LABOR GOVERNMENT STEPS IN TO SAVE SOUTH WEST TAFE

The Andrews Labor Government is rebuilding Victoria’s struggling TAFE system, withSouth West Institute of TAFE to share in the first $20 million of emergencyfunding to save campuses at risk of collapse. New figures have revealed the extent of damage of the Coalition’s cuts to TAFE,with forecast losses of $71.8 million across the sector for 2014.…

LABOR GOVERNMENT STEPS IN TO SAVE SOUTH WEST TAFE

The Andrews Labor Government is rebuilding Victoria’s struggling TAFE system, with South West Institute of TAFE to share in the first $20 million of emergency funding to save campuses at risk of collapse. New figures have revealed the extent of damage of the Coalition’s cuts to TAFE, with forecast losses of $71.8 million across the…

CRIME UP IN COLAC AS FAMILY VIOLENCE SURGES

Crime has risen again in the Polwarth region under Denis Napthine with another 7.2 per cent increase from the previous year, according to the latest Victoria Police statistics. The statistics also show that family violence continues to rise with a 24.6 per cent increase in the Colac and Surfcoast region. Denis Napthine and the Liberals…

WARRNAMBOOL V-LINE SERVICE

Dear Editor, Numerous articles have been published in this newspaper regarding the Melbourne to Warrnambool V-Line service, which is the worst serviced V-Line service in Victoria. At present there are just three services per day that Warrnambool and Colac public transport users can use to access services in Geelong and Melbourne — one in the…

HOMELESS WAITING BLOWOUT IN PORTLAND

Another 1100 desperate Victorians have joined the housing waiting list after Denis Napthine failed to build new public and social housing. Portland recorded a 21.82 per cent increase over the last three months, with an extra 12 people now waiting for housing in Portland. There are now over 35,000 people waiting for accommodation, including almost…

Geelong Defence Jobs

  Victorian Labor will commit $5 million to establish a dedicated Victorian Defence Procurement Office, to be located in Geelong. This new office will ensure that the skill and capability of Victorian and Geelong manufacturers are marketed to the world’s largest defence contractors – generating vitally important local manufacturing jobs. Victoria is already home to…

Geelong High School

Last Thursday, 20 March 2014, the Leader of the Opposition, Daniel  Andrews, announced that a Labor government will fund  the $12  million stage  1 upgrade  of Geelong High  School. The  redevelopment  will  involve  new  classrooms,  upgrades  of hospitality  and  arts  facilities, toilet  blocks  and administration  building upgrades. This is an  important  announcement, and it  is …

V/LINE GETTING WORSE FOR SOUTH WEST COMMUTERS

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said that South West commuters have suffered yet another month of V/Line headaches as the Napthine Government failed its own performance benchmarks. “The latest V/Line statistics show that services to and from Warrnambool were hit with chronic delays yet again,” Ms Tierney said. “Most lines across the V/Line…

SW TAFE IN FINANCIAL CRISIS UNDER NAPTHINE

Denis Napthine’s TAFE cuts have pushed South West TAFE to the brink, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. The South West TAFE Annual Report revealed that the institution had a deficit of $3.4 million in 2013. The Annual Report also showed that over the past year the equivalent of 49 full-time jobs have…

NAPTHINE GOVERNMENT REJECTS TIERNEY’S CALL FOR JOBS INQUIRY

Labor Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Gayle Tierney moved a motion in State Parliament yesterday calling on the Napthine Government to get serious about jobs and job creation in Victoria. The motion called on Victoria’s Economy and Infrastructure References Committee to inquire into, consider and report on Victoria’s increasing unemployment rate. However the State Government has…

TIERNEY FIGHTS FOR COLAC FINANCIAL COUNSELING SERVICE

Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney has taken the fight to retain Colac Area Health’s financial counselling program to State Parliament. In a speech made last night, Ms Tierney called on the Minister for Health, David Davis to immediately restore funding to the financial counselling service. “Cutting funding for such a valuable service in Colac…

FIX OUR ROADS – REPORT YOUR ROAD TODAY

State Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney is today calling on local motorists to nominate roads that have become dangerous, fallen into disrepair and need fixing with the launch of www.FixOurRoads.com.au website. Ms Tierney said Labor was launching www.FixOurRoads.com.au because new analysis of VicRoads documents shows the Napthine Government is short-changing families and businesses when…

WILL THE LIBERAL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FUND THE NCFH?

