On December 18, 2023, the Federal Minister for the Environment, Tanya Plibersek made an extraordinary decision to block the Victorian Government proposal to use Hastings and Westernport Bay as the staging post for building the wind turbines for the State’s proposed offshore windfarms in Gippsland. The decision was made in accord with the Environmental Protection Biodiversity & Conservation (EPBC) Act. Read more…
“What makes this decision so incredible is that she [Tanya Plibersek, Federal minister for the Environment and Water] has done so using her powers under the EPBC Act where a proposal is so deleterious to the environment that it is ‘clearly unacceptable’ and can be rejected without any further examination.”
Save Westernport’s Media Release announced the debate on the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain in the Victorian Upper House on November 15.
This first opportunity for public scrutiny was the result of a community petition with over 5000 signatures collected from people asking to have the matter heard. Read the release here… And more info here
The jury remains out on hydrogen as commercial fuel. Yet a massive new fossil fuel project planned for Victoria’s Western Port Bay, to supply energy for Japan, is subsidised by state and federal governments, and continues the burning of brown coal read more
We acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, the Bunurong and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin nation, and pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in our community today