TAKING ACTION TO PROTECT PORT FAIRY’S HERITAGE

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to repair one of Victoria’s oldest buildings, the former Harbour Master’s house at Port Fairy. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today announced the historic Captain John Mills House would undergo urgent interior and exterior conservation works, including specialist wallpaper repairs. The repairs are possible thanks to a…

NEW SHED FOR COLAC MEN

Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney met with local “shedders” and officially opened the new Men’s Shed located at the Colac Showgrounds. Previously, the Colac Men’s Shed operated from a shared site at Skills’ Connection Inc., a disability service provider on Pound Road. It relocated after receiving funding through the 2015-2016 Men’s…

BREWING GOOD NEWS FOR FORREST VISITOR ECONOMY

Beer is on the menu and it’s brewing good news for the Great Ocean Road visitor economy thanks to support provided today by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, today announced the $1.49 million grant towards the Forrest Brewing Co to expand its operations, creating 15 new jobs and diversifying the…

FUNDING BOOST FOR WARRNAMBOOL’S MENTAL HEALTH

More patients in Warrnambool will get the high quality care they need thanks to grants from the Andrews Labor Government to improve mental health and rehabilitation facilities, as part of upgrades across the state. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced South West Healthcare and Wellways Australia Ltd in Warrnambool would receive funding through the…

TAKING ACTION TO PROTECT OUTBUILDINGS TARNDWARNCOORT

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to repair one of the earliest properties in Western Victoria, the historic outbuildings at Tarndwarncoort in Warncoort. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney announced priority conservation works to the stone barn and carriage house buildings, as well as documentation works. The repairs are possible thanks to a $50,000…

FUNDING BOOST FOR PORTLAND’S MENTAL HEALTH

More patients in Portland will get the high quality care they need thanks to a grant from the Andrews Labor Government to improve mental health and rehabilitation facilities, as part of upgrades across the state. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced Portland District Health would receive $9500 through the Facilities Renewal Grants. The Facilities…

FIFTH LEVEL CROSSING ON WARRNAMBOOL LINE UPGRADED

The Andrew Labor Government has upgraded a fifth level crossing on the Warrnambool line as part of its plan to boost safety and restore reliable services for local passengers. Member for Western Victoria announced today that the Wiridgil Lane level crossing in Weerite is now fitted with lights, bells and boom gates. It follows the…

COMMEMORATING AND SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS IN TORQUAY

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that Torquay RSL Sub-Branch will receive funding to commemorate, support and remember the service and sacrifice of our veterans. Ms Tierney announced $10,000 from the Commemoration and Education Grant Program would enable the Torquay RSL Sub Branch to conduct the Annual ANZAC Dawn Service at Point Danger…

COLAC AREA HEALTH UPGRADE TO TREAT PATIENTS SOONER

More patients in Colac will get the high quality care they need sooner thanks to an Andrews Labor Government funding boost to upgrade vital equipment at Colac Hospital. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Colac Area Health would receive $642,000 through the first round of the Labor Government’s new Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.…

LYNDOCH LIVING UPGRADE TO TREAT PATIENTS SOONER

More Warrnambool patients will get the high quality care they need sooner thanks to an Andrews Labor Government funding boost to upgrade vital equipment at Lyndoch Living. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Lyndoch Living would receive $494,216 through the first round of the Labor Government’s new Regional Health Infrastructure Fund. The $200…

LABOR SCORES TOP GOAL FOR NETBALL IN IRREWARRA

The Irrewarra-Beeac Netball Club will be shooting more goals and growing its ranks with the Andrews Labor Government to upgrade netball facilities at Irrewarra Recreation Reserve. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that $100,000 for the Irrewarra-Beeac Netball Courts Upgrade project from the latest round of the Country Football and Netball Program. The…

TAKING ACTION TO PROTECT THE GLOBE

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to repair the historic Winchelsea Globe Theatre. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today announced the Surf Coast Shire Council will receive a grant for urgent timber repairs to joinery and exterior trim, roof repairs and treatment of rusted pressed metal ceilings. The repairs are possible thanks to…

