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.
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."