Mobile Black Spot program

I rise to congratulate the Andrews Labor government on its cooperative work with the federal government and Telstra to maximise funding for the elimination of mobile phone black spots. The mobile phone network is a vital piece of infrastructure for the 21st century. The mobile phone is ubiquitous these days. Mobile phone black spots are not…

Oberon High School

My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Education, and the action I seek is that the minister join with me and visit Oberon High School in Belmont to take in the important work that school is doing and also to look at the future requirements of that school. Oberon High has…

Aboriginal Flag

I take this opportunity to reflect on the official raising of the Aboriginal flag above the Victorian Parliament during the last sitting week. As it should, the Aboriginal flag is permanently flying alongside the Australian and Victorian flags above the Parliament of Victoria. This is about the recognition and acknowledgement of the traditional owners of…

Aunty Marlene Gilson

It gives me great pleasure to speak about Aunty Marlene Gilson, a Wadawurrung elder who was recently voted the people’s choice at the 2015 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards. A self-taught artist, Aunty Marlene seeks to share Aboriginal culture and history to encourage our younger generation to keep stories alive through their own art. Aunty Marlene…

NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK 2016 GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting young people in Western Victoria with $187,000 in grants to celebrate National Youth Week in 2016, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today. Council, local community organisations and schools in Western Victoria are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $2000 to assist with putting on…

TOP HONOUR FOR INSPIRATIONAL WARRNAMBOOL SENIOR

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP was today delighted to congratulate Kenneth Cumming, of Warrnambool, who was honoured with a COTA Senior Achiever Award during the 2015 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards at Government House today. Mr Cumming was among 14 seniors honoured, with awards presented by the Minister for Housing, Disability and…

LABOR EXTENDS GRANTS PROGRAM FOR MULTICULTURAL SENIORS

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing the popular Participation for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Seniors Grants Program for another two years. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today called on ethnic and multicultural community groups and organisations, as well as local councils in Western Victoria to apply for the 2016 round of the…

SOUTH WEST TO BENEFIT FROM $15 MILLION ELECTION COMMITMENT TO ESTABLISH SKILLS AND JOBS CENTRES

South West locals will benefit from an Andrew Labor Government election commitment to establish one-stop shop Skills and Job Centres across Victoria. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today welcomed the Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert’s announcement that the Labor Government will invest $15 million to create the new Skills and Jobs…

WARRNAMBOOL TO HOST SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS

Small businesses in the Warrnambool area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at two upcoming seminars to be held on Wednesday 7 October and Wednesday 28 October 2015. Last year more than 4,000 people participated in Small Business Victoria’s workshops and seminars across the state. Popular program…

LOCAL TRADITIONAL OWNER APPOINTED TO VICTORIAN ABORIGINAL HERITAGE COUNCIL

Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney has congratulated Lismore resident and prominent member of the Wergaia people, Eleanor Bourke, for her reappointment to the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council. The Council is Australia’s only statutory decision-making authority with membership comprised exclusively of Traditional Owners. Ms Tierney said that Council members provided advice to the Minister for…

Bannockburn P-12 School

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education, James Merlino, and it is in relation to the Bannockburn P–12 school. The local community has been campaigning for many years to get a new school. Bannockburn is one of the fastest growing towns in one of the fastest growing municipalities in this state, the Golden…

Custody Officers

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Police and relates to the rollout of custody officers in my electorate. I understand that $148.6 million over four years has been allocated in the state budget to implement the government’s commitment to the transition of management of police cells to new police custody officers. I am advised…

Auditor-General: Biosecurity — Livestock

This afternoon I would like to make a contribution on the Auditor-General’s report Biosecurity — Livestock. From the outset I say that this is not pleasant reading. On the audit the Auditor-General said: This audit found Victoria’s livestock biosecurity system to have been weakened by a decline in financial and staff resourcing. That now creates a…

Stawell Gold Mine

My constituency question is for the Minister for Energy and Resources and it is in relation to the potential expansion of the Stawell goldmine. As the minister would be aware, there has been much community angst regarding the operation and potential expansion of the goldmine at Stawell, and it has been an ongoing issue in…

