Art-is-in-our-nature

The work of 54 acclaimed contemporary artists comes together in this exciting exhibition to increase awareness of the campaign to stop AGL’s proposed gas import terminal from being approved at Crib Point, and to raise urgently needed funds for Save Westernport Inc to mount a legal challenge in partnership with Environment Victoria and the Victorian National Parks Association.

Further Information and full exhibition will be online at Silver Leaf Artbox.
www.silverleaf-artbox.com.au

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our activities, operations and
printed material.

The Save Westernport Inc.
residents group formed in April 2018 to oppose the plans by
energy company AGL in
Westernport Bay.

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can print yourself!
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how you can help.

Latest News

Day 4, Thursday 15th October AGL EES hearings by Chris Atmore

October 16, 2020

Thursday 15 October (Day Four)   The day began with the IAC announcing that they will make a further site visit next Monday, but that they hope when COVID restrictions permit, to make an accompanied visit at some point. It’s also been agreed that where expert witnesses have not been able to visit the site and therefore can’t answer some questions, they may be later recalled to add to their answers.   Port of Hastings Development Authority (PoHDA) then presented its arguments (no witnesses so they couldn’t be cross-examined). It’s fair to say that PoHDA echo the proponents in their enthusiasm for the project (see Docs 2700 and 231), including insisting that the Port is naturally deepwater, already long-term industrial, and in their words ‘open for business’. They say there is already a significant suite of policies and planning controls to support the project and that they are well used...

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THE IAC HEARINGS DAY 3 – BY JANE CARNEGIE

October 14, 2020

DAY 3 was a gruelling technical day focusing on the gas market and the ‘rationale’ for the project. The hearings covered the expert evidence of Richard Bolt, Jerome Fahrer and Owen Kelp on behalf of the proponents. Their expert reports and presentations can be found in the Tabled Documents - Nos: • Bolt -66 & 189 • Fahrer – 67 & 190 • Kelp – 87 & 190. In addition, Dr Fahrer did a submission in reply to Bruce Robertson’s expert evidence (for us) @ Document 167 and this was also addressed in the hearings. The day opened with Counsel for the proponents introducing their experts emphasizing that Richard Bolt was focusing on the strategic policy context and Fahrer and Kelp were focused on ‘an independent’ overview of the energy market and impact of the Crib point terminal. Mr Townshend, in his opening remarks for the proponents, also once again...

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The IAC Hearings ~ Day two by Chris Atmore

October 13, 2020

Tuesday 13 October (Day Two) Our barrister successfully argued for Save Westernport to be permitted to address the IAC separately from the legal team for the three joint organisations. The EPA said that whether discharging chlorine and cold water into our Ramsar wetland is allowable is a question that relies on how the Water SEPP – the relevant environmental policy – should be interpreted, and this hasn’t ever been tested. At this stage it’s not clear how much the IAC will leave for the EPA when the EPA decide after the Hearing whether to approve the FSRU works approval application. The rest of Day Two consisted of opening submissions from project opponents – basically explaining what they will be arguing in more detail later in the Hearing. We first heard from the Mornington Peninsula and Bass Coast Shire Councils that AGL and APA have failed to justify the Project and...

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