With the support of the Westernport and Peninsula Protection Council we commissioned BirdLife Australia to produce this report outlining the potential impacts of an expansion of the existing Port of Hastings on the birdlife of Western Port.
The report outlines the significance of Western Port for aquatic birds, the extent of these species in Western Port and the existing major threats to aquatic birdlife in Western Port. It then considers the likely impacts on Western Port’s birdlife caused by:
a. An oil spill along the lines of each of three scenarios outlined in Asia-Pacific Applied Science Associate’s report (2013).
b. Wash from the increase in vessel use of Western Port as a result of the expansion of the Port of Hastings.
c. Land reclamation and dredging works associated with the expansion of the Port of Hastings.