Education Funding

On Monday Labor’s Minister for Education, James Merlino, announced the single biggest injection of education funding in Victoria’s history: $4 billion in additional funding has been allocated by Labor for early childhood learning, schools and training in Victoria. Under this initiative schools in my electorate of Western Victoria Region will receive tens of thousands of dollars…

NEW ROUNDABOUT TO IMPROVE GREAT OCEAN ROAD SAFETY

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $2.5 million to upgrade the intersection of Great Ocean Road and Forest Road in Bellbrae with works to start on a new roundabout. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney welcomed the start of construction on the roundabout, which will provide better access and boost safety for the 20,000 vehicles…

RURAL WOMEN’S AWARDS NOW OPEN

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP is encouraging the local community to nominate inspiring rural women for the 2016 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Victorian Rural Women’s Award. The Rural Women’s Award honours the efforts of emerging leaders and creates opportunities for women to effect change in agricultural industries and rural communities.…

Lake Condah

My constituency question is for the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. Victorian Aboriginal culture in the south-west region of Victoria has a strong history and connection with the land. The Gunditjmara people and the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owner Aboriginal Corporation, which is the registered Aboriginal party, have been protecting and managing the land for many thousands…

Road Safety Amendment Bill 2015

I rise to speak on the Road Safety Amendment Bill 2015. This is an important bill on a topic that enjoys bipartisan support. That is evident from the comments that have been made by a number of speakers in this chamber this morning. It is all about making our roads safer. The bill will strengthen…

Keith Wilson

 It is with great sadness that I rise to speak of a remarkable and inspirational man, Keith Wilson — ‘Willo’ — who passed away in Portland on 6 August at the age of 81. Willo was born in Portland, Victoria, a township and community that he put his heart and soul into throughout his entire life. At 15,…

Portland Bay School

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Education, James Merlino, and it relates to the Portland Bay School, a special development school in south-west Victoria. At the end of July the minister was in Portland and met with representatives of the school, including the principal, Stephen Crossley, and the school council president,…

Regional Network Development Plan

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport, and it is in relation to the regional network development plan consultation process that is currently making its way through my electorate. The regional network development plan will set out priorities for regional public transport services, infrastructure and investment for the next 20 to 30 years.…

Renewable Energy

On 21 August I joined the Premier and the Minister for Energy and Resources in Portland, where the Premier hit the reset button on renewable energy investment in Victoria. The Premier announced the Labor government’s Renewable Energy Roadmap, which includes a target of no less than 20 per cent renewable energy by 2020, and if there can…

NEW GRANTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL SPORTING CLUBS

Local sport and recreation clubs can now apply for a VicHealth Active Club Grant. Active Club Grants provide groups with funding to buy essential sporting items andsports injury prevention and management equipment. The grants are aimed at increasing physical activity and helping communities stayconnected. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney encourages all local sport and…

RENEWABLE ENERGY

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Energy and Resources, who is also the Minister for Industry, Ms D’Ambrosio. My matter is in relation to the uncertainty in the renewable energy sector, particularly in the south-west of Victoria. The action I seek is for the minister to join with me in the south-west…

BARWON SOUTH’S ABORIGINAL HERITAGE CELEBRATED

Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney has this week spoken in Parliament about the importance of Barwon’s Aboriginal cultural heritage. Ms Tierney highlighted the work of Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAP), including local RAP the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation, in supporting this rich heritage and history, and asked Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins for an update…

Indigenous Cultural Heritage

My constituency question is to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. There is a strong desire amongst my constituents in Western Victoria Region to promote local Aboriginal culture, and I am fortunate to have a number of Aboriginal groups and organisations within my electorate, which are a proud and active part of the community. Registered Aboriginal…

Northern Bay Guarantee

I rise to speak about a tremendous project in my electorate, the Northern Bay Guarantee. This is a two-year project aimed at enhancing the lives of young single mothers aged between 17 and 25 from the northern suburbs of Corio and Norlane in Geelong. Each young mum receives personal development, career support and nationally accredited…

Road Safety Amendment (Private Car Parks) Bill 2015

I am pleased to speak on the Road Safety Amendment (Private Car Parks) Bill 2015. It is yet another commitment from the Victorian Labor platform that it took to the people in last year’s election. That is two election commitments fulfilled by this government just this afternoon. This election commitment was to protect consumers from…

