $4.7 million Bracks Government package to help drought-proof local sporting facilities, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said. Ms. Tierney said local sporting grounds were suffering from the effects of the drought and it…

WATER SAVINGS FOR HORSHAM AND NATIMUK SCHOOLS

Local schools in the Horsham and Natimuk areas  have a great opportunity to save water under a Bracks Government initiative, Gayle Tierney, State MP for Western Victoria said today. Ms Tierney explained that schools in this area are being offered a full audit of their internal water use, plus installation of water efficiency fittings and maintenance…

AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW: ECONOMIC BENEFITS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Industry and State Development. Will the minister inform the house about the upcoming Avalon international airshow and its benefits to the Victorian economy? Hon. T. C. THEOPHANOUS (Minister for Industry and State Development) — I am very pleased to have this question from…

WOMEN: RURAL INDUSTRIES AWARD

Last Thursday International Women’s Day in Ballarat was celebrated by the announcement of the 2007 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation rural women’s award. Gathered at the historic Mining Exchange in Lydiard Street, Ballarat, women from all over Victoria were brought together to recognise the vital contribution that women make in rural Victoria. Deborah Bain…

PAKO FESTA: MULTICULTURAL CELEBRATION

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I had the pleasure of attending the 25th Pako Festa held on Saturday, 24 February, in Geelong — the largest festival held outside Melbourne. The theme of the first festa this year was Reflections on Culture. Over 70 cultural groups joined a vibrant, exciting and at times very noisy procession…

HON. JAMES LIONEL SIMMONDS

I also rise to support this condolence motion. Following the passing of Jim Simmonds I have been visited by a number of memories of events going back to the early to mid-1980s, when I first arrived in Melbourne and began living in Reservoir. I remembered my first Reservoir ALP branch meeting in McFadzean Avenue and…

$240,000 IN HERITAGE STUDY GRANTS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

A $5,000 Bracks Government heritage grant will help the Corangamite Shire Council protect and preserve its local heritage, as part of a $240,000 grants package dedicated to local governments across the State, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today. The $240,000 grants package will fund local heritage studies across Victoria, as part of…

RURAL AND REGIONAL VICTORIA: HEALTH SERVICES

The matter I wish to raise relates to rural health, and I direct my adjournment matter to the Minister for Health in the other place. Health, like education, is dear to all of us. Having healthy education and health systems are key indicators in any developed democracy, as is the provision of these services beyond…

ABORIGINALS: PORTLAND DEVELOPMENT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. Could the minister please inform the house of the resolution of the Convincing Ground issue near Portland? Mr JENNINGS (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) — I thank Ms Tierney for her question and her concern about a very important planning matter that…

SMALL BUSINESS: WOMEN

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Small Business. Can the minister advise what measures are being taken in the small business portfolio to implement the Bracks government’s election commitments to encourage women in business and industry? Hon. T. C. THEOPHANOUS (Minister for Small Business) — I thank the member…

JUDY MAZEY

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — On Friday, 16 February, I was invited to attend a retirement gathering at Ford Geelong. Two exceptional people from the training department, Judy Mazey and Lou Nettleton, had decided after much deliberation to commence a new journey in their lives. I would like to focus on Judy Mazey. Judy Mazey…

Disability services: Leadership Plus program

Last Monday I was fortunate to meet with participants and carers involved in as well as the organisers of the leadership program for people with disabilities, Leadership Plus. The program has run for three years and has 12 monthly intakes. This involves one three-day opening retreat in Geelong followed by eight two-day seminars in various…

M. C. HERD AND STEGGLES POULTRY

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise to inform the chamber that I had the pleasure of joining the Minister for Agriculture in the other place, Joe Helper, and John Eren, the member for Lara in the other place, in visiting the M. C. Herd abattoir in Geelong North and then Steggles Poultry in Belmont…

SCHOOLS: CAPITAL WORKS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister highlight the importance of the strategic approach needed for investment in capital works for Victorian schools? Mr LENDERS (Minister for Education) — I thank Ms Tierney for her question and her interest in capital works in schools. As Ms…

WIND ENERGY: BALD HILLS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)— My question is to the Minister  for Planning. The federal minister  for the environment  has finally approved the long-delayed Bald Hills  wind  farm project in Gippsland. He has ultimately delayed a project that  will  deliver definitive  environmental  benefits for Victoria.  I ask the minister to inform the house of  what action …

AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY: ELECTION RESULT

 I  take this  opportunity  to congratulate members of  this house  on their  election and in particular the ALP members and members in the other place who have areas within the western region. The members for Melton, Lara, South Barwon, Ripon, Ballarat West, Ballarat East, Geelong and Bellarine in the other place, Don Nardella, John Eren,…

MAIDEN SPEECH

I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we stand, the Kulin nation, and pay my respects to their elders. President,  I  take  this  opportunity  to  congratulate you  on  being  elected President of the Legislative Council.  I  am  confident that you will ensure the efficient operation of this Council in a manner that …