Save Westernport Congratulates Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

Save Westernport Congratulates Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

 

Members of Save Westernport were encouraged by the strong leadership shown by our local Mornington Peninsula Shire Council recently when it followed the lead of Melbourne City Council and other Councils world-wide and voted to implement urgent Climate Emergency measures.

The specter of vast areas of the world’s forests ablaze, and enormous amounts of safely stored carbon being suddenly released into Earth’s atmosphere seems to have made us acutely aware of the decisive action that is so desperately overdue.

Save Westernport welcomes the announcement, and we look forward to seeing Council translate good intentions into meaningful changes in the everyday actions of the Shire and its residents. We want to see real change that will make a difference. 

It’s clear that the Shire’s goals are entirely incompatible with any new investment in fossil-fuels, yet AGL is still trying to force its inappropriate industrial proposal on to this community. AGL’s plan to import and process LNG in Westernport Bay is hopelessly out-of-date. The plan requires construction of a 56km gas pipeline that would quickly become another rusting example of poorly planned abandoned industry in the area. This is the last thing that Westernport needs right now that the bay is showing good signs of regeneration since the local oil industry was phased out in the 1980s.

AGL admits that shipping gas from overseas and processing it at the proposed Crib Point factory would produce at least 20% more carbon and methane pollution than regular gas, which is a fossil fuel already dangerously high in greenhouse gases.

In order to align with the aims of the Shire, future industrial proposals will need to be founded on energy from the renewable energy resources that are now available. 

It’s been a whole year since Mornington Peninsula Shire Council stated its opposition to the AGL gas proposal and 56km pipeline, yet this inappropriate and deeply unpopular fossil-fuels project is still being forced upon the Westernport community.

There can be no doubt that by its actions AGL is causing irreversible damage to its reputation and brand. It’s widely acknowledged that AGL has failed to show that its plan to import gas is even necessary. They have also failed to achieve the social license needed to operate in this community.

AGL CEO Brett Redman has claimed that social license is among his top strategic goals for the year, yet AGL continues to disregard the widely expressed local opposition by stubbornly pushing ahead with the project.

AGL claims to take its environmental responsibility very seriously. Save Westernport would like to see AGL take advantage of its unique opportunity and demonstrate real corporate integrity by withdrawing from the Crib Point project. We will continue to urge the AGL Board to cooperate with this community and heed its wishes by putting their Crib Point plans in the bin.

Next Friday September 20, Save Westernport will participate in the Schools Strike for Climate in Melbourne. For the first time, school kids  have invited adults to join the Strike and support their demands for a better world and immediate action against Climate Change. We invite you to march with Save Westernport. Look out for our SAVE WESTERNPORT – No AGL -banner at 2pm next Friday in the Treasury Gardens.

You can also visit our stall at Balnarring’s Sustainability Fair on Saturday October 12 from 4pm. Come and say hello and pick up our new brochure and some of our new stickers for your wheelie bins. The stickers tell AGL to put their plans for their Crib Point gas factory In The Bin! where they belong.

Remember—You can now hit the TAKE ACTION button on our Home Page and scroll down to Become a Member of Save Westernport for the value price of $10.
Fill in our Online Form or download it, and you’ll receive our regular Save Westernport Newsletter that details our activities and what’s going on locally around Westernport and the Peninsula. 
You can also very simply make an online donation.

One more thing— you may receive our regular Save Westernport Newsletters and email updates, but that does not necessarily mean you’re a Member of Save Westernport. Perhaps you signed our petition or filled out a card, or you might’ve given your contact details to go on our mailing list once, but this is different—To become a Member you’ll need to fill out our Membership Form.

Becoming a Member of Save Westernport is a great way for you to make a difference. By taking action you can show your support and help our important work furthering the protection and appreciation of our precious, unique wetland location in beautiful Westernport Bay.

Right now, more than ever we need to keep up the pressure on AGL and the government, and make sure they know that this community rejects inappropriate industry in the Bay, PARTICULARLY the AGL gas import plans at Crib Point. 

Save Westernport is a dedicated group of local volunteers, and your support keeps us going! Make an online donation

Or if you’d like to get involved and become a Volunteer we’d love to meet you!

With summer coming up, there will be lots going on, and you can get involved. From helping with market stalls to providing transport, there’s always lots to do. And if you’re a photographer of local landscapes or wildlife, we want to hear from you.

We appreciate your support to Save Westernport!

Mornington Peninsula Shire Concerned About AGL’s Plans

Upcoming AGL community meetings in Aug/Sept 2019

Upcoming AGL community meetings in Aug/Sept 2019

AGL and APA will be holding new community meetings in late August and early September.

