COMMEMORATING AND SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS IN TORQUAY

Gayle Tierney MP today announced a $10,000 grant for the Torquay RSL Sub Branch tocommemorate, support and remember the service and sacrifice of our veterans. Victorians are preparing to pay their respects on ANZAC Day, and the Andrews LaborGovernment is working hard to give our servicemen and women the fitting tribute they deserve – and…

COMMEMORATING AND SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS

Gayle Tierney MP today announced a $20,000 grant for the Dartmoor & DistrictProgress Association Inc project to restore the Avenue of Honour Memorial Streetscape Carvings  to commemorate, support and remember the service and sacrifice of our veterans. Victorians are preparing to pay their respects on ANZAC Day, and the Andrews LaborGovernment is working hard to…

REVAMPED KINDERGARTEN TO BENEFIT ANGLESEA FAMILIES

An upgrade to the Anglesea Kindergarten has increased the number of kindergarten places on offer to local families, and given the centre a fresh look. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney, joined Mayor of Surf Coast Shire Rose Hodge today to officially open the redeveloped Anglesea Kindergarten. The $778,000 upgrade has allowed the centre to…

HAVE YOUR SAY ON VICTORIA’S WATER & BIODIVERSITY FUTURE

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has encouraged the South West community to have their say on Victoria’s new water and biodiversity plans, with a series of consultation workshops being held across Victoria. Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville released the Water for Victoria discussion paper in March this year and…

SOUTH WEST CEMETERIES TO RECEIVE GRANTS BOOST

Cemeteries in the South West will benefit from maintenance and upgrade grants as part of a $900,000 state-wide investment by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced four Cemetery Trusts have been awarded maintenance grants through the Cemetery Trust Grants Program including: Heywood Cemetery Trust which will receive $28,000…

CONNECTU COMMUNITY TRANSPORT TRIAL EXTENDED

The Andrews Labor Government has extended the trial of the ConnectU community transport service, which provides transport to people in Warrnambool, Koroit and PortFairy unable to access public transport or taxi services. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, announced today that the Government has provided $25,000 from the Transport Investing in Regions program to…

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR MORTLAKE

Small businesses in the Mortlake area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Tuesday, 12 April 2016. Last year more than 4,000 people participated in Small Business Victoria’s workshops across the state. Program topics for 2016 include starting a business, financial…

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…

$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…

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,…

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…

SAFER ROADS FOR THE SOUTH WEST

The Andrews Labor Government will provide $45 million to upgrade key freight routes in south west Victoria, which will support farmers, create jobs and boost exports. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced $20 million to upgrade the Princes Highway between Colac and the South Australian border. Ms Tierney also announced a further $20…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…