“Last year, the Victorian Health Minister, David Davis gutted the National Centre for Farmer Health in Hamilton stripping its $1 million annual State Government funding. “Mr Davis’ explanation for this callous cut was that the Liberal Party believes the Centre should be funded at a Federal level because it has the word ‘National’ in its…

MARSHALL TRAIN STATION A PACKED HOUSE

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has taken up the fight for Geelong public transport commuters in the Parliament. Ms Tierney today raised the severe lack of parking available at Marshall Station, after V/Line has put in place further measures to stop motorists parking on grass areas near the station. Ms Tierney said there is…

VICTORIAN MANUFACTURING MINISTER SILENT ON FORD

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has stated in Parliament that she was ‘taken aback’ when she learnt that Napthine Government Manufacturing Minister has not mentioned Ford once in Victorian Parliament. On the Victorian Hansard website, typing the word ‘Ford’ into the search bar leads to no responses under the Manufacturing Minister, David Hodgett’s name.…

NAPTHINE KEEPS AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES HIDDEN

The Napthine Government has gagged Ambulance Victoria from publishing figures on a website that would show ambulance response times and provide the community with up-to-date information about how bad the crisis in the ambulance system has become, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. This week, the Opposition asked the Premier in Question Time…

DISABLED VICTORIANS SLUGGED WITH MASSIVE FEE INCREASE

Victorians with a disability living in state-run residential units are facing massive fee increases as a result of the Napthine Government State Budget, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. The 2013 State Budget revealed that a fee increase paid by those already living in Department of Humans Services (DHS) managed disability accommodation services…

SOUTH WEST CFA CUTS EXPECTED IN STATE BUDGET

The Napthine Liberal Government’s budget cuts to the Country Fire Authority (CFA) are set to continue with reports this week that a further $40 million will be cut in next week’s State Budget, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney said that leaked documents revealed local CFA group officers were briefed by…

MORE CFA CUTS EXPECTED IN STATE BUDGET

The Napthine Liberal Government’s budget cuts to the Country Fire Authority (CFA) are set to continue with reports this week that a further $40 million will be cut in next week’s State Budget, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney said that leaked documents revealed local CFA group officers were briefed by…

Local Jobs for Local Workers

Thousands of workers in the services sector – including banking, IT and call centres – would continue to be employed locally under a new policy announced by Opposition Leader, Daniel Andrews. Under the policy released at the Victorian Labor Party State Conference, companies that employ services staff in Victoria would get preference for government contracts…

TIERNEY CALLS FOR APOLLO BAY P-12 MONEY, AGAIN

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has ramped up the pressure on the Baillieu Government to come good on its promise and fund the Apollo Bay P-12 College redevelopment. In Parliament last night Ms Tierney called on the Minister for Education, Martin Dixon to commit the full $10 million for the redevelopment in the upcoming…

TIERNEY TACKLES EDUCATION CUTS IN PARLIAMENT

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has called on the Baillieu Government to immediately reinstate education funding as families feel the impacts of education program cuts at the beginning of the school year. Ms Tierney said families had missed out on assistance with purchasing school books for their children, uniforms, transport costs and excursions after…

TIERNEY ASKS FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION INFORMATION

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has raised the issue of emergency services communication in Parliament after two large fires ravaged parts of Western Victoria last month. It has been reported that there were a number of complaints made in the Snake Valley area west of Ballarat, regarding a communications “black hole” during the height…

LABOR TO INVEST IN SOUTH WEST TAFE

A Victorian Labor Government will invest in the TAFE system to ensure that all Victorians have affordable access to education and training, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney said the commitment to fund TAFE was the central plank of Labor’s Plan for Jobs and Growth, released today. “The community in Warrnambool…

LABOR TO INVEST IN VICTORIAN TAFES

A Victorian Labor Government will invest in the TAFE system to ensure that all Victorians have affordable access to education and training, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney said the commitment to fund TAFE was the central plank of Labor’s Plan for Jobs and Growth, released today. “The community in Colac…

