|Member of the Victorian Legislative Council|
25 November 2006
|Constituency||Western Metropolitan Region|
1 February 1959 |
|Political party||Victorian Greens|
Hartland is an activist and rose to prominence as a leader of campaign against the storage of toxic chemical at Coode Island during the 1990s. She was a foundation member of the Hazardous Materials Action group (HAZMAG) and was a member of Environment Effects Committees on West Point Wilson, Point Lillias and the proposed toxic dump at Werribee. Hartland chaired the Maribyrnong Drug Strategy Committee for three years. She was also employed as a social worker by the Western Region Health Centre.
Hartland has previously worked as a cook in Parliament during the term of the Cain/Kirner Governments.
Hartland was elected as Councillor for Sheok Ward in the Maribyrnong City Council in 2003, and served on the council until 2005 as one of the first Greens elected into council.
Hartland won a seat for the Greens in the Western Metropolitan Region of the Victorian Legislative Council in the 2006 State election, elected to the final spot in Western Metropolitan, narrowly beating the Labor candidate after a dramatic vote recount conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission. She increased her vote from 8.93% in 2006 to 11.66% in the 2010 State Election to hold her seat for another term.
- Colleen Hartland: Activist, ABC: Life Matters, 22 August 2002
- Ashley Gardiner, Green trio hit the gas, Herald Sun, 15 December 2006
- Mathew Murphy, Former Parliament cook to make a meal of Spring Street, The Age, 15 December 2006
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