Keep Western port clean
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Over the years Westernport Bay has been targeted by large industrial companies trying to develop on the bay, including a Nuclear Power Plant Facility and a Super tanker oil proposal made in the 1990’s. Recently, another proposal has been made to transform the existing paradise into an international container port, not only increasing the number of ships a year from 100 to over 3,000, but also highly increasing the risk of oil spills endangering millions of different types of marine life, coastal vegetation, surf breaks and many other environmental aspects of the unique coastline.
Many of Westernport's breaks are in danger from the requests of expansion in Hastings. Mostly due to the potential dredging of the shipping channel and oil spills that would pollute the waves and beaches. Surfing culture is a long-standing recreational activity that is exceedingly popular amongst Australians. Threats to these surf breaks would affect a wide range of people who frequent this coastline.
This Bay is home to so many native plants and creatures, and going through with these changes could not only introduce new species into the ecosystem but could also damage the existing environment. For example, if an oil spill were to occur, the pollution would quickly make its way to Phillip Island which is home to one of Australia's largest penguin colonies, these would severely impact the lives of these creatures who are already trying to be rescued from recent developments on the island but also would affect the tourist industry.
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