Protect The Great Australian Bight

BP, Chevron and now Equinor have all abandoned their plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, but other companies still hold exploration leases in the area. If you want to see the Great Australian Bight protected for future generations, add your name to the petition asking the Australian Parliament to legislate to protect the Bight from oil drilling and to officially begin the process of declaring the area a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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:

  • A catastrophic oil spill in the Bight would put more than 27,000 fisheries and tourism jobs at risk and it could reach coastlines all the way from WA to NSW.
  • An oil spill has the potential to wipe out Tasmania's wild catch fisheries - an industry worth around $200 million. That is before we think about the impact to Tasmania's tourism industry, which relies heavily on its clean and green image.
  • South Australia stood to gain 27 times less than the Norwegian government, financially, if drilling was allowed to proceed.
  • 60% of Australians and 68% of South Australians are opposed to drilling in the Bight.

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.

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.

ADD YOUR NAME --

3,117 signed so far

Will you sign?

: :

:

:

:

:

: :

: :

:

:

: :

:

:

: :

By signing this petition you accept the Australia Institute's Privacy Policy.

Latest supporters

Julie Bird signed 2020-02-26 07:31:23 +1100
Pamela Jones signed 2020-02-26 07:24:44 +1100
Lyn Faulks signed 2020-02-26 07:16:29 +1100
John Stephenson signed 2020-02-26 07:14:03 +1100
Kerrie Matchett signed 2020-02-26 07:12:22 +1100
Zel Solomon signed 2020-02-26 07:08:20 +1100
Arno Vann signed 2020-02-26 07:07:32 +1100
Thomas Timpe signed 2020-02-26 07:07:31 +1100
Joanne Barkworth signed 2020-02-26 07:04:37 +1100
Peter Foye signed 2020-02-26 07:04:22 +1100
Liz Tidemann signed 2020-02-26 07:02:03 +1100
John Poxon signed 2020-02-26 06:59:52 +1100
Jane Giblin signed via Lindsay Tuffin 2020-02-26 06:56:51 +1100
Roberta Atherton signed 2020-02-26 06:55:40 +1100
John Molloy signed 2020-02-26 06:52:51 +1100
Garry Scott signed 2020-02-26 06:52:12 +1100
Dorothy Hambrecht signed 2020-02-26 06:44:21 +1100
Janet Mundy
Janet Mundy signed 2020-02-26 06:38:18 +1100
Richard Madigan signed 2020-02-26 06:37:56 +1100
Janet Thompson signed 2020-02-26 06:36:27 +1100
Lindsay Tuffin signed 2020-02-26 06:24:48 +1100
Cheryl Barry
Cheryl Barry signed 2020-02-26 06:10:16 +1100
Cindy Aulby signed 2020-02-26 05:51:59 +1100
Penelope Hanley
Penelope Hanley signed 2020-02-26 05:30:24 +1100
David McCreery signed 2020-02-26 05:29:02 +1100
Will Booth signed 2020-02-26 05:24:51 +1100
Paige Beer signed 2020-02-26 05:22:37 +1100
Helen Phillips
Helen Phillips signed 2020-02-26 05:01:12 +1100
Jessie Pitt signed via Fiona Scott 2020-02-26 03:54:25 +1100
Fiona Scott
Fiona Scott signed 2020-02-26 03:36:42 +1100