GIVING TOMORROW’S LEADERS A GREATER SAY TODAY

The Andrews Labor Government is giving young Victorians in Western Victoria more opportunities to have a greater say in the decisions that affect their communities. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced a new grants round for the Labor Government’s Rural and Regional Local Government Youth Engagement Program is open, which is giving…

UPGRADE A STEP CLOSER FOR CASTERTON SECONDARY COLLEGE

An upgrade to Casterton Secondary Colleges is a step closer with architect firm, Cooper Scaife Achitects appointed to design the $750,000 school upgrade. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the $750,000 for Casterton Secondary College – announced in April from the 2016/17 Victorian Budget – would go towards an upgrade to the school’s…

UPGRADE A STEP CLOSER FOR GROVEDALE SECONDARY COLLEGE

An upgrade to Grovedale Secondary Colleges is a step closer with architect firm, 1:1 Architects appointed to design the $7 million school upgrade. This follows an announcement in April from the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP that $7 million for Grovedale Secondary College from the 2016/17 Victorian Budget would go towards an upgrade…

UPGRADE A STEP CLOSER FOR PORTLAND SECONDARY COLLEGE

An upgrade to Portland Secondary Colleges is a step closer with architect firm, 1:1 Architects appointed to design the $2 million school upgrade. This follows an announcement in April from the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP that $2 million for Portland Secondary College from the 2016/17 Victorian Budget would go towards an upgrade…

South West Roads

It will be of no surprise that my question also is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan. I do recall that I raised the issue of the state of roads in the south-west prior to the winter break. I am pleased that Mr Purcell also raised it again today, and I am…

Forrest-Apollo Bay Road

Last month I had the pleasure of announcing $323 000 worth of Andrews Labor government funding for yet another road safety improvement project on the Forrest-Apollo Bay Road. This funding will address a history of run-off-road crashes, near misses and head-on collisions due to the curves along these roads, by installing guide posts, curve alignment markers,…

Warrnambool Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum

On another note, I was delighted to represent the Minister for Mental Health in Warrnambool last month at a wellbeing service provider forum. The forum was a chance to have a discussion with key figures in the mental health sector in western Victoria regarding the unique circumstances facing farmers in regional Victoria who may be…

Mount Moriac Reserve

On a final note, I wish to thank the Surf Coast shire and local members at Modewarre as well as the state government for providing moneys to revitalise the Mount Moriac Reserve at Modewarre with resurfaced tennis courts, the addition of basketball and netball rings and the creation of an open play space — — The ACTING…

WESTERN VICTORIA REMEMBERS THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN

Western Victoria will pay tribute to Victoria’s brave servicemen and women on Vietnam Veterans Day on Thursday 18 August, the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria announced today that 8 schools from Western Victoria would attend a special service at the Shrine of Remembrance. Their travel…

Local Learning and Employment Networks

Tonight my adjournment matter is for the Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert. I take this opportunity to thank him for ensuring that learning and further education are again at the centre of the state’s priorities in Victoria. The point I want to raise is the issue of the countless number of people who…

Battle of Long Tan Commemoration

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August, Vietnam Veterans Day, I am pleased to congratulate two students from western Victoria who have been selected to take part in the 2016 Vietnam history study tour. The students, Lauren McIlveen of Camperdown College and Georgia Perris of Horsham College, are among…

GRANT TO HELP PORTLAND SMALLBORE RIFLE CLUB GROW

The Andrews Labor Government is helping the Portland Smallbore Rifle Club upgrade its shooting range facilities. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced a $15,000 Shooting Sports Facilities Program grant. The club is one of 74 across the state sharing in more than $3 million funding. The grant will go towards an…

GRANT TO HELP WARRNAMBOOL RIFLE CLUBS GROW

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Warrnambool Rifle Clubs upgrade their shooting range facilities. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced that 2 of the 74 clubs across the state sharing in more than $3 million Shooting Sports Facilities Program funding were from Warrnambool. Recipients included: Warrnambool Field and Game Inc –…

FIGURES SHOW AMBULANCE SERVICE IMPROVES IN MOYNE SHIRE

New figures show Moyne Shire patients are receiving a quicker response from their ambulance service. Released by Acting Minister for Ambulance Services, James Merlino, the new Ambulance Victoria figures show significant improvement since the election of the Andrews Labor Government. The average time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code 1 accident…

