R.S.L Grants

With the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan this year, along with a number of other annual and one-off events, there is an unprecedented number of highly significant commemorative services that are set to take place during the remainder of this year and the next few years. Recently…

Dairy Industry

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Agriculture and is in relation to assistance provided by the Andrews government for dairy farmers in Victoria in light of the recent milk price cut. This morning I had the opportunity to give a members statement on the milk price cut and the devastating impact it is…

Dairy Industry

Victoria is the largest milk producer in Australia, and the south-west of Victoria boasts some of our best dairy country. In no uncertain terms, dairy is the backbone of agriculture in south-west Victoria. The recent milk price drop and the circumstances by which it came about have been devastating to the industry and those who…

THE CASE FOR REVITALISING THE POINT GREY PRECINCT

The Andrews Labor Government is providing $40,000 to produce a business case for theredevelopment of the picturesque Point Grey Precinct in Lorne to boost the area’s tourism appeal even more. Situated at Lorne’s southern entry point, the Point Grey Precinct is a significant social, environmental and economic asset, but its buildings, and park spaces are…

NEW ROUNDABOUT AT SURF COAST HIGHWAY AND SOUTH BEACH ROAD

One of Torquay’s most dangerous intersections will be fixed with a two-lane roundabout built at the notorious intersection of the Surf Coast Highway and South Beach Road. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney visited the site today to announce $2.5million upgrade to make the intersection safer and easier for people to move around the community.…

WORKS BEGIN ON PROJECT TO REVITALISE MELTON

Works have begun on the multi-million dollar community development, the Pride of Melton, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney visited the site today and said the major civic upgrade would benefit the entire community. The project includes an amphitheatre upgrade, courthouse café deck, landscaping, signage, seating, footpaths and paving,…

WORKS BEGIN ON MELTON PLAY SPACE AND PARKLAND

Work has begun on a new playground and extended parkland in Melton, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney was at the site of the Bridge Road play space today and said the facility would benefit the entire community. The project will deliver a play space with traditional and nature…

UPGRADED PORT FAIRY CHILDREN’S CENTRE OPENED

The Victorian Government is investing in the early childhood sector and building new children’s facilities to support families and give kids the best start in life. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today joined Cr Colin Ryan, Mayor of Moyne Shire, to officially open the Port Fairy Community Services Centre extension. Mr Tierney said that…

REVAMPED MERRI KINDERGARTEN OPENED

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today officially opened the upgraded Merri Kindergarten. Ms Tierney was joined by Mayor of Moyne Shire, Cr Colin Ryan, in congratulating the wider Purnim community on their support for this local project. The $549,111 redevelopment has funded the renovating of the one-room kindergarten, and the construction of an additional…

Warrnambool and Colac sporting facilities

I congratulate local sporting clubs in Warrnambool and Colac as they have been instrumental in fundraising and applying for grants to help improve their facilities and build their capacity to be even more successful. A $100 000 grant from the community cricket program was awarded for Warrnambool’s Brierly Reserve master plan to improve the reserve’s water supply…

A NEW SCHOOL FOR ARMSTRONG CREEK IS ON THE WAY

As committed before the election, Armstrong Creek will have a new school, with theAndrews Labor Government allocating funds to acquire land for the project. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today announced the funding as part of the Victorian Budget 2016/17. The new Armstrong Creek West school will give local parents and families the certaintythey…

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR KOROIT

Small businesses in the Koroit area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Tuesday 17 May 2016. Last year more than 4,000 people participated in Small Business Victoria’s workshopsacross the state. Program topics for 2016 include starting a business, financial management,…

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR DERRINALLUM

Small businesses in the Derrinallum area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Tuesday 10 May 2016. Last year more than 4,000 people participated in Small Business Victoria’s workshopsacross the state. Program topics for 2016 include starting a business, financial management,…

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 18 May 2016. Last year more than 4,000 people participated in Small Business Victoria’s workshopsacross the state. Program topics for 2016 include starting a business, financial management,…

