Port Lincoln shows support for Unite the Bight

The Great Australian Bight Alliance has received plenty of support from the Port Lincoln community as it plans to get its message across on the steps of Parliament House later this month.

More than 300 people attended a free music festival at Beer Garden Brewing on Sunday, one of a series of Unite the Bight events held at coastal communities across the state.

People showed support for protecting the Great Australian Bight from oil exploration by signing a petition that will be submitted to the state House of Representatives.

Wilderness Society community organiser Cristel Chambers said people also filled in postcards, an initiative from the Elliston community.

“The idea of it was (for a) more personalised account from people who live on the coast and why the coast was important to them,” she said.

Miss Chambers said people also got to leave a hand print on a banner that will be on display when the alliance heads to the steps of Parliament House on November 26. 

She said it would be a “creative media action” that would involve people from many coastal communities, from the Eyre Peninsula to Fleurieu Peninsula.

“It’s not a rally, the idea is to create a really poignant image to show the support coming from each of these places,” she said.

At least two more Unite the Bight events have been planned, one for Victor Harbor on November 30 and in Kangaroo Island in January.

A screening of the documentary Operation Jeedara is being planned for Port Lincoln but a date has not been set.