Footscray resident Colleen Hartland represents the Western Metropolitan Region for the Victorian Greens.
Colleen has lived in Footscray for over twenty-five years. She has a solid track-record in local government, having represented Yarraville and Seddon residents as one of the first Greens to be elected to the Maribyrnong Council (Sheoak Ward) from 2003 to 2005.
Before her election to Parliament, Colleen was a public housing support worker employed by the Western Region Health Centre, working with and in the community each day.
Her strong local ties are reflected in the many campaigns in which she has brought with her to Parliament. these include urban envionmental issues such as contaminated sites and the Coode Island disaster, and health care services. She was a founding member of the Hazardous Materials Action Group (HAZMAG).
She has been a vocal critic of successive Victorian Governments for their neglect of the western suburbs. Colleen is currently campaigning for improved public transport, health care, community services, environmental protection and education across the Western Metropolitan Region. Colleen has been a crucial catalyst for change in her community.
Colleen Hartland is the Victorian Greens’ spokesperson for Health, Community Services, Womens and Multicutural Affairs. She was instrumental in the passage of Victoria’s abortion law reform and is an outspoken supporter of the right to die with dignity. Colleen addressed the Victorian Parliament in 2010 critical of the fact that government support was refused to the previous Global Atheist Convention.
The Western Metropolitan Region covers an area from Craigieburn in the north to Williamstown and Altona in the south, and from Werribee, Caroline Springs and Sydenham in the west to Gladstone Park, Coburg, Moonee Ponds and Footscray in the east.