ANOTHER BLOW TO SOUTH WEST TAFE

In a major breach of cabinet confidence, the transition plans submitted by TAFEs to the Baillieu Government have been leaked to the media, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. The plans detail how each institution plans to deal with the budget cuts caused by the Baillieu Government’s $290 million cuts to the sector,…

BAILLIEU MAKING NO PROGRESS ON FSL REPLACEMENT

The Baillieu Government has failed to deliver on its own commitment to introduce a new property-based levy to replace the Fire Services Levy (FSL), Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said. “The Government has sailed by its own deadlines to have begun the transition to the new arrangement, which was supposed to be underway…

TIERNEY KEEPS UP PRESSURE FOR FARMER HEALTH CENTRE FUNDS

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney is continuing to apply pressure on the Baillieu Government to immediately reinstate funding for the National Centre for Farmer Health. In response to the Minister’s answer provided in the last Parliament sitting week Ms Tierney accused the Baillieu Government of passing the funding buck to the Federal Government. “The…

LABOR MP’S STANDING UP FOR BANNOCKBURN EDUCATION

State Labor Upper House Members Gayle Tierney and Jaala Pulford have continued their support for Golden Plains Shire calling on the Government to fund Bannockburn K-12 in Parliament this week. Ms Tierney said the hard work from the Golden Plains Shire has not slowed, but the support from the state government has ground to a…

COMMUNITY STONEWALLED ON TORQUAY HIGH SCHOOL

After 15 months of complete and utter debacle by the Baillieu Government on the new Torquay Secondary School, the Torquay community’s question of when their new school will be ready continues to remain unanswered. Speaking in Parliament today, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has again raised the concerns of Torquay families after receiving numerous…

BAILLIEU GOVERNMENT FAILS ON POLICE PROMISE

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has slammed the Baillieu Government for 14 months of inaction on increasing the number of police in Geelong. Ms Tierney said the Coalition campaigned on a law and order platform in Geelong promising more police but has failed spectacularly and after 14 months of absolute neglect the region is…

TIERNEY SUPPORTS NURSE-TO-PATIENT RATIOS

A future Labor Government has recommitted to reinstating current nurse-to-patient ratios and fixing any damage done by Premier Baillieu and the Liberal-National Coalition Government, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney joined thousands of nurses, including many from Western Victoria as they marched on Parliament this week to send a clear message…

BAILLIEU MUST ACT ON FAMILY VIOLENCE IN GEELONG

The Baillieu Government needs to start protecting vulnerable women and children in Geelong and come up with a plan to tackle an alarming rise in family violence across Victoria, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said today. Ms Tierney today called on the Geelong community to send a personal message to Premier Ted Baillieu…

TIERNEY SUPPORTS NURSE-TO-PATIENT RATIOS

A future Labor Government has recommitted to reinstating current nurse-to-patient ratios and fixing any damage done by Premier Baillieu and the Liberal-National Coalition Government, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney joined thousands of nurses, including many from Western Victoria as they marched on Parliament this week to send a clear message…

SURF COAST TEACHERS UNDERVALUED BY BAILLIEU

The Baillieu Government should use World Teacher’s Day to explain to Surf Coast teachers why it has broken its promise to make them the highest paid in Australia, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said today. Ms Tierney said UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day will be celebrated this Friday October 28 in over 100 countries,…

POLWARTH TEACHERS UNDERVALUED BY BAILLIEU

The Baillieu Government should use World Teacher’s Day to explain to Polwarth teachers why it has broken its promise to make them the highest paid in Australia, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said today. Ms Tierney said UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day will be celebrated this Friday October 28 in over 100 countries, and…

TIERNEY TALKS UP EQUESTRIAN CENTRE UPGRADE

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP this week recommended State Government funding for the Golden Plains Shire’s priority sport and recreation project, the Woady Yaloak Equestrian Centre Upgrade. Speaking in Parliament, Ms Tierney urged the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hugh Delahunty to support the Shire’s application to fund this important project. “The centre…

SURF COAST UNPREPARED FOR BUSHFIRE SEASON

The Baillieu-Ryan Government is refusing to fund upgrades to four local CFA stations across the Surf Coast, the Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Danielle Green, said today. Visiting Jan Juc with Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney, Ms Green said the Government’s refusal to provide funding for local fire stations comes on top of maps…

