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This Saturday: Politics, Population and Ports: SPAVICTAS AGM July 12 Speaker is Jenny Warfe

Sustainable Population Australia, Victorian and Tasmanian branch, Annual General Meeting, 2.00pm Saturday July 12 th 2014, Balwyn Library meeting room. Guest Speaker: Jenny Warfe, spokesperson for Blue Wedges: “Politics, Population and Ports.” NOMINATIONS WELCOME - ALL POSITIONS!

TONIGHT: Westernport: a bay on the brink - Environmental Presentation on Port of Hastings expansion

Speakers: Jenny Warfe (Blue Wedges); Jenny Lowe (BirdLife); Dave Minton, Port of Hastings Development Authorities; Simon Brannigan, VNPA Marine spokesperson; Hugh Kirkman, Marine Environmental Consultant. Starts 5.45, Tuesday 15 April, Hastings Community Hub, 1973 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Hastings (booking essential) Westernport Bay is a site of international significance for aquatic birds and right on the doorstep of Melbourne. Its extensive intertidal mudflats, seagrass meadows, saltmarshes and mangroves support more than 10,000 migratory
shorebirds and 10,000 waterfowl. Yet despite its incredible importance as a bird sanctuary the Napthine Government plans to drastically expand Port of Hastings within the bay into an international container port - oil spills, dredging, land clearing, and thousands of more ships a year could put Westernport’s birdlife and habitats at risk.

Government and Port of Melbourne should stop secrecy and release all information about channel deepening

Media reports yesterday that the government has received two 'confidential' reports that link channel deepening to coastal erosion in the south of Port Phillip Bay and the loss of Portsea front beach are no surprise to locals or others who have been watching the changes in the south of the Bay since the channel deepening project ended, Sue Pennicuik, Greens MP for Southern Metropolitan Region said today.

Read more: Beach loss linked to dredging -- Reports say wave surges hit Portsea. by Cameron Houston in the Age of 7 July 2013.

December 4: PortSea Beach BlueWedges urge PoMC to put money where mouth is

Join us at Portsea Pier at 12 Noon Tuesday 4th December. We’ll have a bucket of money that we’ll hand back to the PoMC when Portsea beach comes back.

Shocking Proposed Sale of Australia's Port of Melbourne

Sheila Newman will interview Jenny live TODAY 19 April between 12 midday and 1pm at 3RPP. You can listen live here. What next? Will they sell the people off as slaves? Will the remove access to our bank accounts overnight? Will they raise the cost of electricity so high that the companies take our houses to pay for them? Our Parliamentary system is beyond democratic control. Our economic system is a bad joke. Our taxes are used to pay for educational institutions which are then set up to profit private enterprise and investors and users overseas. And now, under Ted Baillieu, there is this proposal to sell Port Melbourne... (No, this is not an April fools joke.)

2011: Portsea Beach, Dredging and development at Hastings: The disaster continues

Is Portsea preparing for invasion? Yes, by sea. Much of the beach has disappeared and the overhang has been sandbagged to prevent businesses from following it. Where did that $38m given to Parks Victoria go? This article also looks at Ted Baillieu's plans to continue development plans (cost $9.4b?) where Brumby left off, plus some comments from the Ex-Ports Minister, Tim Pallas.

Population Growth is good?

"The growth lobbyists will tell us that we can solve our problems by converting to “clean coal” technologies or nuclear power, building more high rise, producing desalinated water at $10 litre (who knows?), installing “smart” electricity meters, piping water from the Northern Victoria to Melbourne, importing more food on more and bigger ships etc." Federal Candidate, Jenny Warfe writes, "I'm looking forward to a different way of 'moving forward.'"

Melbourne overpopulation & overdevelopment create conditions for disaster during storm tides and heavy rains

(Click image to see film of storm-tide surge in Frankston on Port Phillip Bay on 26 April 2009, soon after Channel Deepening. There is another film inside article.) Sue Pennicuik (Greens, Victoria) says that analysis of tidal data supports residents' reports of higher Bay tides since channel deepening. But even without higher tides overpopulation has made old conditions more dangerous. Films made by Sheila Newman and including still-footage by James Sinnamon, show very high water in a creek at a time when the tides themselves were not at their highest. What caused the very high levels in the mouth of Kananook Creek, Frankston, were increased volumes of run-off from increased hard surfaces associated with more buildings to accommodate population growth in Frankston, plus the very heavy, tropical style rain on top of the storm-tide. This means that, even without sea-level rise, a king tide could be devastating if it occurs during a similar short period of high rain and wind. Note that the deepening of the channel from the ocean to Port Phillip Bay was done to accommodate much bigger ships justified by projections of greater volumes of trade associated with the bigger populations in Australia as encouraged undemocratically by her state and Federal governments.
ABC TV Stateline 7.30 PM this evening (2 July 10) also has a story on the evidence of higher tides since channel deepening.

Report on the Victorian Transport Infrastructure Conference

Full steam ahead. Vast increase in population and infrastructure. Vast decrease in democracy. There is no plan B. Minister Pallas assured the audience they would secure the necessary environmental approvals/considerations. The EES is not a yes or no process. International migration levels never seen before...address future labour force. Long term drivers - migration. Health infrastructure needed - maternity wards. Taxpayers to bail-out developers to continue even more malignant growth. Hastings doomed according to plan.