SOUTH WEST HOSPITAL UPGRADES TO DELIVER BETTER CARE

More patients in south-west Victoria will get the high quality care they need thanks to an Andrews Labor Government funding boost for upgrades at Warrnambool and Camperdown hospitals. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today announced South West Healthcare would receive $2 million through the first round of the Labor Government’s new Regional Health Infrastructure…

A HEALTHY FUTURE FOR TERANG WITH BETTER ACCESS TO CARE

Terang and Mortlake families will be able to access better healthcare closer to home, with the $1.9 million Terang and Mortlake Health Service redevelopment now officially open. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today opened the new modern, world-class health facilities which will see more local residents receive the care and treatment they need, closer…

Learn Locals

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I rise to update the house on the Andrews government’s support for Learn Locals in Victoria. On Friday, 10 March, at the Wyndham Community and Education Centre — — Honourable members interjecting. The PRESIDENT — Order! Ms Tierney, can you start from the beginning? Unfortunately there was some noise across the chamber and…

Catherine Jenkins and Vicki Perrett

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I rise to draw attention to the contribution of two women working at a local level and making a significant difference to other women within very different communities. Catherine Jenkins of South Purrumbete is a western Victoria dairy farmer who is switched on to issues confronting the industry…

Aboriginal prisoner rehabilitation

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) — I rise to update the house on the Andrews government’s programs to strengthen Aboriginal prisoners’ cultural connections and reduce recidivism through grants worth almost $2.5 million. Last Thursday, 16 March, I joined the member for Geelong in the Legislative Assembly, Christine Couzens, at the Aboriginal Justice Forum in Geelong to announce the…

MORE PARKING AND BUS SHELTERS IN SOUTH WESTERN VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government will upgrade bus infrastructure and build more car parking spaces at stations across the South Western Victoria to make it quicker and easier for locals to get around. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced that the coach interchanges at Portland, Hamilton and Warrnambool stations will be upgraded with new shelters…

$50,000 FOR BUS UPGRADE IN BANNOCKBURN

The Andrews Labor Government will build a new bus shelter and footpaths to better connect locals with shops, schools and each other. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced that new bus shelters and bays will be installed at Milton Street in Bannockburn. The Labor Government will also extend footpaths and build a new school…

$120,000 FOR BUS UPGRADES ON THE SURF COAST

The Andrews Labor Government is improving access to bus services in Torquay and Jan Juc. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced that the Labor Government is investing $120,000 to upgrade bus parking bays and widen roads to make it safer and easier for locals to get around. A new paved bus bay will be…

Timboon P-12 School

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — Last month the excitement of the Timboon P–12 School community past and present was absolutely clear as we turned the first sod of the long-awaited $5.2 million rebuild. This school community has laboured for years, never giving up, to realise a project beset by promises only to end in…

Emergency services volunteer funding

MS TIERNEY — On another note, this government’s $15 million emergency services volunteer sustainability grants program is boosting volunteer organisations statewide. Last week I announced 34 grants in my electorate for groups working hard to keep Victorians safe. These range from the Wye River Country Fire Authority (CFA) station extension to purchases of operational equipment and training for…

Administration and Probate and Other Acts Amendment (Succession and Related Matters) Bill 2016

Ordered that second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard on motion of Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills). Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: The bill will implement most of the outstanding recommendations from the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s 2013 Succession Laws…

Education and Care Services National Law Amendment Bill 2017

Ordered that second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard on motion of Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills). Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: The bill proposes amendments to the Education and Care Services National Law (national law) in schedule 1 to the…

Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Bill 2017

Ordered that second-reading speech, except for statement under section 85(5) of the Constitution Act 1975, be incorporated into Hansard on motion of Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills). Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: The bill will implement legislative changes needed to…

