There Will Be Over 50 'Fight For the Bight' Paddle-Outs Across Australia This Saturday

19 Nov 2019 6 Share

Photo: Ed Sloane

Photo: Ed Sloane

COASTALWATCH | ENVIRONMENT

This Saturday November 23 has been marked as Australia's National Day of Action for the Fight For The Bight, with paddle-outs taking place in coastal communities all over the country.

These paddle outs are of course in the ongoing protest of Equinor – a Norwegian Energy company – and its plans to deep-sea drill into the Great Australian Bight for oil. Equinor's own estimations show that a worst case oil spill could have devastating impact on coasts ranging from Margaret River to Port Macquarie, (including Tassie) an unfathomably large stretch of coast. 

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For more information about this issue, click back to Nick Carroll's piece on the matter from February.

And for now, let's lend our ears to the Big Oil Don't Surf page for an updated explanation of where we're at in this battle:

"Equinor has once again been forced to resubmit their plan to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight. They have until November 29 to do so. The exploratory well, due to be drilled next year, will be the deepest offshore well in Australian waters and one of the most remote in the world. It is frontier drilling and there are no guarantees it can be done safely. Drilling this well will cross a line in the sand with not just those in coastal communities but all Australians. We’ve made it clear in our hundreds of thousands that we do not want our way of life risked by yet another profit-driven fossil fuel project. These projects are responsible for overheating our home planet and threatening a liveable future for all of us. We need to transition to cleaner, renewable sources of energy. Opening a giant oil basin in a pristine marine environment is an idea that belongs in a previous century.

The Fight for the Bight is not over, not by a long shot. The Bight must stay wild and free."

And if you're not fired up yet, here's some stirring words from Sean Doherty, taken from his Instagram, about this Saturday's paddle-outs:

"It’s our line in the sand where we say enough. It’s about saving the Bight but it’s more than that. It’s the people of the coast standing up to huge development everywhere that risks the coast and our way of life. It’s sending a message that we don’t want huge fossil fuel projects that risk our kids’ future. It’s sending a message that we want leadership that thinks beyond the next election and appeasing the fossil fuel lobby. We’ve been lucky to enjoy life on the Australian coast, and this is about passing that luck onto future generations. These community rallies and paddle outs are for anyone who cares about the coastline where they live. If we can send Equinor back to Norway it sends a huge message to the next Equinor, the next gas field, the next cruise ship terminal and to those in power that the people of the coast won’t be treated like fools."

Let's get out there!

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FULL LIST OF PADDLE OUT LOCATIONS

QUEENSLAND

Agnes Water
Nov. 23rd, 7:00AM
Location: Agnes Water Main Beach
For details check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/724618694686978/

Bundaberg
Nov. 23rd, 12PM
Location: Nielson Beach
For details check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2635445283229760/ 

Capricorn Coast
Details to come.

Sunshine Coast
Nov. 23rd, 9AM
Location: Beach access south of the Maroochydore SLSC
For details check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/437203023662136/ 

Townsville
Nov. 23rd, 10:00AM
Location: The Strand Park, North Ward
For details check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/421869458505931/ 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Bombo
Nov. 23rd, 8:00AM
Location: North Bombo Carpark
For details check out the Instagram : @gerringongsurfschoolhttps://www.instagram.com/p/B44cRY6AqJB/

Bondi Beach
Nov. 23rd, 12PM
Location: South end of Bondi (on grass hill)
For details check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/783661862085294/ 

Byron Bay
Nov. 23rd, 9AM
Location: Main Beach, Byron Bay Surf Club
For details, check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/462526424377637/ 

Camden Head
Details to come

Coffs Harbour
Nov. 23rd, 10AM
Location: In front of the Coffs Yacht Club at the Jetty
For details check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/427465224864548/ 

Culburra
Nov. 23rd, 9:30AM
Location: Culburra Beach
For details check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/948323872212410/ 

Forster
Details to come

Kianga 
Nov. 23rd, 9:30AM
Location: Kianga Beach
For details check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2361250777336062/ 

Lennox Head
Details to come

Manly Beach
Nov. 23rd, 11AM
Location: Manly Beach - South End
For details check out the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/458913108087235/

Merimbula
Details to come 

Mollymook Beach
Nov. 23rd, 7:30AM
Location: North Mollymook
For details check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2595204183899738/ 

Newcastle
Details to come 

Port Macquarie
Details to come 

Mallacoota
Nov. 23rd, 12PM
Location: Bastion Beach Mallacoota
For details check out the Facebook event https://facebook.com/events/777944872627379/?ti=ia

VICTORIA 

Mornington Peninsula
Nov. 23rd, 11AM
Location: Rye Pier
For details check out the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/516774998919790/518358258761464/?notif_t=admin_plan_mall_activity&notif_id=1574036902412270

Norman Bay
Nov. 23rd, 12PM
Location: Norman Beach car park (second ramp), Tidal River

Phillip Island
Details to come 

Port Fairy Lighthouse
Nov. 23rd, 10AM
Location: Port Fairy Lighthouse Carpark
For details check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1029393134059172/ 

Portland
Details to come. For now, follow: https://www.facebook.com/fightforthebightportfairy/

Sandy Point
Details to come

Torquay Beach
Nov. 23rd, 11AM
Location: Torquay Front Beach (near Cosy Corner)
For details check out the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/811943589225611/

TASMANIA

Bicheno
Details to come

Clifton Beach
Nov. 23rd, 10AM
Location: Meet along the foreshore at South Clifton Beach for a photo before we paddle out together.
For details check out the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/2194808010620518/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1573703427846628

Devonport
Details to come 

Hobart
Nov. 23rd, 10AM
Location: Meet along the foreshore at Long Beach for a photo before we paddle out together.
For details check out the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/468583760677090

Nubeena
Details to come

Park Beach
Nov. 23rd, 10AM
Location: Meet along the foreshore at Park Beach for a photo before we paddle out together.
For details check out the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/734516923690772/

Scamander
Details to come

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 

Albany
Details to come

Denmark
Nov. 23rd, 9AM
Location: Ocean Beach
For details check out the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/926299847751516/

Esperance
Nov. 23rd, 8AM
Location: Esperance Whale Tail
For details check out the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/2437392696382829/

Mandurah Foreshore
Nov. 23rd, 8AM
Location: Doddis Beach Halls Head

Margaret River
Nov. 23rd, 11AM
Location: Gnarabup Beach in front of the White Elephant Cafe
For details check out the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1194348674099093/

Perth
Details to come

Yallingup Beach
Details to come

SOUTH AUSTRALIA 

Elliston
Nov. 23rd, 9:30AM
Location: Elliston Jetty
For details check out the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/507254000002414/

Kangaroo Island
Nov. 23rd, 11AM
Location: Raptor Domain
For details check out the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/500175080840087/

Middleton
Nov. 23rd, 11:30AM
Location: Middleton Point upper carpark

For details check out the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1010657985947580/?notif_t=plan_edited&notif_id=1574028911818978

Point Sinclair
Nov. 23rd, 12PM
Location: Point Sinclair

Port Lincoln
Nov. 23rd, 12PM
Location: Foreshore near Town Jetty
For details check out the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/2604348743131136/

Port Noarlunga
Nov. 23rd, 11AM
Location: Esplanade, Port Noarlunga (next to the jetty)
For details check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2484936544935033/

Port Willunga
Nov. 23rd, 11AM
Location: Star of Greece Kiosk
For details check out the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/2439196756347971/ 

Streaky Bay
Nov. 23rd, 10:30AM
Location: Streaky Bay jetty
For details check out the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/573216863414279/

Victor Harbor
Details to come

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