~the people sign~rally for Westernport ~POSTPONED

~the people sign~rally for Westernport ~POSTPONED

Like everyone else, Save Westernport and Environment Victoria have been closely following the developments around COVID-19 and public health advice.

To reduce the risk to all of us of being exposed to the virus and ensure that our events are safe for everybody, we have made the decision to postpone the People Sign Beach Rally that was planned for Sunday March 29 on Somers Beach.

Instead, we will be meeting online on March 29 at 7:30pm to discuss our visions for protecting Westernport permanently from heavy industrialisation and pollution. You can RSVP here.

We believe this is the most responsible thing to do to ensure that we are not contributing to the spread of the virus, and to protect our collective health and all those that we have contact with in our daily lives. 

We are disappointed that these circumstances mean we can’t all gather together on March 29th but we are still excited about getting together online to talk about our visions for protecting our Bay permanently from heavy industrialisation and pollution.

You can RSVP here. Here is a how-to guide demonstrating how to use zoom for online meetings. If you would like a call beforehand to discuss how to use zoom, let us know by responding to this email. 

Even though COVID-19 has put a temporary break on our in-person protests and actions we are not giving up the fight. We will simply find new ways to express our outrage together and tell AGL to drop their plans for a gas import terminal in our Bay.

We will confirm new dates for the People Sign so that it can proceed at a later date that is safe for everyone.

Key things for your action now:

  1. RSVP to the zoom call.
  2. Let us know if you need a call from us to help you use zoom.

Can’t make this time? We will host a second webinar. Click here to let us know which time works for you.

If you have any questions, please contact me by responding to this email.

In solidarity, 
Victor Komarovsky
And the teams at Environment Victoria and Save Westernport

Celebrate World Wetlands Day

Celebrate World Wetlands Day

Celebrate World Wetlands Day on a beautiful twilight cruise with Save Westernport.

Come and join us for an evening celebrating our bay with great company, fascinating commentary and magical sights.

Relax and enjoy a drink* and complimentary canapes while cruising around our own precious Ramsar Westernport Bay.

Thanks to a generous supporter tickets are only $30.00 per person (normally $48.50)

Wildlife Coast Cruises has kindly offered to pick us up and drop off at Stony Point Pier.

Details:

Please be at Stony Point Pier at 6.45pm.

Boarding commences at 7.00pm with a 7.15pm departure. Returning at 8.45pm.

More information: 0412 860 606

bring binoculars!

*drinks available for purchase from licensed bar

book tickets

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