The “Community Drop-In Sessions” will be held on the following dates:

Saturday 24 August 2019

10:30am – 12:30pm

Hastings Community Hub

1973 Frankston – Flinders Road, Hastings

 

Tuesday 27 August 2019

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Crib Point Community House

7 Park Road, Crib Point

 

Wednesday 28 August 2019

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Pearcedale Community Centre

710 Baxter – Tooradin Road, Pearcedale

 

Saturday 31 August 2019

11:00am – 1:00pm

Cardinia Public Hall

2401 Ballarto Road, Cardinia

 

Tuesday 3 September 2019

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Grantville Hall

1470 Bass Highway, Grantville

 

AGL and APA are currently preparing the Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the proposed Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project at Crib Point.

As part of the EES, independent technical experts have been employed to assess the potential environmental impacts of the gas project and produce technical studies on these environmental impacts (such as Hazard & Risk, Biodiversity, Air Quality, Noise & Vibration, Greenhouse Gas, etc)

Some experts will be available at these “drop-in sessions” to answer questions from local residents and explain their technical studies.

This EES process puts AGL in the driver’s seat – where the community should be.

If Mornington Peninsula communities had been properly consulted first, this tragically flawed proposal would be lining budgie cages.

 

Save Westernport volunteers will be in attendance at most of these meetings to ask our own questions about the EES process.

Save Westernport has been working hard to expose the environmental impacts that could pollute Westernport Bay and put at risk the health and safety of local residents.

Potential impacts include wastewater discharges into Westernport Bay affecting marine life, mangroves and migratory species, air pollution, noise and light pollution, fire and explosion risks in a designated bushfire zone, gas pipeline breaches and many more.

Westernport Bay is a Ramsar wetland of international significance, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and includes two Marine National Parks (Yaringa and French Island) which must be protected at all times.

 

We have met with local and State politicians to voice our concerns about this proposed huge gas factory and 56km gas pipeline from Crib Point to Pakenham through produce farms.

We will continue to raise awareness via radio, on-line and TV news stories and have recently appeared in Herald-Sun and Western Port News reports regarding AGL’s gas project delays.

 

We ask all Mornington Peninsula residents to attend these community meetings and ask their own questions about AGL’s gas project and its impacts on Westernport Bay

AGL already knows that Westernport communities hate their floating gas factory plan.

These drop-in sessions are a “tick-the-box”, token gesture for AGL because they can say they are taking community concerns seriously while forging ahead anyway.

But you can help turn the tables.

By coming to one of AGL’s EES-mandated drop in sessions, you can tell the company directly what you think.

Your comments will become part of the official EES record so it’s one of your best chances to be heard.

Save Westernport will be there to tell the company, again, that their destructive, self-serving plan belongs in the bin.

It’s bad for Westernport Bay, it’s bad for the climate and it’s bad for communities that want the right to decide their own future.

 

https://www.facebook.com/SaveWesternPort/

 

Breaking News! AGL Gas Project Delayed!

Breaking News! AGL Gas Project Delayed!

AGL has announced a second delay to their plan to import gas via Ramsar-listed Westernport Bay in Victoria.
 
Read here.
 
The delay comes amidst nationwide fury that Australians are paying some of the highest gas prices in the world while Australia remains the number one gas exporter.
 
Save Westernport believes AGL plan should be scrapped entirely – it’s bad for Westernport’s world-renowned wetlands, it’s bad for Westernport communities and it’s bad for the nation’s energy future.
 
But the delay is an opportunity to do better.
 
It’s time for energy companies and governments to start building a real renewable energy future.
 
Save Westernport president Louise Page said, ‘we can’t stand by and allow critical habitat like Westernport to be used by AGL to reap profits at the expense of the bay and surrounding communities. We need energy solutions that actually make sense’.
 
AGL said the delay is because the company has sourced a different ship to process its hoped-for imported gas and fits with the Environment Effects Statement (EES) timing which is now no earlier than FY20. AGL expects to reach a final investment decision on the Crib Point project following the EES outcome.
 
‘We call on Premier Daniel Andrews, Federal MP for Flinders Greg Hunt and AGL CEO Brett Redman to reject business-as-usual fixes that anchor us to the energy past,’ said Page.
 
Save Westernport, together with other organisations and outraged Westernport communities, will continue to fight AGL’s destructive Crib Point gas plan and support long-term solutions to energy supply that put people and the environment first.
 
 
 
Have Your Say about the Character of our Coastal Villages

Have Your Say about the Character of our Coastal Villages

The Mornington Peninsula Shire is asking residents and people who care about the future of the Westernport area to participate in an online survey that will assist them to improve and protect the unique characteristics of the Mornington Peninsula.

