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].

[1] http://www.tai.org.au/sites/default/files/P223%20-%20Drilling%20the%20Great%20Australia%20Bight%20FINAL.pdf

[2] http://www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/research-topics/aboutmyregion/tas#fisheries-sector

[3] http://www.tai.org.au/content/national-poll-australians-opposed-drilling-great-australian-bight

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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.

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  • Michael Moller
    signed 2019-07-15 11:41:10 +1000
  • David Arthur
    signed 2019-07-14 16:02:05 +1000
    The world is weaning itself off petroleum, Australia should do so as well.


    Instead, the Nullarbor coast from Ceduna to Eucla and then the southern WA coast all the way to Esperance could host wind farms with a transmission line installed between WA grid and eastern states.


    That would also open up the potential for solar farms all along the way – as well as providing power for a transcontinental high-speed rail and recharging stations all along the Eyre Highway.
  • Louise doran
    signed 2019-07-13 15:29:08 +1000
  • Oliver Polglase
    signed 2019-07-12 12:56:03 +1000
  • Vicki A. Gouteff
    signed 2019-07-11 17:58:29 +1000
    The Bight must not be destroyed, the value of the Bight is more than oil, it is the best location for the multitudes of species that it has provided for over many years. Please stop the oil companies from destroying the many creatures that live in the Bight
  • Jennifer Donovan
    signed 2019-07-09 19:10:27 +1000
    Jennifer Donovan
  • Shirley Benlow
    signed 2019-07-09 14:53:47 +1000
    Our Great Australian Bight must be protected at all costs from oil drilling and any other environmental destructive enterprise.
  • katherine llewellyn
    signed 2019-07-09 08:45:54 +1000
  • Barbara McMahon
    signed 2019-07-07 19:18:07 +1000
  • Sarah Bray
    signed 2019-07-07 19:17:03 +1000
  • Giuliana Otmarich
    signed 2019-07-07 18:39:04 +1000
  • Margaret Strickland
    signed 2019-07-06 23:10:34 +1000
  • Sergio P.
    signed 2019-07-02 08:24:24 +1000
  • Anne-Marie Grisogono
    signed 2019-07-01 16:57:20 +1000
  • Laura Healy
    signed 2019-07-01 16:50:52 +1000
  • Amy Brown
    signed 2019-07-01 11:16:02 +1000
  • Josianne Fahey
    signed 2019-06-30 19:20:20 +1000
    So many reasons not to go ahead with this proposal. Don’t be Future Deniers!
  • Ben Jackson
    signed 2019-06-30 19:03:56 +1000
  • charles sublet
    signed 2019-06-30 11:55:45 +1000
  • Jan Dallas
    signed 2019-06-30 10:21:46 +1000
    No need to point out how wrong this is.
  • Neal Bridgeman
    signed 2019-06-30 06:45:40 +1000
  • Ben Oscar Anderson
    signed 2019-06-30 02:06:48 +1000
  • Gail Mahon
    signed 2019-06-29 16:44:34 +1000
  • Danny Ronis
    signed 2019-06-29 14:11:02 +1000
  • Peter Thompson
    signed 2019-06-29 02:00:51 +1000
    Peter Thompson