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].

[1] http://www.tai.org.au/sites/default/files/P223%20-%20Drilling%20the%20Great%20Australia%20Bight%20FINAL.pdf

[2] http://www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/research-topics/aboutmyregion/tas#fisheries-sector

[3] http://www.tai.org.au/content/national-poll-australians-opposed-drilling-great-australian-bight

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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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  • Jane Rayner
    signed 2020-02-26 19:22:03 +1100
    Very much doubt the corrupt and environment unfriendly Morrison government will protect the Bight. In the wake of the catastrophic bushfires it’s only too obvious this government couldn’t care less about our native fauna or flora, and their lack of interest in the damage to the Great Barrier Reef, caps off their vandalism.

    I do not trust this government to do anything to preserve the Bight and I’m sure they’re already trawling around for some other company to wreck it.
  • Graeme Gibson
    signed 2020-02-26 19:08:54 +1100
    Graeme Gibson
  • dianne powell
    signed 2020-02-26 18:54:16 +1100
  • John Boyle
    signed 2020-02-26 18:29:39 +1100
    Explorative oil drilling must never be allowed in any of Australia’s off shore waters.
  • Rosemary Le Page
    signed 2020-02-26 18:27:04 +1100
  • Anna Breust
    signed 2020-02-26 18:23:07 +1100
    The Australian Bight requires protection from drilling for all humanity, and the health of our southern oceans.
  • Garry Moffatt
    signed 2020-02-26 18:16:23 +1100
  • Dr Jack / Ms Robyn Knobel
    signed 2020-02-26 18:10:40 +1100
    This is a most wonderful and precious ecosystem that must be protected for all the species that are known to be there. Future generations have the right to enjoy this. Our natural world is under threat from climate change. We must save and protect these areas.
  • Gwenda Casey
    signed 2020-02-26 18:02:50 +1100
    Gwenda Casey
  • Irene Follon
    signed 2020-02-26 17:41:49 +1100
  • Carolyn Goldberg
    signed 2020-02-26 17:37:37 +1100
  • John MacLeod
    signed 2020-02-26 17:37:30 +1100
  • Lorraine Bull
    signed 2020-02-26 17:36:09 +1100
  • columba howard
    signed 2020-02-26 17:35:57 +1100
  • victoria m oore
    signed 2020-02-26 17:26:34 +1100
    Just look at the strata in the cliffs. You can see how old Australia is. Then look at the beautiful aqua blue of the water and you can see how untouched it is. That is the way it should remain Anyone who does’t feel somehow stirred when they look at the Great Australian Bight is not a person I wish to know
  • David Synnott
    signed 2020-02-26 17:15:07 +1100
    David Synnott
  • Peggy Goldsmith
    signed 2020-02-26 17:13:20 +1100
  • Justin Ridge
    signed 2020-02-26 17:05:01 +1100
    All politicians should visit the Bight when the whales arrive, before making any rash decisions about it in the future. The same goes for any other high value ecosystems, that are a living part of our human environmental life support system!
  • Cecil Davie
    signed 2020-02-26 16:58:57 +1100
  • Nancy Hudson-Rodd
    signed 2020-02-26 16:56:21 +1100
  • Joan Carlin
    signed 2020-02-26 16:54:53 +1100
  • Sylvia Carr
    signed 2020-02-26 16:52:57 +1100
    We have to save the Great Australian Bight from destruction — it needs world heritage listing
  • Bruce Key
    signed 2020-02-26 16:47:53 +1100
    I have seen dozens of whales at ‘Head of the Bight’. I would like to be able to see them again, my children too.
  • Rowena Edwards
    signed 2020-02-26 16:44:23 +1100
  • Johannes de Voogd
    signed 2020-02-26 16:44:14 +1100
    It is important everyone stop the burning of coal, gas, the use of diesel, and other fuels that are causing green house gases to proliferate
  • .Marian Gedye
    signed 2020-02-26 16:40:22 +1100
  • Rachael Hughes
    signed 2020-02-26 16:38:10 +1100