Channel Deepening: Auditor General Report figures in question

Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) admitted that only 4% of ships cannot enter or leave Port Phillip Bay fully loaded. (Supplementary EES statement process and the hearings, and Report on Channel Deepening by the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration released last September) The Auditor General's report relied on a figure of 50% which he told Greens Parliamentarian that he was given by PoMC. Elsewhere the report recommends that the Port of Melbourne Corporation start to collect figures on this.

Larger ship accident risks not accounted for in Channel Deepening business case

The entrance to Port Phillip Bay, is recognized as one of the most difficult and dangerous port entrances world-wide. The often unpredictable cross currents in the entrance, at times exceed rates of 8 knots and flow diagonally across the Great Ship channel in two opposing directions, simultaneously. Frank Hart, former Harbour Master of the port of Western Port and Hastings shows that no account of the entailed risks were included in the business case used by the Victorian Government to justify its unpopular, costly and environmentally destructive channel deepening project.

See also: www.bluewedges.org and http://www.badevelopers.green.net.au.

Port of Melbourne Corporation on 'go slow' again with the facts

The Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) appears to be misleading the public about the extent of damage being inflicted by its dredging operations on Port Philip Bay's beautiful underwater environment.

See also: www.bluewedges.org.

"Costs order against Blue Wedges a bad sign for democracy" - Greens MP Sue Pennicuik

Sue Pennicuik: "The community is not the enemy and the government would do better listening to what people have to say rather than silencing critics."

Dead fish in Yarra should mean a stop to toxic dredging

“The dredging of toxic sediments from the Yarra River should stop until an investigation is carried out into the discovery of dead fish floating in the water at Newport on Saturday”, Victorian state Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik said.

See also www.bluewedges.org

Two massive demos in Melbourne on Sat 5th & Sun 6th - Climate & Government

On the 5th - Blue Wedges and others protest huge projected increase for port traffic;
On the 6th - Planning Backlash and 120+ city/country resident groups protest Brumby nightmare-Melbourne …

See also: www.bluewedges.org, www.climaterally.blogspot.com, www.marvellousmelbourne.org.

Taxpayers have power to force better accounting of public expenditure in Bay Dredging operation

Critics say Port of Melbourne case relies on outmoded economic framework and will cost $540 million.
They are demanding that public accounts be overhauled by the recently convened Victorian Parliamentary Committee on Finance and Public Administration. Concerned Victorians may yet halt further ecological and financial damage by emailing the Committee by Monday 28 April. See end of article.

Who owns Port Phillip Bay?

Victorians need proper representation from their government and journalists need absolute freedom to report. Time to turn off the Corporate Machine. Time to stop Brumby's New Army of developers. Time to slow the monster down, Mr Brumby, Mr Paluka, Mr Pallas. Time to listen to your employers and the owners of the Bay, the Victorian people.

Operation Quarrantine to stop imminent destruction of Port Phillip heads

Operation Quarrantine is organising a land and sea protest on Saturday 5 April to prevent the destruction of the pristine marine environment at Port Phillip heads.

See also: Police see red as dredge fight deepens The Age, 6 April
Protesters defy channel deepening zone The Age, 5 April
Dredging will  kill marine life: Greens SMH, 4 April

Blue Wedges wins delay in dredging of toxic sediment until 20 February

The Port of Melbourne Corporation has agreed at a Federal Court hearing on 6 February to delay the dredging of toxic sediment from the mouth of the Yarra River, and, instead, until after the case is heard in the Federal Court on 20 February, limit its operations to the less damaging dredging of clean sand from the south channel.

Federal Court ruling gives Port Phillip Bay last minute reprieve from destruction

Blue Wedges has won the right to challenge Mr. Garrett's decision to approve the channel deepening project in a full Hearing of the Federal Court on 20th February.

Victorian community environmental group a threat to shipping - US Office of Naval Intelligence

Blue Wedges, which is campaigning to prevent the destruction of the pristine marine environment beneath Port Phillip Bay scheduled to commence as early as Friday 1 February, rejects an assessment by US Naval Intelligence agency which lists their group alongside Somali pirates, Peruvian raiders and Gulf terrorists.

Hasty decision by Garrett to the detriment of Port Phillip Bay says environmental group.

"Victorians, are in shock that the destructive act of channel deepening in Port Phillip Bay has been approved so easily by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Peter Garrett after the considered, prolonged and justified opposition to this project over the past 3+ years by environmentalists" said the President of Sustainable Population Australia's Victorian branch (S.P.A. Vic.) Ms.Jill Quirk.

Victorian Environment Minister fails the Environment

Channel deepening approval by Victorian Environment Minister Gavin Jennings is scandalous. The paltry $100 million bond equals the value of only one day of exports through the Port. Is that how little our Bay is worth? (Read full media release at www.bluewedges.org or read copy here.)

Peter Garrett in the hot-seat over Channel Deepening

The first round in the legal battle to save Port Phillip Bay has Peter Garrett - one time charismatic enviromental hope now Environment Minister and strangely silent - in court to represent the Federal Government's position on the undemocratic, uneconomical and environmentally shocking project to continuously dredge Melbourne's Port Phillip bay.

Blue Wedges take Port of Melbourne deepening to Federal Court

Blue Wedges Coalition is fighting in court tomorrow (Wednesday 5th December) to keep the Boskalis dredge ship, Queen of the Netherlands from beginning work on the channel deepening project early next year. Will the judiciary remember what they are there for and represent the people of Melbourne's rights?

Your help needed to save Port Phillip Bay

Blue Wedges needs money to mount a legal challenge to save the marine wonders beneath the entrance to Port Phillip Bay from the threat of channel dredging.

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