FIGURES SHOW AMBULANCE SERVICE IMPROVES IN WARRNAMBOOL

New figures show Warrnambool patients are receiving a quicker response from their ambulance service. Released by Acting Minister for Ambulance Services, James Merlino, the new Ambulance Victoria figures show significant improvement since the election of the Andrews Labor Government. The improved performance reflects Labor’s determination to fix the ambulance crisis, left by the previous Liberal…

FIGURES SHOW AMBULANCE SERVICE IMPROVES IN GLENELG

New figures show Glenelg patients are receiving a quicker response from their ambulance service. Released by Acting Minister for Ambulance Services, James Merlino, the new Ambulance Victoria figures show significant improvement since the election of the Andrews Labor Government. The average time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code 1 accident or…

FIGURES SHOW AMBULANCE SERVICE IMPROVES IN GOLDEN PLAINS

New figures show Golden Plains patients are receiving a quicker response from their ambulance service. Released by Acting Minister for Ambulance Services, James Merlino, the new Ambulance Victoria figures show significant improvement since the election of the Andrews Labor Government. The average time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code 1 accident…

FIGURES SHOW AMBULANCE SERVICE IMPROVES IN CORANGAMITE

New figures show Corangamite patients are receiving a quicker response from their ambulance service. Released by Acting Minister for Ambulance Services, James Merlino, the new Ambulance Victoria figures show significant improvement since the election of the Andrews Labor Government. The average time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code 1 accident or…

EQUIPMENT BOOST FOR LIFE SAVING VICTORIA – SOUTH BARWON

Life Saving Victoria volunteers in South Barwon will share in almost $735,000 in Victorian Government grants to buy new equipment.  The Andrews Labor Government today announced the recipients of the 2016-17 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program. Under the program, the government commits $2 for every $1 provided by volunteer groups to help them buy additional…

TORQUAY VOLUNTEER COAST GUARDS GET EQUIPMENT BOOST

Volunteer coast guards in the Surf Coast will share in more than $300,000 in Victorian Government grants to buy additional new equipment.  The Andrews Labor Government today announced the recipients of the 2016-17 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program. Under the program, the government commits $2 for every $1 provided by volunteer groups to help them…

EQUIPMENT BOOST FOR LIFE SAVING VICTORIA – POLWARTH

Life Saving Victoria volunteers in Polwarth will share in almost $735,000 in Victorian Government grants to buy new equipment.  The Andrews Labor Government today announced the recipients of the 2016-17 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program. Under the program, the government commits $2 for every $1 provided by volunteer groups to help them buy additional trucks,…

EQUIPMENT BOOST FOR LIFE SAVING VICTORIA – SOUTH WEST

Life Saving Victoria volunteers in the South West will share in almost $735,000 in Victorian Government grants to buy new equipment.  The Andrews Labor Government today announced the recipients of the 2016-17 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program. Under the program, the government commits $2 for every $1 provided by volunteer groups to help them buy…

BOOST FOR CORANGAMITE SHIRE KINDERS, WIN FOR LOCAL FAMILIES

Young families in the Corangamite Shire are set to benefit as Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria today congratulated 2 kindergartens and childcare centres which will receive the Andrews Labor Government’s minor infrastructure and IT grants. A total of $1.22 million in grants will assist kinders across Victoria upgrade their facilities and IT. The Corangamite…

BOOST FOR WARRNAMBOOL KINDERS, WIN FOR LOCAL FAMILIES

Young families in Warrnambool are set to benefit as Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria today congratulated 2 kindergartens and childcare centres which will receive the Andrews Labor Government’s minor infrastructure and IT grants. A total of $1.22 million in grants will assist kinders across Victoria upgrade their facilities and IT. The Warrnambool services are…

BOOST FOR HAWKESDALE KINDER, WIN FOR LOCAL FAMILIES

Young families in Hawkesdale are set to benefit as Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria today congratulated the Hawkesdale & District Family Services Centre which will receive the Andrews Labor Government’s minor infrastructure and IT grants. A total of $1.22 million in grants will assist kinders across Victoria upgrade their facilities and IT. The Hawkesdale…

