PORTLAND: COASTAL PROJECTS

I wish to report progress to the house on two important projects in Portland. Last week I took the opportunity to visit two sites that attracted funding from the previous state government. The first was the development of the Nuns Beach precinct, and I am pleased to report to the house that $250 000 of…

PIONEER ROAD, WAURN PONDS: UPGRADE

My adjournment matter this evening is also directed to the Minister for Roads. It is in relation to Pioneer Road in Waurn Ponds, Geelong. Prior to the November election the previous government committed $13.5 million to widen Pioneer Road into a four-lane road between the Princes Highway and Meadowvale Drive to ease the heavy congestion…

GOVERNMENT: ELECTION COMMITMENTS

The Baillieu government went to the November election promising families that a coalition government would keep cost-of-living pressures down. However, all Victorians are seeing day after day is yet another Baillieu government promise being squandered, shredded and shunted out the back door. Documents released under FOI show that the Treasurer, Kim Wells, has failed to…

SCHOOLS: BANNOCKBURN

My adjournment matter this evening is directed to the Minister for Education and is in relation to educational facilities in the Golden Plains shire. Statistics taken by the shire indicate that it is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the state. In particular, Bannockburn, which is the largest township in the shire, is growing…

PLANNING: AMENDMENT VC78

I rise to make a contribution to this debate in support of Mr Tee’s motion. I do so because of the incredible importance of renewable energy and its industry to Western Victoria Region. I particularly refer to wind energy in terms of jobs and its direct and indirect contribution to local economies. Western Victoria has…

GEELONG TRADES HALL COUNCIL: ANNUAL DINNER

Last Friday night, along with a number of vehicle workers, I attended the Geelong Trades Hall Council annual dinner at Buckley’s in Geelong. It was a very well attended function. Tim Gooden was the master of ceremonies. For me there were three highlights of the evening. The first was the announcement of the woman trade…

DISABILITY SERVICES: OCEAN GROVE FAMILY

My adjournment matter this evening is directed to the Minister for Community Services, Ms Wooldridge. It relates to a constituent in my electorate, Mrs Caroline Colby of Ocean Grove. Mrs Colby is a 33-year-old woman who became a tetraplegic almost 18 months ago. Since that time she has required 24-hour care. Caroline has no movement…

IAN HOARE AND SANDRA PEARSON

On another matter, I would like to congratulate Ian Hoare of Terang and Sandra Pearson of Lismore, who been honoured with national service medals for 15 years service in the Victoria State Emergency Service. I thank them for their unstinting commitment to keeping their local communities safe.

G-FORCE RECRUITMENT: TARGET 100 PROGRAM

On l6 March G-Force Recruitment, along with its community partners, launched the Target 100 program in Corio, Geelong. Target 100 is an initiative sponsored by G-Force Recruitment and its community partners to help 100 people from Geelong’s northern suburbs to become new apprentices and trainees. Statistics show that the northern suburbs of Geelong, such as…

SCHOOLS: TORQUAY

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My last adjournment matter called on the Minister for Education, Martin Dixon, to commit to the construction of a primary school at Torquay North. Today my adjournment matter is also directed to the Minister for Education; again, my matter concerns the provision of education in Torquay, although on this occasion…

CITY OF WYNDHAM: MINISTERIAL VISIT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is also for the Minister for Planning. As the minister knows, Wyndham is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the country, let alone this state. It is also a municipality that has big plans for the Werribee employment precinct and has an obvious need to understand the…

GILLIAN WALKER

This morning I am going to quote from a letter to the editor in the Bellarine Times of 11 January this year entitled ‘Farewell to an activist’ written by Chris Kelly of Portarlington about Gillian Walker. The letter says: “Gill was a regular contributor to ‘Letters’ in this paper, and from time to time was…

SCHOOLS: WESTERN VICTORIA REGION

Last week I attended a number of discussions in the two fastest growing areas in the electorate of Western Victoria Region, those being the Surf Coast and Wyndham. As most members are aware, significant growth brings significant demands, but education for our young cannot be the sacrificial lamb when it comes to growth. My adjournment…

