Clean Ocean Foundation
Started 3 petitions
Stop the toxic waste outfall.
Fear for "ecological disaster" on Great Ocean Road if toxic waste outfall goes ahead Clean Ocean Foundation has warned of dire economic and environmental consequences if a planned Warrnambool Sewage Treatment Plant expansion goes ahead in its current form. On 29 July 2021, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) issued a Development Licence for the expansion project. A last-minute decision to extend the outfall has alarmed environmentalists who believe the move will see an increase in industrial facilities using the domestic system to dispose of their waste off the Great Ocean Road. Clean Ocean Foundation says the expansion would be an ecological disaster that puts at risk Southern right whales, fairy Penguin colonies, marine life, fishing, recreation, and Great Ocean Road tourism. They’re calling for more responsible onshore treatment options to be considered. After the EPA grant of a license to Wannon Water to authorise a deep-water ocean outfall off the coastline of Warrnambool, Clean Ocean Foundation has subsequently issued legal proceedings in the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to challenge and overturn the decision. This will be one of the first challenges brought under the new state environmental legislation, that came into force 1st July 2021. It will seek to overturn the decision approving dumping poor quality waste via ocean outfall based on the risk to the marine environment and recreational users when other more responsible onshore treatment options exist. Red tides are related to algae blooms and often indicate excessive pollution. The colour also symbolises the danger posed to humanity and our marine environment if we continue to dump waste in our oceans to make a profit. Please donate https://gofund.me/e570500a More information https://www.stoptheredtide.com/
NO DOOutfall for Merimbula.
We the undersigned believe that the Bega Valley Shire Council proposal for a deep ocean outfall (DOO) is a mistake. It is too expensive and will needlessly threaten the marine environment of the pristine Sapphire coast. The $30-40million plan should be abandoned for the cleaner option of a Class A+ upgrade to current treatment that would mean there is no need for a DOO. We are asking you as a decision maker to seriously consider the joint proposal by local community group SWAMP and Clean Ocean Foundation (COF) to support the proposal for Merimbula to a pilot site for NOUS. The intelligent and smart water system outline in COF’s National Outfall Upgrade Strategy. This would then free up state for funds for those on the South Coast affected in dire need now.
Save Water Save Us
SAVE WATER SAVE US In Australia drought doesn’t recognise borders. Ocean pollution doesn’t stop at borders either. Whilst every drop of water is precious, each year Australia dumps enough waste water to fill Sydney Harbour almost three times from its 181 coastal outfalls. This water contains nutrients, microplastics and other substances that pollute our coastal environment. We must do better. By upgrading Australia’s waste water systems, we can reuse much of this water, reduce ocean pollution at the same time and save billions of dollars. But we need both Federal and State politicians to start working together to save this water and engage with the community on a transparent process to get there. You can help our oceans and save water by signing our petition below that asks our leaders to get serious about water recycling. Find out how you can save water by visiting: https://www.cleanocean.org/save-water-campaign.html Save Water Save Us is a campaign run by Clean Ocean Foundation.