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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  • Stephen Whitear
    signed 2019-06-25 16:10:30 +1000
  • Allan Lees
    signed 2019-06-25 16:10:24 +1000
  • Russell Mitchell
    signed 2019-06-25 16:08:48 +1000
  • Dianne Bradley
    signed 2019-06-25 16:08:37 +1000
  • Wilma Carolan
    signed 2019-06-25 16:07:40 +1000
  • L Smith
    signed 2019-06-25 16:06:58 +1000
  • Rowena McDougall
    signed 2019-06-25 16:06:17 +1000
  • elaine Attwood
    signed 2019-06-25 16:04:47 +1000
    This is madness!
  • Lucy May
    signed 2019-06-25 16:04:38 +1000
  • Leon Lack
    signed 2019-06-25 16:03:28 +1000
  • Elle Vallance
    signed 2019-06-25 16:02:27 +1000
    Argh! Don’t risk our future.
  • Jenny Thorp
    signed 2019-06-25 16:01:10 +1000
    Keep the Bight a sanctuary. No drilling.
  • Michael O'Halloran
    signed 2019-06-25 16:00:43 +1000
  • Beth Young
    signed 2019-06-25 16:00:23 +1000
  • rick Nankivell
    signed 2019-06-25 15:59:50 +1000
  • Mike Dunphy
    signed 2019-06-25 15:59:16 +1000
  • Bec Taylor
    signed 2019-06-25 15:59:15 +1000
  • Richard Bentley
    signed 2019-06-25 15:58:10 +1000
    Put the environment first for once.
  • Tom Kingston
    signed 2019-06-25 15:57:05 +1000
  • Jean John
    signed 2019-06-25 15:56:28 +1000
    The Great Australian Bight is so environmentally important not just to South Australia but to the world. It is important for the creatures that inhabit it but also culturally significant to the Mirning people who have protected it for so long – unlike us who would ruin it for money.
  • Merran Dyer
    signed 2019-06-25 15:55:58 +1000
  • Karen Collins
    signed 2019-06-25 15:55:57 +1000
    Karen Collins
  • Manja Visschedijk
    signed 2019-06-25 15:55:48 +1000
    The potential long-term harm far outweighs short-term benefits! Don’t allowing drilling for oil in the Bight!
  • Nathan V
    signed 2019-06-25 15:54:46 +1000
  • Richard Gibson
    signed 2019-06-25 15:54:17 +1000
  • Martin Tucker
    signed 2019-06-25 15:53:07 +1000
  • George Abrams
    signed 2019-06-25 15:52:38 +1000
  • Kirsty Magarey
    signed 2019-06-25 15:52:31 +1000
  • Greg Osborn
    signed 2019-06-25 15:52:17 +1000
    Please prevent this insanity.
  • Sharon Ede
    signed 2019-06-25 15:51:51 +1000