Peninsula’s Biggest Paddle Out – Car Parking Map and Advice

Peninsula’s Biggest Paddle Out – Car Parking Map and Advice

Sunday, January 6th is the day!  Due to the incredible response to the “Peninsula’s Biggest Paddle Out” this Sunday, please note that car parking will be limited around Pines Beach at Shoreham where the event will be taking place.

With hundreds of people confirming their attendance on Sunday and a wedding at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Byrnes Road, Shoreham, the need for participants to car pool or organise a drop-off (and pickup later) is essential!

Please refer to the car parking map below and plan your journey to Shoreham before leaving home.  Once the car park at the beach is full, car parking will be along Byrnes Road and Cliff Road with a short walk down to the beach.   Look for anybody who may be dropping people off at the beach and find out if you can grab a lift.

Some people are also planning on parking at Point Leo and walking or paddling around.  Be considerate of residents, and find a place that works for you.

Note: No car parking is permitted on Frankston-Flinders Road or on private property.

You can read our original announcement about the event for schedule information and other useful links.

Volunteers will be in attendance to assist in managing traffic and giving lifts—please be patient and arrive early before the “Paddle Out” begins.

To participate, you’ll need to sign a waiver when you sign-in on the day. Here is a copy for you to read in advance so you can save time:

Download the Peninsula Paddle Out Waiver here.

Save Westernport is pleased to assist the community by using its media avenues to get information to the public.

Then you can just…

Stay safe and enjoy this epic Paddle Out. We might even beat the world record (it’s only 511 paddlers!)

Parking Map for the Event

Get On Board!   Peninsula’s Biggest Paddle Out, January 6th

Get On Board! Peninsula’s Biggest Paddle Out, January 6th

Save Westernport is excited to help spread the word about this joyous Summer event, and to join with community in a peaceful protest of AGL’s floating gas proposal at Crib Point.   Join us at Pines Beach in Shoreham from 2pm onward to show your support and meet members and supporters of the cause!

Refer to our latest update for information about where to park on the day, and any other instructions you may need.

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Save Westernport Wins Environment Award

[MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia.  November 1st, 2018] – For their relentless hard work and environmental activism, Save Westernport was awarded the annual Community Environment Recognition Award by Environment Victoria at their Annual General Meeting last night in Melbourne.  The award, according to Environment Victoria’s website, “recognises the achievements of remarkable community groups and individuals who have led innovative and persistent grassroots campaigns to protect places they love, often with very limited resources.”

The Save Westernport group was formed spontaneously in May 2018 by a group of passionate locals who had grave concerns about AGL’s plans for a gas import terminal in the protected Ramsar wetlands area of Crib Point, on the Mornington Peninsula.  Many group members had never been involved in a community campaign before, but their frustration and anger caused them to organise quickly and accomplish what many consider some remarkable achievements in just a few short months.  As a result of their efforts (and the efforts of many of their supporters), Hon. Richard Wynne, Planning Minister for Victoria, put the AGL project on hold by requiring an extensive environmental investigation under Australia’s Environmental Effects Act (1979).   

Louise Page, a Save Westernport spokesperson, said: “We were truly honored to receive this award from Environment Victoria.  It’s been an extraordinary team effort, with enormous support from the community.  I feel we have played a critical role in holding back AGLs plans and we’ll keep going as long as threats to the bay arise”.   Her sentiments are shared by many, including AGL, who attributed the environmental assessment requirements as the direct result of community activism in the region.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact: savewesternport@gmail.com
Website: https://savewesternport.org

ACCC Changes Its Mind on a Gas Reservation Policy

ACCC Changes Its Mind on a Gas Reservation Policy

In a surprise announcement on Friday the ACCC Chair Rod Simms backflipped on his previous stance and “joined the chorus for a gas reservation policy on the east coast to keep a lid on prices and save key manufacturers from closure”.  ABC News published an in-depth article about the announcement containing some great analysis as well as a video segment that is worth watching. Continue reading “ACCC Changes Its Mind on a Gas Reservation Policy”

SaveWesternport Special Edition Part 2

The second part of our three part podcast talks about the value of Westernport Bay itself.   The group describes the Ramsar wetland status, and goes into detail about the valuable marine life and the dangers that industrial development pose to this fragile and misunderstood coastal ecosystem.

We Need Urgent Help with the EPBC.  This Article Tells you Why, and How to Help.

We Need Urgent Help with the EPBC. This Article Tells you Why, and How to Help.

What Is Happening and Why Is It Urgent?

Both APA and AGL have referred their projects for approval to the federal government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act of 1999 (the EPBC). Based upon these referrals, and public comments and objections, the government will decide whether no further study is necessary (thereby giving the projects the go-ahead), or decide that significantly more study needs to be done before the projects can proceed.

Continue reading “We Need Urgent Help with the EPBC. This Article Tells you Why, and How to Help.”

SaveWesternport Special Edition Part 1

This is the first of a three part podcast series detailing both the latest information about the “Stop AGL” campaign as well as special segments about the value of Westernport Bay and some history about the Save Westernport Group itself.