On Monday 8th October 2018, the Victorian State Government announced that an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) would be required for the AGL Gas Import Jetty Project and the APA Crib Point to Pakenham Gas Pipeline Project. The EES will investigate the potential environmental, community and cultural impacts of the project including impacts on native vegetation, wildlife, marine life and Aboriginal cultural heritage.
AGL and APA will be holding new community meetings in late August and early September.
The “Community Drop-In Sessions” will be held on the following dates:
Saturday 24 August 2019
10:30am – 12:30pm
Hastings Community Hub
1973 Frankston – Flinders Road, Hastings
Tuesday 27 August 2019
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Crib Point Community House
7 Park Road, Crib Point
Wednesday 28 August 2019
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Pearcedale Community Centre
710 Baxter – Tooradin Road, Pearcedale
Saturday 31 August 2019
11:00am – 1:00pm
Cardinia Public Hall
2401 Ballarto Road, Cardinia
Tuesday 3 September 2019
5:00pm – 7:00pm
1470 Bass Highway, Grantville
AGL and APA are currently preparing the Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the proposed Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project at Crib Point.
As part of the EES, independent technical experts have been employed to assess the potential environmental impacts of the gas project and produce technical studies on these environmental impacts (such as Hazard & Risk, Biodiversity, Air Quality, Noise & Vibration, Greenhouse Gas, etc)
Some experts will be available at these “drop-in sessions” to answer questions from local residents and explain their technical studies.
This EES process puts AGL in the driver’s seat – where the community should be.
If Mornington Peninsula communities had been properly consulted first, this tragically flawed proposal would be lining budgie cages.
Save Westernport volunteers will be in attendance at most of these meetings to ask our own questions about the EES process.
Save Westernport has been working hard to expose the environmental impacts that could pollute Westernport Bay and put at risk the health and safety of local residents.
Potential impacts include wastewater discharges into Westernport Bay affecting marine life, mangroves and migratory species, air pollution, noise and light pollution, fire and explosion risks in a designated bushfire zone, gas pipeline breaches and many more.
Westernport Bay is a Ramsar wetland of international significance, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and includes two Marine National Parks (Yaringa and French Island) which must be protected at all times.
We have met with local and State politicians to voice our concerns about this proposed huge gas factory and 56km gas pipeline from Crib Point to Pakenham through produce farms.
We will continue to raise awareness via radio, on-line and TV news stories and have recently appeared in Herald-Sun and Western Port News reports regarding AGL’s gas project delays.
We ask all Mornington Peninsula residents to attend these community meetings and ask their own questions about AGL’s gas project and its impacts on Westernport Bay
AGL already knows that Westernport communities hate their floating gas factory plan.
These drop-in sessions are a “tick-the-box”, token gesture for AGL because they can say they are taking community concerns seriously while forging ahead anyway.
But you can help turn the tables.
By coming to one of AGL’s EES-mandated drop in sessions, you can tell the company directly what you think.
Your comments will become part of the official EES record so it’s one of your best chances to be heard.
Save Westernport will be there to tell the company, again, that their destructive, self-serving plan belongs in the bin.
It’s bad for Westernport Bay, it’s bad for the climate and it’s bad for communities that want the right to decide their own future.
The Mornington Peninsula Shire is asking residents and people who care about the future of the Westernport area to participate in an online survey that will assist them to improve and protect the unique characteristics of the Mornington Peninsula.
The Shire says: “The draft Western Port Coastal Villages Strategy seeks to manage development on public and private land to retain and enhance township character and address climate change impacts relating to sea level rise. The draft Neighbourhood Character Study seeks to identify and protect the unique and valued characteristics of residential areas across the Peninsula.”
If you’re interested you can complete the survey here by Sunday July 7 2019
Drone photography by Grizzly
On 12 June 2019, Save Westernport supporters travelled from Hastings to Melbourne to meet AGL CEO Brett Redman in person.
Brett Redman was a guest presenter at the 2019 Australian Energy Week Conference 11-14 June at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre.
It seemed an opportune time to remind Mr Redman about AGL’s lack of social licence for their proposed floating gas import and processing terminal and associated pipeline from Crib Point to Pakenham.
