Coffin Bay community organise Bight oil meeting

GUEST: Norwegian fisherman Bjornar Nicolaisen will be at the Coffin Bay meeting.

GUEST: Norwegian fisherman Bjornar Nicolaisen will be at the Coffin Bay meeting.

The Coffin Bay community has planned to have its own meeting this Thursday about oil and gas exploration in the Great Australian Bight, with one of the guests to include a Norwegian fisherman.

A group of local residents and businesses have organised the meeting for August 16 at 7pm at the Coffin Bay Yacht Club to discuss concerns about Norwegian company Equinor’s plan to drill for oil in the Bight.

Meeting organiser Graham Baker said a lot of people in the community who worked in the fishing industry, or were involved in tourism or owned holiday homes.

He said this was not a committee, this was a group of different people who were concerned of the effect an oil spill would have on local jobs, tourism, oyster growers, the environment and real estate.

One of the speakers will be Norwegian fisherman Bjornar Nicolaisen, who is being sponsored by the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association to talk about how his country’s fishing industry has handled oil and gas exploration.

The Norwegian fishing industry had opposed Equinor’s offshore drilling plans and working with the tourism industry had won a moratorium to stop drilling in their waters for a period of time.

Other speakers will include local fishing and oyster industry representatives.

Mr Nicolaisen is also registered to present at the Port Lincoln City Council’s special meeting on Monday night and is also involved in a free screening of two documentaries at Beer Garden Brewing on Sunday from 3pm.