Adjournment: Palais Theatre


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Environment and Climate Change. It relates to the Palais Theatre in St Kilda, which is 87 years old. On Monday night I was there to see Bob Dylan, who is playing there again tonight, I understand.

Adjournment: Rosebud Aquatic Centre


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith. It concerns the proposed use of the Rosebud foreshore reserve for the location of the Southern Peninsula Aquatic Centre. I first raised this with the minister on 16 August 2012, and Mr Scheffer has also raised it a number of times. When I first raised this matter I pointed out to the minister that I took issue with the basis on which he had granted coastal consent for the use of the Rosebud foreshore and I asked him to publicly explain that consent, given that the then Department of Sustainability and Environment had consistently advised against such use as it would be inconsistent with the Victorian coastal strategy.

The Coast Is Unclear - An Uncertain Future For Nature Along The Victorian Coast


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- In February the Victorian National Parks Association released its report The Coast is Unclear -- An Uncertain Future for Nature along the Victorian Coast. This comprehensive report explores coastal planning and management issues all around Victoria's coastline.

Residents stand up for community; no tip expansion


For 30 years now I have been campaigning to clean up the Western Suburbs in the face of hazardous, toxic and other waste.

I was a founding member of the Hazardous Materials Action Group or HAZMAG.

This week I put in my formal objection to the proposed expansion of Boral’s Western Landfill in Ravenhall.

My personal objection was in addition to more than 4,000 already received by Melton Council.

And it was just last week that I put in a formal objection to a proposed above ground expansion of the Wests Road tip in Werribee. 

Selling the Port is a bad idea

Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says selling off the Port of Melbourne is a bad idea.
"The Port of Melbourne returned $175 million in dividends to Victorians over the last five years. That's on net assets of around $1.5 billion. Selling the Port isn't 'free money'; we'd lose the stream of income we've been getting," said Greg Barber MLC
"The Productivity Commission says financial returns of Australian ports are 'not indicative of excessive profit taking'. So how is a new operator going to squeeze more juice out of the orange? New and higher fees? Property development? If I was an exporter, I'd be worried. 

Liberals, Labor and Nationals vote against Greens motion to ban fracking


Debate resumed from 13 November; motion of Mr BARBER (NorthernMetropolitan):

That this house calls on the government to implement a permanent ban on the exploration or development of unconventional gas fossil fuels across Victoria.

Adjournment: Koala protection


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Environment and Climate Change. It relates to the plight of koalas that have been living in commercial blue gum plantations in south-west Victoria, as raised in the ABC's 7.30 Report on 22 July 2013. I am relying on the transcript of that program, which reported that ironically the blue gum plantations that are now part of failed management investment schemes have become places of refuge for koalas as their natural habitat dwindles, but as the plantations are harvested the native animals face deadly threats. They are turning out to be temporary and dangerous homes as the koalas often suffer serious injury and even death when the timber is harvested.

Vic Greens Leader at Geelong fracking film night

Fracking film flyer
Victorian Greens Leader Greg Barber will tonight speak in Geelong on the threats to the Otways from gas drilling.

Greens say old quarry should become part of Arthurs Seat State Park

In state parliament last night, Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik called on Minister Ryan Smith to incorporate the disused Pioneer Quarry site into the Arthurs Seat State Park.

Peninsula Waste Management (PWM), owned by the R E Ross Trust have applied to Mornington Peninsula Shire to convert the old quarry into a tip for municipal, industrial, commercial and asbestos waste. There appears to be no plan for recycling at the proposed tip.

"While R E Ross himself operated quarries, including the Hillview quarry in Dromana, one of the three core purposes of the R E Ross Trust, established under his will, is ‘nature conservation with particular regard to the purchase of land for the protection and preservation of flora and fauna’,” * Ms Pennicuik said.

“The old quarry site is adjacent to Arthurs Seat State Park – a haven for eagles, kites, swamp wallabies, and many other species. It is a special and beautiful site on the escarpment with sweeping views of Port Phillip Bay," Ms Pennicuik said. "It is clearly no place for a tip."