There is growing local concern about the lack of effort and inadequate means available to protect the environment on the Peninsula, and the precious ecosystems of Westernport Bay from inappropriate industrial activity and development.
It took an enormous commitment of funds, and unprecedented collaboration between the local community, prominent Environmental groups and the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to defeat AGL’s gas plans in 2021. But this will not always be possible.
Time and time again, big industry has shown it cannot be trusted to regulate itself, or to manage critical risk and safety concerns with thoroughness and accountability. Protecting the environment is not just the responsibility of community groups, with limited resources and an inevitable dependence on voluntary skills and labour. It is, and must be the job of decision makers in government, and of the commercial interests that benefit from an assumed state of entitlement to shared resources.
As we, and the planet, lurch from one environmental catastrophe to the next, rather than trying to figure out how much damage unique places like Westernport Bay can handle, it’s time to stop threatening them at all.