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…

PORT CAMPBELL COMMUNITY CENTRE: REDEVELOPMENT

Earlier this morning I had the great pleasure of joining Joe Helper, the Minister for Agriculture, at an early breakfast meeting with Corangamite shire councillors and their chief executive officer. But it was last Thursday that I had enormous pleasure in announcing a state government allocation of $225 000 from the Small Towns Development Fund…

RAIL: LAVERTON STATION

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Public Transport, Martin Pakula. Can the minister update the house on the progress of the Laverton rail upgrade? Hon. M. P. PAKULA (Minister for Public Transport) — I thank Ms Tierney for her question, because this is a project which will benefit not…

CHILDREN’S SERVICES CENTRE, WARRNAMBOOL

The following day we toured the Warrnambool children’s hub where the minister opened the Raglan Parade redevelopment centre. This centre will help cater for the growing population of Warrnambool, which is home to more than 2300 children aged under six. At the moment the centre offers parent support groups, playgroups and three-year-old kindergarten, and occasional…

VICTORIA UNIVERSITY BILL, ROYAL MELBOURNE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY BILL, SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY BILL and UNIVERSITY OF BALLARAT BILL

 I rise to speak in relation to the bills before us this afternoon that deal with the University of Ballarat, RMIT and Swinburne and Victoria universities. Prior to the Christmas break a number of bills were before the house in relation to the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, Monash University and Deakin University. Whilst…

LORNE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: REPORT 2008-09

I rise to speak on the Lorne Community Hospital annual report 2008-09. It would be safe to say that most members in the chamber, as well as a significant number of Victorians, have visited Lorne, whether it be for a one-off visit or a regular place to spend holidays with family and friends. Events such…

AUSTRALIA DAY: SHIRE OF GLENELG

On 26 January 2010 I attended the Australia Day ceremony in Portland, where history was made. For the first time two equally deserving community members were named the Shire of Glenelg’s 2010 Citizens of the Year. Ms Gail Jaensch of Heywood has been a local volunteer for over 15 years, opening the Portland branch of…

PORT CAMPBELL COMMUNITY CENTRE: REDEVELOPMENT

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Regional and Rural Development and concerns the Port Campbell community centre. This government, as all members are aware, has a Small Town Development Fund which continues to help Victoria’s smaller towns create jobs, drive economic growth and improve community infrastructure. Since being elected as a…

SCHOOLS: BUILDING PROGRAM

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Treasurer. Can the Treasurer update the house on the progress of the Victorian schools plan, and in particular on how the Partnerships Victoria in Schools Project is helping the Brumby Labor government deliver a first-class education system? Mr LENDERS (Treasurer) — I thank Ms Tierney…

WARRNAMBOOL: FOOTBALL AND NETBALL FACILITIES

Raised with: Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs Raised by: Ms Tierney Raised on: 21 August 2008 REPLY: At the time the Adjournment matter was raised, the Warrnambool City Council had submitted an application to the Victorian Government’s Country Football and Netball Program for the Old Collegians Football Netball Club project. On 1 September…

GOLDEN PLAINS: SPORTING FACILITIES

Raised with: Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs Raised by: Ms Tierney Raised on: 17 April 2008 REPLY: At the time the Adjournment matter was raised, applications to the Drought Relief for Community Sport and Recreation Program (DRCSRP) had been submitted by the Golden Plains Shire Council. On 29 April 2008, following the assessment…

AIREYS INLET TENNIS CLUB: FACILITIES

Raised with: Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs Raised by: Ms Tierney Raised on: 11 March 2008 REPLY: At the time the Adjournment matter was raised Surf Coast Shire Council had submitted an application to the 2008/2009 Community Facility Funding Program (CFFP)-Minor Facilities category requesting $51,460 for the Aireys Inlet Tennis Courts Upgrade project.…

ALBERT PARK, WARRNAMBOOL: TRAIL NETWORK

Raised with: Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs Raised by: Ms Tierney Raised on: 5 February 2008 REPLY: At the time the Adjournment matter was raised Warrnambool City Council had submitted one application to the 2008/2009 Community Facility Funding Program (CFFP)-Minor Facilities category requesting $60,000 for the Albert Park Trail Network-Stage 1 project. In…

