BUDGET: BUSHFIRE PREPAREDNESS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Gavin Jennings. Can the minister update the house on how the Brumby Labor government is taking action through the package for parks and biodiversity that was announced in yesterday’s state budget to reduce the risk of bushfires across Victoria…

PAUL TURNER

I take this opportunity to speak on the passing of Paul Turner, an active and energetic community member in Geelong, an Australian Labor Party member and a wonderful friend to the many who knew him. Paul was a regular contributor to the Geelong Advertiser ‘letters to the editor’ column, demonstrating his vigour and energy to…

MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND BILL

It is a pleasure to rise and speak in favour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground Bill 2008. Many say the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the heart of Melbourne. Whether they are sporting fans, music fans or interested in the history of this great city, for many people the MCG holds a special place in their…

FILM VICTORIA: REPORT 2007-08

I rise to make a statement on Film Victoria’s annual report for 2007-08. It is obvious that film is an important medium, a medium that is accessible to all, regardless of one’s socioeconomic background. Film provides entertainment, information and pushes the boundaries of our imagination. It is a great vehicle for phenomenal acting, but it…

APOLLO BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL

Many of us in this chamber have a number of music festivals held in various communities in our electorates. In Western Victoria Region we have along the coast the Port Fairy music festival, the Portarlington Celtic festival and the Apollo Bay Music Festival, just to name a few. Last weekend was the 17th annual Apollo…

WOMEN: SUFFRAGE CENTENARY

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Women’s Affairs, Maxine Morand. I request that she attend a particular conference in south-western Victoria with me later this year. By way of background, it is worth noting that on this day 100 years ago the Adult Suffrage Bill received royal assent, giving for the…

UNITED WAY GEELONG: CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

I would also like to take this opportunity to mention the United Way Geelong campaign launch for 2009, which was held at the Ford Discovery Centre. I encourage employees to approach their employers to organise payroll deductions for donations to the campaign and to join the workplace giving program. People are feeling the effects of…

SWAN MARSH: COMMUNITY HALL

Halls in small communities are often the focal point of social, organising and emergency support activities. The hall at Swan Marsh is a prime example. Over the years the local community has determined that it is an important community asset and has raised money to assist with its maintenance. Over the last 27 years members…

BRIDGES: BARWON HEADS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is also for the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. Can the minister update the house on how the Brumby Labor government is taking action to deliver its commitment to improve infrastructure, particularly in regional Victoria? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I welcome Ms Tierney’s interest…

WESTERN VICTORIA REGION: HEALTH SERVICES

The matter I raise is for the Minister for Health in the other place, Daniel Andrews, and is in relation to ensuring that health services in western Victoria continue to have access to high-quality medical equipment and facilities. I am aware that this government has invested $4.1 billion in the largest capital works program the…

SHERIFF BILL

I also rise to speak in support of the Sheriff Bill 2008. This bill will consolidate the powers of the sheriff and the sheriff’s office. A number of acts have provided powers for that office over a period of time, and that has been recognised as a piecemeal approach to the various legal sources governing…

EMPLOYMENT: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Industry and Trade, Martin Pakula. Can the minister outline to the house how the Brumby Labor government is cooperating with the commonwealth government, businesses and unions to support and secure jobs in these difficult economic times, and is he aware of any impediment…

CORANGAMITE CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY: REPORT 2007-08

 I rise to comment on the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority annual report for 2007-08. First I will briefly describe the geographic boundaries of the catchment management authority (CMA). It essentially begins in the west, just west of Port Campbell, and moves right along the coast, around the Surf Coast, around the Bellarine Peninsula to Geelong…

MACARTHUR BOWLS CLUB: SYNTHETIC PLAYING SURFACE

Part of the privilege of being a member of Parliament is dealing with an extremely wide range of issues and a wide range of groups within our communities. An afternoon’s activities can range from handling early childhood issues and access to technology and presenting school prizes to formally opening synthetic greens at bowls clubs. Each…

CATTLE STORIES AND BUSH YARNS

Later that day I assisted in the launch of the DVD Cattle Stories and Bush Yarns. The Brumby Labor government contributed $5000 towards this project to record the living history of livestock agents, cattlemen, drovers and women who were involved in the history of livestock selling in the district. The Brumby Labor government knows it…

