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The Fight For the Bight goes on – with two weeks left to act

1 May 19

To date, almost 30,000 ocean lovers have joined the Surfrider Foundation and the Great Australian Bight Alliance in our nationwide paddle outs that have rolling out each weekend across Australia. This issue is one that is close to the hearts of Australians. Many at the paddle outs have never surfed before but are there to support.

We want to tell Equinor peacefully that we do not want them to drill in our waters. The risk is just too great.

These are the roughest seas on Planet Earth and no matter what the economic benefits, the potential for catastrophic degradation of thousands of kilometres of Australian coastline is too great. In a world where the burning of fossil fuels is become less popular due to the evident issues of climate change, the type of money that is being spent on this project, could be better used in developing alternative energy systems.

Over 30,000 Australians wrote submissions opposing the licenses to drill in the Great Australian Bight and that is a lot of concerned Australians putting pens to paper.

The process took a lot of time and it wasn’t just a social media ‘click and like’.

A delegation headed up by Heath Joske is travelling to Norway in two weeks to deliver letters of opposition from concerned Australians, to the Equinor Board at their AGM. 

We have to act quickly and voice our opposition so that the people of Norway understand that we do not want them to drill in our waters. We are asking everyone to write a heartfelt letter telling Equinor to not go ahead with the project.


We have less than two weeks to act!

What’s even crazier is that the area where the drilling will occur is a Marine Sanctuary where Southern Right Whales breed.

The notion of setting up an oil rig in this pristine marine environment 372 kms off the coast of South Australia is ludicrous.

We’ve had a fantastic response from the surfing community who have come out in support of our campaign to oppose the Equinor licenses to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight. The paddle outs have happened in each of the six States and have galvanised the surfing community.

The heroes of the surfing world have come out in support, including John John Florence, Mick Fanning, Owen Wright, Joel Parkinson, Jack Freestone, Ave Buchan, Layne Beachley and so many others.

Susie Crick, Chair of Surfrider Australia said, “We really do not want any drilling for oil in the Great Australian Bight. If the Norwegian mining giant, Equinor go ahead and drill for oil they are posing a huge risk on our beaches from Western Australia to NSW. To even propose this in a Marine Sanctuary located 372 kms off the Australian coastline is sheer madness. Australians cannot allow this to go ahead.  Out of sight is not out of mind. This pristine marine environment is home to many species of marine life and is a Southern Right Whale breeding area.

“It is also home to some of the wildest seas on planet Earth. The storms of the southern ocean, north of the Antarctic are known to produce enormous waves and winds, and the risk is just too great. An oil spill in this part of the world would be catastrophic. It would spread an oil slick across thousands of kilometres of Australian coastline. Surfrider’s mission is to protect Australia’s waves and beaches.

“Drilling for oil in this region could not present a greater danger. We need to immobilise the entire ocean loving and surfing community to join us in this fight. Fight for the Bight!”

The Surfrider Foundation has been in Australia for almost 30 years fighting for ocean conservation. We are all volunteers at Surfrider and our mission is to protect our oceans waves and beaches, anything that threatens our coastline makes us immobilise and come together.

We are asking the surfing community to get involved in our nationwide paddle outs.

The Surfrider University of Wollongong crew are hosting one this Sunday 5/5/19 at 10am at North Wollongong beach.

Come along and join us as we tell the Norwegian mining giant NO-X-WAY EQUINOR

Watch the clip here

- Surfrider Foundation Australia







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