NEW TRAIN SERVICES FOR SOUTH-WEST VICTORIA

South West commuters will benefit from an extra return service from Warrnambool to Geelong every weekday and a Sunday return service to Warrnambool. The additional 12 services per week means Warrnambool passengers will now get four return services every weekday and three return services on weekends. The Budget invests $1.3 billion to make regional rail…

NEW LOOK FOR ROKEWOOD CHILDREN’S CENTRE

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today officially opened the revitalised Rokewood Children’s Service. The upgrade of $386,333 has seen a new room for its kindergarten program and boosted the number of licensed places in its three- and four-year-old kindergarten program by 15. The refurbishment has seen the addition of a new staff room, children’s…

MODERN BUILDINGS ON THE WAY FOR GROVEDALE COLLEGE

Students at Grovedale College will enjoy more modern buildings, as the Andrews LaborGovernment continues to make Victoria the Education State. The Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP today announced $7 million from the 2016/17 Victorian Budget will go towards an upgrade to the school’s ageing facilities, ensuring students have the modern spaces they need to…

NEW PORTLAND PRIMARY CARE PRECINCT OFFICIALLY OPENS

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, on behalf of Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, today officially opened the new Portland District Health Consulting Suites atPortland District Health.  The modern consulting suite is a convenient ‘one-stop-shop’ for a range of community and allied health services such as speech therapy, diabetes education, psychology services, dieticians, drug and…

MODERN BUILDINGS ON THE WAY FOR PORTLAND SCHOOLS

Students in Portland will enjoy more modern buildings, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to make Victoria the Education State. The Member for Western Victoria Region Gayle Tierney MP today visited Portland and announced $10 million from the 2016/17 Victorian Budget will go  towards schools in Portland,  to upgrade ageing facilities, ensuring students have the modern spaces…

LABOR GOVERNMENT UPGRADING CENTRAL RESERVE NETBALL CHANGEROOMS

The Andrews Labor Government is improving the Central Reserve Netball Changerooms, giving local players and their families the great facilities they deserve. Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria, today announced a $100,000 CountryFootball Netball Grant, which gives regional clubs opportunities to update tired grounds and build the bases they need. The Central Reserve Netball…

COMMEMORATING AND SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS IN TORQUAY

Gayle Tierney MP today announced a $10,000 grant for the Torquay RSL Sub Branch tocommemorate, support and remember the service and sacrifice of our veterans. Victorians are preparing to pay their respects on ANZAC Day, and the Andrews LaborGovernment is working hard to give our servicemen and women the fitting tribute they deserve – and…

COMMEMORATING AND SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS

Gayle Tierney MP today announced a $20,000 grant for the Dartmoor & DistrictProgress Association Inc project to restore the Avenue of Honour Memorial Streetscape Carvings  to commemorate, support and remember the service and sacrifice of our veterans. Victorians are preparing to pay their respects on ANZAC Day, and the Andrews LaborGovernment is working hard to…

REVAMPED KINDERGARTEN TO BENEFIT ANGLESEA FAMILIES

An upgrade to the Anglesea Kindergarten has increased the number of kindergarten places on offer to local families, and given the centre a fresh look. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney, joined Mayor of Surf Coast Shire Rose Hodge today to officially open the redeveloped Anglesea Kindergarten. The $778,000 upgrade has allowed the centre to…

Battle of Long Tan commemoration

This morning I rise to pay tribute to the Vietnamese War veterans amongst us in our community as well as the Australian Vietnam veterans, who have paid an enormous price — physically, emotionally and financially — for many, many decades. I, like so many others in this chamber, have not been directly involved in war. However, as…

Health Complaints Bill

 I rise to speak this evening on the Health Complaints Bill 2016. This bill seeks to modernise and streamline the framework surrounding dealing with health complaints in this state. In doing so it also gives the newly created health complaints commissioner the powers to deal with health service providers that do not come under commonwealth…

