NAME CHANGE FOR BRAND NEW VICTORIAN SCHOOLS

Two of Victoria’s newest schools have chosen their new names. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Bannockburn Primary School’s new name is Bannockburn P-12 College, while Torquay North Primary School will become Torquay Coast Primary School. Bannockburn Primary School will expand next year to include secondary schooling and is relocating to a…

VICTORIAN COASTAL GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Andrews Labor Government has announced funding to improve the safety, access and amenity of coastal areas. The funding is part of the Government’s nearly $1 million Coastal Public Access and Risk Program that provides financial assistance to Victorian coastal Crown land managers, including volunteer committees of management and local governments, to reduce coastal risk…

CONSTRUCTION ABOUT TO START ON AIREY’S INLET PRIMARY SCHOOL UPGRADE

Students at Airey’s Inlet Primary School are a step closer to having the facilities they deserve, with construction on a $40,000 maintenance upgrade due to get underway shortly. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, today announced that Deca Building Projects has been awarded the construction contract. The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education…

DELIVERING BETTER MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES TO ABORIGINAL FAMILIES IN WARRNAMBOOL

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Aboriginal communities deliver improved Maternal and Child Health services to families and children in Warrnambool. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-operative, partnering with Warrnambool City Council, will receive a grant of $130,000 as part of the Labor Government’s Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health…

COMMUNITY BIODIVERSITY GRANTS ANNOUNCED

The Andrews Labor Government has announced an additional $4 million in community grants funding for 110 projects across the state as part of its support for the Biodiversity On-ground Action program. When announcing the funding, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said local community initiatives will receive part of the $4 million in funding to…

WESTERN VICTORIA LANDCARE GROUPS RECOGNISED

Western Victoria Landcare groups have been recognised for the significant contributions they have made to the local environment. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP congratulated the Woady Yaloak Catchment Group, Simon Faulkner (Surf Coast Rabbit Action Network) and Corangamite Catchment Management Authority members Angela Jeffery and Bret Ryan today on their awards following…

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR WARRNAMBOOL

Small businesses in the Warrnambool area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Wednesday 13 September 2017. Last year more than 4,600 people participated in over 450 Small Business Victoria workshops across the State. The most popular topics included starting a…

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR PORTLAND

Small businesses in the Portland area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Wednesday 6 September 2017. Last year more than 4,600 people participated in over 450 Small Business Victoria workshops across the State. The most popular topics included starting a…

VITAL SAFETY WORKS ON PRINCESS HIGHWAY UNDERWAY

The Andrews Labor Government is improving safety for drivers in Victoria’s south-west, with crucial works underway on the Princes Highway near the intersection of Henty Highway at Heywood. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today said the reconstruction of this section of highway would improve safety, reduce wear and tear on heavy vehicles, and provide…

MAKING MEN TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Andrews Labor Government is making South West Victoria safer by expanding programs that make men who have committed family violence take accountability for their actions and stop abusing women and children. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced $195,660 for family violence programs and referral services, encouraging men to acknowledge the impact…

INTERVENING EARLY TO HELP VULNERABLE FAMILIES

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Andrews Labor Government is investing $490,000 to intervene earlier so that vulnerable families and children in Colac-Otway and Corangamite Shire areas are better supported to stay together. The Victorian Government announced $29.2 million in the 2017-18 Budget for Child FIRST and integrated family services to…

CALLING ALL CREATORS – APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR GROUNDBREAKING PROGRAM TO SUPPORT VICTORIAN CREATIVE CAREERS

Applications are now open for the Creators Fund, a ground-breaking new Andrews Labor Government program that will support Victorian creatives to undertake research, to experiment, and focus on developing their skills and careers. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP called for applications to the program, which is open to creative practitioners and artists…

SUPPORTING KIRRAE HEALTH SERVICE TO TACKLE ICE

13 community groups will receive Community Ice Action Grants, to roll out local initiatives to fight against ice and drug addiction in communities across the state. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Kirrae Health Service will receive $10,000 in funding towards the Koko Blokes project. The Koko Blokes project targets Koori boys…

$30,000 WORKS IMPROVE GREAT SOUTH WEST WALK EXPERIENCE

Portland residents and visitors have better access to the Great South West Walk, following $30,000 of maintenance works along a section of the popular walking track, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) hired contractors to undertake the works near Hanlon Parade, in Portland. Ms…

