AGL and APA will be holding new community meetings in late August and early September.
The “Community Drop-In Sessions” will be held on the following dates:
Saturday 24 August 2019
10:30am – 12:30pm
Hastings Community Hub
1973 Frankston – Flinders Road, Hastings
Tuesday 27 August 2019
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Crib Point Community House
7 Park Road, Crib Point
Wednesday 28 August 2019
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Pearcedale Community Centre
710 Baxter – Tooradin Road, Pearcedale
Saturday 31 August 2019
11:00am – 1:00pm
Cardinia Public Hall
2401 Ballarto Road, Cardinia
Tuesday 3 September 2019
5:00pm – 7:00pm
1470 Bass Highway, Grantville
AGL and APA are currently preparing the Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the proposed Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project at Crib Point.
As part of the EES, independent technical experts have been employed to assess the potential environmental impacts of the gas project and produce technical studies on these environmental impacts (such as Hazard & Risk, Biodiversity, Air Quality, Noise & Vibration, Greenhouse Gas, etc)
Some experts will be available at these “drop-in sessions” to answer questions from local residents and explain their technical studies.
This EES process puts AGL in the driver’s seat – where the community should be.
If Mornington Peninsula communities had been properly consulted first, this tragically flawed proposal would be lining budgie cages.
Save Westernport volunteers will be in attendance at most of these meetings to ask our own questions about the EES process.
Save Westernport has been working hard to expose the environmental impacts that could pollute Westernport Bay and put at risk the health and safety of local residents.
Potential impacts include wastewater discharges into Westernport Bay affecting marine life, mangroves and migratory species, air pollution, noise and light pollution, fire and explosion risks in a designated bushfire zone, gas pipeline breaches and many more.
Westernport Bay is a Ramsar wetland of international significance, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and includes two Marine National Parks (Yaringa and French Island) which must be protected at all times.
We have met with local and State politicians to voice our concerns about this proposed huge gas factory and 56km gas pipeline from Crib Point to Pakenham through produce farms.
We will continue to raise awareness via radio, on-line and TV news stories and have recently appeared in Herald-Sun and Western Port News reports regarding AGL’s gas project delays.
We ask all Mornington Peninsula residents to attend these community meetings and ask their own questions about AGL’s gas project and its impacts on Westernport Bay
AGL already knows that Westernport communities hate their floating gas factory plan.
These drop-in sessions are a “tick-the-box”, token gesture for AGL because they can say they are taking community concerns seriously while forging ahead anyway.
But you can help turn the tables.
By coming to one of AGL’s EES-mandated drop in sessions, you can tell the company directly what you think.
Your comments will become part of the official EES record so it’s one of your best chances to be heard.
Save Westernport will be there to tell the company, again, that their destructive, self-serving plan belongs in the bin.
It’s bad for Westernport Bay, it’s bad for the climate and it’s bad for communities that want the right to decide their own future.