WORKSAFE VICTORIA: WORKHEALTH PROGRAM

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Finance, WorkCover and the Transport Accident Commission. Unfortunately an increasing number of Australians are suffering from preventable chronic diseases, and we have heard a lot about this in recent times. These diseases can contribute to poor health and potentially to the risk of being injured at work.…

OVARIAN CANCER: AWARENESS MONTH

I also raise the issue of ovarian cancer. February is ovarian cancer awareness
month. We know that women with awareness of the symptoms go to their doctors,
and early diagnosis of this disease ensures that women have a much greater
chance of surviving this dreadful disease.

PORTARLINGTON MUSSEL FESTIVAL

On 9 January I had the pleasure of officially opening the Portarlington Mussel Festival. Festivals like this one are extremely important to local communities, and this was of particular importance to Portarlington this year. As members may be aware from media reports in recent times, the local mussel industry has had its challenges. But the…

Birregurra Bowls Club: synthetic green

On another note, after many months of excitement the Birregurra Bowls Club has officially opened its new synthetic green. On Sunday, 29 November, I had the pleasure of joining club members and club executive members and seeing the mayor of Colac Otway Shire, Brian Crook, make the first bowl on this excellent new facility. I…

BUSES: COLAC-APOLLO BAY

Last Friday I represented the Minister for Community Development in officially opening yet another transport connections project in Apollo Bay. The new service from Colac to Apollo Bay will operate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 11 April 2010, and it will link towns such as Colac, Birregurra, Barwon Downs, Forrest, Skenes Creek and Apollo…

REGIONAL CENTRES OF THE FUTURE

I also rise to make a contribution on the Rural and Regional Committee’s report on its inquiry into regional centres of the future. In undertaking this inquiry, as its chair stated, the committee covered a huge amount of territory in regional Victoria. We received over 60 submissions and were inundated with people who wanted to…

HOUSING: GEELONG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Minister for Planning. Can the minister advise the house of what action the Brumby Labor government is taking to secure housing supply in Greater Geelong? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I welcome the member’s interest in all these matters. One of the…

PLANNING: WEST MADDINGLEY

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. In planning ahead to accommodate the significant growth in Bacchus Marsh, has the minister created a residential growth precinct that will lead to 1400 homes in West Maddingley? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I thank the member…

BELLARINE COMMUNITY HEALTH: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the Bellarine Community Health annual general meeting in Queenscliff. What a wonderful organisation this is! John Fendyk, the chief executive officer of Bellarine Community Health, provided a thorough report and gave highlights of the achievements of BCH over the previous 12 months, one of which was receiving…

REFERENCE

I rise to indicate in the first instance my support for the terms of reference before the house afternoon. I will be voting in support of them. However, I also take this opportunity to indicate that if the terms of reference that I heard of two days ago were the proposed terms of reference before…

CLIMATE CHANGE: FUTURE COASTS PROGRAM

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Gavin Jennings. Can the minister inform the house how the Brumby Labor government is taking action to address the potential risk of rising sea levels as a result of climate change? Mr JENNINGS (Minister for Environment and Climate Change)…

COUNTRY FIRE AUTHORITY: NELSON BRIGADE

On Sunday, 15 November, I was in Nelson in the south-west of Victoria to officially open a $200 000 Country Fire Authority community facility and hand over a $92 000 tanker that will help the Nelson CFA brigade protect the community during a bushfire season that threatens to be every bit as bad as or…

VICTORIA LEGAL AID: REPORT 2008-09

I rise to speak on the Victoria Legal Aid annual report 2008-09. I would like to start off by saying that it is a pleasure to stand in this chamber and speak on what is a very important part of our legal system and social justice in Victoria. Most people are aware of the important…

VICTORIAN RENEWABLE ENERGY AMENDMENT BILL

 I rise to speak in support of the Victorian Renewable Energy Amendment Bill 2009. I am pleased to see that this bill will be supported by members opposite. The crux of this legislation before us tonight is our fight against global warming and climate change and in particular the mechanisms that need to be put…

