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Preserve Western Port Action Group – 2014 in review

Preserve Western Port Action Group 2014 in review- Jeff Nottle   Introduction From the outset the PWP action group ran very hard and fast in developing and implementing a diverse campaign that engaged with the community and key stakeholders in the lead up to the State election in November 2014. So what did the group…

Fires on our Beaches

  Last week, PICS President Anne Davie and Secretary Christine Grayden met with Acting Senior Sergeant Andy O’Brien in Cowes to talk about what can be done about fires on beaches. Andy and the Police Force realise it is a real problem – social as well as environmental, given that fights do break out around…

How much bigger can container ships get?

Have a read of this excellent article about huge container ships By William Kremer for BBC World Service:   The world’s cargo ships are getting big, really big. No surprise, perhaps, given the volume of goods produced in Asia and consumed in Europe and the US. But are these giant symbols of the world’s trade imbalance…

Progress on Port of Hastings Box Project

From Lloyd’s List Australia website, report on Port of Hastings progress. Note that David Hodgett, Victoria’s Minister for Ports, is quoted as saying that the various assessments (including environment) will “see this important development progressed”. So if they are going to progress it, why bother with the assessments? What if the environment assessment indicates that the…

Progress on port of Hastings box project

From Lloyd’s List Australia website, report on Port of Hastings progress. Note that Hodgett is quoted as saying that the various assessments (including environment) will “see this important development progressed”. So if they are going to progress it, why bother with the assessments? What if the environment assessment indicates that the project should not go…

More bad news from the government on climate change

    More bad news from the government on climate change: “Environment Minister Greg Hunt resists IPCC pressure for deep cuts to carbon emissions” See the article here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-14/greg-hunt-resists-ipcc-pressure-for-deep-cuts-to-carbon-emission/5389728 Whoever is right on climate change, surely making the planet cleaner is the best goal we can have?

Smiles belie the serious business: Preserve Western Port members Patsy Hunt, Jeff Nottle and Kate Whittaker with Ports Minister David Hodgett, Bas MP Ken Smith and Liberal candidate for Bass Brian Paynter at Rhyll.

Don’t trust port report, says Labor

This article first appeared in Basscoastpost.com – 12th April 2014, by Catherine Watson: THE Shadow Minister for Ports, Natalie Hutchins, says Bay West remains Labor’s preferred option for Victoria’s main container port despite an investigation that found it would require massive dredging of Port Phillip Bay at a cost of billions. (Dredging blow to port…

Dredging Blow to Port Plan

Mighty kerfuffle today about a report delivered to the minister re unsuitability of Bay West development as a major container port and how much better Port of Hastings would be.   See the report here: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/dredging-blow-to-port-plan-20140409-36djo.html   This is opposite to what the department advised a few years ago. Just who is running that department?…