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Health Minister responds to high asthma rates

January 27, 2016

Victoria’s Health Minister, Jill Hennessy, was recently asked what the government would do about the City of Maribyrnong having the state’s highest rate of children’s hospital admissions for asthma.  This was her answer.   The City of Maribyrnong, being an inner city area, has absolutely no problem with access to both primary and secondary healthcare.  In fact
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End of Year Wrap Up

December 18, 2015

Well it’s been a busy year for MTAG!  We had the introduction of the first new curfews for 10 years, the unexpected announcement of the Western Distributor proposal, the parliamentary inquiry into the proposed lease of the Port of Melbourne as well as a long campaign on new air pollution standards. The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre highlighted diesel pollution in the City of Maribyrnong
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Western Distributor to go ahead

December 8, 2015 1 Comment

The Western Distributor has been given the go ahead. Road infrastructure to service Australia’s busiest port is a crucial element in solving the port truck traffic problem in Melbourne’s inner west, but: – We need those “extended curfews” to be 24 hour truck bans on all residential streets in the inner west.  This is integral
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Asthma rates almost twice the national average.

December 4, 2015

  The Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation has been released, a government report looking at health care rates around Australia. The report found that the City of Maribyrnong has Victoria’s highest rate of children’s asthma and related respiratory admissions to hospital at 171% of the national average! Once again it’s sadly been proven that children are paying the
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Melbourne’s Freight Rail Future

December 4, 2015

MTAG’s Samantha McArthur will be speaking at a discussion on Melbourne’s Freight Rail Future at Parliament House, hosted by Public Transport Not Traffic. The forum will discuss: The challenge created by Melbourne currently having no direct port freight rail link, meaning 100% of our metropolitan freight is moved by trucks. With freight at the port
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2015 National Air Pollution Summit

October 26, 2015

Environmental Justice Australia will be holding its 2015 National Air Pollution Summit in Melbourne on Saturday 14th November. MTAG will be speaking alongside Senator Richard Di Natale and countless air pollution campaigners and health experts from across Australia.  We will be sharing experiences and campaign strategies as well as plan a collaborative approach to achieving
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MTAG presents at the Inquiry into the Proposed Lease of the Port of Melbourne

October 15, 2015

  In late September MTAG’s Martin Wurt and Narelle Wilson gave evidence at the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Proposed Lease of the Port of Melbourne.  Unfortunately there were some fairly major technical issues with the video and PowerPoint presentation. Despite this and some tricky questions from the committee, MTAG managed to clearly convey the severity
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