Speech: For the past 30 years I have been involved in 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, which is more commonly known as 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 4000 already received by the Melton City Council.
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.
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.
Last week I joined the students and staff at Footscray Primary School for National Ride2School Day.
It was a wonderful morning, with the kids full of energy after their ride and wearing the most elaborate and wonderfully decorated helmets.
I congratulate Footscray Primary School on participating in this event. It shows that the school knows the value of active transport and the benefits it brings to the students. A special thanks to Chris Wilson, the health and physical education teacher, and well done to all the children for riding to school and in their amazingly decorated helmets. I was impressed with the skill and creativity demonstrated by the children and it was a pleasure to be part of the event.
"Last week Premier Napthine announced $2-2.5 billion for public transport in the eastern suburbs. This is on back of the $8 billion earmarked for the 6km East-West link tollway," said Greens MP For the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland.
"The Western Suburbs community has not forgotten the Liberal's 2 key election commitments to "Not neglect the West" and to "Fix Public Transport"."
"Distracted by their marginal seats and friends in the East, these commitments seem to have been erased from their memory. But not from ours."
Speech in Parliament - Festival Season in the West:
"There have been many exciting festivals across the West, and I am pleased to have been able to make it to all of them, along with a team of volunteers joining me on my stalls.
Festivals are a fun and enjoyable way for residents to celebrate and get to know their local communities, especially as they change and grow. The festivals were a showcase of community groups and the flourishing music and artistic scene in the Western Suburbs. I always love witnessing the closing of streets to traffic and them being filled with people celebrating, and I very much enjoyed chatting with locals. Community members are always happy to see genuine community engagement by their MP.
Greens MP for the Western Suburbs, Colleen Hartland, launched the ‘Rescue TAFE in the West’ Report today. The Greens used the report to call on the Napthine Government to reinstate the funding cuts to TAFE Institutes in Melbourne's western suburbs to provide re-skilling opportunities to the thousands of Western Suburbs manufacturing workers set to lose their jobs.
"With the loss of many manufacturing jobs in the Western Suburbs, we need our public TAFEs to provide re-skilling opportunities more than ever," said Colleen Hartland.
"It is heartless and wrong-headed to cut $40 million per annum from Victoria University when there is such great need for quality re-skilling opportunities in the West. This is the equal highest cut to any TAFE in Victoria."
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan) Speech:
My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Planning on behalf of the Minister for Roads.
We all know that kids and trucks do not mix. I wholeheartedly support the community campaign by residents in the inner west and the Maribyrnong Truck Action Group to extend the truck curfews to include school crossing times on Somerville Road.
More than 2000 trucks travel Somerville Road every day. Kingsville Primary School and St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School are located on this road, and a number of kindergartens are less than 100 metres from the road. These huge numbers of diesel-spewing trucks are impacting the health of our children and posing significant safety concerns.
Speech Ms HARTLAND —
Over the last few weeks I have had the privilege of attending a number of Midsumma Festival events in the western suburbs.
There have been a range of events, such as the launch of WEST AND PROUD, which documents the area’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (GLBTIQ) heritage and culture. The website is quite interesting. It showcases a number of short films about the history of queer life in the west as well as a historical timeline of significant milestones. The personal stories brought to life via film navigate broad territory, from coming out stories to gender transitioning, same-sex parenting and beyond. WEST AND PROUD is a joint venture between RMIT University social work students and Hobsons Bay City Council.
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.