BENJAMIN GEBERT AND LUKE REICHENBACH

On another matter, I would like to congratulate two young Jeparit men, Benjamin Gebert and Luke Reichenbach, on receiving Wimmera Agricultural Societies Association awards this month. Benjamin was given the junior ambassador of the year award and Luke received the rural ambassador runner-up award. Benjamin will now go on to represent Victoria in Melton in…

NORTHERN BELLARINE FORESHORE PLAN

On Friday evening, 11 February 2011, community members from St Leonards, Portarlington and Indented Head came together at the beach in front of the Parks Hall Community Centre and Indented Head Community Hall to launch the Northern Bellarine foreshore planning project. Uncle Bryon Powell started the proceedings with a welcome to country and gave an…

ADDRESS-IN-REPLY

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I would also like to contribute to the address-in-reply in this 57th Parliament. I start by thanking the good people of Western Victoria Region for again giving me the opportunity to represent them as their member in the Victorian Legislative Council. Before going any further, I take this opportunity to…

ARDA DUCK

Many people in Geelong are still in shock over the sudden death of Arda Duck, a consummate educationalist and dedicated change agent who strove to improve the opportunities for all students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Arda was a highly respected principal of the Corio Bay Senior College and a major driving force in creating…

FLOODS: VICTORIA

I also rise in support of the motion moved by Mr Tee. The Honourable Daniel Andrews, the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, has been calling for an inquiry for some time. I am particularly pleased that the government has now responded, as recently as 4.42 p.m. yesterday, with a media statement announcing the…

OVARIAN CANCER: AWARENESS

The month of February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and I take this opportunity to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms. Three Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every day, and approximately 75 per cent of these women are diagnosed at the advanced stage, when it is very difficult to treat successfully.…

GEELONG: ARTS PRECINCT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for the Arts, and it relates to the coalition government’s $30 million promise to rejuvenate the Geelong arts precinct. That commitment comprised $15 million for GPAC (Geelong Performing Arts Centre) and another $15 million for the Geelong central library. However,…

NATURAL DISASTERS: AUSTRALIA

I also rise to support the motion before the house. I begin by thanking the many people who have worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for many weeks now, not only during the most recent floods but also during the floods that preceded the ones we are recovering from at this time.…

GEELONG HOSPITAL: FUNDING

President, I also offer my congratulations to you on your election earlier today. My adjournment matter this evening is directed to the Minister for Health, David Davis, and it relates to the level of funding for the expansion of the Geelong Hospital. I quote from the Geelong Advertiser editorial of 9 December 2010, which states:…

WARRNAMBOOL: CLIMATE COMMUNITIES FUNDING

Ms TIERNEY — I also congratulate the Warrnambool Community Garden and the Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Group, which have recently received funding under the Climate Communities program that the Minister for Environment and Climate Change talked about in question time. The Warrnambool Community Garden received $50 000 for its health urban living project, and the Warrnambool…

BULLA DAIRY FOODS: 100TH ANNIVERSARY

On another matter, I congratulate Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac on its 100th anniversary. This is a fantastic achievement for rural industry in Victoria. I also commend the company for its role in employing over 50 people in the last three years, some of whom have been long-term unemployed. This again reinforces that local people…

REGIONAL AND RURAL VICTORIA: WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

On 27 September I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation at the announcement of a $150 000 project to address shortfalls in skills and workforce development in the south-west. The Brumby Labor government has funded the great south coast industry workforce development strategy team to investigate and address the…

SIGNIFICANT SPORTING EVENTS PROGRAM: APPLICATIONS

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs, James Merlino. It is in relation to the Significant Sporting Events program. As detailed on the Department of Planning and Community Development’s website, the Significant Sporting Events program will assist sporting, community and event organisations to deliver significant sporting events in Victoria.…