TRAVEL GRANTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR WESTERN VICTORIA ATHLETES

Aspiring athletes, coaches, officials and teams in Western Victoria get set to unlock your sporting potential by applying for funding from the latest round of the Victorian Government’s Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced applications for the next round of the $2.4 million Athlete Pathway Travel Grants…

FUNDING BOOST FOR EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS IN WESTERN VICTORIA

Victorian emergency management volunteers are getting a well-deserved funding boost thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program. Hundreds of grant applications for equipment, communications, facility upgrades and community engagement and training have already been received from volunteer organisations across the state. Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria today…

GOVERNMENT KICKS IN FOR NEW MORTLAKE SPORTS PAVILION

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with building the sports infrastructure Victorian communities deserve. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced a new multi-purpose community pavilion will be constructed at D.C Farren Oval in Mortlake. As part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, the Victorian Government kicked in $50,000 to help Moyne Shire Council…

STAMPING OUT GRAFFITI IN WARRNAMBOOL

A $25,000 Andrews Labor Government grant will help fight graffiti vandalism and increase community confidence and safety in Warrnambool. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced the Warrnambool City Council has been awarded the funding in the latest round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Graffiti Prevention Grants. The grants provide up to $25,000…

CELEBRATING THE TALENTS OF LOCAL KIDS

Local community groups and councils in Western Victoria will be supported to host free and fun activities for Victorian families as part of Children’s Week. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney invited eligible organisations to apply for funding to help cover the costs of hosting an activity or event during Children’s Week, which will…

NEW KOROIT SKATE PARK RAMPS UP FOR ACTION

Locals from Koroit’s growing skateboard, rollerblade, scooter and BMX community can now showcase all the latest tricks and perfect their ollies at a new $170,000 skate park. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today officially opened the highly-anticipated Koroit Youth Space. Young Koroit skaters, their parents and friends fought hard for this space, kick…

CYCLING FANS SET TO LIGHT UP GREAT OCEAN ROAD

Thousands of cycling enthusiasts will be donning their helmets and lycra in September for one of the biggest events on Australia’s cycling calendar – the 2017 Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the event will be boosted by funding from the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Events Fund. Catering to…

CERES PRIMARY SCHOOL UPGRADE A STEP CLOSER

Students at Ceres Primary School are a step close to the facilities they deserve, with architect firm, James Deans & Associates Architects appointed to design the $653,000 upgrade of the school. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the upgrade, announced in the 2017-18 Victorian Budget in May, would go towards an upgrade and…

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR WARRNAMBOOL

Small businesses in the Warrnambool area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Wednesday, 19 July 2017. Last year more than 4,600 people participated in over 450 Small Business Victoria workshops across the State. The most popular topics included starting a…

NEW PROGRAM TO BRING CREATIVITY TO CLASSROOMS IN WESTERN VICTORIA

Classrooms in Western Victoria will gain access to the state’s leading creative practitioners with the launch of the Andrews Labor Government’s new program, designed to inject creativity right across the curriculum. Creative Learning Partnerships is a program which will provide more opportunities for Victorian schools to tap into the strength of the state’s creative industries.…

CONNECTING YOUNG ABORIGINALS IN SOUTH WEST VICTORIA TO CULTURE

CONNECTING YOUNG ABORIGINALS IN SOUTH WEST VICTORIA TO CULTURE The Andrews Labor Government is giving Aboriginal young people in South West Victoria more opportunities to strengthen their connections to culture through community-led mentorship programs. As part of $1.75 million in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 to support the Aboriginal Youth Mentoring Program, new mentoring programs will…

LABOR GOVERNMENT WINS FIGHT FOR WARRNAMBOOL LINE UPGRADE

The Andrews Labor Government has secured the money Victoria is owed by the Federal Government and will deliver a $114 million upgrade to the Warrnambool line. The Commonwealth has confirmed that they will provide Victoria the almost $1.5 billion it is owed through the Asset Recycling Initiative for the Regional Rail Revival package announced as part of the…

RECORD LIBRARY FUNDING FOR PORTLAND

The Andrews Labor Government is spending more money than ever before on Victoria’s public libraries. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced library funding for Glenelg Shire Council to buy books, update computers and deliver programs for school kids. Glenelg Shire Council received a total of $180,625 to continue to deliver the important…

