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.


807 signatures

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  • Kate Gerard
    signed 2019-07-31 13:30:22 +1000
  • Karen Love
    signed 2019-07-31 13:18:47 +1000
  • Veronica Skipworth
    signed 2019-07-31 11:19:03 +1000
    There are many new Oil grounds being explored around Australia n approved so why not leave the GREAT AUSTRALIAN BIGHT alone.

    Greedy oil n gas Companies n Governments thinking $$$$$$$ will be made but what about Mother Ocean n Her Residents when oil spills dissentigrades all living beings.

    Seems to me the care factor has been lost from these people in power. Oil spill = lost of birds fishes reefs seawater sands etc.

    STOP being greedy n protect our shores not rape them
  • Thaddeus Treloar
    signed 2019-07-31 09:53:54 +1000
  • Howard Moses
    signed 2019-07-31 09:37:55 +1000
    This is the worst idea ever. We must leave it in the ground. Not worth the catastrophic risk for such little potential benefit.
  • Mette Moelgaard
    signed 2019-07-31 08:44:04 +1000
  • Emily Mccarthy
    signed 2019-07-31 08:36:26 +1000
  • Sarah Hegarty
    signed 2019-07-31 08:36:16 +1000
    Please listen.
  • Kim Munson
    signed 2019-07-31 08:20:22 +1000
  • Iona P
    signed 2019-07-31 05:24:54 +1000
  • Imran Amjad
    signed 2019-07-31 01:09:04 +1000
    Hands off. Our natural environment is a legacy that we should leave for future generations.
  • Bron Grudnoff
    signed 2019-07-30 23:01:28 +1000
  • Fiona Gill
    signed 2019-07-30 22:27:08 +1000
  • Lindsay Goward
    signed 2019-07-30 20:13:50 +1000
  • Jenny Forster
    signed 2019-07-30 20:06:10 +1000
    We’ve lost the Great Barrier Reef. We will not lose the Great Australian Bight too. Not in my Bight.
  • Chris Stewart
    signed 2019-07-30 19:59:07 +1000
  • Peta Hirschfeld
    signed 2019-07-30 19:22:07 +1000
  • Shirley Aung
    signed 2019-07-30 19:13:28 +1000
  • Megan Gardner
    signed 2019-07-30 18:46:42 +1000
    How about protecting what we have left on the planet instead of exploiting and damaging it
  • Allison Wall
    signed 2019-07-30 18:36:12 +1000
  • Brett Houghton
    signed 2019-07-30 17:38:15 +1000
    There are alternative fule sources their are no Alternative BIGHTS! Do not risk it!!
  • Kerrie Matchett
    signed 2019-07-30 17:37:02 +1000
  • Sam Barripp
    signed 2019-07-30 17:28:20 +1000
  • Luke Duncan
    signed 2019-07-30 16:51:43 +1000
  • Margaret Ratcliffe
    signed 2019-07-30 15:28:53 +1000
  • Fiona Cochrane
    signed 2019-07-30 13:40:04 +1000
  • Donna Abbott
    signed 2019-07-30 13:23:53 +1000
    Donna Abbott
  • Judith Roach
    signed 2019-07-30 13:07:31 +1000
  • Loki Doherty Hough
    signed 2019-07-30 11:37:37 +1000
  • Victor Hoisington
    signed 2019-07-30 11:14:17 +1000
    Having worked in worldwide marine transportation of petroleum for 24 years and then another 16 years in offshore oil and gas in Australia, I do not have the confidence that any oil and gas operation can operate with the level of safety that will protect the marine environment and particularly the Great Australian Bight.