The Shire says: “The draft Western Port Coastal Villages Strategy seeks to manage development on public and private land to retain and enhance township character and address climate change impacts relating to sea level rise. The draft Neighbourhood Character Study seeks to identify and protect the unique and valued characteristics of residential areas across the Peninsula.”

If you’re interested you can complete the survey here by Sunday July 7 2019

Drone photography by Grizzly 

AGL CEO Brett Redman meets Save Westernport (sort of…)

AGL CEO Brett Redman meets Save Westernport (sort of…)

On 12 June 2019, Save Westernport supporters travelled from Hastings to Melbourne to meet AGL CEO Brett Redman in person.

Brett Redman was a guest presenter at the 2019 Australian Energy Week Conference 11-14 June at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre.

It seemed an opportune time to remind Mr Redman about AGL’s lack of social licence for their proposed floating gas import and processing terminal and associated pipeline from Crib Point to Pakenham. 

Environment Victoria and Save Westernport decided it was a perfect time to present the 17,000+ signature strong “NO AGL GAS” petition and organised a bus from Hastings to the CBD.

An invitation was sent to the energy giant’s CEO asking him to meet Westernport residents outside the conference to receive the petition after his “Helping customers and community through energy transition” speech.

This request was declined. However, subsequent discussions between AGL and Save Westernport secured a private meeting with Brett the same day at 8am with Save Westernport’s Louise Page.

AGL also provided a day pass to the conference so Louise could attend the conference presentation.

So, armed with letters to Mr Redman from 10 year old Dashi Roller and another from Federal Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt MP, Jono La Nauze (CEO Environment Victoria) and Louise met Kelly Parkinson (Senior Manager Project Engagement ) and joined the AGL CEO to articulate your concerns face to face.

Our message of overwhelming opposition and disappointment that AGL is continuing on this path of damage and detriment for Westernport and in full knowledge of our climate emergency was delivered succinctly.

A reminder about the recent stand by all the Federal election candidates for Flinders served to confirm everything we had to say.

Mr Redman responded by letting us know that he is well aware of our concerns, is not in “a vacuum” and receives regular updates about the opposition to the project.

He also said that there is a supply issue and that AGL would not be undertaking capital expenditure of this magnitude without the need.

(Could that need be continued profit not just in the gas sector but also their electricity income stream? Ergo the two new gas fired electricity generators in SA and NSW?)

Mr Redman also said that Greg Hunt MP has made his views known to him on several occasions.
Thank you, Greg.

Lastly, we let him know that we are not going away and that the community’s opposition grows daily!

Mangroves of Westernport Bay Video by Green Collar Productions

Mangroves of Westernport Bay from Green Collar Productions on Vimeo.

Created by Green Collar Productions in support of community group, Save Westernport. These mangroves are an essential ecosystem providing carbon sequestration, coastal stabilisation and home to at least 30 species of migratory birds. They are culturally significant and are considered a Ramsar listed wetlands and UNESCO Biosphere reserve. AGL is threatening this habitat and our community by proposing to moor a 17 storey, 300m regasification factory in our bay, within this wetlands. It could be moored for 20 years. These mangroves are located approximately 1km from where I grew up, spent time as a child and learnt about nature. This is where I continue to spend time as an adult. Because these mangroves cannot speak, I decided to make a film about them to show how precious they are. 

Don’t miss the bus! Join us in Melbourne on Wed 12 June 2019!

Don’t miss the bus! Join us in Melbourne on Wed 12 June 2019!

URGENT! URGENT! URGENT!

Catch the bus we’ve organised (free) or meet us in Melbourne!

Save Westernport are heading to Australian Energy Week 2019 on Wednesday 12 June – see here.

We are joining Environment Victoria at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 10:00am until 11:00am – see map here.

AGL CEO Brett Redman will deliver a speech at 9:30am “Helping customers and communities through the energy transition”.

We have over 15,000 signed petitions to present to Mr Redman and call on him to drop plans for AGL’s gas import terminal in Westernport Bay.

 

Join us on the bus!

Our bus will be leaving Hastings at 8:00am at Westernport Marina carpark. Book your bus tickets before they are all gone here.

If you are already in Melbourne, join us at the Clarendon Street entrance near the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre at 10:00am.

 

AGL do not have a ‘social licence’ to import and process gas in Westernport Bay!

Join us on Wednesday morning and tell Mr Redman “NO AGL GAS!”