Adoption Amendment Bill 2015

I rise to speak on the Adoption Amendment Bill 2015, which amends the Adoption Act 1984. This is a very important bill before the house this afternoon. It removes an area of discrimination from our statute and is an election commitment delivered by the Andrews Labor government. The history of adoption in this state has…

Sheepvention

On 3 and 4 August tens of thousands of people from across the state converged on Hamilton for the 37th annual Sheepvention agricultural show. It was my 10th Sheepvention and, along with meeting many constituents who stop by each year, this year I had the pleasure of speaking with numerous people about the Andrews Labor government’s $200 million Agriculture…

Barwon Downs Community Hub

On another matter, I thank the Barwon Downs community for again making me most welcome last Sunday morning. I wish to congratulate the community for its steadfast determination in securing a new community hub. The government provided $180 000, the Colac Otway Shire Council provided $25 000 and the community put in approximately $45 000 in cash and…

World War II commemoration

This afternoon I would like to acknowledge the service organised by the Geelong RSL last Saturday at the Geelong RSL cenotaph to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in the Pacific. It was a touching occasion that brought people together, including those who have served in a range of conflicts, family members…

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR BOATING SAFETY AND FACILITY GRANTS

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today applications for the Andrews Labor Government’s $8 million 2015-16 Boating Safety and Facilities Program (BSFP) is now open. Victorian boating groups, local councils and other community organisations across Western Victoria are encouraged to apply for grants to improve local boating facilities and waterway safety until 16…

A WIN FOR SOUTH WEST EMERGENCY SERVICES VOLUNTEERS

Emergency services volunteer groups in the south west will share in $12.5 million to purchase much-needed equipment as part of the 2015-16 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP). Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the VESEP grants would fund operational equipment, such as trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility improvements for volunteer…

A WIN FOR SOUTH BARWON’S EMERGENCY SERVICES VOLUNTEERS

Emergency services volunteer groups in South Barwon will share in $12.5 million to purchase much-needed equipment as part of the 2015-16 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP). Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the VESEP grants would fund operational equipment, such as trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility improvements for volunteer groups.…

GIVING THREATED SPECIES A HELPING HAND

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has encouraged local environmental organisations to apply for the Andrews Labor Government’s $5.2 million threatened species grants announced today. The Threatened Species Protection Initiative will support threatened species’ survival in the short term through on-ground activities such as habitat creation and restoration and site protection. Through the…

MORE FUNDING FOR LIBRARIES LAUNCHED

Victoria’s libraries will receive a funding boost with the latest round of the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program opening today. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the Andrews Labor Government hadallocated $4.3 million to the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program under the 2015-16 Victorian Budget, which is open for applications from now until 1 October…

LOCAL VOLUNTEERS URGED TO NOMINATE FOR NEW COUNCIL

The Andrews Labor Government has established a new Ministerial Advisory Council forVolunteers to better recognise the work that volunteers do in our local community. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today urged local community organisations and individuals to submit nominations. Volunteers make an enormous contribution to our community and the broader economy. The…

South West TAFE

My constituency question is for the Minister for Skills and Training, and it is in relation to his visit to South West TAFE in July of this year. During his visit the minister announced an additional $1.6 million in funding on top of the $4 million he announced for that education facility some time ago. The sustainability…

Anna Heisar

I would like to talk about another brave person in my electorate, Anna Heisar, who is a nurse in Apollo Bay. She has just won the Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) Annette Walker Award for 2014. The Annette Walker Award is for an outstanding contribution by an RAHC professional. Anna received her award for going…

Hunter Petrass

I rise to speak of a brave young man in my electorate, Hunter Petrass. Hunter is a 12-year-old boy who was a recent recipient of a Junior Triple Zero Hero Award for speaking calmly and clearly when he called 000 of his own volition when his mum’s lungs were filling with fluid due to complications…

