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Fight to protect the Bight - City of Holdfast Bay opposes drilling in the Great Australian Bight

Wednesday 6 March 2019

The City of Holdfast Bay has announced its opposition to oil and gas exploration and drilling in the Great Australian Bight, in response to a public consultation.

National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) is undertaking a consultation on the proposed environment plan by Equinor for their planned drilling activity in the Great Australian Bight.

In a letter to NOPSEMA, Mayor Amanda Wilson advised that the City of Holdfast Bay was concerned about the risks of such drilling.

“The City of Holdfast Bay council is committed to protecting our valuable natural environment,” said Amanda Wilson.

“It is evident from Council discussions that our community is extremely concerned about the significant risks related to exploration activities in the Great Australian Bight.

“The risks and likelihood of catastrophic damage from an oil spill to both the unique biodiversity found in and near the Great Australian Bight, and to coastal environments much further away, far outweigh any economic benefits.

“We are a coastal community that strongly values its clean coastal environment, with easy access to our beautiful beaches and marine environment, of the Gulf St Vincent.

“Our economy relies on activities and high profile events generated by the tourism industry that showcase our coastal assets. Any risk to these features will be a grave concern for our community.

“We believe that no environmental plan could mitigate the extraordinary risks that come with having an offshore drilling platform in the deepest, roughest, furthest offshore location in the world.”