West Coast surfer takes anti-drilling message to Equinor in Norway

West Coast fisherman and surfer Heath Joske joined a small group of Australians that flew to Oslo, Norway on the weekend to protest Equinor's plan to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight.

Mr Joske was part of a small delegation, led by the Wilderness Society of South Australia director Peter Owens and joined by Aboriginal Mirning elder Bunna Lawrie from Ngargangurie (Nullarbor Plains), aimed at bringing the anti-drill message to Equinor in Norway.

Last Sunday the small group joined more than 500 Norwegians in a paddle out in front of Oslo's sauna venue SALT to peacefully protect against drilling in Australia's Bight.

After the paddle out Mr Joske said thank you to the people of Norway for supporting a fight, that is thousands of kilometres away, to save the Bight.

"Borders were smashed and countries were united," he said.

"You turned up in the hundreds and screamed "fight for the Bight" with me, and when I stopped you kept screaming.

"We are all in this together and Australians countrywide thank you for joining us."

The group met with the Norway's Indigenous people, the Sami, who have fought drilling locally for years, to discuss options moving forward.

Mr Joske and the group met with the young wing of the Norwegian Labour Party who they said were concerned with Equinor's plans in the Bight as the planned operation would not be allowed in the European nation.

The Australian group will attend Equinor board's annual general meeting on May 15, where they hope their anti-drilling message will encourage board members to vote against the proposal in the Bight.

Equinor submitted its environmental plan on April 23 to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority after more than 30,000 public submissions were received.