Why is AGL proposing to build a new gas terminal in a RAMSAR wetland?
Westernport Bay is recognised under the Ramsar Convention as it is an internationally listed ecosystem, with a unique tidal bay and fragile wetland. Whales call near there on their journeys. Swift parrots are also threatened species and take sanctuary at Westernport wetlands. The coastal saltmarshes and migratory birds are indeed spectacular, so why ruin it for species and the environment? Visitors sometimes see dolphins, seals, echidnas, little penguins, brown bandicoots, black swans, far large eastern curlews, whisling kites and if on their flyway the yellow tailed black cockatoos. To think that locals have spent decades restoring the wetlands and AGL come along and claim their pristine environment for a massive, floating gas terminal must be heart breaking for them and they have been actively fighting against AGL going ahead.
AGL SHOULD NOT HAD HONED INTO WESTERNPORT BAY AT ALL, AS MOREOVER GAS IS STILL A POLLUTING AND DANGEROUS FUEL THAT AUSTRALIA MUST TRANSITION AWAY FROM, NOT GO INTO REVERSE. WHY DONT AGL LISTEN TO WESTERNPORT FESTIVAL THEIR FLAT REFUSAL FOR AGL'S SPONSORSHIP WHICH MEANS IT IS A "NO" FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. FIND ANOTHER PLACE, BESIDES TOO MANY LOSSES TO THE ENVIRONMENT SUCH AS THE WEEDY DRAGONS, THEIR LARVAE WOULD BE SUCKED INTO THE MACHINES. THE SHIPPING NIGHT LIGHTS AND NOISE AFFECTING THE BIRDS, NO LONGER A SANCTUARY FOR MIGRATORY BIRDS TAKING REST. LOSS OF MANGROVE FORESTS WHICH IS THE HIGHEST CARBON STORAGE, COINED 'BLUE SINK' MANGROVE CARBON STORAGE LASTS UP TO 1,000 YEARS. TOO MANY NEGATIVE EFFECTS AND AGL MUST EXPLAIN WHY THEY WOULD POLLUTE THIS UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT AS THE ONLY ONE TO BENEFIT WOULD BE AGL.