Heart Stories about Westernport

These stories have been curated by Hannah Lewis

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Will’s Story Will’s StoryGrowing up I remember salt prickling my skin, Azure blue water and an oven like northerly, Pea soup green easter swells, Surfing in howling south westerly blizzards at Merricks point, Walking through the tangled tee tree trunks in the half dark, Slipping on muddy paths with numb feet, Koalas unearthly carrying on in the tree in the back yard, Dolphins surfacing ...

A Heart Story from: Mirielle Schreuders A Heart Story from: Mirielle SchreudersClose your eyes. Come on a journey with me. It’s early morning, you think about your day ahead. You recognise and embrace and are truly grateful for the many birdsongs that greet you each and every morning. There are no other sounds, perhaps a car on its way to work, but you realise how incredibly ...

Shaun’s story Shaun’s storyI grew up and spent the first 18 years of my life in Crib Point. My parents still live in the same house and so I return every couple of months or so to visit them. Its low profile and low-key atmosphere are attributes that I’ve always valued and are what drove my parents here decades ...

‘Through Our Hands’ lyrics (Marty Williams, Matt Sykes & Lynn Webber ‘20 ) 'Through Our Hands' lyrics (Marty Williams, Matt Sykes & Lynn Webber ‘20 )  Standing by the water I’m standing on the edge Mar-ran biik is calling Return to Warn mar-rin I came here with my brothers my sisters by my side I come here with my elders & my children as my guides We stand here as one people Our witness to this time We hold each other’s spirits the sand, the sea, the ...

Heart Story from Tom Hiney Heart Story from Tom HineyI first met Westernport Bay 5 years ago when my partner, now fiancée, and her father took me to meet her for a surf. We arrived in Shoreham and strolled through the beautiful woodlands above her shore and as we broke through the tree cover, I could see her in all her beauty. The views over ...

Solastalgia by Jan Parker Solastalgia by Jan ParkerWesternport Bay is a beautiful, wise, unsung quiet achiever; gentle beach coves, surf beaches, nature walking trails, unparalleled bird watching, unique coastal scrub and freshwater lakes. Westernport Bay has a natural integrity that is precious and irreplaceable. That is evident in its listing as an internationally recognised, significant Ramsar Wetland site since 1982. It is well ...

Save our Westernport Bay ~ by Ingrid Tadich Save our Westernport Bay ~ by Ingrid TadichI relocated from Sandringham to Somers 5 years ago, attracted by the unique environment and unspoilt beauty of Westernport Bay, recognised by Ramsar as a Wetland of international importance. I have learned that this unique and fragile place is also a beautiful sanctuary for people, sea mammals, such as whales, furs seals and dolphins and ...

Heart Story by Stacey Chilcott Heart Story by Stacey ChilcottI grew up in a seaside town known to many as Hastings, in Victoria. I learnt about nature with my Mum who would take my brother and I along the Warringine Park boardwalk after school. As a young child, I used to sit and curiously watch the mud crabs scurry around, dwarfed by the mangroves ...

Heart Story by Elke Emerald Heart Story by Elke EmeraldI didn’t mean to live on the Mornington Peninsula, but life has habit of having its own way sometimes. So, after joyful years living in NZ – life bought me to Bittern. I had no idea that this delightful place was tucked away here south of Melbourne. There are bike paths, and walking paths and beautiful beaches. ...

Gayle’s Story Gayle’s StoryI was born in 1956 and spent many of my formative years living in Razorback Road Flinders. I came to love the southern Mornington Peninsula and Westernport became my spiritual home and my refuge. I was a competitive swimmer from a young age. My father would drive me to Rosebud at 4.30 am. I also used ...