Summary of the decision on Viva's gas import terminal
On the 8th of March 2023, the Victorian Government stated that they had “been left with no choice” but to request that Viva redo elements of their Environmental Effects Statement after the Independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee was unable to determine if the project would have “an acceptable or an unacceptable level of environmental impact”.
While this isn’t the outright rejection that we hoped for — but this isn’t a bad outcome. It means that Viva need to spend more time and money to fix their mistakes, meanwhile we as a state and a community have more time to help get our houses and businesses off gas. Thus undermining the business case for gas terminals and giving more time for our Government, with our vocal assistance, to come to their senses on fossil gas.
Viva have had years to get their information straight, why should we trust them to get it right the second time around?
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.
We are at an energy crossroads.We have a choice to make, continue to invest in polluting fossil fuel infrastructure or transition our households and businesses to electric appliances that are cheaper, cleaner and safer to run.
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.
Geelong should be a hub for renewables, not gas. Let’s position our city for the future of work. We’ve got the infrastructure, skilled workforce and proud manufacturing heritage to grow a clean energy industry.
How you can help
Sign the petition calling for Planning Minister 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
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 Inc. 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
Viva’s gas terminal proposal found to be deficient, required to resubmit
June 22, 2023
Annual General Meeting & Social Event
November 3, 2022
Say No to Viva — Picnic and Rally
October 11, 2022
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.