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All the latest news from Phillip Island Conservation Society

A ship carries containers in Port Phillip Bay. Photo: Jessica Shapiro

Where Will the Ships Come In?

  The Age decided to do an analysis of the fight between Port of Hastings and Bay West: Here is the article that appeared in the Age on 10th April 2014:   Melbourne, 2050: population 6.4 million. The number of daily truck trips has risen to 650,000 – more than double the number there were…

Island destiny in the Balance

Jeff Nottle, chairman of Preserve Western Port action group on the Port of Hastings, writes on basscoastpost.com about Western Port’s tides and the potential effect of dredging (article appeared on www.basscoastpost.com on 29th March, 2014): THE tides of Western Port define our ecosystem, beaches and land mass. Western Port has a unique structure of deep…

The Green Army is Coming

Regardless of what you think of Coalition policy on the environment and carbon reduction, the Green Army will soon be marching Phillip Island’s way, with several projects in the pipeline for Bass Coast Shire. This bulletin is from Greg Hunt’s March e-news: “I am pleased to see local Green Army projects taking shape across the…

Preserve Western Port (PWP) Action Group is formed

The Western Port Forum held on 22nd March 2014 at the Parish Hall in Cowes, run by PICS was a great success, with a full hall (over 100 people) and a unanimous vote to send the following motion to the Premier, Dennis Napthine and Opposition Leader, Daniel Andrews: “That this meeting inform the Premier, Dennis Napthine…

Hands Across The Bay

Article originally appeared on www.basscoastpost.com , March 8th, 2014 by Catherine Watson:   THE campaign against a massive expansion of the Port of Hastings is gathering force with public meetings on both sides of the bay and two major environmental groups speaking out against the plan. On Tuesday, Phillip Islanders campaigning against the port expansion…

Proceeds from port lease sale to fund transport projects

More news on the government’s plans for Port of Melbourne and Port of Hastings from abc.net:   The Victorian Government will sell the lease on the Port of Melbourne to fund future infrastructure projects. The sale would raise billions of dollars to fund transport infrastructure projects such as the East West Link tunnel. Treasurer Michael…

Port of Hastings Progress Report

Here’s a report from the Port of Hastings Development Authority re current surveys being done in Western Port. Thanks to Anwyn Martin, a community rep on the consultative committee:   We wish to advise that following the progress of marine site surveys which began in December 2013, the terrestrial (land-based) surveys are now set to…

The Hoodies Have Flown

  For almost three months a stalwart group of volunteers have been taking 2-4 hour shifts and also doing lots of spot checks on the endangered Hooded Plovers at Red Rocks. After complete failure at three tries last season, this season the birds successfully hatched and reared three chicks who are now all banded and…