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Members Statement: Windsor Primary School

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): Good local public schools are so essential to a livable community, so it was really pleasing to spend some time at Windsor Primary School as part of the principal for a day program and join principal Peter Seddon and meet some of the staff, including some student teachers, and of course meet the students and get a sneak preview of what I am sure was a terrific whole-school performance, and to get an understanding of Peter’s and his team’s approach to educating and supporting young people from their approach to school leadership to what happens in the classroom....

Members Statement: Melbourne Bike Share Scheme

Mr HIBBINS: I also wish to express my disappointment in the government’s decision to scrap the Melbourne Bike Share scheme. Almost every world-class city has a successful public bike share scheme. But Melbourne’s is half‑baked scheme never got the support it needed from government to work. It was almost as if it were set up to fail. There were never enough bikes and stations. I used to see people riding down Chapel Street on them all the time, visiting Prahran Market, but we never got any stations put there. There was a lack of proper bike infrastructure in the inner city....

Adjournment: North East Link

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Transport Infrastructure, and the action I seek is for the minister to rethink the North East Link. Today on the steps of Parliament local residents spoke about the devastating impact that this toll road will have on their local amenity, their environment and their green spaces. I was presented with a joint letter signed by hundreds of people calling on the government to stop the North East Link, which I will read into Hansard. It is to 'Dear Premier’ and the minister: We call on you to stop the...

Question with Notice: Climate Strike Demands

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : My question is to the Premier. Next week there will be another climate strike, again led by students striking from school. Whilst the Premier has stated his support for the striking students, his government has not given support to their demand of 100 per cent renewable energy generation by 2030. What does the Premier say in response to young people demanding 100 per cent renewable energy generation by 2030 to ensure a safe future?

Constituency question: Upgrade Tram Stop 128

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): My constituency question is to the Minister for Public Transport, and I ask: when will the minister fix the dangerous tram stop on the corner of Chapel Street and Toorak Road, stop 128 outbound on route 58? Commuters are frequently experiencing or witnessing near misses from vehicles not stopping for stationary trams, creating a risk of injury for passengers getting on or off the tram. With the new Capitol Grand Tower opening soon, this unsafe tram stop is going to get busier and busier. I am currently running a petition to upgrade the tram stop, and I will...

Constituency question: Bangs Street Redevelopment

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : My question is to the Minister for Housing, and I ask the minister: what is the latest information on the Bangs Street public housing estate redevelopment in the Prahran electorate? Many local residents in the area are concerned that the buildings are now sitting apparently vacant. People are seeing an increase in antisocial behaviour and a build-up of rubbish in and around the area, with a concern for personal safety. The amenity of the area is significantly impacted by having this a vacant site. With no confirmed dates for demolition and a rebuild, who knows how long...

Renewable Energy (Jobs and Investment) Amendment Bill 2019

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : I rise to speak on the Renewable Energy (Jobs and Investment) Amendment Bill 2019, which the Greens strongly support. This bill will set an additional target to the Victorian renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030. Before I move on, it is worth going into a bit of history about the Victorian renewable energy target in Victoria. From my understanding, in Victoria it was introduced under a previous Labor government and then dialled back to zero when the Liberal government was elected in 2010. Of course that was the government that had the worst environment...

Members Statement: Pedestrian and Cycling Infrastructure

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): I rise to speak on the need for safer pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in the Prahran electorate. Being able to walk and ride around safely in our community is absolutely essential to keeping Prahran a liveable place and making it accessible for everyone, particularly for those who cannot or choose not to drive, young people, families, parents with prams and elderly citizens. It is essential if we are going to reduce transport emissions and tackle climate change—transport emissions of course are rising—and it is far better for people’s cost of living and people’s health. But for the billions...

Members Statement: Presentation College Windsor

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : I rise to express sympathy to the students and parents at Presentation College Windsor (PCW), who were shocked and heartbroken at the news that their school would be closing at the end of next year. I fully support the efforts of the parents and the school community to either keep the school going or find an alternative solution. I urge full transparency from the school owners and from the Catholic Education Office as to the reasoning behind the closure and their financial situation, and I would urge the government to do what it can to insure that...

Members Statement: The World Is One Kilometre: Greville Street, Prahran

Mr HIBBINS: I recently attended the release of Dr Judith Buckrich’s new book, The World Is One Kilometre: Greville Street, Prahran. This was held at the new Prahran High School and was very well attended. Greville Street has a fantastic history—Indigenous, civic, political, artistic—and counterculture for music, clothes, food and lifestyle. It has got an incredibly rich history. I hear a lot about what a fantastic place Greville Street used to be. It is still a fantastic place, and I support all efforts by the council, the community and retailers to make Greville Street such a great place.

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