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.

Activism, not Vandalism

Activism, not Vandalism

A Crib Point resident passed on disturbing news yesterday.  On Saturday evening, September 22nd, one or more vandals broke through the gates at the Crib Point jetty.  Not only did they do damage to property, but they appeared to have put the “No AGL” message on outbuildings, fences and equipment.

We want to make it clear where we stand: We condemn any such acts of vandalism or violence.

Continue reading “Activism, not Vandalism”

Environment Victoria’s CEO Slams AGL’s “Dirty Project”

Environment Victoria’s CEO Slams AGL’s “Dirty Project”

Watch as Environment Victoria’s CEO, Mark Wakeham, speaks out against the destructive impact of AGL’s planned FSRU project at Crib Point. He talks about the obvious negative impact of the project, as well as the lack of economic justification for such a project.

Continue reading “Environment Victoria’s CEO Slams AGL’s “Dirty Project””

Stop AGL Petition

Stop AGL Petition

Act NOW to stop AGL from installing a floating gas terminal in Westernport. 

Please sign our petition urging the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne to deny AGL’s application or at the very least, require them to undergo a full environmental effects statement.

You can read the petition text below the signature area.  There is also a custom message to the minister that will be sent automatically when you sign, and you can customise what it says to make it more of a personal message.  

Please make sure you check your email after signing the petition to confirm your address. This adds extra credibility to our petition by allowing us to tell people that those who signed were “real” and not made-up email addresses.   Thank you so much!

Stop AGL

  

Dear Mr. Wynne

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Petition Text

AGL is currently applying to the Victorian Department of Planning to install a floating gas import terminal at Crib Point, Westernport Bay with connecting 60km pipeline to Pakenham.

The proposal is senseless on every level:

  1. AGL will be importing gas while globally Australia and Qatar are the world’s biggest gas exporters. Australia will be at the mercy of international LNG prices.
  2. The 300m gas factory (floating storage and regasification unit – FSRU) will be permanently moored in a critical wetland ecosystem and UNESCO designated biosphere reserve
  3. There are many environmental concerns about the regasification process (e.g. sucking up 450 million litres of organism rich seawater per day and spewing it out “dead”, chlorinated and 7°C colder)
  4. The 60km pipeline will cut a 30m swathe through reserves of native vegetation and listed wetland areas as well as farms and productive agricultural land.

AGL’s initial justification for this profit-making scheme was to ensure gas security and to put “downward pressure on prices”. Now they acknowledge that they cannot assure the latter due to intense demand for gas worldwide and we are not facing a gas shortage as previously thought.

As if that wasn’t enough, the gas is not for Victorians: “AGL is relying on the potential for the project to secure long-term economic supplies of gas to new gas power station projects in South Australia and NSW.” Jay Gleeson, AGL Community Relations Manager, 08 August 2018.