Greens Win Melbourne!

We did it!!

It’s been a close count, but I can now share that I’ve been re-elected as the State MP for Melbourne for another 4 years!

Thank you to everyone who was a part of this campaign. It was a close race, but your hard work doorknocking, talking to voters on the phone, standing at train stations, and volunteering in other ways got us over the line. Thank you.

I’m also humbled by the support of the voters of Melbourne, who have put their faith in me for another 4 years. It’s heartening to see that so many people care deeply about protecting our environment, standing up for public housing and acting on climate change. These are the issues we will continue to work on in the next term of Parliament.

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Greens announce plan to make the Yarra swimmable again

The Victorian Greens have launched an ambitious plan to make the Yarra/Birrarung clean again, so it’s possible to swim in it within the reaches of the CBD.

The recent Yarra River Action Plan is a great step towards restoring the health of the Yarra, but it’s only the start. It was only 50 years ago that the people of Melbourne swam in the Yarra, and we can make it a reality again.

The Greens’ plan will:

  • Add a new ‘swimmability’ objective to the Yarra River Action Plan
  • Direct responsible authorities to work with the community and identify opportunities for making parts of the Yarra swimmable again, including assessing community proposals such as the Yarra Pools proposal
  • Work with Traditional Owners to ensure their sovereignty is respected and their knowledge informs the health of our rivers
  • Reform the Water Act so that rivers like the Yarra have enough water for a clean and healthy environment
  • Restore riverbanks and create new National Parks to protect water catchments
  • Give the EPA stronger powers to make polluters take responsibility for their contaminated water
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An Evening with Bob Brown

Come along for an intimate yarn and a drink with one of Australia's most loved environmentalists.

Bob will share stories from his 20 most beautiful places in a unique fundraiser for Ellen Sandell, Greens member for Melbourne and Kathleen Maltzahn, Greens candidate for Richmond.

7:00pm Saturday 3 November
The Oratory, Abbotsford Convent

Click here to book.

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Greens Call For Liveable Apartments

In a major shakeup to apartment living, the Victorian Greens have launched a detailed plan to deliver high quality, affordable and sustainable apartment housing.

Apartment living is a reality for many people in Victoria, and it should not come with a list of compromises. The state government has failed to deal with many of the issues facing apartment dwellers, and the Greens have a plan to ensure the Government can't ignore these issues any longer.

The Greens’ plan includes.

  • Changing the rules to give people in apartments access to solar panels.
  • Mandating minimum apartment sizes and and distances between apartment buildings.
  • Regulating apartments that are let out full-time only as short-stays, to make sure apartment towers don’t just become de facto hotels which push up rent prices.
  • Requiring the state Government to immediately intervene to pay to fix flammable cladding and then reclaim the costs from developers or builders, rather than leaving it to owners to fix the mess
  • Providing a third weekly bin collection - for kitchen waste - for all Victorian residents to reduce waste going to landfill, which is especially important for apartments where on-site composting is difficult.
  • Capping rent rises at inflation so housing stays affordable, especially in the inner city
  • Mandating green roofs or solar panels for all new apartment buildings.
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Wynne must rule out overturning or intervening in Fed Square heritage listing: Greens

The Greens today challenged Planning Minister Richard Wynne to rule out overruling Heritage Victoria’s recommendation to give Federation Square heritage protection, and have vowed to make it a key issue in the marginal seat of Richmond in the upcoming election if he does.

Greens MP for Melbourne, Ellen Sandell, warmly welcomed Heritage Victoria’s recommendation to include Federation Square on the Victorian Heritage Register.

“Federation Square is Melbourne’s public square, and an essential part of Victoria’s cultural history and it should be properly recognised under Victoria’s heritage laws”

But the Greens warned that Planning Minister and Richmond Labor MP Richard Wynne could “call in” the heritage application and essentially overrule the decision to make way for a big Apple megastore.

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