HEYWOOD WOOD, WINE AND ROSES FESTIVAL

The 17th Heywood Wood, Wine and Roses Festival on Saturday, 28 February, was a wonderful success, with over 10 000 people attending. Congratulations must go to the organisers and in particular, Mrs Elaine Evans, president and organiser of the street procession. On the day, my toughest job was assisting in the judging along with the…

LORNE: MOUNTJOY PARADE UPGRADE

On 17 February I was in Lorne to announce the Brumby Labor government’s contribution to the second stage of the Mountjoy Parade streetscape upgrade. The $500 000 for the second stage will be used to expand and improve the public open space along the Great Ocean Road within the retail and commercial centre of Lorne.…

BUSHFIRES: VICTORIA

I rise to lend my support to the condolence motion before the house. From the outset I also express my condolences to the families who have lost loved ones — 210 people confirmed dead so far; 210 people who were and will continue to be cherished. Hundreds of people have been injured, and many remain…

LAKE PURRUMBETE: BOAT RAMP

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Agriculture in the other place and is in relation to the boat ramp at Lake Purrumbete. At present the boat ramp at Lake Purrumbete is not in use due to the lake’s low water level. Under Marine Safety Victoria’s 2008-09 boating facilities and community harbours program, this…

GREAT SOUTH COAST: STRATEGIC PLAN

Last Friday I was in Portland with the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan, when she announced a Brumby Labor government injection of $280 000 for the region, specifically for the Great South Coast strategic plan. Great South Coast councils include the Colac-Otway, Corangamite, Glenelg, Moyne and Southern Grampians shire councils, along with…

CRIMES LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (FOOD AND DRINK SPIKING) BILL

I am very pleased to rise to speak in support of the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Food and Drink Spiking) Bill 2008. It is a very important piece of legislation, and it further demonstrates this government’s commitment to protecting Victorians, particularly those who are potentially in vulnerable situations, in circumstances where people are out supposedly attempting…

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY: GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Industry and Trade. Will the minister update the house on how the Brumby Labor government is taking action to ensure that Victoria remains the engine room of the automotive industry, and in doing so will the minister outline the challenges the industry is…

PLANNING: BRUCES CREEK

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. It is in relation to the Creating Better Places program and an application for funding by the Golden Plains Shire Council for the Bruces Creek open space corridor project. I had the opportunity of having a tour of the area several months ago with…

HESSE RURAL HEALTH SERVICE: REPORT 2007-08

I rise to make a statement on the Hesse Rural Health Service 14th annual report, which is for 2007-08. This reporting period has been a very exciting time in the further development of Hesse Rural Health Service with the signing of contracts to commence the building of the specialised, 10-bed rural dementia wing. I would…

MANUFACTURING: INDUSTRY STATEMENT

 I rise to make comment on the sad but so consistent comments made by the shadow minister for industry and state development, Richard Dalla-Riva. However, before I do so I would like to draw the attention of the house to this most recently announced manufacturing and industry policy, Building Our Industries for the Future —…

PLANNING: ARMSTRONG CREEK DEVELOPMENT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. Geelong is an important regional centre to the state of Victoria and is experiencing significant levels of population growth. Can the minister advise the house of the Brumby Labor government’s actions to make sure Geelong accommodates this growth in a…

CLUNES AND DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SHOW

 On 15 November I attended the Clunes annual show and enjoyed the wonderful festivities in that beautiful town. I enjoyed the opportunity of talking to members of the community on issues of mutual concern. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all those involved in the Clunes and District Agricultural Society for their…

DON WALLACE RESERVE, TEESDALE: PAVILION

On Friday, 31 October, I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs to officially open the new pavilion at the Don Wallace Reserve in Teesdale. The new pavilion enhances the previous smaller facility and now provides more space for local clubs to host events and accommodate the increasing number…

PORT FAIRY: COMMUNITY CENTRE FUNDING

I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan, in relation to the Port Fairy community centre. The Port Fairy community centre is a $2.8 million project. I had the pleasure in June this year of representing the Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development in announcing…

STATE TAXATION ACTS FURTHER AMENDMENT BILL

 I rise to make a contribution to the debate on the State Taxation Acts Further Amendment Bill 2008. The bill is divided into six parts and makes amendments to a number of acts. It amends the Duties Act 2000, the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994, the First Home Owner Grant Act 2000 and the Taxation…

