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…

SOUTH WEST SCHOOLS TO BE UPGRADED

Students in South West Victoria 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 9 of the 436 schools across Victoria that will share in $41.6 million to upgrade old buildings under the Andrews Labor Government’s Planned Maintenance…

WARRNAMBOOL’S FIREFIGHTERS PREPARE FOR FIRE SEASON

The Warrnambool Fire Brigade is better equipped for the upcoming fire season thanks to a new $6.7 million fire station located in Mortlake Road and a new medium tanker.  Representing the Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today officially opened the new modern facilities and handed over the…

NEW ARTS PROGRAM A BIG WIN FOR REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP is encouraging arts groups, societies, venues and local councils to apply for funding to attract the best performances in an effort to strengthen regional touring in more places across the state. The Small Regional Presenters program will be available to support regional arts presenters – including not…

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO ANGLESEA

Small business operators in the Anglesea area will be able to access free mentoring, support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits on Monday 24 October 2016. Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis said the Andrews Labor Government had last year doubled its mobile support for small business, with…

Ford Plant Closures

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise today to acknowledge the tragic closure of the Ford Broadmeadows and Geelong plants last week. The consequences are yet to be fully realised across the state, but the effects are immediately felt by the workers involved. They have to rebuild their lives, as do the communities who so heavily…

Western Victoria Floods

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My member’s statement relates to the ongoing impact of the record-breaking spring rainfalls in western Victoria. The shire communities of Glenelg, Southern Grampians and Buloke, among others, are dealing with the lasting effects of flooding after two major September rainfall events, each a 1-in-20-year event. They produced emergency situations to which the…

Western Victoria Region: Floods

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Minister for Emergency Services in the other place. The minister is more than aware of the impact that the floods are having on a significant number of assets in western Victoria and in particular the damage to and destruction of our roads. My question to the minister…

National Domestic Violence Order Scheme Bill 2016

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise to speak on the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme Bill 2016, and as the previous speaker has outlined and indeed the contributions in the other house have outlined, it is to provide a national recognition scheme for family violence intervention orders, family violence safety notices and other domestic violence orders.…

SAFER MONITORING FOR WOMEN GIVING BIRTH

Terang & Mortlake Health Service and Camperdown Hospital will receive a funding boost to help doctors, nurses and midwives better monitor women and their unborn babies. Forty six hospitals will share in $1.4 million in funding to improve their fetal surveillance processes as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s work to strengthen the quality and…

SAFER MONITORING FOR WARRNAMBOOL WOMEN GIVING BIRTH

Warrnambool Hospital will receive a funding boost to help doctors, nurses and midwives better monitor women and their unborn babies. Forty six hospitals will share in $1.4 million in funding to improve their fetal surveillance processes as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s work to strengthen the quality and safety of Victorian maternity wards. The…

SAFER MONITORING FOR PORTLAND WOMEN GIVING BIRTH

Portland District Health will receive a funding boost to help doctors, nurses and midwives better monitor women and their unborn babies. Forty six hospitals will share in $1.4 million in funding to improve their fetal surveillance processes as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s work to strengthen the quality and safety of Victorian maternity wards.…

SAFER MONITORING FOR COLAC WOMEN GIVING BIRTH

Colac Area Health will receive a funding boost to help doctors, nurses and midwives better monitor women and their unborn babies. Forty six hospitals will share in $1.4 million in funding to improve their fetal surveillance processes as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s work to strengthen the quality and safety of Victorian maternity wards.…

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR WARRNAMBOOL

Small businesses in the Warrnambool area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Wednesday 12 October 2016. Last year more than 4,000 people participated in Small Business Victoria’s workshops across the State. In total 395 workshops were held in the last…

COLAC RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO DETOX YOUR HOME

Find out how to Detox Your Home when the Andrews Labor Government’s latest mobile chemical collection next visits Colac on Saturday 15 October 2016. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP encourages locals to take advantage of the service enabling the safe disposal of potentially toxic household chemicals. Research from the Australian Competition and Consumer…

UPGRADE TO DANGEROUS COASTAL INTERSECTION

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $1.5 million to boost safety at two busy intersections along the Great Ocean Road. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced the upgrade which will address a history of run-off-road, rear end and intersection crashes at the intersection of Great Ocean Road, Childers Cove Road and Mathiesons Road…

