Heart Stories about Westernport

These stories have been curated by Hannah Lewis

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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 ...

Westernport Bay – BR Sallmann Westernport Bay - BR SallmannMy relationship with Westernport bay is that it has functioned as a compass since moving to the peninsula with my family when I was eight years old. It started at its southern entrance – Flinders ocean beach – where one day I found myself crunched up in the shallows in winter, starting to question my ...

Places we call Home ~ By Melanie Attard – August 2020 Places we call Home ~ By Melanie Attard - August 2020My name is Mel, I have been a wildlife rescue volunteer for many years. I have seen first-hand the negative impacts of industrialisation, over development, habitat loss, bushfire, pollution, and climate change, on our flora and fauna. We see animals breeding out of season as the climate warms, their natural food sources unavailable. We see ...

Sacha’s Story Sacha’s StoryWesternport has a particularly special spot in my heart. It’s been my playground since I was a teenager. It’s my saltwater therapy. A safe, reef-lined bay full of surf breaks, tree lined shores and peaceful beaches. Westernport has given me space, healing, time to be myself, play, be free, feel wild and human. I owe ...

Brian Thomas’ story Brian Thomas’ storyMy first memory of Western Port was driving down Stony Point Road to the jetty and there on the mudflats was a small group of Yellow–billed Spoonbills. This was sometime around 1978 or 79 and as a newcomer to Australia the sight of spoonbills just milling around near the shore was terribly exotic and etched ...

Ella’s Story Ella's StoryNot one day has passed without a soft smile of gratitude for this special place on my lips. It is heaven here. When we first moved here over a year ago I explored the walking tracks around the beach and bay and felt I’d come home, my heart fulfilled and excited for my children to ...