MULTICULTURAL VICTORIA AMENDMENT BILL

 I am pleased also to rise to make a contribution on the Multicultural Victoria Amendment Bill 2008. What we have before us this afternoon is a bill to enact an election commitment taken by the Labor Party to the 2006 election. That commitment was to merge the Victorian Office of Multicultural Affairs with the Victorian…

FORD AUSTRALIA: GEELONG PLANT

On 18 July 2007 the Ford Motor Company announced that it would close the Ford engine plant in 2010. It was a dark day for Ford workers and a sad day for Geelong. A question mark hung over Ford’s future, but with the change of government in November 2007 hard work began on a new…

LORNE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: REPORT 2007-08

 I rise to make a statement on the Lorne Community Hospital annual report 2007-08. I would like to begin by saying that the Lorne Community Hospital does an absolutely marvellous job servicing the health needs of residents in Lorne and surrounding areas, and visitors to the area during the lead-up to the Christmas break and…

BUSES: COLAC-LORNE

It is with pleasure that I rise to speak on another fantastic announcement for Western Victoria Region under the Brumby Labor government’s $18 million Transport Connections initiative. This summer a new bus service connecting people living in the Colac area to Lorne will operate seven days a week. There has been a longstanding need for…

FORD AUSTRALIA: GEELONG PLANT

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan. Last Monday saw the announcement of a historic new car plan from the Rudd government which will provide $6.2 billion to the industry. This funding will provide a serious future for the industry. Leaving that announcement to one side, there has…

STALKING INTERVENTION ORDERS BILL

I rise to speak on the Stalking Intervention Orders Bill 2008. This bill essentially seeks to preserve the current system of stalking intervention orders, with minor and technical changes, until the stalking intervention order system can be comprehensively reviewed by the Department of Justice. To provide some background to this, the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s…

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY: GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

Australia is one of only 15 countries in the world where vehicles are manufactured. Vehicle manufacturing is important to general industry, the Australian economy, employment, skill levels and innovation. Yesterday I was at the Automotive Centre of Excellence when the Prime Minister announced A New Car Plan for a Greener Future. The plan defends all…

EMPLOYMENT: GEELONG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Acting Minister for Industry and Trade, John Lenders. Can the minister outline to the house how the Brumby Labor government is listening to and working with regional communities and stakeholders, and more specifically how it is doing so in the Geelong area? Mr LENDERS (Acting…

PORTLAND: VIDA GOLDSTEIN SEAT

At last there is a very special seat for that dangerous and persuasive woman, the pioneering suffragist Vida Goldstein, in Portland, the town where she was born nearly 140 years ago. At last Vida Goldstein has been recognised for the significant role she played in helping Victorian women win the right to vote 100 years…

BUSES: LAKE BOLAC

 My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Community Development. Last Friday I had the pleasure of launching the Mt Gambier to Portland Transport Connections trial bus service in Nelson when over 40 community members were in attendance. It would be no news to people in this chamber that I am a serious fan of…

INNOVATION: BETTER PLACE PROGRAM

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Gavin Jennings. Can the minister please inform the house how the Brumby government is supporting innovative approaches to reducing vehicle emissions? Mr JENNINGS (Minister for Environment and Climate Change) — I thank Ms Tierney for her question and for…

LABOUR AND INDUSTRY (REPEAL) BILL

I am also pleased to make a contribution to debate on the Labour and Industry (Repeal) Bill 2008. This bill actually gives effect to an election commitment by this government to reduce the regulatory burden, by reviewing legislation and repealing any act or regulation that is assessed as being redundant. As part of this commitment,…

DORRIS TRAINOR

On another note — a sad note — I would like to mention the recent passing of Dorris Trainor at the astonishing age of 104. I recently spoke in this place about Dorris, who was a resident of the Allambi Elderly People’s Home in Dimboola, and I would like to extend my sympathy to Dorris’s…

HEYWOOD: FITZROY RIVER PRECINCT

 Last Friday I had the pleasure of officially opening the improvements to Heywood’s Fitzroy River precinct, made possible with the help of $63 000 from the Small Towns Development Fund grant from the Brumby Labor government. The improvements included a new footbridge over the Fitzroy River to provide a pedestrian link between both sides of…