Environment Victoria and Save Westernport decided it was a perfect time to present the 17,000+ signature strong “NO AGL GAS” petition and organised a bus from Hastings to the CBD.
An invitation was sent to the energy giant’s CEO asking him to meet Westernport residents outside the conference to receive the petition after his “Helping customers and community through energy transition” speech.
This request was declined. However, subsequent discussions between AGL and Save Westernport secured a private meeting with Brett the same day at 8am with Save Westernport’s Louise Page.
AGL also provided a day pass to the conference so Louise could attend the conference presentation.
So, armed with letters to Mr Redman from 10 year old Dashi Roller and another from Federal Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt MP, Jono La Nauze (CEO Environment Victoria) and Louise met Kelly Parkinson (Senior Manager Project Engagement ) and joined the AGL CEO to articulate your concerns face to face.
Our message of overwhelming opposition and disappointment that AGL is continuing on this path of damage and detriment for Westernport and in full knowledge of our climate emergency was delivered succinctly.
A reminder about the recent stand by all the Federal election candidates for Flinders served to confirm everything we had to say.
Mr Redman responded by letting us know that he is well aware of our concerns, is not in “a vacuum” and receives regular updates about the opposition to the project.
He also said that there is a supply issue and that AGL would not be undertaking capital expenditure of this magnitude without the need.
(Could that need be continued profit not just in the gas sector but also their electricity income stream? Ergo the two new gas fired electricity generators in SA and NSW?)
Mr Redman also said that Greg Hunt MP has made his views known to him on several occasions.
Thank you, Greg.
Lastly, we let him know that we are not going away and that the community’s opposition grows daily!
Read all about our successful Mayday meeting in this month’s issue of local news magazine The Balnarring Bridge.
When each of the nine candidates competing for the seat of Flinders in the recent federal election announced their opposition to AGL’s ill-advised plans to import LNG into Victoria through Westernport Bay, Save Westernport and Environment Victoria invited the candidates to speak to the community at a public meeting on 1st May 2019.
Attendees of the meeting that packed Balnarring Hall vowed in a Motion to oppose the project until it is withdrawn.
Wording of the Motion and details of the hugely successful event can be read on page 10 of The Balnarring Bridge.
Created by Green Collar Productions in support of community group, Save Westernport. These mangroves are an essential ecosystem providing carbon sequestration, coastal stabilisation and home to at least 30 species of migratory birds. They are culturally significant and are considered a Ramsar listed wetlands and UNESCO Biosphere reserve. AGL is threatening this habitat and our community by proposing to moor a 17 storey, 300m regasification factory in our bay, within this wetlands. It could be moored for 20 years. These mangroves are located approximately 1km from where I grew up, spent time as a child and learnt about nature. This is where I continue to spend time as an adult. Because these mangroves cannot speak, I decided to make a film about them to show how precious they are.
URGENT! URGENT! URGENT!
Catch the bus we’ve organised (free) or meet us in Melbourne!
Save Westernport are heading to Australian Energy Week 2019 on Wednesday 12 June – see here.
We are joining Environment Victoria at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 10:00am until 11:00am – see map here.
AGL CEO Brett Redman will deliver a speech at 9:30am “Helping customers and communities through the energy transition”.
We have over 15,000 signed petitions to present to Mr Redman and call on him to drop plans for AGL’s gas import terminal in Westernport Bay.
Our bus will be leaving Hastings at 8:00am at Westernport Marina carpark. Book your bus tickets before they are all gone here.
If you are already in Melbourne, join us at the Clarendon Street entrance near the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre at 10:00am.
AGL do not have a ‘social licence’ to import and process gas in Westernport Bay!
Join us on Wednesday morning and tell Mr Redman “NO AGL GAS!”
AGL CEO Brett Redman is in Melbourne on 12 June to speak at the Energy Week Conference so Environment Victoria and Save Westernport have taken the opportunity to ask him to meet us and receive our petition of approximately 15,000 signatures. Brett says one of his top three strategic goals for this year is social licence. He’s busy talking about it all around the country so get on the bus with us to let him know that he absolutely has not got social licence for this damaging proposal. Make sure he gets a strong message that Westernport communities remain defiant and strong in our opposition.