REGIONAL AND RURAL VICTORIA: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. Can the minister update the house on how the Brumby Labor government is supporting regional Victoria through the creation of jobs and better retail choice? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I welcome Ms Tierney’s interest in this…

JUDICIAL COMMISSION OF VICTORIA BILL

I rise to make a contribution to the debate on the Judicial Commission of Victoria Bill 2010. At the beginning I also indicate that the government will not be supporting Mr Rich-Phillips’s reasoned amendment. With respect to the proposed amendments that have just been circulated by Ms Pennicuik, I understand Mr Tee will be responding…

UCI ROAD CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2010 UCI World Road Cycling Championships were held in Geelong from 29 September to 3 October. The whole city was buzzing with anticipation during the days before the racing as the infrastructure was being erected and the riders were out in the colours of their respective countries exploring the course and undertaking time trials.…

JUSTICE LEGISLATION FURTHER AMENDMENT BILL

I rise to make a contribution to debate on the Justice Legislation Further Amendment Bill 2010. This is a multifaceted bill and, as the previous speaker said, an omnibus bill. It makes a number of changes to legislation within the justice portfolio. Some 18 amendments amend an even larger number of acts that are instruments…

GOVERNMENT: PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

It is Wednesday in the Victorian Parliament, and again we have the situation that continues to be played out time and again on Wednesdays during opposition business, when the opposition is hell-bent on determining that the primary role of the Legislative Council is to provide documents. On this occasion this issue has taken up a…

V/LINE: MAINTENANCE CONTRACT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Public Transport, the Honourable Martin Pakula. Can the minister update the house on the recently awarded contract to maintain Victoria’s V/Line train fleet? Hon. M. P. PAKULA (Minister for Public Transport) — I thank Ms Tierney for the question. The Premier and I…

RURAL PRESS CLUB: ANNUAL AWARDS

I take this opportunity to congratulate Mr Alex Sinnott, whose excellent work was recently acknowledged and awarded at the Rural Press Club of Victoria annual awards. Alex, who is a journalist with the Warrnambool Standard, was awarded the 2010 Young Journalist of the Year for his series of stories on Peter’s project. Alex has been…

TOYOTA AUSTRALIA: ALTONA PLANT

Last Friday Premier John Brumby, along with the federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Kim Carr, announced that Toyota would undertake a $300 million upgrade of the Altona plant, securing over 3000 Victorian jobs. Old technology is being closed down all over the world. Nearly all new global investment is going into the…

PLANNING: RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. Can the minister update the house on how the planning system is facilitating the effective delivery of renewable energy projects across Victoria? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I welcome Ms Tierney’s interest in these matters, because in…

HEALTH: WESTERN VICTORIA

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Health, and it is in regard to health services in the Western Victoria Region. As a result of the historic agreement made between the federal and state Labor governments some months ago, it was recently announced that Colac Area Health would receive $1.5 million to expand its…

WESTERN VICTORIA: TOURISM

Yesterday’s Age newspaper covered Monday night’s The Age Good Food Guide awards with the title ‘Good food puts country towns on the culinary map’. The restaurant of the year award again went to the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld under the guidance of Dan Hunter, and the best new country restaurant was won by Loam…

ADULT AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION: AWARDS

On another note, I congratulate a number of finalists in the 2010 adult and community education (ACE) awards. They are Rachelle Collett from Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre in Corio, outstanding ACE learner; Karen Williams from the Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre, outstanding ACE practitioner; Joanna Weeku from the Werribee Community and Education Centre, outstanding ACE learner; and the…

EASTERN RESERVE, COLAC: NETBALL FACILITIES

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of officially opening the newly upgraded netball facilities at Eastern Reserve in Colac. The Brumby Labor government contributed $60 000 to this project, which involved the resurfacing and extending of six old asphalt netball courts to meet current national and international standards, upgrading existing lighting for night games and…

POSITIONING THE WIMMERA-MALLEE PIPELINE REGION TO CAPITALISE ON NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

I rise to make some comments in regard to the Rural and Regional Committee’s report entitled Inquiry into Positioning the Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline Region to Capitalise on New Economic Development Opportunities. I begin by thanking the many people who provided verbal and written submissions to the committee. We were blessed by the standard of contributions as…

EMPLOYMENT: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Treasurer, John Lenders. Can the Treasurer report on how we can measure infrastructure and skills investment over the last several budgets?