BOOST FOR GLENELG SHIRE KINDERS, WIN FOR LOCAL FAMILIES

Young families in the Glenelg Shire are set to benefit as Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria today congratulated the 4 kindergartens and childcare centres which will receive the Andrews Labor Government’s minor infrastructure and IT grants. A total of $1.22 million in grants will assist kinders across Victoria upgrade their facilities and IT. The…

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR HEYWOOD

Small businesses in the Heywood area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Wednesday 24 August 2016. This workshop is part of the 2016 Small Business Festival Victoria, which will run through the month of August.  The Festival, now in its…

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR CAMPERDOWN

Small businesses in the Camperdown area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Wednesday 17 August 2016. This workshop is part of the 2016 Small Business Festival Victoria, which will run through the month of August. The Festival, now in its…

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR PETERBOROUGH

Small businesses in the Peterborough area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Tuesday 16 August 2016.  This workshop is part of the 2016 Small Business Festival Victoria, which will run through the month of August.  The Festival, now in its…

SERVING UP AN ACE NEW PLAYSPACE FOR MODEWARRE FAMILIES

Modewarre children and families can now come together and embrace the outdoors at a new playspace and social tennis court at Modewarre Reserve. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today officially opened the new Modewarre Reserve Tennis and Play Space Project. The Andrews Labor Government is giving communities all over Victoria the safe, modern sport…

SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUBS SUPPORT LOCAL FAMILIES IN HAMILTON

Children from families in Hamilton are getting a brighter and healthier start to the day, with George Street Primary School continuing its highly successful School Breakfast Club funded by the Andrews Labor Government’s School Breakfast Clubs program. Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria, visited students at George Street PS this morning to see firsthand…

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT IN PLACE FOR FARMERS

Farmers in the Western Victoria are being encouraged to tap into counselling and support services being made available as part of the Victorian Government’s $1.5 million assistance package. Victoria has more than 4000 dairy farms and local Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP urged farmers to contact local mental health providers and seek support.…

SHADE GRANTS PROVIDING PROTECTION FOR WESTERN VICTORIA

Western Victoria schools have received an Andrews Labor Government grant for some much needed protection from harmful UV radiation by installing sun shade around their school. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced the recipients of grants from the first round of the Andrews Labor Government’s School Shade Grants Program. The Labor Government…

SAFETY BOOST FOR SKENES CREEK AND FORREST-APOLLO BAY ROAD

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a package of road safety improvements to reduce the number and severity of crashes along Skenes Creek Road and Forrest-Apollo Bay Road between Skenes Creek and Forrest. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP welcomed the $323,000 announcement, which will address a history of run-off-road crashes and head-on collisions…

BOOST TO SURF COAST FOR CREATIVE ROAD SAFETY THINKING

Road safety in the Surf Coast has received a boost after the Amy Gillett Foundation received $10,000 from a Transport Accident Commission grants program. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP this week welcomed the funding for a project to improve cyclist safety. The TAC’s Community Road Safety Grants Program provides grants of up to…

BACKING INDEPENDENT ARTS IN PORT FAIRY

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has welcomed the announcement that the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival will receive funding from the Andrews Labor Government. The Labor Government announced it will back 90 of the state’s small, medium and independent arts organisations with more support for the sector to fuel Victoria’s creative economy…

LABOR GOVERNMENT DELIVERS RECORD FUNDING FOR COLAC AREA HEALTH

More patients will receive the care, treatment and surgeries they need sooner with the Andrews Labor Government spending a record $16.47 billion across the entire health system this year. Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, today announced the 2016/17 budget allocations for every Victorian health service, including $24.42 million for Colac Area Health. This is $498,000…

LABOR GOVERNMENT DELIVERS RECORD FUNDING FOR TIMBOON AND DISTRICT HEALTHCARE SERVICE

More patients will receive the care, treatment and surgeries they need sooner with the Andrews Labor Government spending a record $16.47 billion across the entire health system this year. Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, today announced the 2016/17 budget allocations for every Victorian health service, including $4.3 million for Timboon and District Healthcare Service. This…

LABOR GOVERNMENT DELIVERS RECORD FUNDING FOR WARRNAMBOOL HOSPITAL

More patients will receive the care, treatment and surgeries they need sooner with the Andrews Labor Government spending a record $16.47 billion across the entire health system this year. Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, today announced the 2016/17 budget allocations for every Victorian health service, including $125.34 million for Warrnambool’s South West Healthcare. This is…

