Heart Stories about Westernport

These stories have been curated by Hannah Lewis

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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 ...

A place to connect deeply ~ by Sarah Miller A place to connect deeply ~ by Sarah MillerMerricks Beach is my sacred place. Merricks Beach on Western Port Bay, Warn Marring was our childhood home. It was here that my sense of wonder and awe for this planet began. It was here I delighted in the cliff tops, the rock pools, the sandy shallow beaches, the waves at the point, the sand ...

From St Kilda to Crib Point by Candy van Rood From St Kilda to Crib Point by Candy van RoodWe didn’t know anything about AGL‘s plans for Crib Point when we moved here from Melbourne. A friend rang me to tell me that on the front page of The Age, there was an article about how AGL were going to install a massive gas import jetty into Westernport. She had been to visit the weekend ...

OF SEAWEED AND SAND By Hannah Lewis OF SEAWEED AND SAND  By Hannah LewisI started coming to Balnarring Beach for holidays when I was 6 years old and moved permanently to Balnarring 36 years ago. This is my story. My earliest memories of Balnarring are the mountains of seaweed that we clambered through as children and threw handfuls at each other, watching my grandfather cook large periwinkles in a ...