Mr LENDERS (Treasurer) — There are several ways, but the most succinct way is to say ’98 000 jobs’.

TOURIST AND HERITAGE RAILWAYS BILL

I rise to speak in favour of the Tourist and Heritage Railways Bill 2010, which will provide for sustainable tourist and heritage railway operations in Victoria. There are three key aspects in the legislation before us today. Firstly, the bill establishes a register of tourist and heritage railway assets; secondly, it provides for the modernisation…

STONY RISES PROJECT

On 22 July I had the pleasure of officially opening the Stony Rises Project at the RMIT Gallery. Stony Rises is an area south-east, south and south-west of Lake Corangamite, with a vast number of basalt rocks as a result of volcanic activity. The project brings together 10 contemporary artists and designers, including interpretations of…

COUNTRY FIRE AUTHORITY: LETHBRIDGE AND MAUDE BRIGADES

On Sunday I represented the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Bob Cameron, in handing over two medium tankers in the Golden Plains shire. The first tanker was handed over to Yvonne Perdrisat, the first woman captain of the Lethbridge Country Fire Authority (CFA) brigade. Yvonne is a driving force in the local community. Lethbridge…

REFERENCE

I rise and indicate that I will be opposing Mr Kavanagh’s motion. At the outset I also challenge Mr Kavanagh’s assertion that those who oppose his motion this evening are people who reject knowledge and demand to be ignorant. That could not be further from the truth. In terms of the particular issue that is…

WESTERN VICTORIA: TIMBER HARVEST COORDINATOR

On another matter, the Minister for Regional and Rural Development also announced $100 000 to employ a timber harvest coordinator, who will assist the Southern Grampians and Glenelg shires with the blue gum harvests in the area. Timber harvesting in the region is expected to create up to 2000 jobs over the next five years.…

PORTLAND: HARBOUR UPGRADE

On 29 June I joined the Minister for Regional and Rural Development in Portland to announce a $4.6 million upgrade to the Portland harbour. The Brumby Labor government will contribute $3.1 million to the project under the Regional Infrastructure Development Fund, with the remaining $1.5 million from the Glenelg shire. This upgrade will ensure that…

COLAC: MEN’S SHED

I was also in Colac to represent the Minister for Mental Health in officially opening the Colac men’s shed and announcing $50 000 in relation to that shed. I would like to congratulate Mr Paul Durr and the Colac men’s shed team for the wonderful work they do in the community. I also congratulate Ron…

COLAC: BIOGAS PLANT

On 30 June I had the great pleasure of representing the Minister for Regional and Rural Development to announce $1.5 million in Regional Infrastructure Development Fund funding for the Colac biogas plant project. The project is a first for western Victoria, and it will provide a local solution to a local problem of how to…

LORNE: SWIMMING POOL

It gives me great pleasure to advise the house of another excellent project in Western Victoria Region funded by the Brumby government’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund to the tune of $758 000. The Lorne community will benefit from the $858 000 project, which involves geoexchange technology to heat the Lorne pool. The technology will allow…

PLANNING: COASTAL SETTLEMENTS OF THE FUTURE

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. Could the minister outline to the house the details of the newly announced Coastal Settlements of the Future initiative? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I welcome Ms Tierney’s interest in these matters. Her extensive region has certainly…

REGIONAL AND RURAL VICTORIA: READY FOR TOMORROW

Last Tuesday, 15 June, I joined the Premier, the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, and a number of government members of Parliament for the launch of the Brumby Labor government’s Ready for Tomorrow — A Blueprint for Regional and Rural Victoria, through which $631 million over five years will deliver five new strategies with…