LABOR GOVERNMENT DELIVERS RECORD FUNDING FOR OTWAY HEALTH

More patients will receive the care, treatment and surgeries they need sooner with the Andrews Labor Government spending a record $16.47 billion across the entire health system this year. Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, today announced the 2016/17 budget allocations for every Victorian health service, including $3.06 million for Otway Health. This is $48,000 more…

LABOR GOVERNMENT DELIVERS RECORD FUNDING FOR PORTLAND HOSPITAL

More patients will receive the care, treatment and surgeries they need sooner with the Andrews Labor Government spending a record $16.47 billion across the entire health system this year. Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, today announced the 2016/17 budget allocations for every Victorian health service, including $25.55 million for Portland District Health. This is $421,000…

REGIONAL EVENTS FUND TO HELP WESTERN VICTORIA GROW

The Andrews Labor Government has set up a $20 million Regional Events Fund to help our regions attract and stage the events that bring visitors in their thousands. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced the $20 million fund was open, and Western Victoria event organisers can now apply for assistance showcasing our…

GLENELG SHIRE COUNCIL RECEIVES $25,000 TO COMBAT ILLEGAL GRAFFITI

A $25,000 Andrews Labor Government grant will help fight graffiti vandalism and increase community confidence and safety in Portland, Casterton and Heywood. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced funding for the Glenelg Shire Council under the latest round of the government’s Graffiti Prevention Grants Program. The ‘Don’t Take A Fence’ project…

STRENGTHENING YOUTH ENGAGEMENT IN WESTERN VICTORIA

Young people in Western Victoria will get more opportunities to have their say and participate in decision-making, with the launch of the Andrews Labor Government’s Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria. Local member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said that the policy will improve youth engagement, with new opportunities for government and…

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 13 July 2016.  Last year more than 4,000 people participated in Small Business Victoria’s workshops across the state. Program topics for 2016 include starting a business, financial…

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR COBDEN

Small businesses in the Cobden area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Wednesday 20 July 2016.  Last year more than 4,000 people participated in Small Business Victoria’s workshops across the state. Program topics for 2016 include starting a business, financial…

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR MORTLAKE

Small businesses in the Mortlake area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Tuesday 12 July 2016.  Last year more than 4,000 people participated in Small Business Victoria’s workshops across the state. Program topics for 2016 include starting a business, financial…

LIBRARY FUNDING BOOST FOR WESTERN VICTORIA

Corangamite Regional Library Corporation will be able to buy new books, deliver reading programs and improve local library spaces, thanks to funds from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced Corangamite Regional Library Corporation will receive $749,844 in funding, as part of the Labor Government’s record $41.5 million Public…

LIBRARY FUNDING BOOST FOR PORTLAND

Glenelg Shire Council will be able to buy new books, deliver reading programs and improve local library spaces, thanks to funds from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced Glenelg Shire Council will receive $178,741 in funding, as part of the Labor Government’s record $41.5 million Public Libraries Funding…

NEW TAFE BOARD FOR SOUTH WEST INSTITUTE OF TAFE

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has today welcomed the appointment of a new board for South West Institute of TAFE. The appointments are effective from 1 July. The new Boards highlight the Andrews Labor Government’s work to restore independence and proper governance to Victoria’s TAFE institutes after years of neglect by the former…

SOUTH WEST LIFE SAVING CLUBS GO SOLAR

Life Saving Clubs in the Surf Coast will be shifting towards renewable energy ahead of next summer season thanks to the Andrews Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced that 3 of the 42 clubs awarded grants for the installation of 5 kilowatt solar panel systems to generate their own renewable power were…

SURF COAST LIFE SAVING CLUBS GO SOLAR

Life Saving Clubs in the Surf Coast will be shifting towards renewable energy ahead of next summer season thanks to the Andrews Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced that 7 of the 42 clubs awarded grants for the installation of 5 kilowatt solar panel systems to generate their own renewable power were…

South West Roads

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My constituency question today is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donellan. The state of some of the roads in south-west Victoria has been an issue in those communities for a long time and has had significant media coverage. Mr Ramsay interjected. Ms TIERNEY — Taking up Mr Ramsay’s interjection, I highlight the fact that…