HORSHAM SPECIAL SCHOOL: FUNDING

This evening my adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education in the other place, Bronwyn Pike. It is in relation to the Horsham Special School. I have had an opportunity to visit the school and two of the facilities and to meet staff, parents and of course students. I thank all involved in providing…

SOUTH WEST SPORTS ASSEMBLY

On another matter, I would like to congratulate the South West Sports Assembly which was awarded the Go for Your Life community participation award at the Brumby government’s 2008 sport and recreation awards. The South West Sports Assembly was awarded for its Up the Garden Path project, which brought together volunteers to design and build…

SUE HESTER

I rise to make mention of a Colac resident, Sue Hester, who was recently awarded the volunteer involvement award at the Brumby Labor government 2008 sport and recreation awards. After being diagnosed with a rare disability at the age of 25, Sue Hester began volunteering as a netball umpire, coach and committee member. Today Sue…

MARINE PARKS: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Gavin Jennings. Can the minister inform the house of how the Brumby Labor government is helping to promote Victoria’s unique marine environment to the world? Mr JENNINGS (Minister for Environment and Climate Change) — I thank Ms Tierney for…

ABORTION LAW REFORM BILL

I would like to start my contribution by thanking very much the many constituents of Western Victoria Region who have contacted me in relation to this bill. We have been inundated with letters, emails and telephone calls, and that in itself is testimony to our democracy. However, the health of our democracy lies in our…

BUSES: COLAC OTWAY SHELTERS

On 29 September I had the pleasure of officially launching 10 new bus shelters in the Shire of Colac Otway, along with the mayor, Cr Chris Smith, and Crs Riches and Mercer. On that day we were joined by local Colac residents Roberta Hay and Peggy Hose, who said the shelters were a fantastic improvement…

ECONOMY: INTEREST RATES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Treasurer. I ask him to inform the house of the effects on Victoria’s working families of the 1 per cent interest rate cut announced yesterday by the Reserve Bank of Australia. Mr LENDERS (Treasurer)— I thank Ms Tierney for her question. Mr Drum interjected. Mr…

CLOVERDALE COMMUNITY CENTRE

On another matter, I would like acknowledge the Cloverdale community centre, which has created three banners in homage to the women’s suffrage movement under the Victorian Women Vote community grants program. The banners highlight the hopes and concerns of women and girls in Corio and Norlane, and we were lucky enough to have one of…

FANNY BROWNBILL LUNCHEON

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of hosting the eighth Fanny Brownbill luncheon in Geelong, which commemorates the first woman Labor member of the Legislative Assembly in this state. It was fitting to hold such a celebration during the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Victoria. Minister Maxine Morand spoke on the fight for women’s…

DORRIS TRAINOR

As a member of Parliament there are a number of highlights that I am privileged to experience. I experienced one last Monday in Dimboola. I had the great pleasure in being able to congratulate one of the oldest women in Western Victoria Region on her birthday. Dorris Trainor turned the amazing age of 104 years;…

DARTMOOR SAWMILL: CLOSURE

My adjournment matter this evening is in relation to the township of Dartmoor and is directed to the Minister for Regional Development, who is also the Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation. The decision taken by Carter Holt Harvey to close the Dartmoor mill is extremely disappointing and is life-changing for a whole range of…

AIREYS INLET: HALL

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan, in the other place and it is with respect to the Aireys Inlet hall. I have received some representations from local community members who want support for an upgrade of the hall. On Thursday I was in the area at a…

WARRNAMBOOL: FOOTBALL AND NETBALL FACILITIES

I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs. The matter concerns the latest round of country football and netball programs. We are all fairly familiar with this program, which assists local communities in coming together, being active and playing sport. The program provides up to $60 000…

EMPLOYMENT: SOUTH-WESTERN VICTORIA

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Treasurer. Can the Treasurer please update the house on any recent Australian Bureau of Statistics data that confirms that the Brumby Labor government is making the south-western region of Victoria a great place to live, work and raise a family? Mr LENDERS (Treasurer) — I…

WESTERN DISTRICT HEALTH SERVICE: REPORT 2006-07

I rise to make a statement on the Western District Health Service annual report for 2006-07. This report is co-signed by the service’s president, Richard Walter, and its chief executive officer, Jim Fletcher. It touches on many of the highlights of 2007 that the service is particularly proud of. Its major achievements include the re-accreditation…

