Save Westernport – Protect Westernport Bay

Richard Lipp
 Adam Blyth
 Matt Testoni

Our FY 2022-23 AGM

May 5, 2024|News|

Save Westernport held its Annual General Meeting for the 2022/23 financial year on Saturday 20th of April at the beautiful Coolart Homestead, Somers. Read more… Photo – Outgoing Save Westernport president Candy Van Rood, incoming president Jane Carnegie, and featured speakers Laura Brearley and Jo Lane.

Brown coal to hydrogen? Tell Japan HESC no!

March 27, 2024|News|

The Japanese Government is supporting an international consortium to use Victoria’s dirty brown coal to produce hydrogen for export. The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) project is a climate disaster without a business case or social licence. Westernport’s Port of Hastings is  a major part of the plan. Go here to read more and say NO!

Federal Minister Saves Westernport

February 13, 2024|News|

On December 18, 2023, the Federal Minister for the Environment, Tanya Plibersek made an extraordinary decision to block the Victorian Government proposal to use Hastings and Westernport Bay as the staging post for building the wind turbines for the State’s proposed offshore windfarms in Gippsland. The decision was made in accord with the Environmental Protection Biodiversity & Conservation (EPBC) Act. Read more…

Feds, Citing Environmental Concerns, Reject Port of Hastings as Wind Farm Staging Area

January 17, 2024|News|

“What makes this decision so incredible is that she [Tanya Plibersek, Federal minister for the Environment and Water] has done so using her powers under the EPBC Act where a proposal is so deleterious to the environment that it is ‘clearly unacceptable’ and can be rejected without any further examination.”

Read Save Westernport’s full response here



Westernport’s internationally recognised ecosystems are home to amazing wildlife, incredibly diverse wetlands and idyllic beaches. But, if you’re reading this you probably know just how special Westernport Bay is. This is why generations have fought to protect it – and now it’s our turn.

Endangered Species

The critically endangered Eastern Curlew uses Westernport’s wetlands to feed and recover before returning on the long journey back to its breeding grounds in Siberia. With fewer than 70 in the wild, the equally endangered Orange-bellied Parrot also uses Westernport’s resources over winter before returning to summer in Tasmania. They are the world’s only migratory parrot, and this year Westernport was chosen as the perfect site to release hand-raised chicks that will increase wild populations. These are just two of many endangered species that rely on the ecology of the Bay for survival.

Recovering Wetland

Westernport’s wetlands are undergoing a long recovery from damage caused by agricultural run-off and industrial pollution in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Countless plants and animals have re-established themselves and their future looks good, as long as we can stop any further industrialization of Westernport.

Stop the destruction

The inappropriate demands of heavy industry that defined the Port of Hastings in the 1960s must now be weighed against the urgent need to protect biodiversity and prevent ecosystem collapse. Nothing short of world’s best practice can reverse the damage. You can help by becoming a member of Save Westernport, and by signing up for our newsletter updates here.

Stop The Threat!


Many large corporations and even our own Victorian Government still regard Westernport as a potential heavy industry zone or port. Our work is ‘cut out for us’ in our passion to protect this unique biosphere, & Ramsar designated wetlands.

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Upcoming Events

Looking to see what we’re all about here at Save Westernport? Come along to one of our upcoming events to get a better idea of what we’re all about and what you can do to help!

Media Releases

Want some more information about the Save Westernport campaign? Stay up to do with the progression of our latest campaign through our media release statements.

Resources and Education

Want to know more? A collection of statements, recordings and important articles are available for you to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of this campaign.




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