Hands Across the Sand to fight for Bight

HANDS ACROSS SAND: Lisa Kuerschner, Josie Francis, Charli Gray, Sarah Hayes, Brinkley Davies, Elise Lavers and Nel Taylor.

HANDS ACROSS SAND: Lisa Kuerschner, Josie Francis, Charli Gray, Sarah Hayes, Brinkley Davies, Elise Lavers and Nel Taylor.

Port Lincoln will join the global Hands Across the Sand event on May 20.

In Australia, the focus of the Hands Across the Sand campaign is to protect the Great Australian Bight from oil drilling by big oil companies.

On behalf of the Great Australian Bight Alliance and Fight for the Bight Port Lincoln, a group of Eyre Peninsula residents are organising the event, to be held on the Port Lincoln foreshore.

Fight for the Bight advocate Elise Lavers said the main concern they were worried about was the risk of an oil spill.

“Pristine waters provide a lot of money for Port Lincoln.

“A huge part of our local economy here is in tourism and also the fishing industry and with the risks of an oil spill so great, we just think it’s not worth it,” she said.

“All in the name of having some more oil, which of course doesn’t help with things like climate change, but also doesn’t help our local industries here.

“The truth is none of the companies can guarantee there won’t be an oil spill,” Miss Lavers said.

Fellow advocate Brinkley Davies said Hands across the Sand was to raise awareness among local people.

“A lot people use the ocean here, a lot of people don’t want big oil here, also many people here aren’t aware of what could potentially happen,” she said.

“Around the world many people are joining hands in masses… to show that we actually don’t want big oil here as a big social media push to just speak up and speak out about it. 

“It’d be great to see as many people as possible come down because it will affect everyone if there is a spill and we want to see you guys stand up for your coastline,” Miss Davies said.

Miss Lavers said this would not be the end of the campaign and that they would keep fighting until the Great Australian Bight could be protected.

“Have faith in us because this isn’t just a one off event, there’s things happening all around the world on the same day, and events around the country to support Fight for the Bight,” Miss Lavers said.

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