Thank You for Supporting the Peninsula’s Biggest Paddle Out!

Thank You for Supporting the Peninsula’s Biggest Paddle Out!

What a great day for Westernport Bay!

Sunday 6th January 2019 will be long remembered as the day that local residents and visitors to the Mornington Peninsula gathered to protest peacefully against AGL’s plan to build a floating gas factory in Westernport Bay.

Almost 2,000 people met at Pines Beach in Shoreham to show their support for Westernport Bay and send a message to AGL as well as the Victorian Government and Federal Government that we will not stand idly by and watch the bay be degraded and exploited by big industry. The Victorian Government must act on behalf of all concerned residents of the Mornington Peninsula rather than the fossil fuels industry that has been the cause of such environmental damage in the past.

Hundreds paddled out and formed a heart-shape before splashing their support for the Bay with an atmosphere that was relaxed and put a smile on everybody’s faces!  Having so many people attend this inaugural event made it a truly special day for our community and Westernport Bay.

We even made the Channel Nine News, Channel 7 News, Herald-Sun and a fantastic Western Port News front page!

Back on the beach and live music was performed by Amber Ferraro, The Warraines and Lachlan Dunne, Taylah Carroll and Bridget Allan—a brilliant soundtrack to the day. Thanks to Ron (@peninsulasc) for providing us with the power.

Save Westernport is proud to have supported the “Peninsula’s Biggest Paddle Out” and the many generous people who contributed their time to organising this enormous community action spearheaded by Hinetera Marino and her talented and enthusiastic team including Louise, Kate, Candy and all the volunteers. Thank you to Deidre and the Shoreham Foreshore Committee for their support and on-going management and protection of Shoreham Foreshore. Huge thanks to Andrew, Adam and all at Point Leo Surf Lifesaving Club for patrolling on the day.

Gratitude to Leyla (@leylabulmer) as our campaign designer for her beautiful artwork and gratitude to Zoe (@robo_photo) our campaign film maker. Thanks to @ayten and @lucyfound that plastered the Peninsula with “Paddle Out” posters to inform our local communities.

MCs Jack, Harry and Nathan did an amazing job and a big thank you to Daria (@whatisapoidea) for arranging organic, fair trade tees for us a week out from Christmas and the crew @sunbutteroceans and @salty_rose for providing your downright inspiring products!

Save Westernport thanks everybody that attended and contributed to the ‘Paddle Out’ and we look forward to seeing you again……

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EES Scoping Requirements – Want to make a Comment?

EES Scoping Requirements – Want to make a Comment?

Christmas Eve was the extended deadline for public comments on the Draft Scoping Requirements for the EES. But don’t let that deter you. After all, Minister Wynne initially said he expected the EES process to begin in early 2019, UNTIL…AGL very undiplomatically managed the period for public comments to coincide with the lead up to the Holiday period, when we’re all crazy busy. Only now do many of us have the time available to read the draft report and submit our comments. Just explain this when you make your submission and remember: even though we have included an example letter below, Jack Krohn from DELWP told us that comments expressing individual’s concerns will be far more useful to them than 100 letters all saying the same thing! Please read our original article, which follows, and take the time to submit. Continue reading “EES Scoping Requirements – Want to make a Comment?”

More News From Canberra – APA Gas Pipeline Now Requires Environmental Assessment!

More News From Canberra – APA Gas Pipeline Now Requires Environmental Assessment!

BREAKING NEWS – Following on the heels of yesterday’s announcement, the Department of the Environment and Energy in Canberra has decided that the proposed APA Gas Pipeline project will also need to be assessed and approved under the Federal Government Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act) before it can proceed!

Currently taking part in the Victorian Government’s Environment Effects Statement (EES), APA will now need to provide further information such as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Under the EPBC Act, wetlands of international importance and listed threatened species and communities will be a focus of the APA environmental assessment.

Thank you again to everybody who made an EPBC submission on the proposed APA Gas Pipeline project between Crib Point and Pakenham – your voices have been heard!

You can find the announcement itself on the Department of Environment and Energy EPBC Notices website.

Breaking News – AGL Project Requires Environmental Assessment Under Federal EPBC Act!

Breaking News – AGL Project Requires Environmental Assessment Under Federal EPBC Act!

BREAKING NEWS – The Department of the Environment and Energy in Canberra has just announced that the AGL Gas Import Jetty project will need to be assessed and approved under the federal EPBC Act before it can proceed.

As well as taking part in the Victorian Environment Effects Study (EES) already underway, AGL will also need to provide further information such as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Thank you to everybody who recently made an EPBC submission to make the Federal Government aware of the significant environmental impacts of this AGL gas project!  Save Westernport will keep you informed of further developments including a possible public inquiry into the AGL project in 2019.

You can find the announcement itself on the Department of Environment and Energy EBPC Notices website.  Here is a link so you can look at the PDF.

 

 

 

Draft Scoping Requirements for EES of AGL/APA Projects – Public Submissions

Draft Scoping Requirements for EES of AGL/APA Projects – Public Submissions

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.

Continue reading “Draft Scoping Requirements for EES of AGL/APA Projects – Public Submissions”

Rally Outside Victorian Election Debate at Frankston

Rally Outside Victorian Election Debate at Frankston

People gathered outside the Frankston Arts Centre tonight.  Premier Daniel Andrews and Opposition Leader Matthew Guy met in the only public debate of the 2018 State Election campaign.  Frankston is a key marginal seat and the second most tightly-held electorate in Victoria. Continue reading “Rally Outside Victorian Election Debate at Frankston”

Election Guide 2018

Election Guide 2018

As the election is coming up, we’ve tried to assemble the best information we can to help you make a decision.   We’ll update this guide as election day approaches, so it may be a good idea to bookmark it.   Save Westernport does not favor any particular party, but feel it is good to ask candidates what they think about issues that matter, and report back.

We’ll start with the Environment Victoria Election Scorecard, which is a great party-by-party overview of their environmental position, then include information from our own candidate surveys.  We asked the same questions of everybody.  Unlike the others, the Greens provided an extensive reply to our questions.  Publishing it here is not an endorsement, as all parties had a similar chance to respond.  If we get additional responses, we’ll update this article. Continue reading “Election Guide 2018”