 

No AGL Brett Redman

Time to Deliver the Message to AGL

Time to Deliver the Message to AGL

IMPORTANT 

It’s nearly time to deliver our postcards and petition to AGL’s CEO Brett Redman, to make sure he knows this community rejects AGL’s plan for a dirty gas plant in Westernport Bay, and we will oppose it at every opportunity.

Mr Redman will be in Melbourne next week, so Save Westernport and Environment Victoria have planned a special delivery of signatures to him on Wednesday morning June 12.

If you’d like to add your voice but haven’t had the chance yet, please sign the online petition NOW https://environmentvictoria.org.au/action/stop-agls-dirty-gas-plan/

Or call 59830094 to arrange a drop off or pick up of postcards for you and your friends to sign. You can also mail them TODAY to the address on the back, or drop them in to Crib Point PO.

To join us on our FREE bus to Melbourne on Wednesday June 12th please see the Eventbrite link in the Latest News on this site.
We plan to be back at Hastings just after lunchtime. You can also email us at savewesternport@gmail.com

THANKYOU

Election Candidates Support Save Westernport 1st May 2019

Election Candidates Support Save Westernport 1st May 2019

Wow – what a crowd!

Balnarring Community Hall was filled with local residents at the latest Save Westernport public meeting.

Around 450 – 500 people attended “SOS Mayday Westernport” on 1st May 2019 to hear the latest on AGL’s proposed gas project.

See the ABC News Victoria news report here.

In attendance were a number of Federal Election candidates who expressed their support for Save Westernport and opposition to AGL.

Susie Beveridge (IND), Julia Banks (IND), Joshua Sinclair (ALP), Nathan Lesslie (Greens) and Reade Smith (Sustainable Australia) all voiced their opposition to AGL’s gas plans for Westernport Bay and signed a commitment to stop AGL’s Gas Terminal.

Current Federal Member for Flinders Hon Greg Hunt MP could not attend but a personal statement of support was delivered by local Member for Hastings Neale Burgess.

Other speakers included local mussel farmer Michael “Harry” Harris, Western Port Biosphere Executive Officer Greg Hunt (no relation) and Environment Victoria Campaigns Manager Dr. Nick Aberle. The speeches and presentations were both informative and concerning on the potential impacts that AGL’s proposed gas import terminal would have on Westernport Bay.

Many thanks to all of the Environment Victoria team for helping organise the “SOS Mayday Westernport” event in such a short time frame.

Thank you to the local residents of the Mornington Peninsula who attended for being so patient and supportive on a very memorable night in Balnarring!

The Motion that was presented and supported by the local residents is shown below:

SAVE WESTERNPORT PUBLIC MEETING MOTION

1 MAY 2019

Westernport is a rich wonderland of diverse ecosystems and home to species found nowhere else in the world. Because of its outstanding natural values, the United Nations proclaimed the Westernport region a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 2002 (one of only nine in Australia). It is also listed under the Ramsar convention as a wetland of international significance and as a major site for migratory and rare birds. [1]

Given the extraordinary ecological values of Westernport, this meeting of concerned citizens in the Electorate of Flinders calls on the next Federal Government to comply with its international and national environmental obligations and use its legislative powers to stop AGL’s proposal for a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (a gas factory) at Crib Point and accompanying pipeline through public reserves and prime agricultural land to Pakenham.

We also call on the Victorian State Government to safeguard this precious region for the economic and environmental benefit of future generations and reject the planning application by AGL.

Approval of this project will unnecessarily sacrifice the Westernport region for AGL’s profit. It will not provide a secure domestic gas supply at affordable prices.

The AGL Board knows they do not have a social licence for this proposal and we ask them to respect the widespread and vehement opposition and withdraw their proposal, forthwith.  AGL’s strategy to “manage community outrage” shows a disregard for our genuine concerns and together, we vow to maintain and intensify our outrage and our campaign until the proposal is abandoned.

[1] Based on City of Casey, ‘A description of Westernport’, https://www.casey.vic.gov.au/facilities-hire/western-port-bay

 

 

Sign New Online Petition To Save Westernport!

Sign New Online Petition To Save Westernport!

A new online petition has been submitted to the Parliament of Australia opposing the proposed AGL Gas Import Jetty project on Westernport Bay.

The petition has been submitted to the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives and Members of the House of Representatives.

You can sign the online petition here.

The new petition requests the Australian Government “… to stop this development and to protect the Western Port Ramsar Site consistent with our obligations under the Ramsar convention.

The petition will be open for four weeks until 3 May 2019.

The final petition will be referred to the Minister for the Environment Hon Melissa Price for her response.

Save Westernport encourages all supporters to sign this new petition and share on social media.