Vote for the Candidates that want to Protect Westernport - Your Guide

We have signs all over town and because we are not affiliated with a political party we are asking that people question the candidates and their representatives at the polling booth.  In the seat of Bass which stretches from Phillip Island to Pakenham the candidates that are strongly against the Port of Hastings Developments are;

Ross Fairhurst -     GREENS - NO TO THE PORT,


Sanjay Nathan Labor are not clear but say they prefer Bay West LABOR   - UNDECIDED

 Liberal party want to get going on it straight away LIBERAL  - YES TO THE PORT

So there you go. We ask that you choose the candidates that say NO TO THE PORT and want to preserve Westernport and support local eco tourism, fishing and boating and the environment. It is so important.


Early voting is available at Shop 2/15 Warley Avenue, Cowes (opposite Uniting Church)

Voting Centres in Bass are located at Bass Valley Community Centre, Bayles Hall - KooWeeRup,Cape Paterson Community Hall, Catani Recreation Reserve, Clyde Primary School,Corinella Public Hall,Cowes Primary School,Powlett River Primary School, Grantville Hall,Inverloch Community Hub, Kilcunda Community Centre,Lakeside Lutheran College Pakenham,Lang Lang Primary School,Newhaven Community Hall, Pakenham Secondary College,Pakenham Uniting Church Hall,Pakenham Lakeside Primary School,Pakenham Springs Primary School, Rhyll Mechanics Hall,San Remo Recreation Centre,Wonthaggi Town Hall, Wonthaggi North Primary School. For more information visit


Scenario Workshop Dates Confirmed

Bass Coast Council approved funding for a study by internationally acclaimed researchers into the impact of the proposed Port of Hastings Extension on the environment of Western Port. The study to commence in late July will develop a range of scenarios that give proper weight to environmental values as well as their contribution to the economy of the area.

The Preserve Western Port Action Group welcomed council’s decision. “The community is extremely concerned at the impact the proposed development will have on the environment and ecology of Western Port, we are delighted that Council is funding the project and supporting the community,” the Chairman Jeff Nottle said.

“The proposed expansion of the Port of Hastings into an international container port will require massive dredging of the Western Port and increase the volume of shipping dramatically; it is the most significant issue facing the Phillip Island and Western Port communities. The expansion has the potential to wreck the environment and amenity of Western Port and with it the tourism industry,” he said.

“This crucial study by eminent researchers Professor Costanza and Dr Ida Kubiszewski from the Australian National University will establish the datum for assessing this project and should have been carried out before the Government announced its decision to expand the Port. We really do expect better governance from a Government that professes to support tourism,” he said.

Students participating in the study are undertaking studies in Environment Management and Development: Scenario Planning and Analysis for Australia.

The study will be done right here on Phillip Island over a one week period and will involve key stakeholders; Councillors, CEO’s, The Victorian National Parks Association, Western Port & Peninsula Protection Council, industry and environmental specialists.