Protect The Great Australian Bight

BREAKING: Norwegian company Equinor has dumped its plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight.

The Great Australian Bight is a marine environment of almost unparalleled ecological significance off the southern coast of Australia.

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.

Now it's time for the government to pursue Word Heritage status for the Bight and protect it from drilling forever.

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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  • Sally Third
    signed 2020-02-27 22:20:56 +1100
  • Dana Cordell
    signed 2020-02-27 22:07:37 +1100
  • Linda Avramides
    signed 2020-02-27 21:59:14 +1100
  • Mary Norton
    signed 2020-02-27 21:27:32 +1100
    Mary Norton
  • Anna Hayward
    signed 2020-02-27 20:47:54 +1100
    It would be an absolute crime and an ecological disaster if oil drilling were allowed in the Great Australian Bight. This marine environment of almost unparalleled ecological significance should be protected at all costs.
  • Richard Raymond
    signed 2020-02-27 19:34:44 +1100
    Thank goodness for The Australian Institute!
  • stephen hale
    signed 2020-02-27 17:50:00 +1100
    stephen hale
  • Vicki Wakeling
    signed 2020-02-27 17:45:40 +1100
  • Laura ealey
    signed 2020-02-27 17:38:36 +1100
    Delighted to hear the good news. Hearty congratulations to all who enable this to suceed/
  • keri james
    signed 2020-02-27 17:18:37 +1100
  • Ian Hodgkinson
    signed 2020-02-27 16:50:47 +1100
  • Vera Yee
    signed 2020-02-27 16:18:55 +1100
  • Glen Anthony
    signed 2020-02-27 15:36:57 +1100
  • Daryl Morris
    signed 2020-02-27 14:24:36 +1100
    Daryl Morris
  • Lisa Ervine
    signed 2020-02-27 14:18:11 +1100
  • Meredith Stanton
    signed 2020-02-27 13:39:34 +1100
    A government for people and planet would act to protect our future.

    The need for national and global leadership has never been more important. Australia needs to lead on ending fossil fuel corruption.
  • Ed Love
    signed 2020-02-27 13:38:21 +1100
  • Phillipa Weaver
    signed 2020-02-27 13:06:32 +1100