RECENTLY, two questions have been put to the government by the Sustainable Australia Party about the future of Western Port. These can be read in Some have heard the call and Winter recess – a time to gather our thoughts.
The first question received a ministerial reply that did not answer the question. The supplementary question is awaiting a reply and this could take up to three months.
I imagine the second reply will be much the same as the first, and I hark back to the way successive governments over the last 50 years or so have treated Western Port and its hinterland: somewhere to park a ship or two; industrialise its foreshore; and dig up its sand deposits.
When challenged over such matters, governments fall back to their tried and tested defence of how they value Western Port’s Ramsar wetland and will do all they can to protect it. While this may be so, I believe it’s their way of negating any peaceful and negotiated move by the people to protect the Western Port region.