Get On Board! Peninsula’s Biggest Paddle Out, January 6th

Save Westernport is excited to help spread the word about this joyous Summer event, and to join with community in a peaceful protest of AGL’s floating gas proposal at Crib Point.   Join us at Pines Beach in Shoreham from 2pm onward to show your support and meet members and supporters of the cause!

Refer to our latest update for information about where to park on the day, and any other instructions you may need.

The day will involve a group paddle out of epic proportions. Live music will provide the perfect setting to celebrate the bay and connect with awesome community. Bring a picnic, play in the sand, soak up the sun and good vibes.

You can find out more in the Paddleout Instagram announcement.

The day’s proceedings:

2pm start:  Keep an eye out for people in high vis to direct you to a car park. You will be directed to sign in with our friendly volunteers when you arrive.  

2.45pm:  Introduction to the event and run through of the day.

3.15pm: Paddle out of epic proportions. All vessels in the water for Peninsula’s biggest demonstration of how much we love the Bay!

4.15pm: Picnic time & live music

6.30pm: Event wrap up    

Please note there will be photographs taken at this event to be shared in media and it will also be video documented.

AGL’s heinous proposal

AGL plan to permanently moor a floating storage regasification unit at Crib Point in Westernport Bay. The factory-ship a whopping 300m long x 45m wide. Tankers coming in and out of the bay would endanger Whales, Dolphins, Seals and other critters that call the bay home. On top of that the regasification process would suck in 450 million litres of organism rich seawater every day, chlorinate it and then spew out dead water 7 degrees cooler than the ambient temperature. We believe the life of the Bay is too fragile and too precious to be used in this way.

Acknowledgement

We recognise that the Lands and Waters of Westernport Bay (also known as “Warn Mar ’ing” ) belong to the Boonerong People of the Kulin Nation. We offer our respect to the Elders, past and emerging. Through gratitude and connection, we are guided into relationship with this place and its history, and our place within it. 

Our connectedness with the Bay and the life it nurtures provides our lives with qualities of healing, repose and joy. In answer to a common question “How can we bring the essence of why we care into action”, we actively celebrate its values and strive to protect it from exploitation and degradation.

The ecosystems of the non-built world hold an inherent value that is inextricably linked to the wellbeing of the people. A deep-rooted connection to this place and a fervent belief in the potential of community propels us forward. The power of community has at its heart an implicit duty to care and inclusivity.

We welcome you with open hearts, and hope to see you all at the Peninsula’s Biggest Paddle Out on Sunday!