Heart Stories about Westernport

These stories have been curated by Hannah Lewis

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Habitat & Home, Where The heart Is by Chloe Farmer Habitat & Home, Where The heart Is by Chloe FarmerWestern Port Bay is a place sacred to me. It holds a special place in my heart. I have lived in Somers, Flinders and Shoreham, and in recent years returned from bayside Melbourne to Balnarring. Like a holdfast tethering strands of seaweed in underwater forests, this place anchors the many threads woven throughout my life. Experiences, ...

Minna’s Story Minna’s StoryI grew up in Balnarring but have lived in Coburg North for the last 6 years. I am lucky enough to still be connected and able to visit my parents (pre Covid lockdown) at this beachside paradise that I will always call home. It has always been a great pleasure and honour to share this ...

Anne Tillig’s Heart Story Anne Tillig's Heart StoryMy connection to Western Port Bay started in 1996 when we purchased land fronting the bay.  Elizabeth Island is now my home.  I feel lucky to wake up to the sight of Western Port Bay all around me, every day.  Most days I circumnavigate the island in my pedal paddle kayak.  It takes just under an ...

Reflections- Growing up in Somers ~ by Sue Byrne Reflections- Growing up in Somers ~ by Sue ByrneThree generations of our family have lived in Somers. Pa, Ron Stone, built the General Store in 1927. Mum and her brothers grew up there and we grew up across the road. Growing up in Somers on Westernport Bay was wonderful. Dirt roads, a few cars and a small population. Families became extended families, looking out ...

All Our Somers…………by Marnee Fraser All Our Somers…………by Marnee FraserSomers Beach is a very special jewel in the crown of Westernport Bay. Over the past 40 years, I have watched its dynamic shoreline change with every passing year. Its crystal-clear waters stretch from Coolart, Somers School Camp and Merricks Creek, all the way east from the yacht club, through to Williams Point and around ...

Brian’s Story Brian's StoryMy affinity with Westernport Bay began in earnest about 1969 when I started a Diploma of Teaching at Frankston Teacher’s College, now the Frankston campus of Monash University. Before this I used to stay for the odd weekend at the “Shacks”, which were well put together humpies at the back of the sand dunes at ...

The Signwriter The SignwriterWhen I was 2 or 3, we lived in Mt Martha in a beautiful stone cottage, Briarswood Cottage. My father was in the navy. He was sent to Cerberus when he was 13 or 14. We used to spend a lot of time on Mt Martha Beach, but we used to go on a big ...

Warren Cooke’s Heart Story for Westernport Warren Cooke's Heart Story for WesternportI don’t ‘use’ Westernport, it actually gives to me. I find a sense of wholeness when I connect to the natural beauty of this place through art making, swimming, surfing, sailing and beach walks with family and friends. I also do my best to give back to it, by collecting rubbish, protesting as needed and ...

Heart Story and Poem from Rory McGinley Heart Story and Poem from Rory McGinleyMy message for AGL Warn-mar-in (Westernport bay) One sky One humble bay Blue-grey water Time too far away If you could just leave now We could all stay The sea Is enough for all of us Silver wave, beach, fallen tree A foreign island Just let us be Shore scrub, simple sand Innocent tide, needless land Cleansing our unwashed hands Humble waves surge How could you so misunderstand Bird song, fish Cormorants gather Low ...

Western Port Bay – Liz Walker Western Port Bay – Liz WalkerWestern Port Bay – Liz Walker I find Western Port Bay simply magical. Gazing out at the water, marvelling at its changing colours and watching the waves and eddies is such a joy but it’s the shoreline that brings me back time and time again. I’m an artist and much of my work reflects the natural beauty ...