Fight for the Bight ramps up

People have come out in full force to fight for the Great Australian Bight and send a message that oil drilling is not welcome in the pristine marine environment there.

A national day of protest, run by the Great Australian Bight Alliance, saw more than 50 events pop up across Australia on Saturday, November 23, including at Middleton and Victor Harbor.

About 400 people who attended a 'hands across the sand' protest at Middleton Beach were supported by local Aboriginal elders in the form of a letter, while people climbed The Bluff to show some of the coastline which could be affected if an oil spill occurred during drilling.

Wilderness Society SA director Peter Owen said the hordes of people who attended protests Australia-wide made it "fairly clear" the nation did not support oil company Equinor's application to drill for oil in the Bight.

"If Equinor doesn't follow the lead of BP and Chevron (companies who withdrew oil drilling applications), these types of events will roll on through summer."