Wildlife corridor or sandpit?
Rare opportunity: Holden Proving Ground
The future of the Holden Proving Ground is up in the air following the decision by car maker VinFast to cease its Australian operation.
We are calling on the Victorian Government to acquire the former Holden Proving Ground and protect this significant patch of the Western Port Woodlands for all Victorians and visitors to enjoy as a ‘Gateway to the Bass Coast’, while also helping secure the future of the unique and iconic wildlife that call them home.
You can add your voice to the call to the Victorian Government to buy the Holden Proving Ground.
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Our woodlands in words and images
Most of us have driven past our woodlands for years without paying much attention. Once you hit that highway you're on a mission!
It's only when we realised they were under threat that many of us went exploring.
The ‘Walking in the Woodlands’ exhibition, curated by Laura Brearley and currently on display at the Wonthaggi Library, reveals our new-found relationship with this magical place. Open daily during library hours.
How can I help?
The more members and supporters we have, the more powerful our voice.
Sign the HPG petition!
Please add your voice to the call to the Victorian Government to buy the Holden Proving Ground.
Buy a calendar!
The 2022 Western Port Woodlands calendar depicts the extraordinary flora of the woodlands. Calendars are $20 plus $5 postage, with proceeds going to support our campaign.
Come for a walk!
Join one of our woodland walks to find out more about this beautiful area. Email savewesternport
Watch and share!
Terry Melvin and Laura Brearley’s short film about the impact of sand mining on Bass Coast’s remnant coastal forest has been selected for the international Wildlife Conservation Film Festival.
Watch and share!
Share the Save Western Port Woodlands video link. It’s only 5 minutes long and includes graphic footage of the sand mines.
The yellow shows the existing work authorities, being current and inactive sand mines. The red indicates the Extractive Industry Interest Area earmarked by the Victorian Government for future mining activity in the coastal forest area. The proposed legislation would stop councils, farmers and communities from objecting to mining activity in this area.