New Community Meetings from AGL, APA and DELWP – Please Attend!

New Community Meetings from AGL, APA and DELWP – Please Attend!

New Community Drop-In Sessions have just been announced for next week!  You can view the notice by clicking here.

Local residents will be able to ask questions of AGL, APA and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) at Cardinia and Hastings:

Put these on your calendar:

Monday 10 December, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Venue:  Cardinia Hall, 2401 Ballarto Road, Cardinia

Tuesday 11 December, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Venue: Hastings Hall, 3 High Street Hastings

The two community drop-in sessions have been organised to inform our community about the Environment Effects Statement (EES) process, Draft Scoping Requirements, proposed studies and further updates on the AGL and APA project.

Local residents are encouraged to attend these Drop-In Sessions to learn more about the AGL Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project and ask questions of the experts in attendance at Cardinia and Hastings.

Public comments on the Draft Scoping Requirements are now open until 5:00pm on Wednesday 19 December.

Send an email to DELWP to voice your concerns in writing:  environment.assessment@delwp.vic.gov.au 

You can find the 29 page “Draft Scoping Requirements” document on the Victoria Environment, Land, Water and Planning site. You can download a copy of the PDF to read the proposed scoping requirements to make sure you can respond as best as possible.

We’ve been wondering… “Why have these DELWP meetings been organised at such short notice?”.  It gives the community very little time to formulate a response, and it’s surprised us that so little consideration has been given for public response.

In our communications with government and industrial bodies, we’ll be insisting that any future community meetings from AGL, APA or DELWP must allow a reasonable timeframe for advertising in our local newspapers and on-line.  So should you.

Local residents need to be properly informed about this important gas project on Westernport Bay, and given enough time to give due consideration.  In the mean time, we have no choice but to try our best—all of us—to respond as quickly and thoroughly as we can.

 

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.

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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”

Harry Shares His Concerns About AGL’s Project

Harry Shares His Concerns About AGL’s Project

Westernport’s agribusinesses, and the contribution they make to Victoria’s food production are under threat from AGL’s polluting gas import facility.  Local seafood producer Harry shares his concerns about the AGL proposal at Crib Point, and the threats currently facing Westernport from the gas processing plant.

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