Saltwater Boardriders expressed their opposition to Norwegian company Equinor’s plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight on Sunday, March 3.
Meeting at Old Bar Beach for their first contest of the year, surfers from the club joined with local nippers and other concerned citizens to spell out their stance on the issue.
Part of a larger protest organised by the Great Australian Bight Alliance, the movement saw ocean-goers at beaches across Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland come together to express their resistance to the risky proposal.
With plans to deep-water drill in the tumultuous waters of the Southern Ocean, Equinor’s own modelling shows that if a spill was to occur in the Great Australian Bight, oil would potentially spread along the entire southern coastline of Australia, to Albany in the west and Port Macquarie in the east.
Many believe the environmental and economic effects of this happening would be devastating and as a result, opposition to the proposal has been building in coastal communities around the country, with the Great Australian Bight Alliance leading the charge.
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