TIERNEY TO TAKE PETITION TO PARLIAMENT

Hundreds of surf coast community members have expressed their angst at the Baillieu Government signing a petition condemning the decision to cut the Take-A-Break occasional childcare funding. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today met with a number of families who use the service and will take their petition to Parliament next week. Ms…

BAILLIEU BACKFLIPS ON BOOKS

An overwhelming backlash from the community has forced the Baillieu Government to reverse its decision to dramatically cut funding from public libraries, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney said the Colac Otway Shire and the local community should be congratulated on their efforts in forcing Mr Baillieu to see reason. “After…

TIERNEY URGES FAMILIES TO FIGHT FOR CHILDCARE FUNDING

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has urged Surf Coast residents to sign a petition fighting for childcare funding along the Surf Coast. Launching the petition in Anglesea, Ms Tierney met with Anglesea Community House manager, Alex Leknius to discuss the impacts the Baillieu Government’s decision to scrap the Take a Break program will…

COALITION LEAVE GEELONG OUT ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT AGAIN

After mercilessly criticising the Myki ticketing system before the November 2010 State election, the Baillieu Government has accepted the system making just a few minor changes. The Member for South Barwon, Andrew Katos and the Baillieu Government must now explain how the Myki system will work in Geelong, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney…

BAILLIEU AXES HOME WISE FOR VULNERABLE

The Baillieu Government must rethink its decision to axe emergency assistance to low-income Victorians to repair or replace essential appliances, Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. “Mr Baillieu’s choice to axe the Home Wise program is shameful and will leave many people in Surfcoast out in the cold this winter,” Ms Tierney…

AWARDS TO RECOGNISE SURFCOAST OUTSTANDING SENIORS

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has called on the surfcoast community to nominate outstanding seniors ahead of this year’s Senior of the Year Awards. “Seniors on the surfcoast are a vital part of our community and the Victorian Senior of the Year Awards is a great way to recognise their contribution,” Ms…

AWARDS TO RECOGNISE COLAC OUTSTANDING SENIORS

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has called on the Colac community to nominate outstanding seniors ahead of this year’s Senior of the Year Awards. “Seniors in Colac are a vital part of our community and the Victorian Senior of the Year Awards is a great way to recognise their contribution,” Ms Tierney…

BAILLIEU AXES HOME WISE FOR VULNERABLE COLAC RESIDENTS

The Baillieu Government must rethink its decision to axe emergency assistance to low-income Victorians to repair or replace essential appliances, Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. “Mr Baillieu’s choice to axe the Home Wise program is shameful and will leave many people in Colac out in the cold this winter,” Ms Tierney…

AWARDS TO RECOGNISE CORANGAMITE OUTSTANDING SENIORS

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has called on the Corangamite community to nominate outstanding seniors ahead of this year’s Senior of the Year Awards. “Seniors in Corangamite are a vital part of our community and the Victorian Senior of the Year Awards is a great way to recognise their contribution,” Ms Tierney…

AWARDS TO RECOGNISE PORTLAND OUTSTANDING SENIORS

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has called on the Portland community to nominate outstanding seniors ahead of this year’s Senior of the Year Awards. “Seniors in Portland are a vital part of our community and the Victorian Senior of the Year Awards is a great way to recognise their contribution,” Ms Tierney…

BAILLIEU AXES HOME WISE FOR VULNERABLE PORTLAND RESIDENTS

The Baillieu Government must rethink its decision to axe emergency assistance to low-income Victorians to repair or replace essential appliances, Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. “Mr Baillieu’s choice to axe the Home Wise program is shameful and will leave many people in Portland out in the cold this winter,” Ms Tierney…

TIERNEY PUSHES FOR PORTARLINGTON PRIMARY SCHOOL

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has raised the much needed upgrade for the Portarlington Primary School in Parliament today. After recently visiting the school with the Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews,and Bellerine MP, Lisa Neville, Ms Tierney has again advocated for vital funding to upgrade the Primary School. “PortarlingtonPrimary School has a…

NO MONEY AND NO SUPPORT FOR POLWARTH

The first budget delivered by the Coalition contains no vision to grow our state, no plan to create jobs, and no plan to ensure Victorians can access the infrastructure they need into the future. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP said the budget clearly shows the Baillieu Government has no vision to grow our…

