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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  • Jitka Donnelly
    signed 2019-08-27 19:16:39 +1000
  • roma guerin
    signed 2019-08-27 18:33:44 +1000
    The Climate Crisis is here. The Australian coastline will be affected by rising sea levels. Albany has experienced an unprecedented number of earthquakes just in the last few months. Join the dots!
  • Steve McKenzie
    signed 2019-08-27 18:03:12 +1000
  • Neil Waddington
    signed 2019-08-27 16:48:41 +1000
    There should be no drilling allowed anywhere near the Great Australian Bight.
  • Dianne Teivans
    signed 2019-08-27 15:44:50 +1000
  • Phil Burch
    signed 2019-08-27 15:31:01 +1000
  • Leah Boucher
    signed 2019-08-27 10:03:52 +1000
    Please protect the Bight, the risk to the environment and livelihoods of many is not worth the short term profits for a few.
  • Jeshua Graham
    signed 2019-08-27 09:13:53 +1000
    Jeshua Graham
  • David Baldwin
    signed 2019-08-27 08:50:09 +1000
  • Sarah Vandermark
    signed 2019-08-27 08:49:19 +1000
  • Chris Fussell
    signed 2019-08-27 08:25:32 +1000
  • Scott Finlayson
    signed 2019-08-27 08:14:37 +1000
    Scott Finlayson
  • Rene Erhardt
    signed 2019-08-27 07:48:18 +1000
  • Rosie Beacock
    signed 2019-08-27 07:46:43 +1000
  • Joseph Patterson
    signed 2019-08-27 07:39:55 +1000
  • Jean-Michel Favre
    signed 2019-08-27 06:34:32 +1000
  • Penelope Paulsen
    signed 2019-08-27 06:04:01 +1000
  • Jasmina banu
    signed 2019-08-27 06:01:04 +1000
  • Pam DiLorenzo
    signed 2019-08-26 23:00:31 +1000
  • Grahame Drysdale
    signed 2019-08-26 22:55:12 +1000
  • Michael Benham
    signed 2019-08-26 22:01:00 +1000
  • Tania Cudmore
    signed 2019-08-26 21:58:37 +1000
  • Rebecca Page
    signed 2019-08-26 21:41:18 +1000
  • Taylor Peplow Ball
    signed 2019-08-26 21:39:20 +1000
  • Darcy Moorfield
    signed 2019-08-26 21:27:17 +1000
    Darcy Moorfield
  • John Gouldthorpe
    signed 2019-08-26 21:09:01 +1000
  • Kate Shield
    signed 2019-08-26 20:41:28 +1000
  • Malcolm Tattersall
    signed 2019-08-26 20:39:54 +1000
    It’s hard to think of any project with more negatives and fewer positives than Adani’s Carmichael mine but drilling the Bight probably meets the criteria.
  • philll Parsons
    signed 2019-08-26 19:33:39 +1000
  • Merrie Carling
    signed 2019-08-26 19:29:27 +1000