WESTERN VICTORIA REGION: FOOTBALL AND NETBALL CLUBS

On another matter, I wish to congratulate the Anglesea Netball Club, the Kolora-Noorat Football Netball Club, the North Warrnambool Eagles Football and Netball Club, and the Merrivale Football Netball Club on their success in receiving $60 000 each for amenity improvements under the state Labor government’s country football and netball program. Each club, along with…

SOUTH WEST INSTITUTE OF TAFE: WARRNAMBOOL CAMPUS

On Tuesday last week I had the honour of representing the Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation and the Premier to officially open the new $12.5 million South West Institute of TAFE building in central Warrnambool, of which the state Labor government contributed $11.3 million. This modern, green building is testament to the Brumby Labor…

PLANNING: TORQUAY AND JAN JUC

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning. Can the minister update the house on actions the Brumby Labor government has taken to help manage growth in Torquay and Jan Juc? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I welcome Ms Tierney’s interest in these matters, and I note…

ANDREW SCOTT

I acknowledge and thank Andrew Scott, the chief executive officer of G21, for his tireless work in ensuring that during his tenure all members of G21 continued to work cohesively and in a focused manner, which cemented G21 as a premier regional development organisation. Many of us in this chamber were not able to join…

AUSSIE FARMERS DIRECT: CAMPERDOWN PLANT

Last Thursday I represented the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan, and the Premier, John Brumby, in Camperdown where I announced $700 000 of state funding to assist in the establishment of a new dairy processing and bottling plant at the former Bonlac factory. The grant to the Aussie Farmers Direct milk processing…

PLANNING: GEELONG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. Can the minister update the house on any recent announcements that demonstrate how the Brumby Labor government is taking action to plan for a growing Geelong? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I thank the member for her…

WESTERN DISTRICT HEALTH SERVICE: REPORT 2009

I rise to make comment on the Western District Health Service annual report for 2009. It has been an absolute pleasure to read the report to Parliament because this service is a leader in providing health services to the local community. It is a leader in community access and the quality of care it provides.…

WESTERN VICTORIA REGION: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

During the past few weeks I have met with many local government representatives and community groups to share the joy over successful projects and applications for future projects. These include a number of local men’s sheds at Winchelsea, Anglesea and Camperdown. Local bowling clubs, Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Bowling Club and Derrinallum Bowling Club, both received…

TOOLONG COMMUNITY HALL: UPGRADE

On Thursday, 13 May, I travelled to the small community of Toolong to announce a $110 000 Brumby government grant from the Small Towns Development Fund to upgrade the community hall. This project will refurbish and extend the hall and provide for the renovation of the kitchen area and the installation of the storage area,…

LEGISLATION REFORM (REPEALS No. 6) BILL

I rise to make a contribution in the debate on the bill before us, the Legislative Reform (Repeals No. 6) Bill 2009. The purpose of this bill is to repeal 63 redundant acts of Parliament. The first five acts in the series repealed approximately 200 principal and amending acts, and once it is passed the…

PLANNING: GEELONG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. Can the minister outline to the house any budget initiatives for the planning portfolio that will benefit the Geelong region? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I welcome Ms Tierney’s interest in these matters, particularly those relating to…

WESTERN VICTORIA REGION: MEN’S SHEDS

I take this opportunity to congratulate those involved in the men’s sheds at Camperdown, Winchelsea and Anglesea. Last Friday the Camperdown men’s shed received $20 000 from the state Labor government for heating and cooling. I record my thanks to Len Wiseman, Alan Thompson and Graeme Fischer for all their hard work in ensuring that…

CRIME: GOVERNMENT PERFORMANCE

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I am pleased to make a contribution on this issue and to put the government’s initiatives on the record. As members are aware, last week the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, along with the Premier, made a number of announcements, which essentially involved the single biggest boost to police…