Building Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2016

Ordered that second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard on motion of Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills). Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: This bill continues the reforms to Victoria’s building system commenced with the Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Act…

TAFE funding

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I rise to update the house on the Andrews government’s Stronger TAFE Fund program, for which I announced a total of $24.3 million in funding over three years at regional TAFEs last week. On Tuesday I had the pleasure of joining the member for Bendigo West in the other…

Penalty rates

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — Today is International Women’s Day. How distressing that we should be contemplating the impact of the Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut weekend and public holiday penalty rates in industries that have a high proportion of women. Many women in my electorate work weekends in hospitality, retail, pharmacy,…

Crimes Legislation Further Amendment Bill 2016

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — In exercising the right of reply I thank all speakers on this bill before the house. As many speakers have indicated, this is not a controversial bill. It is a bill that is a result of court decisions, and its purpose is to encapsulate greater efficiency and practice…

VITAL SAFETY BOOST FOR MOYNE HEALTH SERVICES

Moyne Health Services will benefit from additional safety measures to reduce and prevent violence through the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s $20 million Health Service Violence Prevention Fund. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced that Moyne Health Services had secured $9760 from the $20 million Health Service Violence Prevention Fund. Hospitals and…

VITAL SAFETY BOOST FOR LORNE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Lorne Community Hospital will benefit from additional safety measures to reduce and prevent violence through the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s $20 million Health Service Violence Prevention Fund. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced that Lorne Community Hospital had secured $3400 from the $20 million Health Service Violence Prevention Fund. Hospitals and…

Fair Work (Commonwealth Powers) Amendment Bill 2017

Ordered that second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard on motion of Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills). Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: This bill implements the government’s commitment to expand the range of matters that may be included in an…

Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Amendment Bill 2016

Ordered that second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard on motion of Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills). Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: The Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 (CMIA) abolished the Governor’s pleasure system, establishing…

Consumer Acts Amendment Bill 2016

Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: This bill illustrates the government’s ongoing commitment to improving and updating the consumer protection framework in Victoria. It will amend several acts within the consumer affairs portfolio to improve their operation, clarify their requirements…

Western Victoria Region roads

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I rise to speak about the enthusiastic response of western Victorian residents and industries to the Andrews Labor government’s funding for roads in the south-west — a response to calls for road upgrades and maintenance for well over a decade. In the past month the Andrews Labor…

Ararat correctional facility

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) — As part of the Andrews government’s response to the Harper review into the post-sentence management of serious offenders, on 13 February I announced that Labor will build a 20-bed secure facility to house Victoria’s most serious adult offenders near Ararat. The facility will be located next to the Hopkins…

FUNDING BOOST FOR EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS IN WESTERN VICTORIA

Victorian emergency management volunteers are getting a well-deserved funding boost thanks to the Victorian Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program. Hundreds of grant applications for equipment, communications, facility upgrades and community engagement and training have already been received from volunteer organisations across the state. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP this…

Daniel Lutz and Vicki Jellie

 MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I rise to congratulate two very different high achievers in my electorate of Western Victoria Region. Henty’s Daniel Lutz, just 24 years old, is one of 12 young farmers from across Victoria to receive a government scholarship of up to $10 000. These scholarships go towards agricultural…

Victoria Polytechnic skills development hub

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of joining the member for St Albans in the Legislative Assembly, Natalie Suleyman, and the member for Footscray in the Legislative Assembly, Marsha Thomson, to announce $10 million of Andrews Labor government funding for a brand-new world-class training facility at Victoria…

TAFE Victoria

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — This morning I launched a new, united TAFE Victoria brand. It is a new initiative that will position TAFE as delivering modern, contemporary qualifications that are available to all Victorians. This will enable TAFE institutes to retain their individual appeal so they can increase the effectiveness and range…

