My mates in Watershed Victoria, many of whom are colleagues in the Australian Water Network, do not give up easily.
Watershed Victoria Still Campaigning on the Desal DisasterIn recent weeks Watershed Victoria and supporters have raised the major financial backing of the desal plant in Wonthaggi by Westpac and the National Australia Bank.
Both banks have signed on to the "Equator Principles", a comprehensive statement of responsibility to invest only in projects that have no damaging environmental and social consequences.
In the last 2 weeks we have leafletted Westpac and NAB branches in Melbourne, with good responses from bank customers.
We would love people to keep the pressure up, asking for an explanation of the banks' financial involvement and a comprehensive environmental impact study by the banks BEFORE financially backing the energy guzzling desal plant. It's a mistake both in terms of local environmental impact and climate change.
The banks have promised to meet us to discuss our concerns, but nothing has happened so far.
On the bright side, we have had many whale sightings on the coast this winter, including a Southern Right mother and calf last week.
Ring NAB Corporate Responsibility Officer on 03-86342734 or Westpac 132032 and ask for the Corporate Responsibility Officer. More details and form letters are on our website under the "writing letters" section.
We are meeting at 11am on Thursday 1st October
at Flinders St Station
for more leafletting of Westpac and NAB.
More info Neil 0143 902571.