Gender Equality

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Women in the other place, who is also the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, and it is in relation to empowering women across Victoria. Gender inequality affects women in all areas of their lives. In terms of the Victorian workforce, the participation rate…

Colac and Cobden Police Stations

I congratulate members of the Colac community, who are thrilled that their outdated 1930s police station will be replaced thanks to a commitment by the Andrews Labor government to spend $11.7 million on a new complex — a new police station that the previous government talked about but could never deliver. Colac residents have long recognised the…

Lorne and District Men’s Shed

 On Sunday, 12 June, I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Families and Children at the official opening of the Lorne and District Men’s Shed. Over 200 people attended the launch, which is an example of the support the Lorne community has for its men’s shedders and the shed’s importance in the community. These facilities…

Warrnambool Regional Youth Hub

 On another note, the new regional youth hub in Warrnambool held its first official event last week, boosting opportunities for local young people to participate in the community. The Andrews Labor government is providing $450 000 over two years for the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic) to operate the new centre, which will be co-located…

COMMUNITY PROJECTS SET TO REVITALISE SKIPTON

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated the Skipton Communityon the official opening of three Community Projects including the Linking Skipton Town Streetscape and Town Entry Design Project. Following the 2010 and 2011 floods, Skipton residents identified three projects that would strengthen the community and encourage economic growth by driving tourism and population-growth to…

STRENGTHENING YOUTH ENGAGEMENT IN WESTERN VICTORIA

Young people in Western Victoria will get more opportunities to have their say and participate in decision-making, with the launch of the Andrews Labor Government’s Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria. Local member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said that the policy will improve youth engagement, with new opportunities for government and…

Gordon TAFE

My question is for the Minister for Training and Skills, and it is in relation to an announcement the minister made in my electorate last Friday. In another welcome boost for Gordon TAFE in Geelong, the minister announced that $5 million of the Andrews government’s TAFE Rescue Fund would go towards the $10 million redevelopment of the…

Child Protection in the South West

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Families and Children and Minister for Youth Affairs, Ms Mikakos. As the minister is aware, there has been a surge in the growth of child protection notifications across the state, with the Auditor-General highlighting that the number of children in out-of-home care has grown by 60 per…

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week is a time for Australians to reflect on our shared histories, a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and a time to think about how we can positively contribute to closing the gap for the benefit of all Australians. This year’s reconciliation week took…

Military Repatriations

I rise to speak on the recent repatriation of the bodies of 33 Australian service personnel who were previously interred at the Terendak Military Cemetery in Malaysia and at the Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore. Under the arrangements in place at the time of their deaths, unless families were willing to pay £600 to have the…

MOYNE SHIRE SPORTS CLUBS SECURE LABOR GOVERNMENT GRANTS

Grassroots sports clubs in the Moyne Shire are unlocking their potential by securing grants of up to $1,000 to help with the operation of their club. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced that five clubs in the Moyne Shire had secured grants under the Andrews Labor Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program, helping…

SURF COAST SPORTS CLUBS SECURE LABOR GOVERNMENT GRANTS

Grassroots sports clubs on the Surf Coast are unlocking their potential by securing grants of up to $5,000 to help with the operation of their club. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced that three clubs on the surf coast had secured grants under the Andrews Labor Government’s SportingClub Grants Program, helping them…

WARRNAMBOOL SPORTS CLUBS SECURE LABOR GOVERNMENT GRANTS

Grassroots sports club in Warrnambool are unlocking their potential by securing grants of up to $2,000 to help with the operation of their club. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced that nine clubs in Warrnambool had secured grants under the Andrews Labor Government’s SportingClub Grants Program, helping them expand their skills and…

EDUCATION STATE TAKES SHAPE IN THE SOUTH WEST

Construction for a number of school upgrades across the south west is on track with the appointment of builders this week. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, today announced that the builders appointed to each school project include: –               Brauer Secondary College – J.R.T. Builders Pty Ltd. Works will include an upgraded staff wing, library…

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union

I take this opportunity to speak about an important industry in Victoria that is responsible for hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs across the state. This week thousands of construction workers voted overwhelmingly to support a new enterprise bargaining agreement for the construction industry that will result in a complete modernisation of this…