Why we oppose the gas import terminal
Gas is highly flammable and many locals are concerned about safety. Best practice is to locate gas terminals and LNG tankers at least 3.5kms away from residents, as happens elsewhere in Australia. Geelong residents will live within 2km of Viva's proposed terminal and less than 250m away from the transiting LNG tankers. The risks to life include asphyxiation, incineration or burns.
Gas is a dangerous and polluting fuel that contributes to the climate crisis. LNG is Methane, which can be even worse for the climate than coal because it leaks into the atmosphere. This leaked gas traps more warmth, increasing our risks of severe heat, drought, bushfires and sea-level rise.
Geelong should be a hub for renewables, not gas. We’ve got the infrastructure, skilled workforce and proud manufacturing heritage to position our region as the place for the rapidly growing clean energy industry.
These floating gas terminals are a threat to marine life and fishing. The Victorian government has already rejected a gas terminal in Westernport Bay because of “unacceptable risks” to the marine environment. Fishers will likely face extensive exclusion zones along the shipping channel and gas terminal to ensure the security of the LNG tankers and the floating gas terminal.
We can use renewable electricity instead of gas. Household gas appliances can be replaced with electric appliances that are cheaper, cleaner and safer to run.
How you can help
Sign the petition calling for Planning Minister Richard Wynne to reject Viva Energy’s proposed gas import terminal for Corio Bay
Find an event to attend to demonstrate to Viva and the Government why this project should not go ahead
Follow us on Facebook to keep in touch about any developments in the project
Increase your knowledge of the risks, myths and alternatives to gas. And find out how to reduce your footprint and get your home or business off gas
Join our group. Geelong Renewables Not Gas is a campaign run by ACF Community Geelong. ACF is Australia's national environment organisation
Purchase a t-shirt, sticker or request a coreflute sign. Show your support for the campaign by purchasing some merchandise
Donate to the campaign. We are entirely run by volunteers, and would appreciate your support, however modest, to meet the costs of creating community awareness about the gas terminal proposal
Tell someone else in your community about the project. We think everyone should have a say in whether we want to lock Geelong into gas or position our town for the jobs and energy sources of the future
Geelong Renewables Not Gas is a group of locals concerned about this gas terminal plan. We’re made up of people worried about the impact on fishing and boating, about safety for North Shore residents, about environmental concerns and the climate crisis.We’re supported by ACF Community Geelong. The ACF is Australia’s national environment organisation.