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Holdfast Bay applauds abandoned oil drilling plans

Tuesday 25 February 2020

The City of Holdfast Bay has welcomed today’s news that plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight have been abandoned.

Norwegian company Equinor, which was given environmental approval in December last year to drill off the Nullarbor coastline, announced it would not go ahead as the “opportunity is not commercially competitive”.

Holdfast Bay Mayor Amanda Wilson, who has been a vocal opponent to the proposed drilling, applauded the announcement.

“We campaigned against drilling in the Great Australian Bight from the very beginning and we are so pleased that it will not be going ahead,” she said.

“We made our position very clear when this issue was first raised almost a year ago and again in January alongside The Wilderness Society.

“We made a strong submission to NOPSEMA (National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority) detailing our concerns and opposition to drilling in the Bight and we’re thankful it won’t be going ahead.

“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 and we were concerned that any risk to these features would be a grave concern for our community.”

Image credit: ABC News, Molly Schmidt