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.


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  • Denis Hillman
    signed 2019-09-22 05:16:02 +1000
    Don’t blight the Bight – Ever.
  • andrew gelbart
    signed 2019-09-20 18:25:31 +1000
    This is a poor risk reward project. There are many better ways to invest.
  • Christopher Ridings
    signed 2019-09-20 16:58:34 +1000
  • Graeme Wood
    signed 2019-09-20 09:46:10 +1000
  • Jemma Meecham
    signed 2019-09-20 09:16:50 +1000
    Jemma Meecham
  • Liam Bywater
    signed 2019-09-20 00:49:48 +1000
  • Jasper Boccalatte
    signed 2019-09-19 22:35:04 +1000
  • Chris Pender
    signed 2019-09-19 21:38:42 +1000
    Go for it
  • Erik Eriksen
    signed 2019-09-19 21:28:05 +1000
  • neville meredith
    signed 2019-09-19 19:59:09 +1000
  • Pete Turner
    signed 2019-09-19 19:58:19 +1000
  • Cathryn Kelly
    signed 2019-09-19 18:10:32 +1000
  • Sandra Taylor
    signed 2019-09-19 18:03:38 +1000
  • richard and jill Hall
    signed 2019-09-19 17:58:20 +1000
  • Joan Variava
    signed 2019-09-19 17:56:08 +1000
  • Jennifer Saunders
    signed 2019-09-19 17:48:37 +1000
  • Sarah Sullivan
    signed 2019-09-19 17:28:46 +1000
  • Annemarie Doyle
    signed 2019-09-19 17:27:34 +1000
    Annemarie Doyle
  • John Englart
    signed 2019-09-19 17:05:53 +1000
    No room for more fossil fuels in a safe climate
  • Julie Woods
    signed 2019-09-06 00:00:36 +1000
    Please take notice of this petition! Don’t spoil the Great Australia Bight!
  • Catherine Reynolds
    signed 2019-09-02 08:45:19 +1000
  • Rita Kiker
    signed 2019-08-30 05:19:43 +1000
    Rita Kiker
  • darren clark
    signed 2019-08-29 13:54:31 +1000
  • Peter Atherton
    signed 2019-08-28 21:19:50 +1000
    Australia has enough solar energy to power the planet, subsidise that if you want to subsidise energy!
  • Ken Dally
    signed 2019-08-28 21:18:36 +1000
    Ken Dally
  • Chris Rawlinson
    signed 2019-08-28 15:25:08 +1000
  • Danielle Forrest
    signed 2019-08-28 15:03:27 +1000
  • Peter Mahoney
    signed 2019-08-27 23:09:11 +1000