It’s just a few hours of your day and you might be that one extra person that makes all the difference. Don’t think one voice doesn’t count. The only way to change things is to turn up. (besides we’ll have a good time on the bus to and from Melbourne meeting each other and sharing experiences and knowledge.)
Look forward to seeing you.
Book your bus tickets here
PS. If you haven’t already signed the petition, do it now!
Oh, and if you’d prefer to meet us there, meet at main entrance to MCEC on Clarendon Street at 10am. We’ll finish at about 11am.
Mullet Street, Hastings, VIC 3915, Australia
Wed 12/06/2019 at 8:00 am
It’s nearly time to deliver our postcards and petition to AGL’s CEO Brett Redman, to make sure he knows this community rejects AGL’s plan for a dirty gas plant in Westernport Bay, and we will oppose it at every opportunity.
Mr Redman will be in Melbourne next week, so Save Westernport and Environment Victoria have planned a special delivery of signatures to him on Wednesday morning June 12.
If you’d like to add your voice but haven’t had the chance yet, please sign the online petition NOW https://environmentvictoria.org.au/action/stop-agls-dirty-gas-plan/
Or call 59830094 to arrange a drop off or pick up of postcards for you and your friends to sign. You can also mail them TODAY to the address on the back, or drop them in to Crib Point PO.
To join us on our FREE bus to Melbourne on Wednesday June 12th please see the Eventbrite link in the Latest News on this site.
We plan to be back at Hastings just after lunchtime. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wow – what a crowd!
Balnarring Community Hall was filled with local residents at the latest Save Westernport public meeting.
Around 450 – 500 people attended “SOS Mayday Westernport” on 1st May 2019 to hear the latest on AGL’s proposed gas project.
See the ABC News Victoria news report here.
In attendance were a number of Federal Election candidates who expressed their support for Save Westernport and opposition to AGL.
Susie Beveridge (IND), Julia Banks (IND), Joshua Sinclair (ALP), Nathan Lesslie (Greens) and Reade Smith (Sustainable Australia) all voiced their opposition to AGL’s gas plans for Westernport Bay and signed a commitment to stop AGL’s Gas Terminal.
Current Federal Member for Flinders Hon Greg Hunt MP could not attend but a personal statement of support was delivered by local Member for Hastings Neale Burgess.
Other speakers included local mussel farmer Michael “Harry” Harris, Western Port Biosphere Executive Officer Greg Hunt (no relation) and Environment Victoria Campaigns Manager Dr. Nick Aberle. The speeches and presentations were both informative and concerning on the potential impacts that AGL’s proposed gas import terminal would have on Westernport Bay.
Many thanks to all of the Environment Victoria team for helping organise the “SOS Mayday Westernport” event in such a short time frame.
Thank you to the local residents of the Mornington Peninsula who attended for being so patient and supportive on a very memorable night in Balnarring!
The Motion that was presented and supported by the local residents is shown below:
SAVE WESTERNPORT PUBLIC MEETING MOTION
1 MAY 2019
Westernport is a rich wonderland of diverse ecosystems and home to species found nowhere else in the world. Because of its outstanding natural values, the United Nations proclaimed the Westernport region a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 2002 (one of only nine in Australia). It is also listed under the Ramsar convention as a wetland of international significance and as a major site for migratory and rare birds. 
Given the extraordinary ecological values of Westernport, this meeting of concerned citizens in the Electorate of Flinders calls on the next Federal Government to comply with its international and national environmental obligations and use its legislative powers to stop AGL’s proposal for a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (a gas factory) at Crib Point and accompanying pipeline through public reserves and prime agricultural land to Pakenham.
We also call on the Victorian State Government to safeguard this precious region for the economic and environmental benefit of future generations and reject the planning application by AGL.
Approval of this project will unnecessarily sacrifice the Westernport region for AGL’s profit. It will not provide a secure domestic gas supply at affordable prices.
The AGL Board knows they do not have a social licence for this proposal and we ask them to respect the widespread and vehement opposition and withdraw their proposal, forthwith. AGL’s strategy to “manage community outrage” shows a disregard for our genuine concerns and together, we vow to maintain and intensify our outrage and our campaign until the proposal is abandoned.
 Based on City of Casey, ‘A description of Westernport’, https://www.casey.vic.gov.au/facilities-hire/western-port-bay