BUSES: SHIRE OF GOLDEN PLAINS

On 23 October I had the pleasure of joining quite a number of Golden Plains shire residents in Bannockburn to launch two new trial bus services for the region. The trial Bannockburn loop will travel to Teesdale, Shelford, Inverleigh and Bannockburn on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, linking people to services and social opportunities in the…

BUSES: COLAC-LORNE

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport and is in relation to the Colac-Lorne bus service. This service was trialled for nine weeks last year, and it was met with great success; over 4600 people used it. Over 500 people used the service on a weekly basis in December, and it peaked…

EMPLOYMENT: SOUTH-WESTERN VICTORIA

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Treasurer. Can the Treasurer update the house on what the Brumby Labor government is doing to protect jobs in the south-west of Victoria? Mr LENDERS (Treasurer) — I thank Ms Tierney for her question. The south-west coast is an extraordinarily great region in the state…

STUDENTS: YEAR 12 EXAMS

In the time that remains I would like to wish all Victorian year 12 students and
their families all the very best over the forthcoming exam period. In what is
inevitably a difficult time, I remind them to stay focused and to take care of
one another. Good luck to all.

HOUSING: BACCHUS MARSH

On another note, on 23 September I had the pleasure of joining the Minister for Housing, Richard Wynne, and the member for Melton in the other place, Don Nardella, as the minister turned the first sod on the $5.4 million public housing estate in Bacchus Marsh, which is to be completed next year. We were…

LORNE BOWLS CLUB: SYNTHETIC GREEN

On Sunday, 19 September, I had the pleasure of joining the Lorne community to officially open the new synthetic green at the Lorne Bowls Club. I would like particularly to thank the secretary, Peter Jacobs, and vice-president, Allan Walls, and club committee members for their hospitality. I congratulate the whole club on a great achievement…

CHILDREN: EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES

The matter I wish to raise is for the attention of the Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, Maxine Morand. The 2008-09 budget allocated $23.9 million over four years for 500 additional early childhood intervention services places and a further 500 places in 2009-10. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics data the number of…

PINK RIBBON DAY

Pink Ribbon Day is Monday, 26 October. I encourage all women to book for regular mammograms. I had my first mammogram on Monday morning at the breast-screening facility at Gheringhap Street, Geelong. It took 10 minutes. The staff were courteous and professional and made it all so easy for me. Today’s mammogram experiences do not…

BIRREGURRA FESTIVAL

 I take this opportunity to congratulate the organisers of the Birregurra festival held last weekend: Rod Gray, coordinator, and the assistant coordinators, Amanda Garner and Jacqueline Zakharia, along with all the other volunteers who really have reason to feel proud in providing the wider community of western Victoria with a fantastic event. We were blessed…

WATER: CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITIES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Gavin Jennings. Will the minister update the house on how the Brumby Labor government is taking action to protect Victoria’s catchments and help communities to restore our land and water systems? Mr JENNINGS (Minister for Environment and Climate Change)…

VICROADS: REGIONAL DIRECTOR

On another matter I wish to welcome and congratulate Robin Miles and his family.
He is the new regional director of the south-western Victoria division of
VicRoads, and I look forward to a very fruitful working relationship with him to
make western roads safer.

WOMEN: PREMIER’S SUMMIT

This morning I wish to congratulate the Minister for Women’s Affairs, Maxine Morand, for organising an engaging and informative Premier’s Women’s Summit on 8 September. Many women attended for the very first time. I am sure they will now take up the many opportunities and challenges that were rolled out over the course of the…

JOSIE BLACK

I take this opportunity to speak on the passing of Josie Black, a passionate social justice campaigner who passed away last Friday morning, 11 September. The headline in Saturday’s Warrnambool Standard read ‘One of a kind’, and there is not a better description for Josie Black, who was a passionate leader and champion for rural…

