More than 200 guests enjoyed an afternoon of wine, art and song at the Gurdies winery on Sunday as part of WILD: Celebrating Western Port Woodlands.
The weather gods smiled and two wedge-tailed eagles cruised above a great line-up of talent: Kutcha Edwards, Doc White, Laura Brearley and Friends, Rosie Westbrook, Bass Coast Pickers and the SB Bandibeats.
All musicians gave of their time and talents generously to support the campaign to preserve the woodlands from a surge in sand mining.
Men at Work frontman Colin Hay and friends sent a special recording of the Oz classic Down Under in support.
The concert was followed by an art auction conducted by former Bass Coast Mayor Brett Tessari, who used his experience in real estate to extract maximum bids from the audience.
Twenty-six works were sold for a total of $7485, with $4235 to go towards the Save Western Port Woodlands campaign.
Right now an exciting opportunity presents itself with the future of the Holden Proving Ground 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.
Please add your voice to the call to the Government to buy the Holden Proving Ground at https://vnpa.org.au/action/holden-opportunity/.
It’s also under imminent threat, with around 40 per cent of the area designated as an 'Extractive Industry Interest Area'.
The more members and supporters we have, the more powerful our voice.