KOROIT: SPORTS STADIUM

Ms TIERNEY — On the same day I had the great pleasure of officially opening the Victoria Park sports stadium in Koroit. Again, it was a great community event chaired by the Moyne shire mayor, Cr James Purcell. I visited this complex during its construction with Cr Ken Gale, who deserves the highest praise for…

KOROIT AND DISTRICT PRIMARY SCHOOL: REDEVELOPMENT

Last Friday I had the pleasure of officially opening the $2.1 million redevelopment of the Koroit and District Primary School. The Brumby Labor government contributed $1.4 million to this redevelopment, and the federal government contributed $600 000. The 200-strong audience heard a heartfelt and emotional speech by the principal, Ms Michelle Bickley, outlining the enormous…

MACARTHUR RECREATION RESERVE: PAVILION UPGRADE

On another matter, last Saturday I attended the Macarthur Recreation Reserve to represent the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs and to officially open the upgraded sports pavilion. The new pavilion was put to use on Saturday as the crowd saw the Hawkesdale-Macarthur Eagles take on the Glenthompson-Dunkeld Rams in the season opener. The…

APOLLO BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL

Recently I had the pleasure of again opening the Apollo Bay Music Festival, where I represented the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Tim Holding. The 18th Apollo Bay Music Festival had something for absolutely every taste and age, with over 70 acts across 11 stages. There were also fantastic local artists from all over…

HOUSING: COLAC NEIGHBOURHOOD RENEWAL

The matter I wish to raise tonight is for the attention of the Minister for Housing. I call on the minister to provide an update on the progress of the Colac neighbourhood renewal program and to provide support for the Colac men’s shed. The neighbourhood renewal program in Colac started in 2003. On this side…

MICHELLE BICKLEY MILLER

On another note, I would like to congratulate Ms Michelle Bickley Miller, the Koroit and District Primary School principal, who was the runner-up in the Baillieu Myer Rural Education Leadership Scholarship Award. This award acknowledges the work of rural school leaders across Victoria, and it recognises a significant and commendable achievement. Michelle Bickley Miller is…

BIRREGURRA SKATE PARK

Last Sunday I joined many young community members in Birregurra to officially open the Birregurra Skate Park, and what a great start to National Youth Week it was. It is always a pleasure to be in Birregurra, as it really leads the way for small Victorian townships in terms of community involvement and participation. It…

QUEENSCLIFF: SAFE HARBOUR

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Gavin Jennings. Can the minister inform the house of how the Brumby Labor government is taking action to strengthen the vibrant tourism industry in Queenscliff, ensuring that it continues to grow for the benefit of towns and regions surrounding…

Geelong Cemeteries Trust: report 2008-09

 I rise to speak on the annual report of the Geelong Cemeteries Trust. Memorial and burial grounds can be places where one can reflect; they are places we visit to deal with the loss of a loved one, to place mementos on their gravesites, and to sit and reflect on their lives and the relationship…

GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY

On a related matter, I wish the Greek community a very happy Greek Independence Day today. I am sure there will be many celebrations this evening. I am also sure they will be different from the Liberal Party plate-breaking fundraising event exposed by the Geelong Advertiser, where the Greek cultural tradition of breaking plates was…

GEELONG: PAKO FESTA

I wish to congratulate Diversitat for yet another fantastic Pako festival, which was held on 27 February in Geelong and opened by the Premier, John Brumby. The parade winners were Clonard College for the best school entrant. St Patrick’s Primary School won the best use of the theme, and the award for most culturally aware…

GOVERNMENT: PERFORMANCE

 I rise to speak in opposition to the motion before us today. I wish to refer to and place on the record some of the programs and projects this government has been working on in regional Victoria, particularly over the last three and a half years since my election to this house. During that time…

REFERENCE

 I wish to indicate to the house from the outset that the government will not oppose this reference going to the Law Reform Committee. However, in saying that I would like to place a couple of points on the record. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Victoria Police, the Department of Sustainability and Environment and…

