From an episode of BreakfastersPresented by Daniel Burt, Geraldine Hickey and Sarah Smith


Breakfasters: “They Are Centres Of Life” – The Campaign To Save Westernport

Energy giant AGL, one of Australia’s biggest carbon emitters, intends to build a liquefied natural gas terminal at Crib Point in Westernport, designated by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. This floating storage and regassification unit will also see the construction of a pipeline cutting through native vegetation, private holdings, farms, and Melbourne’s food bowl, extending 55km to Packenham. AGL has urged the government to fast-track the approval process to support a Covid-19 recovery. 

Candy Spender Van Rood, local resident and president of Save Westernport, joins Breakfasters to discuss the campaign to stop this from happening. Candy explains that Westernport is a huge tidal bay and an internationally recognised wetland, which holds a complex ecosystem, playing a large role in carbon absorption. She also expresses her concern about the political influence of big business using the pandemic to fast-track projects, not only in Australia but around the world. 

According to Candy, the best way to help is to make a submission against the gas import plant, and to donate to the Save Westernport campaign.

Photo: Alison Hoezler, courtesy of Save Westernport

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Listen to Breakfasters: “They Are Centres Of Life” – The Campaign To Save Westernport09:172 July 2020