REGIONAL VICTORIA TO TAKE THIRD STEP

From 11:59pm tomorrow Victoria’s south west and other regional communities across the state will take the third step along the roadmap to COVID Normal. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the announcement was a testament to the determination of regional communities to stay the course and drive numbers down. The 14-day average in…

NEW YOUTH HUB FOR BANNOCKBURN

A new purpose-built youth centre for the fast-growing township of Bannockburn has been made possible thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund. Local Government Minister Shaun Leane and Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney have announced the Youth Hub project will receive more than  $271,000 from the fund. The Golden Plains…

UPGRADED CLASSROOMS AND FACILITIES FOR TEESDALE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Teesdale students now have better classrooms and school facilities to learn in, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that Teesdale Primary School has completed it’s $300,000 upgrade to refurbish classrooms and update facilities, giving Teesdale students a modern learning environment. Works included the installation of a…

KINDER UPGRADES FOR COBDEN AND SKIPTON

The Andrews Labor Government is repairing, expanding and building new kinders so every child can access Three-Year-Old kinder as the ground-breaking program rolls out across the state. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that the Victorian Government would provide $689,000 to Corangamite Shire for an expansion of Cobden Kindergarten. The expansion will…

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT DELIVERS WORLD GAME TO BANNOCKBURN

Football has been given a boost in Bannockburn with the Victorian Government announcing funding to Golden Plains Shire Council to upgrade to facilities at Bannockburn Recreation Reserve. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced $464,535 towards the Bannockburn Soccer Facility Upgrade project from the government’s 2019-20 The World Game Facilities Fund. The project…

GRANTS TO KEEP LOCAL CREATIVES WORKING

Western Victoria’s artists and creative businesses are among hundreds of Victorian creatives to receive a lifeline from the Victorian Government, enabling them to keep working, adapting and creating through the pandemic. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced a total of $48,000 to local creative workers to support activities, including a new performance…

LOCAL SCHOOL TO RECEIVE LYNNE KOSKY MEMORIAL VCAL GRANT

Mortlake College is among eight schools who will receive a Lynne Kosky Memorial Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Grant. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the grants provide important financial support to the selected VCAL providers to develop outstanding learning initiatives for their students that involve strong community participation. The grants acknowledge…

INVESTING IN WATER FOR WARRNAMBOOL

The Victorian Government is investing in water projects to make our regions more liveable, our waterways healthier and help our local parks and gardens use more recycled water and stormwater. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced $350,000 to harvest roof water at Albert Park in Warrnambool. This further stage of a roof…

SAFER LOCAL ROADS IN SOUTH-WEST VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government is improving safety at high-risk streets in south-west Victoria as part of a new program which works with councils and communities to improve local regional roads. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the upgrades in Warrnambool, Portland and Port Fairy were part of the Victorian Government’s $20 million ‘Safe…

FUNDING BOOST FOR EMMA HOUSE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES TO AID CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

Emma House Domestic Violence Services is set to share in joint funding of almost $30 million from the Andrews Labor Government, and the Commonwealth, for community legal centres across the state to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19). Emma House Domestic Violence Services will receive $171,500 to support its continued delivery of frontline legal assistance services during…

FUNDS TO DELIVER STRONGER LOCAL COMMUNITIES

The southwest community has received $129,500 for three projects under the Victorian Government’s Stronger Regional Communities Program. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced funding for phase 2 of the Great South Coast Economic Migration Project, Moyne Shire Council’s Business Adaption Planning Service and Gunditjmara War Memorial Mural. The projects are among 29…

GRANTS TO SUPPORT LOCAL CREATIVE RECOVERY

Almost $85,000 in grants will support creatives in south west Victoria to rebound, recover and explore new business opportunities as part of the first wave of the Victorian Government’s Sustaining Creative Workers initiative. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney welcomed the news that local creative workers and businesses would share in state-wide grants totalling…

BUILDING BETTER SCHOOLS FOR DERRINALLUM

Students in Derrinallum will soon benefit from having maintenance works carried out at their schools thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Derrinallum P-12 College is among 78 schools to share in $5.94 million of Planned Maintenance Program (PMP) funding to help address their maintenance needs. Derrinallum…

