Events | 7th Mar, 2021

#WetsuitsFor Westernport - day of action

Join us on Sunday 7 March for a big day of action to protect Westernport Bay from AGL's dirty gas plan.

On Sunday 7 March, we’re making a splash by throwing our wetsuits on at home!

Together with Surfrider Foundation Mornington Peninsula, we’re holding a big day of action to send Planning Minister Richard Wynne a clear message from the local community: we do not want AGL’s polluting gas import terminal in Westernport Bay and the Minister must reject this dirty plan, once and for all.

Minister Wynne is due to make a decision on whether to approve AGL’s polluting gas import terminal in March. He’s already heard from the experts just how bad the proposal is for Westernport Bay. Now he needs to see the local community taking a visible stand!

We are going to flood Minister Wynne with thousands of messages from the community and make some noise on social media.

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How you can get involved

1. Send a message to Minister Wynne
Let Minister Wynne know why Westernport Bay needs to be protected from AGL’s dirty gas plan! Fill in the form below to submit a message online or deliver a letter to one of our drop-off points (locations to come) on Sunday 7 March.

Your message doesn’t have to be long (1-2 sentences is fine), but should be unique and personal to you. Make sure your message is polite, not rude or offensive – angry messages don’t help our cause.

You could include one of the following points about the project:

  • It would be responsible for massive amounts of climate pollution
  • It could hinder Victoria’s efforts to cut emissions
  • It should be rejected due to the poor quality of AGL’s impact assessment reports and pervasive downplaying of the project’s risks.
  • It violates Victorian regulations which forbid the Environment Protection Authority from allowing wastewater to be dumped in high conservation value areas (like Westernport Bay’s Ramsar-listed wetlands).

For more information on the environmental impacts of AGL’s proposal, see our summary of the EES Hearings here >>

2. Share your message on social media on 7 March
We know that tagging politicians on social media gets their attention – so let’s make sure Wynne and his followers hear us loud and clear.

Get creative and post a photo or video of yourself in your wetsuit with a message for Wynne. Make it as fun and hilarious as you can! Using the hashtag #WetsuitsForWesternport, we’ll be sharing the community’s messages throughout the day.

  • Grab your wetsuit 
    Or whatever swimming gear you have on hand – rash vest, goggles, surfboard, floaties, snorkel – anything beach themed
  • Find a good background  
    You can try your local beach, swimming pool or shopping mall, or just head to the backyard! Make sure the lighting is not too dark so people can see your face and message.
  • Hold up your message for Wynne and strike a pose 
    This message can be part of your personal letter or something simple like #NoAGLGas or Save Westernport. Try and write it out in big, bold letters. 
  • Post, caption and tag 
    Upload your photo to social media on March 7 and include:  
    – A message to Wynne telling him why he needs to stop AGL’s gas import terminal
    – The hashtag #WetsuitsForWesternport 
    – Tag Wynne and AGL in the photo or caption
    Instagram – @richarwynnemp, @aglenergy
    Facebook – @Richard Wynne MP, @AGL Energy
    Twitter – @rwynnemp, @aglenergy
  • Share with your friends 
    And encourage them to get involved – whether posting a picture or writing a letter to Wynne. 

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