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…

Colac East Kindergarten

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting children, parents and teachers at Colac East Kindergarten to announce a significant grant from the Andrews Labor government to build on this already fantastic sector. Under the Labor government’s $50 million investment in the early childhood sector, Colac East Kindergarten will receive just under a quarter of a…

NEW KINDERGARTEN UPGRADE TO BENEFIT COLAC FAMILIES

A new kindergarten upgrade in Colac will help children and families access quality early childhood services, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $50 million investment in the early childhood sector. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the Andrews Labor Government had allocated $244,088 to upgrade and extend the early learning facilities at…

SCHOOLS IN POLWARTH TO SERVE UP FREE BREAKFASTS

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Polwarth will benefit from a healthier start to the 2016 school year after their schools signed up to the Breakfast Clubs program. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced the names of schools in Polwarth participating in the State Government-funded program from Terms 2 and 3, 2016. The…

NEW TERANG FIRE STATION OPENS TODAY

Terang CFA will be better equipped to fight fire and protect the local community with a new state-of-the-art $1.3 million fire station. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney represented the Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett at today’s official opening of the new station. Built by MKM Constructions Ballarat, it includes two administration offices, a…

Inquiry into Labour Hire and Insecure Employment

My constituency question is for the Minister for Industrial Relations and is about the Andrews government’s inquiry into labour hire and insecure employment. I am aware that hearings for this inquiry began this week in Mildura and that subsequent hearings are scheduled to take place over the coming months, including in Geelong in December. This…

Paris Terror Attacks

At the centre of the Place de la Republique in the French capital of Paris stands a bronze statue of Marianne, the personification of the French Republican. Holding an olive branch in her right hand, and with her left hand on the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, Marianne personifies the values of…

Kerryn Manning

Given the excitement around the Melbourne Cup you could have been forgiven for not noticing another woman, Kerryn Manning, creating her own history. She became the first woman to win New Zealand harness racing’s premier cup, the New Zealand Trotting Cup (group 1) in Christchurch. Ms Manning hails from Great Western in my electorate, where the welcome…

Melbourne Cup

What a month it has been for western Victoria in the field of sport. Ballarat-based horse trainer Darren Weir and his team, along with the training support team in Warrnambool, strapper Stevie Payne and of course Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne have done the electorate proud. It is an absolute testimony that this six-year-old…

SNAPSHOT OF COMMUNITY INPUT ON BETTER PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The Andrews Labor Government has released a snapshot of the feedback and ideas received through recent the Regional Network Development Plan (RNDP) workshops held in the Barwon South West region, as planning continues on Victoria’s first ever long-term strategy for better regional public transport. Nearly 300 people from across the Barwon South West region attended workshops…

Disability Services

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing. I am sure a lot of other members in this house and in the other place are involved in our electorate with issues around disability, access to services and facilities, and a range of aspects. But in particular for regional MPs…

Family Violence

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence. I am seeking that she come and visit my electorate, specifically Geelong and the Surf Coast region, to hold discussions with members of the community and local government authorities, as well as a range of community organisations and other stakeholders who are…

Lorne Kindergarten

Last month Lorne Kindergarten beat over 100 other Victorian schools and kinders to win the Early Childhood Service of the Year in Sustainability Victoria’s resource smart education awards. The kinder’s junior earthlings program earnt the kindergarten the top honour and prize money which will be invested into two family-focused, not-for-profit programs, one in Laos and the…

Jayne and Daryl Collins

On another note, I wish to congratulate Jayne and Daryl Collins from Birregurra, who recently received the Excellence in Small Business award at the Colac Otway Business Awards for 2015. Jayne and Daryl took over the Hillview Cattery near Birregurra one year ago as tree changers, and have excelled in the business. I would like…

Roghayeh Sadeghi

I take this opportunity to congratulate a very special student in my electorate, Roghayeh Sadeghi, who recently won a Newsboys Foundation youth leadership award at the Victorian student representative awards in Melbourne. Ms Sadeghi arrived in Australia from Iran with her family of nine in 2012. Hailed by her peers as an inspirational leader, Ms Sadeghi transformed…

GRANT BOOST FOR LORNE CREATIVE SECTOR

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced that a group of four artists has received a $20,000 grant to create performance pieces in Lorne as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s VicArts Grants program. The performance pieces by artists including Stelarc, Jill Orr, Ash Keating and Ryan Kennedy will be presented as part…

