SPEECH: Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan) —
This morning I took part in the blockade of Somerville Road, Yarraville, outside the Kingsville Primary School, organised by the Maribyrnong Truck Action Group.
The blockade was in support of a request the Maribyrnong City Council made to government that it place a curfew on Somerville Road at the start and end of each school day.
The Maribyrnong Truck Action Group and local residents organised the blockade because they feel the government is simply not listening to them and will not acknowledge that there is a problem.
Colleen Hartland speech in parliament: In the inner west we have more than 21 000 trucks travelling on our residential streets every day. This is where people live and where children go to school, child care and kindergarten. It is where people walk to the train station or the local shops, and it is where residents must share the roads with these trucks. Despite the increasing numbers of trucks on these residential streets, this government has done nothing to progress solutions which we know will take these trucks off residential streets, in turn making them safe.
What: A Community Meeting for inner West residents. We'll hear about what the recent Senate Inquiry and doctors say about diesel pollution impacts on health and what we can do to clean up our air.
When: 6:30pm Wednesday 23rd October.
Where: Acqua E Vino bar and restaurant, upstairs at 18a Ballarat Street, Yarraville.
Kitchen and bar will be open.
1. Dr Merryn Redenbach (Paediatrics), Doctors for the Environment
2. Senator Dr Richard Di Natale
3. Samantha McArthur, President Maribyrnong Truck Action Group (MTAG)
MC Greens MP Colleen Hartland
The result of the Greens initiated Air Quality Senate Inquiry will set off alarm bells throughout the community, in particular those close to air pollution sources like truck and diesel train routes says Victorian Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland.
“This Inquiry describes systemic failings in air quality standards, monitoring and enforcement; human health is not being protected,” said Greens MP for the Western Suburbs, Colleen Hartland.
“The Inquiry heard repeated calls for more stringent air quality standards across the 162 submissions; the community is justifiably very concerned.”
Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland has accused the government of ignoring the community in its Freight & Logistics Plan and has asked the government to hold a public forum to ensure that community voices are heard and incorporated into the Plan.
"The Minister proudly states that he has worked with industry to develop this plan* but there's no mention of the community," said Greens MP For the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland.
"It's the community that bear the brunt of the health, well-being and safety impacts of the freight industry, trucks in particular, but they have been completely ignored in developing this plan."
"More than 21,000 trucks travel on inner West residential streets every single day having a huge impact on community health and well-being."
Colleen Hartland - Speech in Parliament
My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Roads. I was very disappointed to find out that the government’s Moving More with Less policy, released in April, which allows bigger, longer trucks on our road network, was released without a proper trial to find out the impacts. This week it was revealed by the Age that no Melbourne trucking companies fully participated in the two-year VicRoads trial. Without a proper trial, it is difficult to know what the impact of these freight trucks of up to 36.5 metres long will be.
The 2012 report to VicRoads by transport consultant Rob Di Cristoforo regarding the trial noted that the impacts on roads and bridges is unknown, and allowing heavier trucks on those roads would test the load capacity of roads and bridges.
Western Metropolitan Region Greens MP Colleen Hartland has warned Western Suburbs residents could soon have 36.5 meter long b-double and b-triple freight vehicles rumbling past their front doors.
In questions put to the Minister by Colleen Hartland last week it was revealed that Pipe Road, Prohasky Street, Williamstown Road, Todd Road, Grieve Parade, Francis Street and Whitehall Street are all subject to ‘last mile access’ applications for mammoth 36.5 meter trucks.
"The Napthine Government is set to allow these massive 36.5 meter long freight trucks on local roads in the inner West as, without a Westgate ramp truck bypass from the port to the freeway, there is few other options." Said Colleen Hartland.
Colleen Hartland: Speech in Parliament: Before I begin my contribution I indicate that I have one question that I would like to ask in committee. If I put it on the table now, there is a possibility that it may be able to be answered during the minister’s response, which would mean we would not need to go into committee. The question is fairly straightforward: which roads are being considered for the last mile access for those longer, high-productivity freight vehicles, and when will this decision be made?
Statement made in parliament by Colleen Hartland
This morning I joined Maribyrnong Truck Action Group (MTAG), No More Trucks for Moore Street and other residents of the inner west to blockade Shepherd Bridge in Footscray. The reason MTAG and No More Trucks for Moore Street called the blockade and the reason I supported the action is that the government has completely ignored the health and noise issues that have come about by having 21 000 trucks going through the inner west communities every day. We were reminded during question time today, by the Minister for Health’s inaction on diesel issues, that the government is not concerned about the health of residents in the inner west.