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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  • Norval Hope
    signed 2019-07-30 10:35:58 +1000
  • Karim Chemlal
    signed 2019-07-30 10:28:38 +1000
  • Donalea Patman
    signed 2019-07-30 09:38:32 +1000
  • Richard Baker
    signed 2019-07-30 09:01:50 +1000
  • Nathalie Johnstone
    signed 2019-07-30 08:25:04 +1000
  • Jeff Irvine
    signed 2019-07-30 06:13:28 +1000
  • Sally Stephenson
    signed 2019-07-30 05:34:30 +1000
  • Dave Vernon
    signed 2019-07-30 04:44:09 +1000
  • Ros Woodward
    signed 2019-07-29 23:31:22 +1000
  • Patricia Kahler
    signed 2019-07-29 23:28:27 +1000
    Leave the Great Australian Bite alone and invest in renewable energy technology instead! Drilling in the Bite will not help with the Transition to renewable energy it will just cause more pollution and accelerate the climates change
  • Jessica White
    signed 2019-07-29 23:04:33 +1000
  • Manny Economou
    signed 2019-07-29 23:00:11 +1000
  • Grant Hollington
    signed 2019-07-29 21:40:27 +1000
  • Fiona Symon
    signed 2019-07-29 21:13:40 +1000
  • Adam Herbst
    signed 2019-07-29 21:10:15 +1000
  • Monica Winston
    signed 2019-07-29 20:45:15 +1000
    You know what the right thing to do is.
  • Jasmine Pickup
    signed 2019-07-29 20:14:10 +1000
  • Aaron Murphy
    signed 2019-07-29 20:09:14 +1000
    Aaron Murphy
  • Stewart Turnbull
    signed 2019-07-29 20:08:30 +1000
  • Brooke E
    signed 2019-07-29 20:04:06 +1000
  • Adam Merckel
    signed 2019-07-29 19:57:03 +1000
  • Kerry Reid
    signed 2019-07-29 19:39:08 +1000
  • Graham Thomas
    signed 2019-07-29 18:51:21 +1000
  • Tania Wilby
    signed 2019-07-29 18:40:35 +1000
  • Trish St clair
    signed 2019-07-29 18:36:26 +1000
  • Matthew Drane
    signed 2019-07-29 18:34:43 +1000
  • Tim O'Reilly
    signed 2019-07-29 18:30:56 +1000
  • Anna O'Brien
    signed 2019-07-29 18:10:40 +1000
  • Lloyd Nash
    signed 2019-07-29 17:51:48 +1000
    Such a dangerous waste of resources.