Protect The Great Australian Bight

The Great Australian Bight is a marine environment of almost unparalleled ecological significance off the southern coast of Australia.

Companies are seeking permission to drill for oil in the Bight, with the Norwegian company Equinor leading the charge.

The Bight is an area of major cultural importance to the Mirning people, the traditional custodians of the land, a globally significant nursery for the endangered southern right whale and it acts as a sanctuary for critically endangered southern bluefin tuna, Australian sea lions, great white sharks, albatross, turtles, and seahorses.

Australia Institute research has shown that:

  • More than 9,000 fisheries and tourism jobs would be at risk in South Australia alone from a catastrophic oil spill in the Bight, which could reach coastlines all the way from WA to NSW[1].
  • An oil spill has the potential to wipe out Tasmania's wild catch fisheries - an industry worth around $200 million[2]. That is before we think about the impact to Tasmania's tourism industry, which relies heavily on its clean and green image.

If drilling is allowed to go ahead, billions of barrels of oil are expected to be burnt, turbocharging global warming at the exact time we should be drastically reducing carbon pollution.

Australia Institute research has also shown that 60% of Australians and 68% of South Australians are opposed to drilling in the Bight[3].





We, the undersigned--

Call upon the Australian Parliament to protect the Great Australian Bight from exploitative oil drilling that will put at risk thousands of jobs, as well as huge swathes of the Australian coastal and marine environment.

We call upon the Australian Parliament to legislate to protect the Great Australian Bight from oil drilling and to officially begin the process of declaring the area a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Great Australian Bight is an environmental treasure of national and international significance. Allowing companies to drill for oil in the Bight would accelerate global warming by further increasing Australia’s carbon emissions, put tourism, aquaculture and fisheries jobs at risk and endanger an essential marine ecosystem that acts as one of the most important whale sanctuaries in the world.

It is time to protect the Bight and the regional economies that rely on a healthy ocean to survive.


862 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Tolga Yilmaz
    signed 2019-11-16 09:58:58 +1100
  • Neil Talty
    signed 2019-11-14 22:19:38 +1100
  • Vicki Kable
    signed 2019-11-13 21:01:11 +1100
  • Steven Passey
    signed 2019-11-12 21:45:49 +1100
  • William Elder
    signed 2019-11-12 16:29:45 +1100
  • Brad Coutts
    signed 2019-11-12 16:07:53 +1100
  • Susan Pinnock
    signed 2019-11-12 11:29:20 +1100
  • Melisse Reynolds
    signed 2019-11-12 10:19:38 +1100
  • Coleen Little
    signed 2019-11-12 08:54:28 +1100
  • Lissa Evans
    signed 2019-11-12 07:26:56 +1100
    We want renewable energy not catastrophic polluting oil extraction
  • Anna Tsykin
    signed 2019-11-12 02:09:49 +1100
  • Jennie Minifie
    signed 2019-11-12 01:15:36 +1100
    Why has the Australian Government failed to list the Bight on the National Heritage List? Areas of the Bight were included in the Register of the National Estate (RNE) in the 70s, along with 13,000 other places. But, instead of our government ensuring that all of these significant places were protected for the future, the RNE was downgraded to an information database and the Australian Heritage Commission was abolished. Only 100 items have been added to the National Heritage List. The Bight is not one of them although it is of such significance to justify further assessment with a view to listing larger areas than were originally proposed..

    It is the responsibility of the Australian government to protect, conserve and manage all of our heritage. And yet, it has languished for too many years. The situation in the Bight reflects the current Australian Government’s attitude to conserving our unique heritage. It is a failure.

    Now is the time to facilitate the heritage listing of the Bight, and to protect it.


    Jennie Minifie.
  • Kathy Verran
    signed 2019-11-12 01:03:09 +1100
  • Ann McCuaig
    signed 2019-11-11 21:56:04 +1100
  • Dustin Liebelt
    signed 2019-11-11 21:49:10 +1100
  • Paul Eastman
    signed 2019-11-11 21:16:36 +1100
  • Judy Cullen
    signed 2019-11-11 20:53:26 +1100
  • Dave Kearton
    signed 2019-11-11 20:49:45 +1100
    Dave Kearton
  • Andrew Taylor
    signed 2019-11-11 20:49:35 +1100
  • Remy Pilot
    signed 2019-11-11 19:40:47 +1100
  • Keryn Jones
    signed 2019-11-11 18:47:56 +1100
  • sieglinde hopkins
    signed 2019-11-11 18:47:24 +1100
  • Karen Hising
    signed 2019-11-11 18:43:41 +1100
    Protect the Bight!
  • Virginia Bowe
    signed 2019-11-11 18:41:51 +1100
  • Melissa Neiberding
    signed 2019-11-11 18:24:39 +1100
  • Anthony Lothian
    signed 2019-11-11 18:24:10 +1100
  • Dennis Pritchard
    signed 2019-11-11 17:47:29 +1100
  • Patricia Elliott
    signed 2019-11-11 17:41:40 +1100
    Patricia Elliott
  • Ignatia Diblasi
    signed 2019-11-11 17:40:17 +1100