HONOURING AND SUPPORTING WARRNAMBOOL VETERANS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting our local veteran community and honouring their incredible sacrifice with funding to Warrnambool RSL Sub-Branch. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Warrnambool RSL Sub-Branch would receive over $12,000 to refit the veterans services entrance area and reconfigure existing office spaces to add new facilities to support…

HONOURING AND SUPPORTING TERANG VETERANS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting our local veteran community and honouring their incredible sacrifice with funding to Terang RSL Sub-Branch. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Terang RSL Sub-Branch would receive over $13,000 to undertake repairs to the floor at Terang RSL Hall. It’s one of 50 projects across the state…

HONOURING AND SUPPORTING COLAC VETERANS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting our local veteran community and honouring their incredible sacrifice with funding to Colac Legacy Club. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Colac Legacy Club would receive $5,000 to undertake renovations at Legacy House. It’s one of 50 projects across the state to share in $1.1 million…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: POLICE NUMBERS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:05): Last week I was proud to announce more than $1 million to be awarded by the Regional and Specialist Training Fund to Victoria University’s policing recruitment pathways course. This important investment builds on the extremely successful Victoria Police diversity recruitment program which supports…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: ADULT COMMUNITY EDUCATION

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:21): I recently had the pleasure of travelling to Swan Hill, where I met students, teachers and staff at Murray Adult Community Education, who deliver training to Swan Hill locals and the broader regional community. I was really impressed with what I saw…

MAJOR UPGRADE FOR HAMPDEN SPECIALIST SCHOOL

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students at Hampden Specialist School have better learning environments, with a huge investment to deliver major upgrade for the growing school. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest $4.3 million to replace relocatable buildings with new permanent facilities at Hampden…

MAJOR UPGRADE FOR GRASMERE PRIMARY SCHOOL

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students at Grasmere Primary School have better learning environments, with a huge investment to deliver a major upgrade for the growing school. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest $2.6 million to deliver upgrades to existing facilities at the school.…

BETTER PUBLIC AGED CARE FACILITIES IN CAMPERDOWN

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with ensuring older Victorians get the high-quality care and comfort they deserve, with a modern redevelopment of the public aged care facility in Camperdown. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will deliver the redevelopment of Merindah Lodge Nursing Home and Merindah…

SUPPORTING THE FUTURE OF OUR REGIONS

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in a suite of new projects across regional and rural Victoria to deliver the infrastructure that locals and visitors need. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle today announced $1,270,319 for the East Beach Precinct project, which is part of the Labor Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund – Round 2. The…

RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED FOR STUDENT ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $7.5 million into Victorian not-for-profit organisations to deliver innovative educational programs that enrich the learning experience of students across the state. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG) is among almost 80 organisations who will receive a share of the funding,…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: UNIVERSITY AND TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:30): As Minister for Training and Skills and Minister for Higher Education I am focused on ensuring that universities and the VET sector work in unison to deliver the research to create new industries and provide the highest quality training in skills to…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: UNIVERSITY FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:04:214:): Today I am proud to advise the house of the leadership taken by Victorian universities in research and development. This has been made possible by the Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund. Today I announced $17 million of funding to support 12 Victorian…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: SOPHIE MOLAN

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September 2021: On another note, how fantastic it is to see leadership from young women like Terang’s Sophie Molan, who has joined her family business to work in quarries driving 50 tonnes of earthmoving machinery.…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: BACK TO BACK THEATRE

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September 2021: It is with great pleasure that I rise today to congratulate Geelong’s Back to Back Theatre for an outstanding accomplishment on the world stage, winning the International Ibsen Award. Back to Back’s ensemble…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: GEELONG TRADES TRAINING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:05): I am pleased to update the house on how the Andrews Labor government is building world-class training facilities in Geelong. Last week it was great to announce a $2 million investment at the Gordon’s East Geelong campus to build new plumbing and carpentry workshops.…

Iconic Harbour Landmark In Warrnambool Reopens

The wait is over for local anglers and visitors following the completion of critical repairs at Warrnambool’s historic harbour. The Andrews Labor Government invested $250,000 in emergency funds to repair the Warrnambool Breakwater after a storm caused significant damage in April 2021. The works have restored pedestrian access to the breakwater and parapet walkway, with…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT SAFETY

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:06): Yesterday the results of Universities Australia’s 2021 National Student Safety Survey were released. It is deeply concerning and an indictment on our society that sexual harassment and gender discrimination still occur at universities throughout Australia. The results reinforce the distressing fact that students,…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE GIPPSLAND MORWELL CAMPUS

MS 23TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:18): I am incredibly proud to update the chamber on how TAFE Gippsland’s Morwell campus is better than it has ever been because of the investments made by the Andrews Labor government. Our government is absolutely determined to give Gippsland locals access to…

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: MARYBOROUGH EDUCATION CENTRE

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September 2021: I’m very pleased to report that last week I visited a fantastic example of a modern, inclusive educational precinct—Maryborough Education Centre—that is testimony to the priority that Labor governments have always given to…

LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT AMENDMENT (ANIMAL ACTIVISM) BILL 2021