RECORD LIBRARY FUNDING FOR WESTERN VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government is spending more money than ever before on Victoria’s public libraries. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced library funding for Corangamite Regional Library Corporation to buy books, update computers and deliver programs for school kids. Corangamite Regional Library Corporation received a total of $758,589 to continue to deliver…

LABOR SCORES TOP GOAL FOR FOOTY IN LORNE

The Andrews Labor Government will upgrade lighting at Stribling Reserve to give the Lorne Football Netball Club a brighter future and the facilities it needs to grow its ranks. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that the Stribling Reserve lighting upgrade will share in more than $2.1 million from the latest round of…

MORE LOCAL LAKES TO BE STOCKED WITH TROUT

New stocks of chinook, rainbow trout and brown trout are being released into local lakes and waterways as part of the Victorian Government’s plan to encourage more people to take up fishing. Ms Tierney said dozens of lakes around the district have already benefited from the Government’s fish re-stocking program. Fisheries Victoria has commenced the…

SUPPORTING RURAL COUNCILS IN THE SOUTH WEST

The Andrews Labor Government is helping local councils with their finances and accounting through a series of collaborative projects. Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins today announced new funding for three South West councils to strengthen their financial capacity. The Finance and Accounting Support Team (FAST) program is delivering targeted support to councils in need…

BRINGING PORTLAND’S LIBRARY UP TO SCRATCH

Portland Library will undergo a major upgrade thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has announced $300,000 for a significant redevelopment of Portland’s public library through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program. This project will create a youth area which will enable better programs for teens,…

HELPING GRASSROOTS SPORTS CLUBS GROW

The Andrews Labor Government is giving grassroots sports clubs in the Colac Otway Shire the support they need to grow and help more people than ever play the sports they love. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced 7 clubs in the Colac Otway Shire would share in over $526,000 from the second…

BOOST FOR EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS IN THE COLAC OTWAY SHIRE

Victorian emergency management volunteers are getting a well-deserved funding boost thanks to the Victorian Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program. Hundreds of grant applications for equipment, communications, facility upgrades and community engagement and training have already been received from volunteer organisations across the state. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today…

BOOST FOR SURF COAST EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS

Victorian emergency management volunteers are getting a well-deserved funding boost thanks to the Victorian Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program. Hundreds of grant applications for equipment, communications, facility upgrades and community engagement and training have already been received from volunteer organisations across the state. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today…

BOOST FOR EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS IN POLWARTH

Victorian emergency management volunteers are getting a well-deserved funding boost thanks to the Victorian Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program. Hundreds of grant applications for equipment, communications, facility upgrades and community engagement and training have already been received from volunteer organisations across the state. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today…

BOOST FOR EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS IN THE SOUTH WEST

Victorian emergency management volunteers are getting a well-deserved funding boost thanks to the Victorian Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program. Hundreds of grant applications for equipment, communications, facility upgrades and community engagement and training have already been received from volunteer organisations across the state. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today…

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR PORT CAMPBELL

Small businesses in the Port Campbell area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Wednesday, 28 June 2017. Last year more than 4,600 people participated in over 450 Small Business Victoria workshops across the State. The most popular topics included starting…

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, 21 June 2017. Last year more than 4,600 people participated in over 450 Small Business Victoria workshops across the State. The most popular topics included starting a…

GRANTS TO HELP BUSINESS CUT ENERGY COSTS BY UP TO $50,000

Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria is encouraging local businesses in Western Victoria to save money on their energy bills with the Andrews Labor Government’s Boosting Business Productivity Energy Assessment Grants. Small businesses spending more than $20,000 a year on energy could apply for a basic energy assessment up to $2,000 and a detailed…

ALVIE CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL TO RECEIVE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

State Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, today congratulated Alvie Consolidated School who has been successful in receiving funding to purchase new musical equipment. Ms Tierney said the school is one of 44 recipients of the second and final round of the $400,000 Musical Instruments Grants program. More than 2,000 instruments including keyboards, violins, trumpets,…

SOUTH WEST VICTORIA SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

State Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, today congratulated 2 local South West schools who have been successful in receiving funding to purchase new musical equipment. Ms Tierney said the 2 schools are among 44 recipients of the second and final round of the $400,000 Musical Instruments Grants program. More than 2,000 instruments including keyboards,…

NEW ROAD SAFETY PLAN FOR WARRNMABOOL

A new road safety plan will be developed to promote safer roads for pedestrians, drivers and cyclists in the Warrnambool region. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced the Andrews Labor Government will provide $17,000 to Warrnambool City Council for the plan. The council will review existing road safety data and consider what initiatives are…

