ANGLESEA COMMUNITY HOUSE RECOGNISED FOR SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP

The Andrews Labor Government is celebrating Victorians’ outstanding achievements in sustainability, announcing the finalists for the twentieth Premier’s Sustainability Awards. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney congratulated Anglesea Community House for being named as one of the 41 finalists, spanning businesses, industry, community groups, universities, schools and government organisations. Celebrating 20 years in 2022,…

WARRNAMBOOL COMMUNITY GARDEN RECOGNISED FOR SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP

The Andrews Labor Government is celebrating Victorians’ outstanding achievements in sustainability, announcing the finalists for the twentieth Premier’s Sustainability Awards. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney congratulated Warrnambool Community Garden Inc for being named as one of the 41 finalists, spanning businesses, industry, community groups, universities, schools and government organisations. Celebrating 20 years in…

MORE WORKER HOUSING IN KOROIT

Local businesses will have more worker accommodation in south-west Victoria to support key industries like hospitality, construction and agriculture, thanks to an investment from the Victorian Government. Representing Minister for Regional Development Harriet Shing, Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today toured the Koroit Caravan Park to view works underway on the installation of…

Delivering A Nation-First Hydrogen Research Facility

  Works have begun on Australia’s first fully integrated hydrogen fuel cell research and development facility at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus, under the Andrews Labor Government’s ongoing support of fuel cell and renewable technology. Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney today visited Deakin’s Warrnambool campus to turn the first sod on…

FUNDING BOOST FOR OTWAY’S WILDLIFE WONDERS

More Victorians will have access to jobs and important services in the Otways thanks to an Andrews Labor Government grant program. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced environmental conservation group, Wildife Wonders would receive over $32,100 in funding towards new equipment to support their local social enterprise. The investment will allow the…

BOOST FOR KINDER PLANNING IN WARRNAMBOOL

Our littlest learners in Warrnambool are going to get the best possible start to life with improved kindergarten infrastructure, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Early Childhood and Pre-Prep Ingrid Stitt and Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today announced Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative successfully secured $150,000 in Building Blocks Planning Grants to put…

LOCAL WESTERN VICTORIAN CLUBS SCORE FUNDING BOOST

Forty-five grassroots sport and active recreation 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 $900,000 from the Victorian Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced the successful local applicants of the latest round of…

UPGRADING SKIPTON SCHOOL BRICK BY BRICK

Students at Skipton Primary School are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with the appointment of a builder for the school’s important upgrade. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Ducon Maintenance Pty Ltd has been appointed to build Skipton Primary’s $4.197 million upgrade,…

MORE JOBS AND WORKER HOUSING IN PORTLAND

The Andrews Labor Government is backing Portland to create more jobs across a diverse range of industries, while providing the housing workers need through the newly opened Portland Diversification Fund. Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas today announced the $7.5 million Fund is open for applications as part of the $17.4 million Portland Economic Diversification…

BANNOCKBURN TIGERS TO ROAR AT NEW NETBALL PAVILION

The Andrews Labor Government is backing Bannockburn and district netballers with the redevelopment of a new female friendly pavilion at the town’s Victoria Park. Member for Geelong, Christine Couzens and Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, today visited Bannockburn Football and Netball Club to formally announce a $1.1 million contribution towards the project which will…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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 –…

KINDER UPGRADE BLITZ TO IMPROVE FACILITIES IN COLAC AND CAMPERDOWN

The Victorian Government is making sure young children have access to the best kinder facilities with hundreds of projects to upgrade and improve learning environments while supporting local jobs across Victoria. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that kindergartens in Colac and Camperdown have been given $360,995 in funding to upgrade amenities…