WATER: SMALL TOWNS WATER QUALITY FUND

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Water. The action I seek is for the minister to officially launch the small towns water quality fund. The fund was announced in the 2007-08 budget and was allocated $20 million. The scheme follows on from the previous country towns water supply and sewerage program…

MANUFACTURING: GOVERNMENT STRATEGY

I rise to oppose the motion. I do not intend to take the house through the importance of manufacturing and the importance of vehicle manufacturing to this state and this country — suffice to say that the manufacturing industry is incredibly important to our economy, our exports and to maintaining a highly skilled, developed workforce.…

APOLLO BAY P-12 COLLEGE: FUNDING

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education, and it relates to the Apollo Bay P-12 College. The Apollo Bay P-12 school has 275 students, obviously ranging from those attending their very first days of school right through to those completing their Victorian certificate of education. The school offers its students a very high…

PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELLBEING BILL

 I rise to make a contribution in support of the Public Health and Wellbeing Bill 2008. It is a thorough review of the Health Act. If this bill is passed, it will replace an act that is now 50 years old. I take this opportunity to congratulate the Minister for Health, Daniel Andrews, and his…

UNCLAIMED MONEY BILL

 I rise to support the Unclaimed Money Bill 2008. This bill is part of the government’s ongoing commitment to modernise and streamline Victorian statutes and to reduce the regulatory burden placed on business in this regard. In this case it is to do with unclaimed money. What do we mean by unclaimed money? There are…

WATER: MACARTHUR SUPPLY

On Tuesday, 5 August, I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Regional and Rural Development in officially announcing the Macarthur water supply project. The $557 000 project, to be partly funded under the Brumby Labor government’s Small Towns Development Fund, will allow Macarthur to meet the health criteria of the Safe Drinking Water…

WATER: GEELONG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning. Can the minister inform the house about recent action the Brumby Labor government has taken to secure water supply for the Geelong region? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I thank Ms Tierney for her question and her interest in…

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT VICTORIA: REPORT 2006-07

 I rise to make a statement on the Regional Development Victoria (RDV) annual report 2006-07. There are positive statistics in this reporting period. Some 2395 new jobs were created in provincial Victoria, facilitating $1.52 billion worth of new investment and $273.7 million in new exports. The commencement of all these initiatives and programs was announced…

PORT FAIRY: SEARCH AND RESCUE VESSEL

On 20 July on a brisk and rainy Saturday morning in Port Fairy I had the pleasure of launching the second search and rescue vessel for the south-west in eight months. On this occasion it was the Captain John Mills. The Captain John Mills, named after the deceased founder of the Port Fairy marine rescue…

HAMILTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE: REDEVELOPMENT

Recently the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan, announced funding of $950 000 for major upgrades and refurbishments of the Hamilton arts precinct, bringing the total amount for the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre redevelopment to $1.7 million. The funding will result in the building of a new forecourt area; upgrades to the box…

RURAL AND REGIONAL TOURISM

I rise to also comment on this report. As an introductory comment, I will say that overall this report highlights a number of issues and challenges in the tourist industry. I think there is unanimous support for the contention that tourism in regional Victoria is well and truly alive and kicking. Many of the recommendations…

PLANNING: GLENELG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning. I ask the minister to update the house on any recent progress made in addressing the significant planning challenges faced in the shire of Glenelg. Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I welcome Ms Tierney’s interest in this matter. It…

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY: REPORT 2007

 I rise to make a statement on the Deakin University annual report 2007. It is a pleasure to stand and make a contribution here on the achievements of Deakin University, as I have witnessed firsthand a number of announcements of many exciting accomplishments and future endeavours of that university. Recently I have attended two major…

PORT FAIRY COMMUNITY SERVICES CENTRE

On Monday of this week the Brumby Labor government announced a $500 000 contribution to the establishment of the Port Fairy Community Services Centre. This new facility will include the relocation of the Port Fairy Kindergarten with programs for up to 60 children; it will provide for an additional 30 child-care places, maternal and child…

SPORT AND RECREATION: COUNTRY ACTION GRANTS

 My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs in the other place. It concerns two Country Action grant applications put forward by Diversitat and the Geelong Community Basketball Association. A number of Country Action grants awarded to organisations within Western Victoria Region have been instrumental in increasing the capacity of…