HELPING SOUTH WEST SPORTS CLUBS SURVIVE AND THRIVE

Local clubs including Warrnambool Wolves Football Club, Merrivale Cricket Club, Warrnambool Cycling Club and Portland’s Westerns Football Netball Club are set to benefit from a State Government grant program. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced 12 grants of $1,000 have so far been approved in Victoria’s south west from the Government’s Community…

NEW GREEN ROOF ANNOUNCED FOR LIVESTOCK EXCHANGE

A new green roof for Warrnambool’s South West Victorian Livestock Exchange will save potable water and help the business attract nationwide trading, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Government will fund nearly $430,000 towards the $969,581 project that will meet enhanced environmental and…

PROTECTING APOLLO BAY’S UNIQUE COASTLINE

The Victorian Government is protecting the future of our state’s precious coastline with more than $11 million for maintenance and erosion management projects including $3 million for Apollo Bay. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the funding for Apollo Bay will go towards design and commence construction of new coastal protection structures that…

HONOURING THE LEGACY OF OUR VETERANS IN COLAC

Just in time for ANZAC Day, Victorian communities are being given more opportunities to remember and honour veterans through various projects to build and repair memorials, preserve stories and ensure their wellbeing. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Colac RSL will receive $15,365 under the Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues…

PROGRAM FUNDING A BOOST FOR PORTLAND BAY SCHOOL

Portland Bay School will receive funding from the Accessible Buildings Program, to improve school facilities and infrastructure that supports students and staff with disabilities, thanks to the Victorian Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that Portland Bay School has been allocated funding from the Accessible Buildings Program to promote inclusive learning…

NEW WIND TURBINE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

In an Australian first, Portland’s water and sewage treatment facilities have achieved net-zero-plus emissions thanks to locally generated renewable power. The achievement is a result of Wannon Water’s $4.2 million investment in a wind turbine at the energy-intensive facilities that will help reduce carbon emissions by an average of 2,500 tonnes a year. The project…

GRANT SUPPORTS CREATIVITY IN SIMPSON

Hundreds of students from schools across Victoria will work side-by-side with leading creative professionals this year, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Creative Learning Partnerships program. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced a $10,000 grant for Simpson Primary School to partner with Natimuk artist, Hannah French to bring new learning experiences to…

IMPROVING CORANGAMITE COMMUNITY TRANSPORT OPTIONS

The Victorian Government is helping improve community transport in Corangamite Shire with a funding boost to undertake an audit of existing options. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said a $70,000 investment from the State Government’s Flexible Local Transport Solutions Program, will help identify any gaps, or opportunities for improvement, in the existing community transport…

SUPPORTING ABORIGINAL STUDENTS IN SOUTH WEST VICTORIA WITH THEIR CAREER PATHWAYS

More Victorian government Aboriginal school students in Victoria’s south west are being supported to complete Year 11 and 12, thanks to the Victorian Government’s Marrung Education Scholarships program. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated the 7 Marrung Education Scholarship recipients from south west Victoria for 2019 and 2020, who were among 40 Aboriginal…

LOOKING AFTER COLAC BOTANIC GARDENS

The iconic Colac Botanic Gardens will be rejuvenated thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Round One of the Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens Grants Program will see 17 gardens across the state receive grants worth $1.4 million. Colac Botanic Gardens will receive a $95,000 grant to improve the supply of water required to irrigate…

LOOKING AFTER WARRNAMBOOL BOTANIC GARDENS

The iconic Warrnambool Botanic Gardens will be rejuvenated thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Round One of the Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens Grants Program will see 17 gardens across the state receive grants worth $1.4 million. Warrnambool Botanic Gardens will receive a $129,132 grant to repair the eastern and western paths systems, improve…

FUNDING BOOST FOR WESTERN VICTORIA’S EMERGENCY SERVICES VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers in Western Victoria are receiving a welcome funding boost as part of a state-wide investment in new emergency services equipment by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services, Lisa Neville recently announced 294 new grants totalling more than $13.75 million as part of the 2019–20 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP). Labor Member…

START YOUR ENGINES AT SIMPSON SPEEDWAY

Enthusiasts at the Simpson Car Club near Cobden will now enjoy more accessible and safe events, thanks to upgraded lighting funded through an $88,781 investment from the Andrews Labor Government’s Pick My Project initiative. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney welcomed the Simpson Speedway upgraded lighting, which had become outdated and in vital need of…