Birregurra Recreation Reserve

I rise to speak on the upgrade of facilities at the Birregurra Recreation Reserve, which will serve the Birregurra netball and tennis clubs. On 30 March I had the pleasure of meeting with representatives of the tennis club and the football and netball club as well as councillors and officers of the Colac Otway Shire to…

Deakin University Warrnambool

My constituency question this afternoon is directed to the Minister for Training and Skills, Mr Herbert. It is in relation to the Warrnambool campus of Deakin University. It comes as no surprise to anyone in this chamber that its ongoing viability has been an issue for a long, long time, and it has been canvassed in…

HAVE YOUR SAY ON VICTORIA’S WATER & BIODIVERSITY FUTURE

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has encouraged the South West community to have their say on Victoria’s new water and biodiversity plans, with a series of consultation workshops being held across Victoria. Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville released the Water for Victoria discussion paper in March this year and…

SOUTH WEST CEMETERIES TO RECEIVE GRANTS BOOST

Cemeteries in the South West will benefit from maintenance and upgrade grants as part of a $900,000 state-wide investment by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced four Cemetery Trusts have been awarded maintenance grants through the Cemetery Trust Grants Program including: Heywood Cemetery Trust which will receive $28,000…

CONNECTU COMMUNITY TRANSPORT TRIAL EXTENDED

The Andrews Labor Government has extended the trial of the ConnectU community transport service, which provides transport to people in Warrnambool, Koroit and PortFairy unable to access public transport or taxi services. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, announced today that the Government has provided $25,000 from the Transport Investing in Regions program to…

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 April 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…

KINDER IMPROVEMENT GRANTS ON OFFER IN SOUTH WEST VICTORIA

Grants to upgrade kindergarten and children’s centre facilities in south west Victoria are now open. The grants will also help enhance the services kindergartens offer local children and families. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today encouraged kindergartens and councils to apply for the grants to help ensure more children have access to a…

TORQUAY NETBALL FACILITIES TO BE FIRST CLASS UNDER LABOR

The long awaited redevelopment of the Spring Creek Netball Pavilion will become a reality under the Andrews Labor Government after Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced a $100,000 grant to the Surf Coast Shire today. The Spring Creek Netball Pavilion Upgrade project will see the existing inadequate clubroom facility demolished and replaced with…

TORQUAY NETBALL FACILITIES TO BE FIRST CLASS UNDER LABOR

The long awaited redevelopment of the Spring Creek Netball Pavilion will become a reality under the Andrews Labor Government after Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced a $100,000 grant to the Surf Coast Shire today. The Spring Creek Netball Pavilion Upgrade project will see the existing inadequate clubroom facility demolished and replaced with…

NEW NETS FOR BANNOCKBURN A SURE STEP TO SUCCESS

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the job of giving the Bannockburn community the great sport and recreation facilities it deserves. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced a $67,000 Community Sports Infrastructure Fund grant to deliver the Bannockburn Cricket Nets Project for the local community. The project will involve the…

NEW NETS FOR BANNOCKBURN A SURE STEP TO SUCCESS

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the job of giving the Bannockburn community the great sport and recreation facilities it deserves. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced a $67,000 Community Sports Infrastructure Fund grant to deliver the Bannockburn Cricket Nets Project for the local community. The project will involve the…

LABOR GOVERNMENT GIVING THE BIRREGURRA COMMUNITY THE BEST SPORT AND RECREATION FACILITIES

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the job of giving the Birregurra community the great sport and recreation facilities it deserves. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced a $100,000 Community Sports Infrastructure Fund grant to deliver the Birregurra Tennis and Netball Redevelopment Project. The project will involve the construction of…

LABOR GOVERNMENT GIVING THE BIRREGURRA COMMUNITY THE BEST SPORT AND RECREATION FACILITIES

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the job of giving the Birregurra community the great sport and recreation facilities it deserves. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced a $100,000 Community Sports Infrastructure Fund grant to deliver the Birregurra Tennis and Netball Redevelopment Project. The project will involve the construction of…