WATER: SMART WATER FUND

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Water in the other place, Tim Holding. It is in regard to the Smart Water Fund, which was established in 2002 to develop innovative water resource management programs across this state. This fund supports and encourages organisations to develop new approaches to saving water through recycling, conservation…

PRESCHOOLS: WESTERN VICTORIA REGION

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of visiting the wonderful staff and students at the Apex Preschool Centre in Elliminyt to announce funding boosts to early childhood services. ‘I have happy tears rolling down my cheeks’, was the response from one kindergarten staff member when I passed on the news. Another staff member said, ‘This…

Innovation, Industry and Regional Development: report 2006-07

 I rise to make a statement on the annual report of the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development for 2006-07. During the reporting period the department was involved in a number of key initiatives. One of the ongoing initiatives was the Australian synchrotron. Another involved Invest Victoria and Tourism Victoria successfully negotiating and lobbying…

GEELONG: LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

— I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Community Development in the other place, Peter Batchelor, in launching the Leaders for Geelong program on 30 May 2008. A community support grant of $180 000 was provided by the Brumby Labor government to the Committee for Geelong towards the Leaders for Geelong program, Growing…

WATER: PLUG THE PIPE PROTEST

 I rise to oppose the opposition’s motion and speak on the importance of water to all Victorians. This government is about planning and securing our water. Our Water Our Future has seven major platforms. The first, of course, is the funding element and it is $4.9 billion worth of investment. It also provides for one…

TOYOTA AUSTRALIA: HYBRID CAR

I rise to congratulate Toyota, the Brumby Labor government and the Rudd Labor government and welcome the announcement by Toyota that the company will produce hybrid Camrys at the beginning of 2010. This is a great announcement. It is good for the environment, it is good for the workforce, it is good for the future…

AGRICULTURE: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Minister for Planning. Farming families in regional and rural Victoria have been faced with various challenges over recent years, ranging from drought and climate change to increasingly competitive overseas markets. I ask the minister to inform this house how this year’s budget responds to the…

PORT FAIRY CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL: ACHIEVEMENTS

Last Friday during Education Week I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Education in the other place, Bronwyn Pike, in officially opening the major redevelopment project and the renewable energy demonstration unit at the Port Fairy Consolidated School. The school now has a new library, refurbished art room, canteen and administration and staffroom,…

THE UNITING CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA AMENDMENT BILL

I rise to support the Uniting Church in Australia Amendment Bill. The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) was formed on 22 June 1977, amalgamating the Congregational Church, the Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church. The UCA has churches in all states and territories, with a membership of approximately 300 000 nationwide, and it plays a role…

REGIONAL AND RURAL VICTORIA: EVENT PLANNING

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Community Development in the other place, Peter Batchelor. It relates to assisting regional and rural communities in planning for local events. Farmers markets specialising in local produce and craft, music festivals, heritage weekends and events such as the recent Booktown in Clunes attract an enormous number of…

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: GETTING THERE AND BACK PROGRAM

On 15 May I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Community Development in the other place to officially launch new public transport services for Timboon, Cobden and Camperdown. The Brumby Labor government’s Getting There and Back program has improved the local public transport timetables in Timboon, Cobden and Camperdown which will help young…

PLANNING: GEELONG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning. The minister has often spoken about the increasing population of Melbourne and provincial Victoria and the Brumby Labor government’s initiatives that are managing that growth. In particular Geelong is recognised as Australia’s largest provincial municipality and is experiencing continuing population growth because…

RAIL: FREIGHT REBATES

I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Public Transport in the other place with respect to rail freight. I ask that the minister promote the benefits of rail freight, and I will go to the specifics a little bit later. We all know that the drought has hit hard in regional…

UNIVERSITY OF BALLARAT: REPORT 2006

I rise to make a statement on the University of Ballarat annual report 2006. Although the institution’s heritage dates back to 1870, it was in 2006 that it completed its 13th year of operating as a university. During 2006 it achieved many goals and set many more goals for the future. To begin with, I…

BUDGET: AMBULANCE SERVICES

I rise to mention the record $185.7 million Brumby Labor government budget boost for ambulance services, which will significantly increase access to vital services in communities across Victoria. The two new medical helicopters, a proposed single statewide ambulance service, and new or expanded ambulance services based in 59 towns and suburbs across Victoria is a…