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (15:59): I thank members for their contributions today and indeed during the previous parliamentary sitting on this important legislation. I would also like to acknowledge the work of the Economy and Infrastructure Committee, which recommended the measures in this legislation in their report…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:10:070:): Today I rise to talk about the Andrews Labor government’s positive plan in providing more opportunities to support Victorians to get the skills they need for the jobs that we are creating. On Sunday I was pleased to join the Premier and the…

CONSERVATION, FORESTS AND LANDS AMENDMENT BILL 2022

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (17:46): 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 The management of Victoria’s 7.8 million hectares of public native forests and…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:30): One of the fastest growing sectors in Victoria is the healthcare and social services sector. It is Australia’s largest employing industry, with nearly four in five workers being women. The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on this industry. We on this…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: JACK DIAMOND

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September 2021: Last week I attended the funeral of Jack Diamond, and today I rise to pay tribute to Jack, who was a champion of public education and made an enormous public contribution to improving…

VICTORIA POLICE AMENDMENT BILL 2022

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (19:21): I thank Ms Taylor for her introduction in terms of the government’s position in respect of this. The introduction of the new Victoria Police Act 2013 changed the powers of deputy commissioners to appoint acting assistant commissioners. However, in practice Victoria Police continued…

VICTORIA POLICE AMENDMENT BILL 2022

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (19:10): 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: The Bill before the House introduces urgent amendments into the Victoria Police…

PROGRAM FUNDING A BOOST FOR WARRNAMBOOL COLLEGE

Warrnambool College has received funding from the Accessible Buildings Program, to improve school facilities and infrastructure that supports students and staff with disabilities, thanks to the Victorian Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that Warrnambool College has been allocated funding from the Accessible Buildings Program to promote inclusive learning environments, through…

DRIVING DIGITAL CONNECTIVITY ACROSS THE GREAT SOUTH COAST

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting digital technology infrastructure, skills and capability across the Great South Coast. The Labor Government’s $3.5 million Regional Digital Fund supports a broad range of important small-scale digital projects across Victoria including two regional projects in the Great South Coast region to increase digital capability, connectivity, infrastructure and inclusion. The Great…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: APPRENTICESHIPS VICTORIA

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:09): I rise today to highlight how Apprenticeships Victoria is leading a renaissance for skills and training in Victoria. Since its establishment in late 2020 Apprenticeships Victoria has put in place high-quality career pathways and has set new benchmarks for earn-and-learn opportunities for…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: REFUGEE AND ASYLUM SEEKER SUPPORT

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:33): Last week I was proud to announce the Victorian government’s expansion of the asylum seeker VET and Reconnect programs, which is a $6 million investment from the 2021–22 Victorian budget. These programs ensure people seeking asylum can access training and support in Victoria…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: AGRICULTURE TRAINING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:02): Last week it was fantastic to be in the south-west to celebrate the completion of upgrades at Glenormiston. This is the government that reopened Glenormiston, and it is this government that committed $2 million at the last election to upgrade facilities. The fantastic…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: COMMERCIAL HOTEL, TERANG

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September 2021: I rise today to inform the house of a wonderful experience I had recently, spending time at Terang’s Commercial Hotel—an emerging creative hub in the south-west. The hotel itself is a heritage site—the…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:12): I am pleased to update the chamber on how the Andrews Labor government is making record investments in TAFE and making it the best it has ever been. Late last year the Premier and I visited William Angliss Institute to announce an…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: LEARN LOCAL AWARDS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:17): Recently I was joined by parliamentary secretary Cesar Melhem to celebrate the achievements, resilience and commitment of students, teachers, trainers and industry partners in the Learn Local sector. It was a wonderful gathering of exceptional people. All have worked together in these…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE LGBTIQA+ EQUALITY

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:08): Last Sunday the Victorian TAFE network marched for the first time at the Midsumma Pride March. Staff and students from across Victoria came together to celebrate diversity and send a strong message that TAFEs are inclusive of every Victorian. You could not…

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September 2021: I rise today to express Western Victoria’s pride in the 30 residents who received Australia Day honours. Foremost among them are Eve Kantor and Mark Wootton of Hensley Park, who became Officers of…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: VICTORIAN HIGHER EDUCATION STATE INVESTMENT FUND

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (13:25): Last week I was pleased to visit Swinburne University of Technology’s Hawthorn campus with my Legislative Council colleagues Nina Taylor, Sonja Terpstra and Enver Erdogan and local member for Hawthorn John Kennedy MP to announce the Andrews Labor government’s $5.2 million contribution to…

MORE EVENTS FOR YOUNG VICTORIANS

The Andrews Labor Government is providing a $25 million funding boost for youth programs, offering more opportunities for young people to reconnect with their communities as the state recovers from the pandemic. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that five organisations in Western Victoria will share in $10.2 million through the FReeZA…

SPRUCING UP FORREST PRIMARY SCHOOL

As the school year draws to a close, the Andrews Labor Government is supporting Forrest Primary School to complete a small but vital upgrade through the Minor Capital Works Fund. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Forrest Primary School will share in more than $18.6 million to fast-track their highest priority project…

