Elliston group continues fight for Bight

UNITED: More than 50 people showed their support for Unite the Bight Elliston. Picture: SA Rips
UNITED: More than 50 people showed their support for Unite the Bight Elliston. Picture: SA Rips

More than 50 people gathered at Elliston on Tuesday to send a unified message, keep oil drilling out of the Great Australian Bight.

Unite the Bight Elliston held the event to continue the momentum of lobbying to protect the Bight from oil exploration.

Unite the Bight Elliston founding member Anne Taylor said the event came about because representatives from Patagonia, an organisation that supports grassroots environmental groups, were in the area.

“Unite the Bight Elliston decided to jump on the opportunity,” she said.

Among the group from Patagonia was professional surfer Dave ‘Rasta’ Rastovich.

People brought surfboards painted with environmental messages and grouped together to spell ‘No Oil In Bight’.

The campaign has been bolstered with the news earlier this month of Chevron abandoning plans to drill for oil there.

This followed BP’s withdrawal from the Bight in October last year.

Ms Taylor said people needed to keep up the momentum and push for all oil and gas companies to leave the Bight.

“Statoil is still a great threat (to the Bight),” she said.

“While it’s good news Chevron’s out, the fight’s not over.”

This weekend Unite the Bight Elliston will have a information booth at the Elliston Wool Show.

Ms Taylor said the group would like to see Elliston District Council join Victor Harbor, Holdfast Bay, Yorke Peninsula, Yankalilla and Kangaroo Island councils in calling for a moratorium on oil and gas exploration.