Harmony Day

My members statement today is to acknowledge Harmony Day, which took place on 21 March. Harmony Day is a celebration of the multiculturalism and diversity which makes our nation what it is. It is held in conjunction with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The central message of Harmony Day is…

Historic Train Station Buildings

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Public Transport, and it is in relation to VicTrack’s work in refurbishing disused but historical train station buildings. Last week I had the pleasure of representing the minister in Dunkeld to officially open the newly refurbished Dunkeld train station building, following a $360 000 refurbishment funded…

$6 MILLION EASTER WORKS ON GEELONG/WARRNAMBOOL LINE

More than $6 million in crucial track, signalling and level crossing improvement works on the Geelong and Warrnambool will be carried out over Easter. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said more than 200 V/Line staff and construction crews will work throughout the long weekend to improve the safety and reliability of services for passengers…

Royal Commission into Family Violence

 My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Prevention of Family Violence and is in relation to the Royal Commission into Family Violence, which is due to deliver its recommendations on 29 March. As the minister said in her ministerial statement in the other place yesterday, this will be the most significant report…

Torquay Netball Club

My constituency question is for the Minister for Sport. Over the last few months I have been having meetings with players and officials of the Torquay netball club. I have gone down and had meetings on site with them as well, where they have shown me that the current facilities do not by any measure…

Spring Creek Netball Facilities

I speak on the issue of women’s participation in sport. Particularly over the past few years we have seen some exciting new developments. In 2015 we saw the first televised women’s AFL game between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs, which in terms of viewer ratings was more successful than the Adelaide-Essendon men’s game that same…

Timboon Streetscape Project

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Regional Development. On Saturday I had the opportunity to go to Simpson to open its new community hub. It was a fantastic day, and it is a fantastic project that has been five years in the making. I took the opportunity to go to Timboon,…

Geelong Awards for People with a Disability

I rise to give my congratulations to some particularly special local achievers in my electorate. The Geelong Awards for People with a Disability, run by local service provider Karingal and the City of Greater Geelong, took place at the fantastic new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre earlier this year. Some exceptional individuals were recognised in…

Employment Western Victoria

My question is to the Minister for Training and Skills. In recent years we know there has been a crisis in the jobs and skills area in western Victoria, in part stemming from cuts to the Gordon Institute of TAFE in Geelong and the South West Institute of TAFE in Warrnambool, Portland and Hamilton, coupled…

Transport Accident Amendment Bill 2015

I am pleased to rise this afternoon to speak on the Transport Accident Amendment Bill 2015. As a government we are totally committed to promoting road safety and we applaud the work of the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and the work it does in seeking to educate drivers and to promote shifts in driver behaviour,…

Kardinia Park Stadium Bill 2015

It is with great pleasure that I rise this morning to speak on the Kardinia Park Stadium Bill 2015, because it is an important piece of legislation that is going to contribute to the Geelong community and the Geelong economy. But before I go to the specific aspects of the bill, I would like to…

Stawell Physics Lab

My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Training and Skills and is in relation to the Stawell physics laboratory in my electorate. Last November this government committed $1.75 million for the Stawell Physics Lab through the Labor government’s $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, to be built in Stawell’s existing goldmine. The lab will be…

Keppel Prince Engineering

In an age where we are seeing and feeling the effects of human-induced climate change more and more, investment in renewable energy generation is more crucial than ever. Furthermore, with a number of Victorians out of work and struggling to find new employment, especially in the skilled manufacturing sector, anything which promotes and grows employment…

Police Custody Officers

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Acting Minister for Police in the other place, and it deals with police custody officers. Under the previous government there were significant issues that arose as a result of the overcrowded prison system. That being the case, this government has made it a priority to put significant…

PROTECTING VULNERABLE VICTORIANS WITH BACK UP POWER

Thousands of Victorians living in residential care facilities now have the protection of a continuous backup electricity supply to keep lifesaving medical equipment running during a power failure or emergency. The Andrews Labor Government has finished installing diesel generators in 52 residential care facilities across Victoria under stage 4A of the Local Infrastructure Assistance Fund,…