EMPLOYMENT: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is directed to the Treasurer, John Lenders. Can the Treasurer update the house on current employment figures in Victoria? Mr LENDERS (Treasurer) — I thank Ms Tierney for her question and for her positive interest in jobs in Victoria and in her electorate, particularly in the great city…

Libraries: Bannockburn

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Local Government and relates to the Brumby Labor government’s Living Libraries program. I have recently been made aware of a funding application for $500 000 made by the Golden Plains Shire Council to the state government’s Living Libraries program. This application details the Bannockburn library development project,…

PLANNING: PORTLAND HERITAGE BUILDINGS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. As we know, Victoria’s heritage is recognised as one of the state’s competitive strengths, and investment in the restoration and maintenance of heritage is returned in economic, social and environmental benefits. Can the minister update the house on how the…

INTERIM REPORT – BUSHFIRES

 I rise in support of the motion before the house this afternoon, which is to note the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission interim report. I begin by paying my respect to those who lost their lives in the tragic fires of February 2009. I also acknowledge the family and friends who lost loved ones. Their…

ECONOMY: PERFORMANCE

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Treasurer, John Lenders. Can the minister update the house on any recent releases by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and what they tell us about the current state of Victoria’s economy? Mr LENDERS (Treasurer) — It is amazing: a glass half full, or a glass…

Emergency services: Western Victoria Region

I had the pleasure of being involved in three emergency services events in the Wimmera region on 18 August, which included the Horsham VICSES twin cab utility handover, the Grampians Country Fire Authority group new forward command vehicle handover and the official opening of the Kaniva VICSES station. I take this opportunity to thank all…

HOUSING: NORLANE

On another note, last week the Minister for Housing announced a massive investment in public housing in Norlane to fund an additional 160 affordable new homes. On the completion of this project Geelong will have 200 affordable new homes — an investment of $40 million by the Brumby Labor government, with 170 jobs directly supported…

BUSES: GEELONG

On 8 August the Minister for Public Transport visited Geelong with welcome news of 400 additional weekly bus services as part of the massive $80 million Brumby Labor government package to boost public transport links. From the beginning of next week, on top of the 400 new weekly bus services there will be an additional…

PORTLAND: FORESHORE UPGRADE

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan, and like last night it is also a request to support an important application put together by a community in the electorate of Western Victoria Region — on this occasion it is in relation to the Portland foreshore civic precinct upgrade.…

ANNUAL STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTENTIONS

It is a great pleasure to stand in this place and speak in support of the Brumby Labor government’s annual statement of government intentions, announced by the Premier on the first parliamentary sitting day of this year. This is only the second year that such a statement has been presented to Parliament, and I believe…

HUMAN TISSUE AMENDMENT BILL

 I am pleased to make a contribution do debate on the Human Tissue Amendment Bill 2009. The amendment before the house deals only with blood donations. It is important at the outset to say the bill does not deal with organ and/or tissue donations. The key to this amending legislation is being able to increase…

VICTORIAN COASTAL COUNCIL: REPORT 2007-08

 I have much pleasure in making a statement in relation to the Victorian Coastal Council 2007-08 report. As members of this house would be aware, Victoria boasts one of the most beautiful coastlines of any state. It has magnificent coastal scenery, and we have many coastal townships dotted along its coast. The coast is also…

SCHOOLS: TORQUAY

On another matter, I welcome the announcements made by the Minister for Education, Bronwyn Pike, last Wednesday of a new primary school for Torquay North and the extension of Torquay College from P-9 to P-12. This is an extremely popular decision that has been embraced by the local community. Parents on the school council, the…

PORTLAND AIRPORT: REDEVELOPMENT

On Sunday, 2 August, on behalf of the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan, I announced $1.35 million for a major redevelopment of Portland airport. The modernisation works will prepare the airport for new services, more passengers and increased maintenance contract works by extending the apron area, expanding the maintenance hangar and providing…

BEEAC WINDMILL PARK AND HISTORY WALK: FUNDING

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan. It relates to an application for funding under the Small Towns Development Fund for the Beeac windmill park and history walk. Some time ago I was made aware that an application had been made by the Colac Otway shire in relation…