NEW OUTDOOR AREA FOR BEEAC PRIMARY SCHOOL

Beeac Primary School students will enjoy a new outdoor area thanks to a $75,200 grant from the Andrews Labor Government’s $20 million Inclusive Schools Fund Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced funding for the new outdoor area that will include an outdoor breakout area with play equipment.    The Labor Government established the Inclusive Schools…

HELPING GROW THE KOROIT IRISH FESTIVAL

The Andrews Labor Government is helping the Koroit Irish Festival grow. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced a $5000 Regional Events Fund grant today to help the popular festival attract more visitors to the region than ever before. In its 21st year, the Koroit Irish Festival features live music, theatre and a Gaelic sports…

TWO FUN NEW PLAYGROUNDS FOR COLAC FAMILIES

Colac children and families can now come together, get active, have fun and embrace the outdoors at two new playgrounds. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today officially opened new playgrounds at Eastern Reserve and Wyuna Estate Open Space in Colac. The Andrews Labor Government is making major upgrades to community sport and recreation facilities…

MIDLAND HIGHWAY DUPLICATION MOVES ONE STEP CLOSER

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with planning works to duplicate the Midland Highway between Bannockburn and Geelong. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff has been awarded a $670,000 contract to develop the business case for the project. WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff will work with VicRoads to assess the…

A LANDMARK, VICTORIAN-FIRST PLAN TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE

The Andrews Labor Government will give police new powers to collect the DNA of suspected criminals, introduce new laws to crackdown on organised crime and drive by shootings, and establish a dedicated police assistance line for the community, as part of a comprehensive plan to keep Victorians safe. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney welcomed…

TAFE funding

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I rise to advise the house that the Andrews Labor government is putting people first with a multimillion-dollar boost to Victoria’s TAFEs. Over the past fortnight I have visited TAFEs across the state to announce some of the $89.4 million boost in funding to ensure that they are ready…

NEW ROUNDABOUT BOOSTS SAFETY ON MIDLAND HIGHWAY

Local road users in Gheringhap will benefit from a safer and more reliable journey along the Midland Highway with the construction of a new roundabout. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that works to upgrade the intersection of Midland Highway and Fyansford-Gheringhap Road are complete.  The new $2.48 million roundabout includes new street…

BETTER FLOOD PROTECTION FOR INVERLEIGH

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the Golden Plains Shire to prepare the Inverleigh flood study. The study will prepare detailed flood maps and other material to support appropriate development in the growing township and ensure the community is not exposed to increased flood risk. The local community’s recommendations for upgrading flood warning services and…

KINDERGARTEN FOR WARRNAMBOOL CHILDREN WHO NEED IT MOST

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for more families to find a kindergarten place outside of the normal enrolment period. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced an extension of the pre-purchased places pilot program in Warrnambool, securing at least 14 kindergarten places in 2017. The Government purchases and reserves places for children…

DEFIBRILLATOR TO MAKE WESTERN VICTORIA CLUBS SAFER

The Andrews Labor Government is equipping sporting clubs in Western Victoria with a life-saving defibrillator. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced the 11 clubs in Western Victoria receiving the life-saving device as part of the second round of the Defibrillators Grants Program. The recipients include: Country Hockey Umpires Colac Ÿ Colac District…

Working with Children Amendment Bill 2016

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I rise to sum up on the matter that was before the house before the dinner break, which is the Working with Children Amendment Bill 2016. As previous speakers have mentioned, the Working with Children Act 2005 was passed by the Victorian Parliament in 2005 under former Attorney-General…

FUNDING BOOST TO TRANSFORM CASTERTON’S ESS LAGOON

Local residents and visitors are set to benefit from safer and improved access to Casterton’s Ess Lagoon, part of the popular Kelpie Trail. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that the Andrews Labor Government will contribute $30,000 to undertake the improvements works, which will make the existing pedestrian bridge over the lagoon more…

