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…

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-…

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…

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO ANGLESEA

Small business operators in the Anglesea area can access free mentoring, support andinformation about Victorian Government services when the Small Business Bus visits on Wednesday 24 June 2015. The Andrews Labor Government is doubling its mobile support for small business with asecond Small Business Bus now delivering valuable advice to towns and suburbs across Victoria.…

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO COLAC

Small business operators in the Colac area can access free mentoring, support and information about Victorian Government services when the Small Business Bus visits on Thursday 25 June 2015. The Andrews Labor Government is doubling its mobile support for small business with asecond Small Business Bus now delivering valuable advice to towns and suburbs across…

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO CAMPERDOWN

Small business operators in the Camperdown area can access free mentoring, support and information about Victorian Government services when the Small Business Bus visits on Friday 26 June 2015. The Andrews Labor Government is doubling its mobile support for small business witha second Small Business Bus now delivering valuable advice to towns and suburbs across…

CCTV CAMERAS MAKES WARRNAMBOOL SAFER

A new CCTV system officially launched in Warrnambool today will help police keep a closer eye on crime and create a safer entertainment precinct. The Warrnambool City Council received $168,000 from the Victorian Government to install nine closed circuit TV cameras across seven sites in Warrnambool’s late night entertainment precinct. The camera sites were determined…

SACRED HEART PRIMARY TAPS INTO WATER CONSERVATION

Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today visited Sacred Heart Primary School inColac to see Barwon Water’s school education program in action. Ms Tierney joined a Year 3 class as they learned about waterway health. Other classes tookpart in sessions on the water cycle earlier in the day. The education program, which has been running…

Roof Water Harvesting Project expanded in Warrnambool

Labor Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today announced a $500,000 expansion of Wannon Water’s multi-award-winning Roof Water Harvesting Project to capture water from the roofs of a new industrial subdivision in Warrnambool’s north east, boosting the city’s drinking water supplies. Speaking in Warrnambool, Ms Tierney said the Warrnambool Roof Water Harvesting Project was an…

COLAC RESIDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM L2P PROGRAM

Young drivers in Colac will benefit following the announcement earlier this year of $16 million in funding to continue the L2P learner driver mentor program across Victoria. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney welcomed the funding, which will help disadvantaged young drivers in Colac and across the region get their licence. The program targets young…

OPPOSITION SPLIT OVER RATE CAPPING

A split has emerged within the Liberal Party on fair go rate capping, as Andrew Katos, Member for South Barwon, declared war on the policy – despite Opposition Spokesperson David Davis’ support. The split emerged after Mr Katos declared he did not believe in rate capping in today’s Geelong Independent, saying the policy was merely…

SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS FOR COLAC-BALLARAT ROAD

The south-west of the state will receive a boost, with the Andrews Labor Government providing $2.4 million to upgrade Colac-Ballarat Rd as part of the 2015-16 Victorian Budget. The upgrade will make a significant difference to the more than 1,000 vehicles that use the busy road each day. As part of the upgrade, improvements will…

Building the Education State in the South-West Coast

Students in the electorate of South-West Coast are big winners in the Andrews Labor Government’s first Education State Budget. Warrnambool Special Development School will receive $5 million towards the first stage of the schools new location, which will accommodate rising enrolment numbers. The Labor Government has used its first Education State Budget to inject a…

LABOR GOVERNMENT TO IMPROVE ANGLESEA ROUNDABOUT

The Andrews Labor Government will upgrade one of Anglesea’s most notorious intersections. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney welcomed the $2.9 million in funding for roundabout improvements at the intersection of Great Ocean Road and Camp Rd as announced in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget. The roundabout forms a key junction for traffic travelling between the…

LABOR GOVERNMENT TO IMPROVE ANGLESEA ROUNDABOUT

The Andrews Labor Government will upgrade one of Anglesea’s most notorious intersections. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney welcomed the $2.9 million in funding for roundabout improvements at the intersection of Great Ocean Road and Camp Rd as announced in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget. The roundabout forms a key junction for traffic travelling between the…

NEW SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS 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 20 May 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…

PORTLAND GETS SHARE IN $500,000 TO TACKLE AGAINST ICE

Community groups in Portland can now apply for grants of up to $10,000 todevelop the most effective way to combat ice in their local area, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. The Andrews Labor Government is providing $500,000 to fund grassroots Community Ice Action Groups across regional and rural Victoria. The funding will…

COLAC GETS SHARE IN $500,000 TO TACKLE AGAINST ICE

Community groups in Colac can now apply for grants of up to $10,000 to develop the most effective way to combat ice in their local area, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today. The Andrews Labor Government is providing $500,000 to fund grassroots Community Ice Action Groups across regional and rural Victoria. The funding…