Bail Amendment Bill 2015

 I rise to speak on the Bail Amendment Bill 2015. This bill serves several purposes. Firstly, it serves to strengthen measures to promote community safety by adding safeguards to the Bail Act 1977 to shift the onus onto serious offenders, especially those with a history of breaching bail, to prove why they should be given…

Road Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

It is a pleasure to stand here and make a contribution in relation to the Road Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 before the house this afternoon. As previous speakers have highlighted, this jurisdiction has been a world leader in terms of road safety when it comes to the introduction of the mandatory wearing of seatbelts, random…

Dick Gray

I rise this morning to pay tribute to Dick Gray, who passed away last month. Dick Gray was a working-class warrior and a proud union man who had three main loves: his family — his wife, his two girls, his sons-in-law and his grandchildren — the Geelong Football Club and the union movement. Dick grew up in…

BOOST FOR COLAC NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK CELEBRATIONS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping local young people put on events and celebrate National Youth Week, with $225,000 in National Youth Week grants. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has welcomed a $2,000 grant for Colac Secondary College’s The Art of Minds project. The project is aimed at providing young people currently disengaging…

BOOST FOR PORTLAND NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK CELEBRATIONS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping local young people put on events and celebrate National Youth Week, with $225,000 in National Youth Week grants. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has welcomed a grant of $2,000 for the Glenelg Shire’s Celebrating you(th) Community Festival. Celebrating you(th) is a mini community festival showcasing the local…

Kindergarten Funding

My adjournment this evening is a matter for the Minister for Families and Children, and it is in relation to a matter that was raised in question time today. It is in respect of kindergarten funding. It is clear that when children are born their brains are actually much the same; it really does come…

Auditor-General’s report in the East West Link

This afternoon I would like to make some comments in relation to the Auditor-General’s report that was tabled in December 2015 on the east–west link (EWL) project. In fact it was tabled in this place on 9 December last year. The Acting Auditor-General, Dr Peter Frost, notes in the letter to the Presiding Officers accompanying the report,…

School Breakfast Clubs program

My constituency question is for the Minister for Education in relation to the School Breakfast Clubs program. I am very pleased that the minister has seen fit to provide funding for breakfast clubs in 36 schools across my electorate of Western Victoria Region. I understand it is a $13.7 million program. I believe this will improve the…

Christmas Day Fires

On Christmas Day, on what should have been a day of joy, family and celebration, residents of Wye River and Separation Creek were instead faced with fear and danger as fire tore through their communities. As a result of the fire, 118 homes were lost — 98 in Wye River and 18 in Separation Creek. Over 2500 hectares were burnt…

Warrnambool Special Development School

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Education in the other place, and it is in relation to the Warrnambool Special Developmental School in the south-west of my electorate. Prior to the 2014 state election Labor acknowledged that the Warrnambool Special Developmental School was long overdue for a new home. Originally built…

SUMMER BUSES FROM COLAC TO THE SURF COAST

The popular Colac to Lorne and Colac to Apollo Bay bus services are be back this summer, helping sun-lovers, surfers and workers get to the beach. During December and January, people flock to the Great Ocean Road to relax and enjoy the sun and surf. These bus services provide an important connection for people working…

MV Portland

My constituency question is to the Minister for Industrial Relations, and it is in relation to the MV Portland vessel and its 38 Australian seafaring crew. The MV Portland has been carrying alumina from Alcoa’s Kwinana plant to its smelter in Portland for 25 years. In the past, both through its smelter and through the use of…

Winchelsea Primary School

Last Friday I also joined the Minister for Education at Winchelsea Primary School. During the recent by-election in the Legislative Assembly electorate of Polwarth, members opposite had a keen interest in Winchelsea Primary School. Unfortunately I think that was more to do with the Liberal Party trying to save face. After four years of the former…