Environment

Response to Infrastructure Victoria #Hastings #phillipisland #Springst #tourism #environment

Phillip Island tourist operators. businesses, conservationists and our elected representatives have all shown significant support for PWP and the Response Paper we lodged today with Infrastructure Victoria.

Following reviews of our Response Paper all key stakeholders have supported the PWP response to the recently released Infrastructure Victoria Discussion Paper on the possible location of a second container port.

The Response Paper has been endorsed by the following:

Destination Phillip Island - Regional Tourist Board;

Phillip Island Conservation Society;

Phillip Island Tourism & Business Association

Bass Coast Shire Council - Island Ward Councillor & Mayor -Cr Pamela Rothfield,Island Ward Councillor-Cr Michael Whelan,Westernport Ward Councillor-Cr Clare Le Serve and Westernport Ward Councillor-Cr Geoff Ellis

Many of those formally supporting our position are also lodging their own submission using many of the issues we have been raising over the years.

All submission to IV including ours will be available on the IV site:

http://yoursay.infrastructurevictoria.com.au/ports/submissions

Well done and thanks to all those involved in the process and we should all be pleased that we have led the engagement on this issue for the last 3 years and have delivered a comprehensive well supported final position.

Council Passes a motion to protect the Ocean

A huge thank you to Councillors Clare Le Serve and Phil Wright on passing a motion at the recent Bass Coast Shire meeting to ensure that both Victorian and Australian Government Infrastructure organisations are made aware of the significance of Westernport and its importance to the Bass Coast Shire in regard to the Environment, Tourism and Jobs. Here is the excert from the minutes;

'Reinforcing Council’s position in relation to the Port of Hastings development - Cr Clare Le Serve Council Decision Moved: Cr. Clare Le Serve / Seconded: Cr. Phil Wright 

That the Mayor 1. write to the Special Minister of State and the Minister for Ports reinforcing Council’s position in relation to the Port of Hastings. 

2. request that the Ministers instruct the soon to be established Infrastructure Victoria to engage with Bass Coast Shire Council on the future of the Port of Hastings, given the importance of Westernport to the Victorian and Australian economy and environment: • 

Supporting sustainable environmentally sensitive development in Westernport; • Working with key stakeholders including tourism operators and bodies, recreational boating and fishing groups as well as community groups; •

Developing a comprehensive submission to Infrastructure Victoria that provides analysis on the costs to the Bass Coast economy, environment and community; and • 

Developing the submission to Infrastructure Victoria in conjunction with the key Bass Coast stakeholder groups.'