Mar 3, 2019
Just when we all thought the prospect of drilling in the Great Australian Bight was a thing of the past, Norwegian company Equinor have formally released their draft environmental plan for deep water oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight. Equinor intends to commence drilling later this year and industry regulator NOPSEMA is already assessing…Modelling indicates in the event of a spill, the outcome would be an environmental catastrophe on every level for beaches from Margaret River in Western Australia to Port MacQuarie in the east. We’ll speak with Sean Doherty (Patagonia, Tracks) from the Fight for the Bight Alliance to ask the big questions - is there any reason to allow it to proceed, and is there any chance of stopping it?
Then we’ll be joined by Tanya Whelan and Elle Lacy from the Mornington Peninsula Branch of Surfing Mums, which is a support group for mums (and dads!) that meet weekly to surf together and relay minding the kids. Surfing Mums was established over 10 years ago and now has over 30 branches throughout Australia. We’ll be discussing how it works and how to join, and most importantly who stays on the beach when it’s pumping.
And then we cross to Sydney to speak with Jemima Robinson, Festival Director of the Ocean Film Festival which kicked off on Friday. If you like hearing about all things wet and salty well you’re going to love this - two hours of carefully curated captivating ocean-themed short and slightly longer films, screening in 29 towns and cities across Australia. If last year’s festival is anything to go by, you won’t want to miss it!