NEW WIND TURBINE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

In an Australian first, Portland’s water and sewage treatment facilities have achieved net-zero-plus emissions thanks to locally generated renewable power. The achievement is a result of Wannon Water’s $4.2 million investment in a wind turbine at the energy-intensive facilities that will help reduce carbon emissions by an average of 2,500 tonnes a year. The project…

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GRANT SUPPORTS CREATIVITY IN SIMPSON

Hundreds of students from schools across Victoria will work side-by-side with leading creative professionals this year, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Creative Learning Partnerships program. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced a $10,000 grant for Simpson Primary School to partner with Natimuk artist, Hannah French to bring new learning experiences to…

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IMPROVING CORANGAMITE COMMUNITY TRANSPORT OPTIONS

The Victorian Government is helping improve community transport in Corangamite Shire with a funding boost to undertake an audit of existing options. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said a $70,000 investment from the State Government’s Flexible Local Transport Solutions Program, will help identify any gaps, or opportunities for improvement, in the existing community transport…

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MINISTERS STATEMENTS: ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:07): Last week I had the pleasure of attending the first graduation of the certificate III in learning an endangered Aboriginal language. This Victorian-first course started in 2018 and continued throughout 2019. The certificate gives students the understanding, skills and resources to build up…

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CREATIVE VICTORIA GRANTS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (13:17): I rise today to congratulate two organisations that are doing a fantastic job in extending creative opportunities in south-west Victoria. Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery at Cororooke has received $75 000 to create a space for workshops, rehearsals and performance plus a…

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MINISTERS STATEMENTS: WODONGA TAFE

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:45): I rise to share that Wodonga TAFE was recently awarded the Australian Defence Force driver machinery and plant training services contract at the army school of transport at Puckapunyal. This is an outstanding achievement for a TAFE. The contract spans up to…

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SUPPORTING ABORIGINAL STUDENTS IN SOUTH WEST VICTORIA WITH THEIR CAREER PATHWAYS

More Victorian government Aboriginal school students in Victoria’s south west are being supported to complete Year 11 and 12, thanks to the Victorian Government’s Marrung Education Scholarships program. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated the 7 Marrung Education Scholarship recipients from south west Victoria for 2019 and 2020, who were among 40 Aboriginal…

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MINISTERS STATEMENTS: SUNSHINE SKILLS HUB

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:27): Last week was an important milestone for Melbourne’s west. I had the pleasure of joining Legislative Council colleagues Ingrid Stitt and Cesar Melhem, along with the member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman, in the other place, to officially open Victoria University Polytechnic’s Sunshine…

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AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (13:15): It is with great pleasure that I rise today to note that 28 Western Victoria constituents have been recognised with Australia Day awards. Three became AMs—members of the Order of Australia—20 were awarded Medals of the Order of Australia, two received Australian Fire…

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LOOKING AFTER HAMILTON BOTANICAL GARDENS

The iconic Hamilton Botanical Gardens will be rejuvenated thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Round One of the Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens Grants Program will see 17 gardens across the state receive grants worth $1.4 million. Hamilton Botanical Gardens will receive a $86,000 grant for completion of design and heritage planning for a…

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FUNDING BOOST FOR WESTERN VICTORIA’S EMERGENCY SERVICES VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers in Western Victoria are receiving a welcome funding boost as part of a state-wide investment in new emergency services equipment by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services, Lisa Neville recently announced 294 new grants totalling more than $13.75 million as part of the 2019–20 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP). Labor Member…

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