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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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”

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.

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Richard Wynne and Save Westernport Talk About the EES on ABC Radio

Richard Wynne and Save Westernport Talk About the EES on ABC Radio

This morning at 8:30AM, ABC Radio Gippsland host Jonathon Kendall interviewed Richard Wynne about the EES, its impacts, and how the process will proceed.    Immediately after, he spoke to a representative from Save Westernport following up about activism efforts and the importance of the Westernport Bay environment.

Kendall said AGL was asked to appear but they declined.  He ends the show with their quoted statement: Since AGL has announced its preferred site at Crib Point, it has undertaken extensive public consultation, including 26 public meetings. We reconfirm our commitment to engage with the community and to follow all assessment requirements deemed necessary by the State government and regulatory bodies.

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