STRENGTHENING THE EDUCATION STATE IN SOUTH BARWON

The Andrews Labor Government will inject $723,000 into local schools throughout South Barwon, to ensure each student can thrive in a safe, modern and comfortable environment. Four South Barwon schools will be the beneficiaries of the maintenance grant funding including: –                     Moriac Primary School- $156,000 –                     Bellbrae Primary School- $143,000 –                     Grovedale College – $128,000 –                     Torquay P-6 College-…

Victorian Defence Procurement Hub

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Industry, and it is in regard to the ongoing impact of the establishment of the Victorian Defence Procurement hub in Geelong. Geelong has over 300 businesses which supply products and services to domestic and international defence aerospace markets. The state’s defence industry is valued at $1.5 billion…

GLENELG HIGHWAY TO BE UPGRADED IN COLERAINE

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing its commitment to improving regionalroads with an extensive upgrade to the Glenelg Highway in Coleraine. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney welcomed the $1.1 million upgrade, with thisstretch of highway being in the heart of the town with the supermarket, post office and bank all on this section of…

STRENGTHENING THE EDUCATION STATE IN POLWARTH

The Andrews Labor Government will inject $617,000 into local schools throughout Polwarth, to ensure each student can thrive in a safe, modern and comfortable environment. Seven Polwarth schools will be the beneficiaries of the maintenance grant funding including: –                     Mortlake P-12 College – $257,000 –                     Cobden Technical School – $166,000 –                     Lorne – Aireys Inlet P-12 College –…

STRENGTHENING THE EDUCATION STATE IN SOUTH WEST

The Andrews Labor Government will inject $201,000 into local schools throughout South West, to ensure each student can thrive in a safe, modern and comfortable environment. Four South West schools will be the beneficiaries of the maintenance grant funding including: –      Woolsthorpe Primary School- $112,000 –      Brauer Secondary College- $44,000 –      Portland North Primary School- $32,000 –      Port Fairy…

STRENGTHENING FOOD AND FIBRE INDUSTRY IN THE SOUTH-WEST

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the Great South Coast Group to grow thefood and fibre industry in Victoria’s south-west. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, in partnership with the RegionalDevelopment Australia (RDA) – Barwon South West, today announced $40,000 to support the continued development of the Great South Coast Group’s Food &Fibre Strategic…

SURF COAST EVENTS AWARDED LABOR GOVERNMENT TOURISM GRANTS

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney says three Andrews Labor Government grants totalling over $10,000 will help showcase the Surf Coast to visitors from Victoria and beyond. The funding, announced by Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren will support the staging and marketing of the popular events, aimed at showcasing the Surf Coast’s…

PORTLAND EVENTS AWARDED LABOR GOVERNMENT TOURISM GRANTS

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP says a $2,500 Andrews Labor Government grant to stage the Upwelling Festival will help showcase Portland to visitors from Victoria and beyond. The funding, announced by Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren, will support the staging and marketing of the popular event, aimed at showcasing Portland’s…

ROAD SAFETY FUNDING GRANTS NOW OPEN

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has called on community groups in Western Victoria to apply for funding under a $1 million Transport Accident Commission (TAC) grants program to make local roads safer. The TAC’s Community Road Safety Grants Program offers grants of up to $25,000 to local councils, schools, community and not-for-profit registered…

$500,000 BOOST FOR AGED CARE HOMES IN THE SOUTH WEST

Public-sector residential aged-care services in the south west will receive a total of over $500,000 to improve facilities and quality of care for elderly residents. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced health services across the south west will share in close to $6 million of new grants to help public aged-care facilities…

$300,000 BOOST FOR POLWARTH’S AGED CARE HOMES

Public-sector residential aged-care services in the Polwarth region will receive a total of just under $300,000 to improve facilities and quality of care for elderly residents. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced health services across the state will share in close to $6 million of new grants to help public aged-care facilities…

SURF COAST RECEIVES ROAD SAFETY GRANTS BOOST

Road safety on the Surf Coast has been given a boost after the Surf Coast Shire received a slice of a $1 million Transport Accident Commission grants program. Gayle Tierney MP this week congratulated the Surf Coast Shire after it was successful in securing funding for a project designed to save lives and prevent serious…

