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…

Auditor-General’s Report – Regional Growth Fund

This afternoon I would like to make some comments in relation to the Auditor-General’s report, Regional Growth Fund — Outcomes and Learnings. Ms Pulford — That’s an interesting read. Ms TIERNEY — It is a very sorry tale indeed, Minister Pulford. The Auditor-General found that under the Liberal-Nationals government the Regional Growth Fund had weaknesses in design, a lack of transparency…

Mental Health Services

My constituency question is for the Minister for Mental Health, and my question relates to the minister’s recent announcement of $5.5 million in funding from the Andrews Labor government for mental health services and other services that treat people who are dependent on alcohol and other drugs. This investment by the Labor government is very important…

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,…