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.
Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland has vowed to fight to keep the Napthine government's dirty deluded toll-road our of the quiet neighbourhoods of Ascot Vale and Moonee Ponds.
Ms Hartland says that todays East-West link announcement means the quiet suburbs of Ascot Vale and Moonee ponds will be inundated with traffic from the proposed East-West toll-road with wide-ranging negative consequences.
"This proposed East-West toll road is a disaster at every corner and it just turned the corner into Ascot Vale and Moonee Ponds today," said Ms Hartland.
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."
Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland has warned of a huge public backlash if Labor attempt to dump the Westlink tollway on the inner West community.
"If Labor thinks they can dump the ridiculously costly, noisy and dirty Westlink tollway on the Western Suburbs, they're in for a shock. We've fought in the thousands in the past, we'll do it again and we'll win" said Colleen Hartland.
Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland will call on the Napthine Government to duplicate the Altona Loop single track in light of patronage figures illustrating commuters have abandoned their trains.
“The train services on the Altona Loop certainly were poor to begin with, but the timetable changes introduced in 2011 slashed the train services” said Colleen Hartland, Greens MP For the Western Suburbs.
“The service went from the standard bad to the worst on the whole Melbourne train network. The Altona Loop commuters became the most dissatisfied* on the whole network, as shown in every Customer Satisfaction survey since.”
Free workshops to harness your skills for more effective community campaigning in the Western Suburbs.
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