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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  • Suzanne Davies
    signed 2019-08-04 17:55:16 +1000
  • A Hrymakowski
    signed 2019-08-04 08:00:21 +1000
  • Jill Lukey
    signed 2019-08-03 18:06:27 +1000
  • Elaine Potter
    signed 2019-08-03 16:02:11 +1000
  • Brian Hatch
    signed 2019-08-03 14:00:19 +1000
  • Meredith Newman Debens
    signed 2019-08-03 10:17:14 +1000
  • Marcia Lorenz
    signed 2019-08-02 23:25:37 +1000
  • Irene Yuill
    signed 2019-08-02 22:14:50 +1000
  • Colleen Brown
    signed 2019-08-02 22:08:02 +1000
    To allow Equinor to go ahead would be criminal. We cannot subject our pristine Bight to such risk.
  • Jo-Anne Kelder
    signed 2019-08-02 12:36:37 +1000
  • lulu extonpery
    signed 2019-08-02 10:09:42 +1000
  • Lisal Covell
    signed 2019-08-02 09:42:29 +1000
  • Paul Suares
    signed 2019-08-02 06:57:07 +1000
  • Mary Brehe
    signed 2019-08-02 04:30:33 +1000
  • Judith Hart
    signed 2019-08-01 22:40:40 +1000
  • Jacob Clifton
    signed 2019-08-01 18:40:31 +1000
  • Sue Keating
    signed 2019-08-01 18:37:21 +1000
  • Ellis King
    signed 2019-08-01 14:40:21 +1000
  • Victoria Brennan
    signed 2019-08-01 07:25:47 +1000
  • Melinda Toth
    signed 2019-08-01 07:14:49 +1000
  • Paul Hanley
    signed 2019-07-31 22:47:44 +1000
  • Ben Thyer
    signed 2019-07-31 17:14:05 +1000
  • Emi Chiba
    signed 2019-07-31 15:58:42 +1000
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  • James Campbell
    signed 2019-07-31 15:17:23 +1000