NO MONEY AND NO SUPPORT FOR THE SOUTH WEST

The first budget delivered by the Coalition contains no vision to grow our state, no plan to create jobs, and no plan to ensure Victorians can access the infrastructure they need into the future. Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP said the budget clearly shows the Baillieu Government has no vision to grow our…

TIERNEY CALLS FOR CLARITY ON BARWON HEADS KINDER

Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP has spoken in Parliament calling for the Baillieu Government to inform the Barwon Heads community on when and where the new Barwon Heads Kindergarten will be built. Prior to the November 2010 election work had commenced on identifying an appropriate site and time-line for construction by the Brumby…

TERNEY CALLS FOR ACTION ON PIONEER ROAD CONGESTION

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has called on the Baillieu Government in Parliament to fund the much needed upgrade of the Pioneer Road intersection at Waurn Ponds. Prior to the November election the previous Labor Government committed $13.5 million to widen Pioneer Road to a four lane road between the Princes Highway and Meadowvale…

MORE BAILLIEU GOVERNMENT BROKEN PROMISES

The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has spoken in parliament on the multitude of broken promises by the Baillieu Government. Ms Tierney said that the Baillieu Government went to the November election promising families that a Coalition government would keep the cost of living pressure down. “However, like all Victorians are seeing day…

CALLS FOR CONSULTATION ON WIND FARM POLICY

The State Opposition have called on the Baillieu Government to give residents, Shire Councils and the wind energy industry a chance to voice their views on the new wind farm policy. The Opposition have called on the Baillieu Government to require the Victorian Legislative Council Standing Committee on the Environment and Planning References Committee to…

SURFCOAST TEACHERS BETRAYED BY BAILLIEU

Ted Baillieu has betrayed teachers along the surfcoast after backflipping on a key election commitment, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. “Mr Baillieu should be embarrassed after breaking his own promise to make Victorian teachers the best paid in the country,” Ms Tierney said. “Instead of standing by his promise, Mr Baillieu is now…

COLAC TEACHERS BETRAYED BY BAILLIEU

Ted Baillieu has betrayed teachers in Colac after backflipping on a key election commitment, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. “Mr Baillieu should be embarrassed after breaking his own promise to make Victorian teachers the best paid in the country,” Ms Tierney said. “Instead of standing by his promise, Mr Baillieu is now offering…

CAMPERDOWN TEACHERS BETRAYED BY BAILLIEU

Ted Baillieu has betrayed teachers in Camperdown after backflipping on a key election commitment, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. “Mr Baillieu should be embarrassed after breaking his own promise to make Victorian teachers the best paid in the country,” Ms Tierney said. “Instead of standing by his promise, Mr Baillieu is now offering…

WARRNAMBOOL FAMILIES LOSE UNDER BAILLIEU’S DRACONIAN LAWS

The Baillieu Government’s changes to Easter Sunday trading laws could force hundreds of local retail employees in Warrnambool to work without additional pay loading, Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. Ms Tierney said Labor would oppose the Shop Trading Reform Amendment Bill. “This draconian change will force Warrnambool retail workers to work on…

COLAC FAMILIES LOSE UNDER BAILLIEU’S DRACONIAN LAWS

The Baillieu Government’s changes to Easter Sunday trading laws could force hundreds of local retail employees in Colac to work without additional pay loading, Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said. Ms Tierney said Labor would oppose the Shop Trading Reform Amendment Bill. “This draconian change will force Colac retail workers to work on…

VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN COLAC LEFT BEHIND BY BAILLIEU

Premier Ted Baillieu has broken his commitment to Colac pensioners and concession card holders, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said. “On December 1, Mr Baillieu announced that he would bring forward energy concessions for low income earners to January 1,” Ms Tierney said. “He fudged in parliament, and on the weekend he backtracked,…

VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN PORTLAND LEFT BEHIND BY BAILLIEU

Premier Ted Baillieu has broken his commitment to Portland pensioners and concession card holders, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said. “On December 1, Mr Baillieu announced that he would bring forward energy concessions for low income earners to January 1,” Ms Tierney said. “He fudged in parliament, and on the weekend he backtracked,…