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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  • Haydn Beechey
    signed 2019-08-26 16:31:00 +1000
  • John Rhys Jones
    signed 2019-08-26 16:13:58 +1000
  • Anne Barnett
    signed 2019-08-26 15:58:05 +1000
  • Dennis Pritchard
    signed 2019-08-26 15:29:21 +1000
  • David Scolyer
    signed 2019-08-26 15:16:41 +1000
  • margaret schmidt
    signed 2019-08-26 14:40:19 +1000
  • Mark Cattaneo
    signed 2019-08-26 14:39:46 +1000
    Mark Cattaneo
  • Joshua Hartigan
    signed 2019-08-26 14:36:38 +1000
  • Sue Graham
    signed 2019-08-26 14:23:36 +1000
  • Rani Lyons
    signed 2019-08-26 14:18:28 +1000
  • Robert Charlton
    signed 2019-08-26 13:29:22 +1000
    Robert Charlton
  • William Lomas
    signed 2019-08-26 13:13:49 +1000
  • Anne Sweet
    signed 2019-08-26 13:12:07 +1000
    Anne Christine Sweet
  • Colin Brown
    signed 2019-08-26 12:52:21 +1000
    It’s time to move away from fossil fuels and use hydrogen to fuel vehicles. Don’t destroy our waters for short term gain.
  • Graeme Dobson
    signed 2019-08-26 12:48:34 +1000
    Graeme Dobson
  • Thomas Suters
    signed 2019-08-26 12:45:15 +1000
    Wouldn’t it be funny that they spend billions on searching for oil, and then find there is none there. Very funny.
  • Michael Whalley
    signed 2019-08-26 12:22:07 +1000
  • Camren Wollbrandt
    signed 2019-08-26 12:11:45 +1000
  • Josephine Offer
    signed 2019-08-26 12:09:01 +1000
  • Eric Oliver
    signed 2019-08-26 12:08:49 +1000
  • Anne Wood
    signed 2019-08-26 12:01:15 +1000
  • Francis Muldoon
    signed 2019-08-26 12:00:44 +1000
  • Will Elder
    signed 2019-08-26 11:57:03 +1000
  • Brett Etherington
    signed 2019-08-26 11:55:06 +1000
  • Matilda Duncan
    signed 2019-08-15 19:40:19 +1000
  • Liz Darvill
    signed 2019-08-15 09:26:33 +1000
  • Zoe Thomson
    signed 2019-08-12 08:38:57 +1000
  • Susan Austin
    signed 2019-08-10 14:24:21 +1000
  • Murray Ryder
    signed 2019-08-06 18:55:04 +1000
    This is now beyond a joke. The people of Australia have spoken. No Drilling in the Bight.