NEW WAYS TO SUPPORT VICTIMS OF FAMILY VIOLENCE IN COLAC

The Andrews Labor Government is trialling new ways to provide intensive therapeutic support to women, children and their families experiencing family violence in the Barwon Area. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, announced the Government is investing $122,000 to trial innovative ways for Colac Area Health to provide support to families as they recover…

BETTER END-OF-LIFE CARE IN PORTLAND

People at the end of their lives in the Barwon South-Western area will soon have better access to high quality and compassionate palliative care, closer to home. The Portland District Health Service will receive $49,389 as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $5 million equipment fund for palliative care, giving services the tools they need…

BETTER END-OF-LIFE CARE IN WARRNAMBOOL

People at the end of their lives in the Barwon South-Western area will soon have better access to high quality and compassionate palliative care, closer to home. The Southwest Health Care Service will receive $100,603 as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $5 million equipment fund for palliative care, giving services the tools they need…

BOOSTING DIGITAL EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS IN THE SOUTH WEST

Students in the South West will receive a better digital education, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 includes a $16.4 million state-wide investment to improve bandwidth and digital connectivity for students in 347 small rural and regional Victorian government schools. Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria, said that Dartmoor Primary…

BOOSTING DIGITAL EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS IN POLWARTH

Students in Polwarth will receive a better digital education, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 includes a $16.4 million state-wide investment to improve bandwidth and digital connectivity for students in 347 small rural and regional Victorian government schools. Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria, said that Beeac Primary School, Birregurra…

MORE EXPRESS TRAINS, LESS CROWDING AND QUICKER TRIPS

The Andrews Labor Government has announced 30 new semi-express services each week to make the journey between Warrnambool and Melbourne quicker. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today announced that six off-peak Warrnambool services each weekday will no longer stop at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit – reducing crowding and improving journey times for local passengers.…

BIG WIN FOR GRASSROOTS SPORT IN WARRNAMBOOL

Footballers and netballers in Warrnambool will enjoy better sporting facilities thanks to the redevelopment of Reid Oval in Warrnambool. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced the Warrnambool region was a winner under the Victorian Budget 2017/18, with $100,000 funding for the Reid Oval Redevelopment Project. Clubs that will benefit from this project…

BIG WIN FOR GRASSROOTS SPORT IN PORT FAIRY

Port Fairy residents will have more opportunities to exercise and play the sports they love thanks to the redevelopment of the Port Fairy Bowls Club. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced the Port Fairy Bowls Club was a winner under the Victorian Budget 2017/18, with funding for the Port Fairy Bowls Club…

MORE SUPPORT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN WARRNAMBOOL

The Andrews Labor Government is helping the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria continue to support young people in Warrnambool and surrounding rural areas. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 will invest $2.025 million over two years as part of the Regional Presence Project, for four regional offices run by youth sector partners to continue their valuable work…

BUILDING THE EDUCATION STATE BRICK BY BRICK IN PORTLAND

Students at Portland South Primary School will benefit from new upgrades, giving them the first-rate facilities they need to get a great education. The Andrews Labor Government is making sure every child gets the very best start in life, building and upgrading a record number of Victorian schools. The $685 million investment, part of the…

PRESSURE MOUNTS ON HENDERSON TO BACK REGIONAL RAIL REVIVAL

Pressure is mounting on Sarah Henderson and the Turnbull Government to back major rail upgrades for the Warrnambool line announced yesterday by the Andrews Labor Government. Yesterday, the Andrews Labor Government announced the $1.45 billion Regional Rail Revival package, which will deliver better train services across regional Victoria, and create more than 1,000 jobs. The …

LABOR UNVEILS MASSIVE BOOST FOR WARRNAMBOOL RAIL LINE

The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled a massive plan to upgrade train services to South Western Victoria as part of its $1.45 billion Regional Rail Revival package. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced that the Labor Government will invest $100 million to enable more trains, more often on the Warrnambool line. The huge project…

NEW NETBALL CHANGE ROOMS HELPING TIGERS ROAR

The mighty Colac Tigers will roar into action and start their 2017 in style thanks to a revamp of the netball change facilities at Central Reserve. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today officially opened the $537,000 development of Colac’s new netball pavilion. Grassroots football and netball competitions are booming, with more than 350 new…