AGL gas terminal proposal in Western Port rejected
It was with a great feeling of joy that I heard the announcement that the government had rejected AGL’s plan to build a floating gas terminal at Crib Point. It is very pleasing that environmental issues have at last taken precedence over dubious economic ones. Western Port Bay is a Ramsar site, and it would have been extremely disappointing to see government ignoring their obligations under this treaty. This refusal is a tribute to the many thousands of people and organisations that have worked tirelessly over 3 years to ensure this decision. Another risk to the Eastern Curlew has been defeated!
The new BirdMark portal, which is specially designed to submit your resightings of colour marked waders along our flyway has gone live. This new site will significantly advance the capability for managing and reporting on leg flag sightings from around the flyway. Check it out!
August 24, 2020
#ISTC20 Twitter conference 7-8 October 2020
The VWSG is continuing its foray into the world of social media by presenting at the first International Shorebird Twitter Conference. The date and time for the VWSG tweets will be confirmed soon, so keep an eye on the website for an update.
August 20, 2020
AGL development proposal in the Western Port Ramsar site
The proposal by AGL to build a floating gas platform at Crib Point, south-east of Hastings in Western Port, has long angered the community of the Mornington Peninsula. This platform is planned to be built within the Ramsar site and is seen to present an unacceptable environmental risk. Mornington Peninsula Council has voted against this proposal. Of course, this does not mean the end of this project, however, this is an important step toward helping protect wader habitat in Western Port bay.