HELPING WARRNAMBOOL RSL SUB-BRANCH INC PRESERVE THE LEGACY OF OUR VETERANS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping the Warrnambool RSL Sub-Branch Inc give our veterans the fitting commemoration they deserve. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced an $80,000 grant for the construction of the Warrnambool ANZAC Memorial. Throughout history, Australia’s veterans have bravely risked their lives to defend our country. It’s important we…

Warrnambool Primary School and Maryborough Education Centre

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise to congratulate two outstanding educational institutions — Warrnambool Primary School and Maryborough Education Centre — and their exceptional staff, most notably Warrnambool’s Jacqui Gore and Maryborough’s education support staff team. Both schools and Jacqui were recipients of 2016 Victorian Education Excellence Awards. The student bodies in these schools are very different,…

Floods – Western Victoria

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My constituency question is directed to the Minister for Emergency Services, Mr Merlino, in the other place. Last Thursday I had the opportunity to visit Carisbrooke and Charlton and to sit down with residents and emergency service members to talk about the impact that the recent floods have had on those communities.…

Quad Bike Safety

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My adjournment matter this evening is for the minister responsible for WorkSafe, Robin Scott, the Minister for Finance in the other place. In June a farmer died in my electorate of Western Victoria Region as a result of a quad bike accident. The farmer, in his 60s, died as a result…

LABOR TO BOOST LOCAL TOURISM IN WESTERN VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the planning of projects that have the potential to increase visitor numbers, create jobs and drive economic growth in Western Victoria region. The Government’s support will allow the proponents of 26 projects across Victoria to move to the next stage of planning, assessing economic viability and further investigating their…

DEFIBRILLATOR TO MAKE WESTERN VICTORIA CLUBS SAFER

The Andrews Labor Government is equipping sporting clubs in Western Victoria with a life-saving defibrillator. Today, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced 10 of nearly 150 clubs across the state receiving the life-saving device as part of the second round of the Defibrillators Grants Program. The recipients include: Barwon Valley Pony Club Ÿ…

Sustainability Initiatives

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise to speak about the exciting work of an innovative group in my electorate, Geelong Sustainability, whose efforts culminated in Sustainable House Day Geelong on 16 October. This open house gave an opportunity to see inside 14 houses and gardens designed, built, renovated or retrofitted with sustainability in mind across Geelong, the…

Koala Numbers

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. It is in relation to the growing population of koalas in the south-west of Victoria, and in particular in the Portland region. For some time communities in and around Portland have been drawing my attention to the growth in…

Country Fire Authority Warrnambool Brigade

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — On Sunday I had the pleasure of attending the official opening of the Warrnambool fire station along with Rohan Luke, acting assistant chief officer of the south-west region; Paul Marshall, Warrnambool Country Fire Authority station officer; Richard Bourke, operations manager, district 5; Craig Lapsley, emergency services commissioner; and Lance Baillie, life member…

Veterans Funding

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My constituency question is for the Minister for Veterans. In June this year the minister announced three grants programs — the Victoria Remembers grant program, the Anzac Day Proceeds Fund and the Anzac centenary community grants program. The Victoria Remembers grant program helps communities make personal connections with the centenary of World…

Floods – South West Victoria

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My constituency question is for the Minister for Emergency Services in the other place, James Merlino. Last week I visited the flood areas of Dunkeld, Casterton and Coleraine and attended a discussion between members of the local community and local emergency services. Flooding across western Victoria over the past months has impacted…

SURF COAST SCHOOLS TO BE UPGRADED

Students in the Surf Coast Shire will soon have better facilities, thanks to a boost of more than $40 million for school maintenance funding. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced 5 of the 436 schools across Victoria that will share in $41.6 million to upgrade old buildings under the Andrews Labor Government’s Planned…

INVERLEIGH AND TEESDALE SCHOOLS TO BE UPGRADED

Students at Inverleigh Primary School and Teesdale Primary School will soon have better facilities, thanks to a boost of more than $40 million for school maintenance funding. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced 2 of the 436 schools across Victoria that will share in $41.6 million to upgrade old buildings under the Andrews…