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Welcome to the Westernport Action Group
Inc. Internet site. The group and this website were created in
response to the
Port of Hastings Corporations Port of Hastings expansion plans and
the associated Land Use and Transport Strategies. The Port of Hastings
Corporation in consultation with
Maunsell, devised these plans in response to the
Victorian Department of
Victorian Ports Strategic Framework.
Westernport Action Group was formed
when a few residents in Melbourne's' south east discovered that
Hastings or the Westernport Bay region was being touted as a prime
site for a nuclear power plant location, and the discovery of the
plans for the Port of Hastings to be expanded and the associated land
use and transport strategy. Westernport Action Group views these plans
as a threat to the lifestyles and property values in the region, as
well as a threat to wildlife, marine life and local vegetation. The
plans are quite vast and excessive and will affect many Victorians
from Westernport Bay areas, all the way in to the centre of Melbourne.
These development will see:-
- Large scale rail developments that
will impose Property Acquisition Overlays � a kilometre wide in
- Widening of highways also imposing
Property Acquisition Overlays upon land owners.
- Massive staged port expansions,
threatening unique mangroves, sea grasses, coast line stability and
- Development of intermodal terminals
or inland ports creating ugly industrial areas in our Green Wedges.
- Increased rail freight with possibility of double
stacked rail container carriages up to 1.2 kilometres (1,200 metres)
long creating level crossing delays and congestion on our already
failing state rail networks, noise at all times of the day as well
as increased health and safety risks being exposed to our public. 16
trains a day OR MORE considering if those rail
movements are one way or bi-directional, and not including rail
movements from the Port of Melbourne to Melbourne's south &south east.
- Increased road freight, over 3,000
truck movements per day, also increasing risks to health and safety
of our road users.
- Increases in the production of green
house gasses and other pollutants.
- Will have no real impact on
employment opportunities for Victorians.
- Will cater more for imports than
exports, creating problems with foreign debt.
- Will cost Victorian tax payers more
than 4.8 billion dollars with little or no return to the state.
- Improvements to make Westernport Bay
region more attractive as a location for a nuclear reactor site with
improved infrastructure with wide easements along transport
corridors perfect for transporting hazardous materials.
- Threats tourist trade at Philip
Island and the Penguin Parade, which generates significant revenue
for the state and residents and tour operators.
These are real concerns as we are
extracting this information from the existing documentation from these
organisations. Some may try and discredit the views expressed on this
web site and printed in news media, but we can assure anyone reading
these pages, we are not creating anything out of thin air. The proof
is available if you choose to seek it out by following the links on
many pages of this web site. Just think, what kind of place do you
wish to live in? Melbournes' entire south and south east WILL BE