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Ride the ferry and have a whale of a time IF you are looking for some school holiday inspiration to keep the kids entertained, hop aboard Western Port Ferries to visit the Island Whale Festival, Phillip Island and receive 10% off Western Port Ferry tickets and 10% off any cruise departing Phillip Island or Wilsons Prom with Wildlife Coast Cruises. Gather the kids and take them on a nautical adventure sailing with Western Port Ferries from Stony Point to Cowes to visit the annual event. The festival runs for three days from Friday July 6 to Sunday July 8 and offers a a host of activities for the whole family celebrating the arrival of the humpback and southern right whales. There are load of activities walking distance from Cowes jetty, so you can hop off he ferry and wander the idylic township of Cowes in search of whale inspired fun. Many festival activities are free, or low cost can be found in venues along Thompson Avenue, Cowes main street and at the Cowes Cultural Centre including: Bubbles not Balloons: Come and join rangers to learn how you can help our animals and have fun creating balloon free craft Seaweed Sally: Interactive and hands on workshop for kids aged between 5 &12 years to experience the mysterious world of marine life, the animals, their environment and how to preserve and protect them. There will also be a live touch tank. Story telling workshops: Listen to Aboriginal

story-tellers revealing their understanding of Country and telling stories of whales, oceans and seabirds and learn songs with Boon Wurrung language. For ages 6 & over. Make the trip from Stony Point to Cowes aboard Western Port Ferries MV Naturaliste, an impressive fast catamaran, that can carry up to 95 passengers. To get 10% off your ferry ticket use the promo code WHALES when booking online. Show your western Port Ferries ticket at wildlife Coast Cruises to get 10% off your cruise See the Whale Festival Program: www.islandwhales.com.au


THE entrance to the old Pioneer quarry that Hillview Quarries wants to reopen in Boundary Road, Dromana. Picture: Yanni

Quarry effects to be assessed Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au STATE Planning Minister Richard Wynne has agreed to studies being undertaken into the environmental and social impacts likely to be caused by reopening the old Pioneer quarry in Boundary Road, Dromana. Owner Hillview Quarries asked Mr Wynne for permission to undertake an environmental effects statement (EES) into its reopening proposal as well as “doorknocking” neighbouring property owners. Mr Wynne is expected to soon release details of the draft scope, or extent, of the investigation required, known as "scoping requirements”. In letter to surrounding property owners Hillview CEO Paul Nitas said the minister’s decision meant his company would need to “conduct rigorous environmental investigations into potential impacts on flora and fauna, waterways, cultural heritage as well as social and economic impacts”. M Nitas described an EES as “a thorough assessment of environmental effects designed to give government decision makers the information they need to decide whether a project with potential environmental effects should proceed”. He said the minister’s “scoping requirements” would be released for public comment for at least 15 business days before the final scoping requirements are determined and published. “Hillview will be required to carry out the investigations necessary to satisfy all of the scoping requirements,” Mr Nitas stated in his letter to property owners. “Once the investigations are carried out, reports are prepared and the EES documentation is complete the documentation will be available for public review and a submission process, ultimately

including a public hearing.” Mr Nitas said Hillview was “very happy to answer any questions” and said information about the process was available on the government EES website (planning.vic.gov.au/environmentassessment/environment-assessment-home). Mr Nitas last month said Hillview’s existing quarry, in Hillview Quarry Drive, was likely to run out of rock within seven or eight years with current annual extraction levels of 750,000 tonnes (“Moves to reopen quarry” The News 1/5/18). He estimated the former Pioneer quarry, which Hillview wants to reopen, could supply one million tonnes of rock for 70 years. Mornington Peninsula Shire is one of the company’s biggest customers. Hillview Quarries is part of the RE Ross Trust which since 1970 has donated $110 million – including $10m on the Mornington Peninsula – to charities, education and environmental projects across Victoria, focusing on children at risk, education, arts and culture and nature. The latest bid to reopen the former Pioneer quarry follows a determination by the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) in April 2017 that the quarry’s planning permit had expired (“VCAT ‘no’ to quarry permit” The News 9/5/17). At that time community groups hailed the decision as a victory, although one leading campaigner cautioned, “we’ve won a battle, but not the war”. “We’re over the moon and I’d love to think that was the end, but I think it will go on,” Dr Mark Fancett, of the Sheepwash Creek Catchment Landcare group said. Five years ago the protesters successfully campaigned against the quarry being used as a rubbish tip.

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