PLAYGROUP FUNDING GIVES TERANG KIDS A GREAT START

Families in Terang will benefit from a new grant to help establish a community playgroup as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $50,000 Great Start Community Playgroup Fund. Terang Playgroup  has received $1000 to help get the resources needed like books, toys and play equipment as well as mentoring support to ensure a successfully run…

WESTERN VIC LEARN LOCALS URGED TO APPLY FOR FUNDING

Learn Local organisations in Western Victoria are being encouraged to apply to share in $2 million in Andrews Labor Government funding. The Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board has launched its latest Capacity and Innovation Funding Round with applications closing on December 15. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said funding is available…

Victoria Legal Aid

I rise this afternoon to speak on the annual report of Victoria Legal Aid entitled Helping Victorians with their Legal Problems. I have spoken on a number of occasions in this place on the Victoria Legal Aid organisation, as I take a particular interest in its progress and what it does, it being a very…

Maryborough Education Centre

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Education and is in relation to the Maryborough Education Centre. I call on the minister to commit funds to improve the amenity of Maryborough Education Centre. The centre is a school where young people of the Maryborough community can learn and grow in a supportive,…

Victims of Crime Commissioner Bill 2015

It is with great pleasure that I rise this afternoon to speak on the Victims of Crime Commissioner Bill 2015. The bill before us is a fairly simple bill; however, its simplicity does not take away from its importance. The key to today’s debate is an acknowledgement that we can never, ever do enough in…

NDIS

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing. It is in relation to the national disability insurance scheme (NDIS). The action I seek from the minister is that he host a forum regarding the rollout of the national disability insurance scheme in the south-west in the near future. As members in…

Kenneth Cumming

I take this opportunity to congratulate Mr Kenneth Cumming of Warrnambool, who was honoured with a Council on the Ageing Senior Achiever Award during the 2015 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards at Government House earlier this month. As a hospital visitor, Kenneth devotes his time to the care of others, making sure that ex-service members…

Kindergarten Funding

On another note, but consistent with the theme of the Labor government’s support for Victorian families, I congratulate all the kindergartens in my electorate that were successful in obtaining funding from the Andrews Labor government’s $50 million investment in the early childhood sector. The Andrews Labor government is also providing up to $83.7 million over four years…

Emma House Domestic Violence Services

Regardless of political stripe, everyone in this place agrees that domestic violence in Victoria is a stain on our great state. I am so proud to be a part of a government that is serious about tackling family violence and as a part of that is supporting Victoria’s community legal centres in the important work…

WARRNAMBOOL RECEIVES $219,680 TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY

A $219,690 Victorian Government grant will help increase community safety andconfidence in the East Warrnambool housing commission estate. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced funding for the EastWarrnambool housing commission estate under the latest round of the government’s Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grants program. This funding grant will assist with the installation…

FOODSHARE RELIEF FOR COLAC COMMUNITIES

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, today officially opened the new Colac and District Community Foodshare, which received $84,000 in funding support from the Andrews Labor Government. The Colac Foodshare will distribute rescued food to partner organisations across the Colac Otway Shire, that in turn then deliver the food to community kitchens, breakfast and…

NEW KINDERGARTEN UPGRADES BENEFIT SOUTH WEST FAMILIES

Local kindergartens in the South West are set to benefit from 20 separate grants as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s promise to deliver new kindergarten infrastructure improvements.  Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said 17 kindergartens would share in over $60,000 worth of grants to improve services for children and families.  Six kindas…

NEW KINDERGARTEN UPGRADES BENEFITS POLWARTH FAMILIES

Local kindergartens in Polwarth are set to benefit from 14 separate grants as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s promise to deliver new kindergarten infrastructure improvements. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said 10 kindergartens would share in over $60,000 worth of grants to improve services for children and families. Five kindas in Polwarth…

GRANTS STRENGTHEN EMMA HOUSE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES

Emma House Domestic Violence Services will receive two grants totalling $102,174 to boost its ability to help vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians, following a series of grant allocations announced by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the funding for Emma House Domestic Violence Services was vital to ensure that vulnerable…

Warrnambool Ministerial Visit

My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Training and Skills. The action I seek from the minister is for him to visit Warrnambool in my electorate to see firsthand the issues facing the south-west, in particular the high youth unemployment rate, and to discuss what actions the Andrews government can take…