NEW MEN’S SHED SET FOR WARRNAMBOOL

More men in Warrnambool will be building new friendships, skills and community connections, thanks to a Victorian Government grant for a new men’s shed. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Warrnambool Men’s Shed would receive $80,000 towards their much needed new shed. The grant will build a new 32 x 12 metre…

EXTENDED MEN’S SHED SET FOR HEYWOOD

More men in Heywood will be building new friendships, skills and community connections, thanks to a Victorian Government grant for an extended men’s shed. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Heywood Men’s Shed would receive $14,000 towards their much needed shed extension. The grant will build an extension of the existing shed…

AN IMPROVED MEN’S SHED FOR ANGLESEA

The Victorian Government is getting behind local communities and men’s mental health and social wellbeing, by opening a much improved men’s shed in Anglesea. A $20,000 Victorian Government grant has supported the refurbishment of the Anglesea Men’s Shed in Cameron Road. The refurbishment includes a new main entry, separate metal working area, a large community…

PROVIDING GREAT RESOURCES TO KINDERS IN PORTLAND

Children in Glenelg Shire are set to benefit from technology upgrades ahead of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten starting next year, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced four early childhood services in Portland would share $10,500 in funding to purchase tablet computers through the Labor Government’s Children’s Facilities Capital…

PROVIDING GREAT RESOURCES TO KINDERS IN COLAC

Children in Colac are set to benefit from technology upgrades ahead of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten starting next year, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced two kindergartens would receive funding to purchase tablet computers through the Labor Government’s Children’s Facilities Capital Program (CFCP). The Children’s Facilities Capital Program…

PROVIDING GREAT RESOURCES TO KINDERS IN CORANGAMITE

Children in Corangamite Shire are set to benefit from technology upgrades ahead of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten starting next year, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced seven kindergartens in the Corangamite Shire would share $10,370 in funding to purchase laptop computers through the Labor Government’s Children’s Facilities Capital…

BAG BAN BEGINS IN WESTERN VICTORIA

The Victorian Government has delivered on its promise to ban lightweight plastic shopping bags in Victoria to reduce plastic pollution and help protect the environment. The ban will apply from 1 November bags being provided at point of sale by all retailers, including supermarkets, fashion boutiques, fast food outlets, convenience stores, and service stations and…

$55,000 AWARDED TO COLAC TO PREVENT CRIME

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded $55,000 to the Colac Otway Shire Council to tackle community safety concerns under the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Colac Otway Shire Council would receive funding for the Queen Street Shared Path – Street Lighting Upgrade project. The Colac Otway Shire…

NEW ANGLESEA SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB

Construction on the new Anglesea lifesaving clubhouse has officially commenced thanks to funding support from the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today toured the construction site for Anglesea’s modern, fit-for-purpose clubhouse and thanked the club and the community for their work to deliver the new facility. The new building will…

ESP WOOL PRODUCTION PROGRAM WINS PREMIER’S SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

A finewool-growing family operation near Winslow in Victoria’s south-west won the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award and the Small and Medium Enterprises Award at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2019 for their sustainable wool production. Kia Ora Merino’s E.S.P. or Ethical, Sustainable, Profitable wool production is now a feature of the Finnigan family farm, pulling together existing…

HELPING TO CELEBRATE COLAC OTWAY CHILDREN

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the Colac Otway community to host fun and free educational activities and events for local families and children as part of this year’s Children’s Week celebrations. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced three local organisations were among the 118 recipients to receive a grant to help host…

HELPING TO CELEBRATE SOUTH WEST CHILDREN

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the South West community to host fun and free educational activities and events for local families and children as part of this year’s Children’s Week celebrations. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced two local organisations were among the 118 recipients to receive a grant to help host…

HELPING COMMUNITY PLAYGROUPS GROW

Children and families in Aireys Inlet and Winchelsea will be well supported thanks to new grants funded by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, today announced local playgroups will share in funding from the $50,000 Great Start Community Playgroup Grants program. Each grant of up to $1000 value will help to…

WORK STARTS ON HEYWOOD SCHOOL UPGRADE

Students in Heywood will soon have access to the first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve, with work under way upgrading Heywood and District Secondary College. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that Bowden Corporation has been appointed to build the school’s $600,000 upgrade, which will help it deliver a 21st century education. The…