A BIG BOOST FOR INCLUSION IN PORTLAND

Sensory play equipment, outdoor learning spaces and kitchen gardens are among a number of innovative school building projects the Andrews Labor Government is supporting, making sure every Victorian student has the opportunity to fully participate and succeed. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Portland Bay School will share in more than $6.6…

UPGRADE WORKS FOR SCHOOLS IN WARRNAMBOOL AND ALLANSFORD NOW COMPLETE

Students in Victoria’s south west now have access to the first-rate school facilities they deserve with the Andrews Labor Government completing upgrades at Warrnambool Primary School and Allansford and District Primary School. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced works are now complete on Warrnambool Primary School’s minor works upgrade, which included the…

PLAN FOR FUTURE OF TOWER HILL RELEASED

A plan for the future of Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve near Warrnambool will secure one of Victoria’s most important conservation and cultural heritage areas for all to enjoy. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the release of the final Tower Hill Activation and Linkages Plan after a second round of community consultation received nearly 250 submissions. The Victorian…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:23): On the final sitting day of Parliament this year I am proud to rise to speak on the significant opportunities that have been created by the TAFE demonstration projects, which are delivering brilliant apprenticeship and training opportunities at the South West TAFE learning…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: OLIVINE PLACE

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:16): On Monday morning I had the great pleasure to officially open the shared space community centre at Olivine Place, Donnybrook, the first-ever growth area social planning tool partnership in Australia. Olivine Place is such an amazing place. I would encourage anyone to go…

HELPING NEW VICTORIAN KIDS IN VICTORIA’S SOUTH WEST SETTLE INTO SCHOOL

Children arriving in Victoria’s south west with low levels of English will be supported to learn the language and integrate into mainstream schools, with the Victorian Government supporting English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers and multicultural education aides to help new arrivals feel at home. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: COVID-19 VACCINATION

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:07): Bevan Hirst is a fourth-year medical student at Deakin University in Geelong. He recently signed up to our frontline workforce to help get more jabs in Victorian arms. Nearly 600 Victorian university students just like Bevan have signed up since we announced a…

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: REMEMBRANCE DAY

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September: I was honoured to attend Portarlington’s Remembrance Day ceremony and pleased to have my staff attend services in other beautiful and diverse locations, like the Point Danger memorial wall in Torquay, and in Ballarat,…

NEW EQUIPMENT FOR WESTERN VICTORIA’S EMERGENCY SERVICES

The Andrews Labor Government has invested $466,706 in emergency services in Western Victoria to provide essential emergency services equipment and minor facility upgrades. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced 25 local Country Fire Authority (CFA), Life Saving Victoria (LSV), Marine Search and Rescue (MSAR) and Victorian State Emergency Services (VICSES) would receive…

NEW EQUIPMENT FOR SOUTH WEST VICTORIA’S EMERGENCY SERVICES

The Andrews Labor Government has invested $535,706 in emergency services in Victoria’s south west to provide essential emergency services equipment and minor facility upgrades. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced 19 local Country Fire Authority (CFA), Life Saving Victoria (LSV), Marine Search and Rescue (MSAR) and Victorian State Emergency Services (VICSES) would…

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: DEMENTIA AUSTRALIA

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September: Today I rise to reflect on the important work of Dementia Australia, the peak body of people living with dementia, their families and carers. Its recent findings, that a dementia diagnosis results in discrimination,…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: CYBERSECURITY

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:25): I use this opportunity to update the house on cybersecurity courses. Building opportunities and supporting partnerships between TAFEs, universities and industry remain a dedicated focus of the Andrews Labor government. Cybersecurity was identified as a major priority of this government, and that…

SUPPORT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO PROTECT LOCAL BIODIVERSITY

Young people from across Western Victoria will benefit from the Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants, helping to fund projects and learning activities that provide both environmental and educational outcomes for young people. Labor Member for Wester Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that 6 projects in south-west Victoria were funded through the Victorian Junior Landcare…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: VICTORIAN TRAINING AWARDS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (11:55): Recently the Victorian government held the 67th annual Victorian Training Awards. People from right through Victoria joined us online to celebrate our world-class training system. Today I would like to highlight the achievements of our students and apprentices who were recognised at…

COASTAL COMMUNITIES SHARE IN COASTCARE FUNDING

Community and non-profit groups along the Victoria’s south-west coast will share in nearly $610,000 statewide funding from the Victorian Government’s Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced funding is being provided to seven community and non-profit groups in south-west Victoria.  Grant recipients include: Apollo Bay Ocean Care –…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (15:11): I am pleased to update the chamber on the work underway to revive Aboriginal languages across Victoria. Preserving and reviving Aboriginal languages should be core business for any government. We cannot change the past, but we can work hard to right the…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: VICTORIAN SKILLS AUTHORITY

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (15:21): Today I am proud to speak on the Victorian Skills Authority, which was established in July to build on this government’s significant achievements in skills and training and job creation. The VSA was a key recommendation of the Skills for Victoria’s Growing…