SUPPORT FOR 10,000 FIRST-YEAR APPRENTICES WILL CONTINUE

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has today welcomed an Andrews Labor Government announcement that will see TAFEs across the state benefit from $3.5 million to continue support and guidance to apprentices aged 15 to 24 during the first year of their apprenticeship, after the program was cut by the previous Liberal Government. Ms…

FOSTER CARERS AND ANIMAL SHELTERS URGED TO APPLY FOR GRANTS

Local not-for-profit groups dedicated to reuniting pets with their owners, rehoming lost pets, running dog socialisation classes and providing responsible pet ownership education are now eligible for grants thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP urged local non-government and not-for-profit organisations to apply for grants of up to $50,000…

NEW ROUNDABOUT AT BUSY GHERINGHAP INTERSECTION

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in a new roundabout on the MidlandHighway to boost safety and reduce the risk of crashes at a busy Gheringhapintersection. Gayle Tierney, the Member for Western Victoria welcomed the $2.48 million upgrade atthe intersection of Midland Highway and Fyansford-Gheringhap Road which will address a history of head-on and rear-end…

NEW SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR FOR WARRNAMBOOL

Small businesses in the Warrnambool area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a seminar to be held on Wednesday 22 July 2015. Through the program, businesses and prospective business owners are provided with the facts and advice needed to make informed decisions and create a platform…

$500 MILLION REGIONAL JOBS AND INFRASTRUCTURE FUND NOW OPEN

Local councils,  not for profits, community groups and businesses in Western Victoria are set to benefit from the Andrews Labor Government’s new $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, with applications now officially open. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the Fund presented an enormous opportunity to create jobs, build critical infrastructure and drive…

GRANTS HELP LAVERS HILL BUILD A MORE RESILIENT COMMUNITY

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced that Lavers Hill P-12 College had successfully received funding under a new grants program that will measure and strengthen student resilience. Ms Tierney said the approach will include the use of a specialist survey and is based on compelling international research and evidence linking strong resilience…

GRANTS HELP WARRNAMBOOL BUILD A MORE RESILIENT COMMUNITY

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced that Warrnambool East Primary School had successfully received funding under a new grants program that will measure and strengthen student resilience. Ms Tierney said the approach will include the use of a specialist survey and is based on compelling international research and evidence linking strong resilience…

GRANTS HELP COBDEN BUILD A MORE RESILIENT COMMUNITY

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced that Cobden Technical School had successfully received funding under a new grants program that will measure and strengthen student resilience. Ms Tierney said the approach will include the use of a specialist survey and is based on compelling international research and evidence linking strong resilience to…

ANDREWS LABOR GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS PORTLAND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

The Andrews Labor Government is improving mental health services in Portland with a$90,000 grant to the Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service underthe Andrews Government’s Enhanced Community Mental Health Initiative. The funding, announced today by Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, willbe used to upgrade and remodel internal and external areas of the Cultural…

MASSIVE BOOST TO GIVE KINDER KIDS MORE ONE-ON-ONE ATTENTION

Gayle Tierney MP announced today Kindergartens across Western Victoria would receive extra funding under a package worth up to $83.7 million announced by the Premier, Daniel Andrews. Kindergartens across Victoria are receiving the additional funds so they can improve theirstaff-to-child ratios. The funding boost will support eligible community-based kindergartens to hire additionalstaff, giving preschool kids…

GROWING THE FUTURE OF FOOD IN WESTERN VICTORIA

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, is urging local producers and agri-businesses to get ready to apply for the Andrews Labor Government’s new $20 million Food Source Victoria program ahead of applications opening on 1 July, 2015. A key election commitment, the program will support producers in Western Victoria to work together to market…

ANSON TO REPRESENT SOUTH WEST ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT ADVISORY GROUP

Warrnambool City Council CEO, Bruce Anson, will represent South West Victoria on the Regional Transport Advisory Group, which will drive consultation with local communities and provide recommendations to the Andrews Labor Government during the development of Victoria’s first Regional Network Development Plan. Mr Anson brings decades of senior management experience to the Group, having held…

Health Funding

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Health. It is in relation to an initiative that was outlined in the budget dealing with acute services. The line item is ‘Meeting hospital services demand’. As I understand it, there is $970 million allocated over four years. This injection of money is of course much needed in…