The Greens have issued a warning to the government that the people of the Western Suburb will fight for Trains not Tollways in response to today's announcement that tenders have been called for the Westlink tollroad.
"The people of the Western Suburbs don’t want this dirty polluting tollway through their neighbourhoods. We’ve fought this off this proposal before and we’ll do it again” said Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland.
"Every survey and poll shows Victorians want money spent on public transport over roads. Today’s announcement shows how the State government is out of touch with the community. Instead they see only profits for the road lobby."
"When the Westlink proposal last reared its ugly head in 2010, I held eleven community meetings and thousands of community members from across the Western Suburbs joined my community campaign."
Documents obtained by the Greens using Freedom of Information laws show which of our train lines are getting more overcrowded.
Melbourne’s trains are overcrowded and don’t run often enough. We can run more trains more often on our existing train system. The antiquated train signalling system is a key factor holding us back.
The Government, and the previous Labor Government, have dithered while the problem has been getting worse. Meanwhile, the Greens have a plan to inrease the the number of trains by up to 50%.
The Greens are calling for redevelopment of the Footscray Emergency and Inpatient precinct following the National Health Performance Authority report found it to be the worse performing emergency department in Victoria and the second worst in Australia.
"It's a disgrace that Footscray is the worst-performing hospital in Victoria and the second worst in Australia for emergency department wait times*," said Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland.
"Not only is Footscray not keeping up with demand, but the aged infrastructure is at the end of it's useable life."
"Regardless of how fantastic nurses and doctors are, the hospital infrastructure limits their ability to deliver healthcare. Some emergency consultation cubicles are too small and cannot be used, for example."
The Greens in the Western Suburbs kicked of their 2014 election campaign with a celebration at their newly opened campaign headquarters known as The Greenhouse.
"The Greenhouse will be bustling with volunteers right through to the state election on November 29. The Greens continue to be the fastest growing political party and its thanks to our grassroots community support," said Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland.
"We don't receive multi-million dollar corporate donations, which comes with undue influence on the political process, but we do have the community behind us."
Following a strong community campaign, Melton City Council has rejected Boral's application to expand their tip in Deer Park.
Congratulations to all involved. Greens MP Colleen Hartland been involved in community campaigns against waste and contamination issues in the Western Suburbs for 30 years and loves a good win! Some think that they can just dump waste on the West and get away with it. This shows, once again, that the people of the West will stand up for the West and can win! Of course our work continues to clean up the existing site. Read on for Colleen's parliamentary speech:
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.