Colleen Hartland was the Greens MP for the Western Metropolitan Region from 2006 to 2018. She has an extensive work history including home care and as a kitchenhand in Parliament during the term of the Cain/Kirner Governments. Hartland is a western suburbs activist and rose to prominence as a foundation member of the Hazardous Materials Action group (HAZMAG), particularly around Coode Island during the 1990s.
In 2000, Hartland undertook a Diploma in Community Development at Victoria University TAFE, after which she worked at the Western Region Health Centre for five years. In 2003, she was elected as councillor for Sheok Ward in the Maribyrnong City Council in 2003, serving there until 2005.
Following her election to the Victorian parliament in 2006, Hartland was a strong advocate for the western suburbs community, a place she has called home for 30 years. She held the portfolios of health, mental health, disability, ageing, gambling and liquor regulation, veterans and emergency services until she resigned from her position in 2018.