RELAY FOR LIFE: GEELONG

Last Friday I had the privilege to attend the Relay for Life ambassadors breakfast in Geelong, which was held at the Geelong Racing Club. This breakfast is an annual event organised by Geelong Relay for Life ambassadors Professor Peter Loney and Roxanne Bennett. This year’s breakfast was the fourth, and its reputation is certainly growing…

RAIL: INFRASTRUCTURE

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Public Transport, Martin Pakula. Can the minister advise the house of measures undertaken to improve rail reliability and infrastructure on the metropolitan network? Hon. M. P. PAKULA (Minister for Public Transport) — I thank Ms Tierney for the question. The Brumby government is…

RACING: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Racing. It relates to the safety of horses and jockeys whilst racing and training. On 26 February the minister issued a media release, and I was pleased to learn that new plastic running rails will be installed at the track used by the Hamilton Racing Club. The…

PLANNING: PORT FAIRY DEVELOPMENT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning. Can the minister advise the house on how the Brumby Labor government is at the forefront of managing coastal climate change, especially in light of his recent decision to protect the coast at Port Fairy from inappropriate development? Hon. J. M. MADDEN…

CRIMES LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL

 I wish to make a contribution to the debate on the Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2009, which I support. The bill contains a number of amendments to legislation governing the criminal justice system. The bill will act on the recommendations of the Sentencing Advisory Council to restructure the offence of sexual penetration of a child…

TRANSPORT ACCIDENT COMMISSION: REPORT 2009

I rise to give a statement on the 2009 annual report of the Transport Accident Commission. As members in the chamber will be aware, 2009 marked the beginning of a new chapter for the TAC, with its moving to its brand-new Geelong headquarters. More than a year on from the Premier and TAC minister announcing…

WORKSAFE VICTORIA: WORKHEALTH PROGRAM

Raised with: Minister for Finance, WorkCover and the Transport Accident Commission Raised by: Ms Tierney Raised on: 2 February 2010 REPLY: I am informed that: WorkHealth is a world first program aimed at reducing the risk of chronic disease across Victoria’s working population. The program, delivered by WorkSafe Victoria, includes free health checks for Victorian…

BELLARINE AGRICULTURAL SHOW

On another note, last Sunday I attended the Bellarine Agricultural Show. This event is a true commitment to the notion of an agricultural show, where our local farming community members provide their stock and produce to be judged. It also provides an opportunity to educate the wider community on our agricultural products. I congratulate the…

HEYWOOD WOOD, WINE AND ROSES FESTIVAL

 On Saturday, 27 February, I had the pleasure of attending the many stalls and exhibitions at the Heywood Wood, Wine and Roses Festival, as well as having the opportunity to assist in the judging of the street parade floats. As reported in the Hamilton Spectator, around 12 000 people attended the festival, which was an…

PORTLAND CHILD AND FAMILY COMPLEX

I wish to advise the house that the Portland Child and Family Complex is on track to be opened. It will provide early childhood services to the Portland community by July. Last Wednesday the Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, Maxine Morand, and I toured the $2.5 million complex, which has been funded by…

PLANNING: GEELONG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is also to the Minister for Planning. Can the minister update the house on how the Brumby Labor government is taking action to renew regional towns and centres such as Geelong and promote good development and urban design? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I welcome…

TOURISM VICTORIA: REPORT 2008-09

I would like to make a contribution on Tourism Victoria’s annual report for 2008-09. As most people will be aware, Tourism Victoria is a Victorian state government authority which was established by the Tourism Victoria Act 1992. Tourism Victoria is the mechanism which enables the state government to be involved in tourism. There are essentially…

WOMEN: WARRNAMBOOL ROUND TABLE

Last Wednesday night I was delighted to host a women’s round table in Warrnambool, which provided women from Geelong, Colac, Timboon, Terang, Warrnambool, Camperdown and Hamilton an opportunity to meet with the Minister for Women’s Affairs, Maxine Morand, to discuss issues they and other women face in their communities. Much was learnt and exchanged, with…