PAVING THE WAY TO BETTER MARKET ACCESS

Farmers in Western Victoria can look forward to a smoother journey from their farm gate to market thanks to a $20 million Andrews Labor Government investment. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney welcomed the funding which is being delivered through the AgriLinks Upgrade Program to improve Victorian’s vital network of local roads in the…

NEW TRAIL OPEN FOR ANGLESEA HEATH

The beauty of the Anglesea Heath section of the Great Otway National Park can now be appreciated close-up thanks to completion of the $100,000 Yan Wirring Mirr walking trail. Meaning ‘walk, listen, look’ in the language of Traditional Owners, the Wadawurrung, the Yan Wirring Mirr trail will take visitors through heathlands that are considered one…

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: BUDGET 2021-22

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:55): Coming off the back of volunteer week I was so pleased to see the impact of budget announcements in south-west Victoria. It was great to bring good news to Port Fairy SES volunteers, who have worked long and hard to obtain a…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: BUDGET 2021-22

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:04): Last week’s budget continues our work to make Victoria’s TAFE and training system better than it has ever been. I have already taken the chamber through a number of initiatives in this year’s budget, but I am excited to share a few…

WARRNAMBOOL BOAT RAMP UPGRADE FUNDED

Locals and visitors using the Warrnambool boat ramp will benefit from better facilities to launch and retrieve their vessels with the Andrews Labor Government investing in critical repair works. The $3.5 million upgrades announced in the Victorian Budget 2021/2022, will replace the two-lane concrete boat ramp surface, which is in poor condition.  The new ramp…

WORK STARTS ON 6 SOUTH WEST SCHOOL UPGRADES

Better facilities are on their way for students at six south west schools with works commencing on important upgrades thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced works are underway at Bolwarra Primary School, Allansford and District Primary School, Warrnambool Primary School, Cobden Primary School, Forrest Primary School and…

FOUR SOUTH WEST ABORIGINAL ORGANISATIONS GIVEN WORKFORCE BOOST

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting support four local Aboriginal organisations, creating jobs and ensuring we can all recover strongly from the global pandemic together. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative, Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation, Dhauwurd Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Services and Kirrae Health Service Incorporated have received a…

MORE WESTERN VICTORIA CLUBS RECEIVE SPORT GRANT

Forty-three grassroots sport clubs and organisations in Western Victoria are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment thanks to a share in more than $6 million from the Victorian Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the successful applicants in Western Victoria of the latest rounds…

ZERO AND LOW EMISSION VEHICLE DISTANCE-BASED CHARGE BILL 2021

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (17:54): I move: That the second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard. Motion agreed to. Ms TIERNEY: I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: Support for zero and low emission vehicles in transitioning to a low-carbon…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: VICTORIAN ABORIGINAL HONOUR ROLL

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (10:39): Since 2011 the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll has recognised Aboriginal Victorians past and present who have made outstanding contributions to our state, and I am proud to advise that one-quarter of the 130 people on the roll are from the electorate of Western…

TRANSPORT LEGISLATION MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS BILL 2021

TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (17:53): I move: That the second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard. Motion agreed to. Ms TIERNEY: I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: In October last year I was pleased to introduce the Transport Legislation Amendment…

NON-EMERGENCY PATIENT TRANSPORT AMENDMENT BILL 2021

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (17:51): I move: That the second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard. Motion agreed to. Ms TIERNEY: I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: Introduction Non-emergency patient transport sector and commercial first aid providers play an…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:07): Today is an exciting day for TAFE and training in Victoria, a day when this government takes the next step to make TAFE and training better than ever. When we came to government, the training system was absolutely— Members interjecting. Ms Shing:…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:04): Yesterday the TAFE network’s annual reports were tabled. As always, I am always in awe of the work of our TAFEs. They deliver for our local communities across the state and in doing so give Victorians high-quality training for the jobs that we…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: APPRENTICESHIPS VICTORIA

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (11:43): On 30 March I joined the Acting Premier, my good friend Ms Watt, employers, unions and many apprentices at the metro launch of Apprenticeships Victoria. Apprenticeships Victoria is a new division of the Department of Education and Training. It will help support thousands of…