MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (09:55:00): Today I rise to inform the house of fantastic programs being put into practice in Western Victoria. Congratulations to the recently announced finalists in the Victorian Early Years Awards; seven of the 20 are located in my electorate. They are Delkaia Aboriginal Best Start, led by the Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Cooperative; Let’s Read Wimmera, an initiative of the Wimmera Southern Mallee Local Learning and Employment Network; Babaneek Booboop early years project in Melton city and Moorabool shire; By Five, a Wimmera Southern Mallee early years project; Connecting Dimboola, led by Dimboola Primary School; Geelong College; and the City of Ballarat for its Services Practice Guide for Educators in Action. Three of these initiatives focus on improving learning outcomes for Indigenous students. All provide leadership in the crucial first stages of education. I wish these early learning professionals well in the 22 October awards ceremony.
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