Bass Coast

Preserve Western Port Action Group presents to State’s port Inquiry

The Preserve Western Port Action Group accepted the invitation last Wednesday to appearand present to the Victorian Government Select Committee Inquiry into the proposed lease of the Port of Melbourne.

A select committee of eight members have been appointed to inquire into, and report on, the potential outcomes of leasing Melbourne’s current container port. The legislation is currently before the Parliament.

“Our interest centres around the potential impacts of the proposed lease on the development of a second container port In Hastings.” Chairman of Preserve Western Port Action Group,

Jeff Nottle said.

“Stopping the construction of a huge container port and the associated industrial development in beautiful Western Port has been the focus of our mainly Phillip Island based group of volunteers for the past 18 months.” Mr Nottle stated.

“It was an excellent opportunity to inform the politicians of Spring St of the importance of Western Port as a unique and fragile marine ecosystem, a nature-based tourism asset and amuch loved holiday and fishing area.”

“Importantly, it was made clear to the Select Committee that Western Port and Hastings are not the natural deep water port that many politicians have been espousing and a container port will have serious adverse impacts to the Phillip Island economy and environment.”

“It was such a boost for our cause to present our views on Western Port directly to the politicians and have it recorded in Hansard.” Mr Nottle said.

The reporting date for this inquiry is 30 November 2015.

The Federal Government is now looking for Green Army participants for Bass Coast Shire projects. #Phillipisland

Here is the information:
Connecting people with our environment
Join the Green Army! Is this for you?
Are you aged between 17 and 24, an Australian citizen or permanent resident and would like to be a part of a team that will make a REAL difference to the environment in your local community?
Would you like to be paid an allowance while gaining skills, training and experience that can help you enter the workforce, improve your career opportunities or further your education and training?
Then the GREEN ARMY is for you.


The Green Army is an Australian Government initiative open to young people including Indigenous Australians, school leavers, gap year students, graduates and job seekers who are looking to develop skills, undertake training and gain experience in the delivery of conservation projects. Through this, participants will enhance opportunities for careers and further training in conservation.


Phillip Island – Protection and enhancement of habitat in Bass Coast
The project offers a wide range of experiences in the ongoing protection and re-establishment of penguin habitat across the Summerland Peninsula and in habitat corridors in Phillip Island and the Bass Coast region.


The project will:
Reverse the long-term decline in the extent and quality of Australian native vegetation
Protect and restore habitat-suitable vegetation for penguins, migratory birds and koalas


To Apply
Complete the application form on www.conservationvolunteers.com.au/green-army


More Information
Visit: www.environment.gov.au/green-army
Phone: (03) 5136 5875 or (03) 9326 8250