Phillip Island

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.'

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

More Information
Phone: (03) 5136 5875 or (03) 9326 8250

Art Exhibition - A Celebration Of Westernport Bay

Celebrating Westernport & Phillip Island Art Exhibition 

Featuring - John Adam, Josephine Allen, Nicolas Day, Carolyn Goldberg, Warren Nichols, Sandra Peters and Peter Walker. 

To be opened by Laura Brearley on Sunday 27 July @ 2.30pm

July 26-August 3 at Saraghi Gallery - Cafe Lugano - 71 Thompson Avenue Cowes 59525636

The most important art exhibition of the year!! Excellent artists, cosy venue, 50% profit to PICS subcommittee Preserve Western Port to keep up the fight to stop the Port of Hastings. Thanks to all the top quality artists who have painted work especially for this great little exhibition. Go along - you won't be disappointed. A good chance to get a lovely piece of the Western Port we know, all for a good cause