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Latest News

Special Report – ABC News On AGL Gas Import Terminal

February 24, 2019

The environmental concerns about AGL's gas project for Crib Point were broadcast on ABC News Victoria (Sunday 24th February 2019). Watch the full report until 27 February 2019 on ABC iview at 19:50 minutes here Read the full story "Australia is the biggest exporter of liquid natural gas so why is Victoria facing a future shortage?" on the ABC News website here   ABC News reporter Jessica Longbottom delivered a summary of the issues around AGL's proposal to import liquified natural gas (LNG) via Westernport Bay despite Australia being the world's biggest gas exporter. This special report included interviews with Westernport Bay mussel farmer Michael Harris, local landowners Sue and John Allnut, Louise Page from Save Westernport, Tony Wood of the Grattan Institute and Phaedra Deckart from AGL (GM of Energy Supply).   Ms Deckart stated "...People aren't going to be able to turn on their heaters or we're not going to be able to run gas-fired power generators because there just won't be enough gas." "We know [the community] are … taking one for the team, I suppose, in helping Australia and particularly the southern states meet their energy supply needs," Ms Deckart said. This is despite the Australian...

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Latest AGL News – EES Consultation Plan For Crib Point Project Now Available

February 21, 2019

Time to start reading! The Planning Minister Richard Wynne MP and DELWP (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) have released the Final Scoping Requirements for the Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project. These are the "terms of reference" that determine which matters need to be investigated as part of the EES (Environment Effects Statement). DELWP has a Crib Point: AGL/APA project website with more information here   A new 40 page EES Consultation Plan has also been prepared by AGL and APA to seek feedback from the community and stakeholders on the Project. This Plan details the EES process, describes the Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project and provides information on the community feedback received to date. The EES Consultation Plan may be found here   AGL and APA will jointly deliver an EES report that assesses the potential impacts of the gas project as well as conduct a series of technical studies that form the basis of the EES report. The EES will investigate matters such as effects on native flora, fauna and their habitats, water quality, greenhouse gas emissions, adverse effects on the Western Port Ramsar site, etc. The 28 page Scoping Requirements document can be found...

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“The Bentley Effect” Film Fundraiser On Saturday 23 Feb + Westernport Festival This Weekend!

February 19, 2019

Westernport and Peninsula Protection Council (WPPC) are hosting a fundraising screening of the award winning Australian doco film "The Bentley Effect" on Saturday 23 Feb at Rosebud (Peninsula Cinemas) at 6:00pm. When the coal seam gas industry staked a claim on the Northern Rivers shire in NSW, alarm bells rang out. A critical mass of people from all walks of life organised themselves to rally against the unconventional gas invasion. Despite the enormous public opposition, the gas industry and the State Government were determined to see their gas plan through.... All proceeds to the No AGL Gas campaign. Get your tickets here and please tell your friends!   The 50th anniversary of the Westernport Festival in Hastings is on this weekend 22-24 Feb with the annual Hastings Day Parade on Saturday 23 Feb. Where: High Street, Hastings – between Queen Street and Marine Parade. Time: 12:15pm to 1:30pm (Hastings Day Parade) Visit website here.   Save Westernport will also be having an info stall at the Womindjeka Balnarring Festival, on Saturday 23 March. The festival celebrates Indigenous Culture, Sustainability and our own special community. FREE and family friendly, 10am-9pm.

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Western Port Festival Needs YOU! 22 – 24 Feb 2019

February 14, 2019

Western Port Festival invites YOU to help celebrate its 50th anniversary! The 50th Western Port Festival is coming to Hastings Foreshore from Friday 22 February - Sunday 24 February 2019. Festival organisers decided to refuse sponsorship from gas corporation AGL as AGL wants to build a huge, dirty gas import factory at Crib Point. The organisers made a gutsy decision and we could not be more proud of them. Everybody is invited to the Festival, so come and show your support and let them know we’re on their side! You can join the parade at 12:00pm on Saturday 23 Feb and enjoy all the attractions, live music and great food. Save Westernport and our supporters will be marching in the parade and the Big Green Chair will feature too! We’re on board to celebrate our wonderful bay and the festival that brings us together. Join in, have fun and spread the word!

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Recent Articles

Special Report – ABC News On AGL Gas Import Terminal

February 24, 2019

The environmental concerns about AGL's gas project for Crib Point were broadcast on ABC News Victoria (Sunday 24th February 2019). Watch the full report until 27 February 2019 on ABC iview at 19:50 minutes here Read the full story "Australia is the biggest exporter of liquid natural gas so why is Victoria facing a future shortage?" on the ABC News website here   ABC News reporter Jessica Longbottom delivered a summary of the issues around AGL's proposal to import liquified natural gas (LNG) via Westernport Bay despite Australia being the world's biggest gas exporter. This special report included interviews with Westernport Bay mussel farmer Michael Harris, local landowners Sue and John Allnut, Louise Page from Save Westernport, Tony Wood of the Grattan Institute and Phaedra Deckart from AGL (GM of Energy Supply).   Ms Deckart stated "...People aren't going to be able to turn on their heaters or we're not going to be able to run gas-fired power generators because there just won't be enough gas." "We know [the community] are … taking one for the team, I suppose, in helping Australia and particularly the southern states meet their energy supply needs," Ms Deckart said. This is despite the Australian...

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Latest AGL News – EES Consultation Plan For Crib Point Project Now Available

February 21, 2019

Time to start reading! The Planning Minister Richard Wynne MP and DELWP (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) have released the Final Scoping Requirements for the Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project. These are the "terms of reference" that determine which matters need to be investigated as part of the EES (Environment Effects Statement). DELWP has a Crib Point: AGL/APA project website with more information here   A new 40 page EES Consultation Plan has also been prepared by AGL and APA to seek feedback from the community and stakeholders on the Project. This Plan details the EES process, describes the Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project and provides information on the community feedback received to date. The EES Consultation Plan may be found here   AGL and APA will jointly deliver an EES report that assesses the potential impacts of the gas project as well as conduct a series of technical studies that form the basis of the EES report. The EES will investigate matters such as effects on native flora, fauna and their habitats, water quality, greenhouse gas emissions, adverse effects on the Western Port Ramsar site, etc. The 28 page Scoping Requirements document can be found...

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Full of Gas! Presented by Environment Victoria at Sustainable Living Festival This Saturday

February 6, 2019

Environment Victoria presents Full of Gas! at the National Sustainable Living Festival this Saturday at Federation Square.  From the EV website:  The climate crisis is here – the last thing Victoria needs is a massive, new fossil fuel development in our own backyard. Energy giant AGL plans to turn Westernport Bay, a wetland sanctuary south-east of Melbourne, into a massive gas import terminal. The project would lock in decades of dirty gas, which could come from fracked sources. And it would leave behind a legacy of local environmental destruction. Hear from community leaders and campaigners, and find out how you can help stop this.  Save Westernport campaigner Louise Page will be speaking about AGL's plans for Crib Point! photo courtesy of Sustainable Living Festival website   WHEN: Saturday 9 February, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm WHERE: Off the Grid tent at Sustainable Living Festival, Birrarung Marr, Fed Square Speakers: Bruce Robertson, a gas analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, will explain why the idea of importing gas to Australia won’t solve anything. Local campaigners from Save Westernport  will talk about the environmental damage this project could do in the sensitive Westernport ecosystem. Nick Aberle, Campaigns Manager...

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