Would you build a desal plant here? by Travis Easton

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Powlett River is the spot our illustrous government has told us we will build the southern hemispheres largest desalination plant. There has been no consultation or environmental impact studies just an announcement of what will happen. Needless to say this move to convert a wilderness and pastoral area into a pollution guzzling industrial estate is not being well recieved. To run this $3,200,000,000 plant an additional 1,200,000,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases will be released into the atmosphere each year plus it will pollute the local marine environment at a rate of 7,000litres a second which will obviously alter and possibly (some say definitely) destroy the local marine environment. This will in turn force the Philip Island Seal and Fairy Penguin (Parade) population to look for better feeding grounds risking the $75,000,000 a year that tourists spend visiting these natural attractions. On top of that the site for the plant as you can see is absolutely gorgeous (it’s 200m from where I took this photo).

To find out more visit your water your say

100% of profits from this image will go to the, your water your say action group fighting fund (I’ve put the margin up more than usual as the donation thing is kind of pointless unless there’s a bit of money in it).

For other shots from this area check out my Bass Coast gallery.

Australia’s rugged landscape is an important part of my life and over many years I have explored some of the more remote parts of it on foot, ski, kayak and rope. I usually travel alone so I can take my time capturing the essence of these places without distraction. Life slows down and after a while I feel like I begin to merge with the land, nature takes me into her confidence and changes me. I hope you enjoy the fruit of these excursions.

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  • lianne
    lianneabout 7 years ago

    I think that the very thought of such extravagant beauty being despoiled by a desalination plant would just overwhelm me – how painful to conceive. This is just magnificent Travis – and your love for your beautiful country shows in all you do!

  • Halcyon007
    Halcyon007about 7 years ago

    No I wouldn’t!

    But as usual, money talks and I hope at the very least that the actions and views are noted so as to not spoil such a beautiful place.

  • Gaurav Dhup
    Gaurav Dhupabout 7 years ago

    Great capture!

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1about 7 years ago

    hopefully this wonderful image will be a powerful force and add huge weight to any protest!! good luck indeed!!

  • Caroline Gorka
    Caroline Gorkaabout 7 years ago

    Absolutely not ….nor in Black Rock, near me…..another place that was a suggested site.

  • Dogman
    Dogmanabout 7 years ago

    This is a gorgeous capture, and I agree with you, it shouldn’t be destoyed and spoiled for a diesel plan, but that is what they call progress…I am not in favour but I work in areas where that is what we do…It creates work for some of us but in another hand, it ruins the land and the life of many people..

    I would strongly suggest that you take more and more picture of that beautiful area so we see the “progress” and you can show the worl what the industries are doing to our planet…

    Have a nice day!!!

  • Anne Smyth
    Anne Smythabout 7 years ago

    absolutely not – this image is lovely and would be a powerful voice in any moves to stop development. Perhaps an online petition with signatures
    Beuticul place beutifully captured

  • Anne Smyth
    Anne Smythabout 7 years ago

    that word is beautiful when my fingers don’t tangle

  • Marcus Grant IPA
    Marcus Grant IPAabout 7 years ago

    No way would i, such a beautiful spot. Well captures T..

    AARDVARKabout 7 years ago

    A great photo Travis. The only thing I would build there is a one man lodge. We had a similar problem i the ’70s, the Central Electricity Generating Board were planning to build a nuclear power station on the best beach in England. We beat them but it took years and cost us a fortune.

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