THE Westernport Sybils performed in Hastings last Friday (10 March) to support Climate Action Network Australia’s day of action to call for the federal government to “safeguard our climate, not polluter profits”.
Sybils member Hannah Lewis said their message “was clear, no new gas, no new oil and no dodgy offsets”.
The Sybils and members of Save Westernport, Westernport Peninsula Protection Council and Extinction Rebellion said local politicians should know “that the community continues to hold government to account”.
“Western Port is a precious resource with Australia’s southernmost mangrove habitat and an internationally recognised Ramsar wetland,” Lewis said.
“It is a resource that must be protected for current and future generations.”
Save Westernport’s vice-president, Jane Carnegie, said the groups gathered with Esso’s plant in the background because “every time Esso flares off its waste emissions we’re reminded just how dangerous and outdated its gas processing plant at Long Island Point is for residents of Hastings and the Western Port area”