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Western Port Bay

Perseverance Pays Off for PWP!

  As we are all fully aware the actions of PWP over time has resulted in the recommendations of Infrastructure Victoria. Some recap of steps leading to the message below from Peter Francis of Bass Coast Shire Council. –   PWP were instrumental in ensuring the (previous) Council held a Round Table on the Port…

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Seagrass helps protect natural ‘carbon sinks’, study finds

    Seagrass is recovering in Western Port after being largely smothered during the 1980s. New research shows how valuable the seagrass is in capturing carbon. The last thing Western Port needs is dredging to reactivate smothering particles in the water column.   Read the ABC article about it here: http://www.abc.net.au/…/greenhouse-gases-linked-to-…/6086896

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…

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?…

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…