NEW MEN’S SHED FOR COLAC WOODWORKERS GUILD

The Andrews Labor Government has announced a new Men’s Shed for the Colac Woodcrafters Guild Inc thanks to a $60,000 grant. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the new shed will boost space for community programs and support the physical and mental wellbeing of locals. The new Colac Woodcrafters Guild Shed will involve…

WESTERN VICTORIA TO HAVE ITS SAY ON COMMUNITY ENERGY PROJECTS

Communities in Western Victoria are invited to join the conversation on the future of community renewable energy projects in Victoria. Local residents can join the wider Victorian community, local government and industry to have input on the future of community renewable energy projects in Victoria. The Andrews Labor Government recently launched the Community Renewable Energy…

LIBERALS AND NATIONALS SPLIT ON FRACKING

It has been four weeks since the Andrews Labor Government announced the nation’s first permanent ban on fracking and coal seam gas, yet it is still unclear whether the Liberals and Nationals will support the ban. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP is calling on the Coalition to come clean to Victorians: do they…

COMMUNITY GRANTS TO KEEP VICTORIANS SAFE FROM CRIME

Nearly $100,000 has been awarded to support 10 local crime prevention projects in Western Victoria under the latest round of the Victorian Government’s Community Safety Fund grants. The Community Safety Fund provides up to $10,000 for councils and community groups across Victoria to help reduce local crime and improve community safety. The latest round of…

ANGLESEA PRIMARY SCHOOL RECOGNISED FOR HELPING TO BUILD MORE RESILIENT COMMUNITIES

Outstanding Victorians who have helped their communities become safer and better prepared for emergencies have been recognised at the 2016 Resilient Australia Awards ceremony in Melbourne today. The national awards recognise local projects that help communities become more resilient before, during and after natural disasters, such as bushfires, heatwaves and storms. Minister for Emergency Services…

Bannockburn P-12 School

On Monday morning I had the pleasure of attending the site of the new Bannockburn P–12 school for the turning of the first sod. I want to thank all those who attended — students, teachers, parents and school councillors — for braving the weather to come out to help turn the sod. Construction is due to be…

Banyul-Warri Fields

On another note, I had the pleasure last Sunday of attending the official opening celebration for the Banyul-Warri Fields recreation zone along with members of the Torquay community, Surf Coast council representatives and other dignitaries. The Andrews government contributed $50 000 towards the project. The recreation zone was developed for people of all ages. It has…

Monica Hayes

Monica Hayes, a friend and constituent in western Victoria, passed away on 26 August. Monica was a community activist extraordinaire, an outstanding exemplar of commitment and advocacy in her communities — in Essendon when she was a councillor and mayor, and on the Bellarine from 2001. Monica was a social reformer and an agent of change, especially…

Doctors in Secondary Schools

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education, James Merlino. It is in relation to the Doctors in Secondary Schools program that has been recently announced. As I understand it, this $43.8 million program was definitely an election commitment that was made by us prior to coming to government. The reason that we have undertaken…

SANDYS LANE LEVEL CROSSING UPGRADED

Boom gates and flashing lights have been installed at the Sandys Lane level crossing in Gnotuk, boosting safety for passengers at the intersection. Sandys Lane, now fitted with warning lights, bells and booms, is the second crossing upgraded as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $50 million Safer Country Crossing Program, after work at Phalps…

SOAPY ROCKS TO BENEFIT FROM COASTCARE FUNDING

Local community and environmental group ANGAIR (Anglesea, Aireys Inlet Society for the Protection of Flora & Fauna) has had their hard work acknowledged by the Andrews Labor Government in the latest round of Coastcare grants. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said community organisations were encouraged to apply for funding from the $150,000 Coastcare Victoria…

Coleraine and Casterton: Flood Funding Relief

My constituency question is for the Minister for Emergency Services. Since late last week the towns of Coleraine and Casterton have been inundated with heavy rain, causing severe flooding. The Glenelg River rose to about 6 metres yesterday morning, with more rain predicted this week. Already we have seen 14 homes across the two towns impacted by…

UPGRADE A STEP CLOSER FOR MACARTHUR PRIMARY SCHOOL

An upgrade to Macarthur Primary School is a step closer with architect firm, Cooper Scaife Achitects appointed to design the $299,000 school upgrade. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the $299,000 for Macarthur Primary School, which was announced in the 2016-17 Victorian Budget in April, would go towards an upgrade to the school’s…