Heart Stories about Westernport

These stories have been curated by Hannah Lewis

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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 ...

The Le Fevre Family’s Heart Story The Le Fevre Family's Heart StoryWe are looking back through 15 years worth of family photos camping at Balnarring and trying to find the essence of what is so special about this place for us. Our kids aged, about 9 and 12, seeing dolphins for the first time, swimming close by as they sailed out on the catamaran. Seeing a humpback ...

Jean and Rod Knowles’ Story Jean and Rod Knowles' StoryFour years ago my husband and I decided on a sea change so we retired to the seaside village of Crib Point, to enjoy the great fishing that Westernport Bay offers and the serene and tranquil bush environment. We had no idea that instead, we’d be battling a massive energy company to stop our new home ...

Westernport Bay Heart Story by Vicky Karitinos Westernport Bay Heart Story by Vicky KaritinosWhat’s in a name like “Westernport Bay”? An unpretentious name, perhaps even somewhat unremarkable.  A name you would be forgiven for passing over when planning your next camping or fishing trip, day outing, walk, photographic excursion, swim.  But oh! it’s a name that belies the world that is Westernport – Warn Marring. Hop in the car, on ...

A HEART STORY – MY CONNECTION TO WESTERNPORT ~ by Del Skinner A HEART STORY - MY CONNECTION TO WESTERNPORT ~ by Del SkinnerWesternport has held me for many moons. I have slept in many of the beautiful places around the Bay, from the shining jewel of French Island to the silent waters of Cannons Creek; at Cowes on Phillip Island, at Grantville, beside the wide tidal flats at Lang Lang, the peaceful Wooleys Beach and I now ...

Rupert’s Story ~ by Rupert Steiner Rupert's Story ~ by Rupert SteinerWe live in Balnarring Beach and have been in Balnarring for more than 40 years, first as holiday makers and from the 90’s as permanent residents. I enjoy the safe beach and snorkel around our reefs to admire the sea life, plants and animals. My partner has been coming down here since the 50’s and, ...

What Westernport means to me. ~ by Jean Christie What Westernport means to me. ~ by Jean ChristieI first became concerned about protecting the environment early in 2013, when I attended an information session given by Environment Victoria. For the first time, I heard about the possibility of farmland, woodlands and coastal areas being dug up and ruined, in order to locate gas for energy. It was also the first time that ...