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Warrnambool Breakwater

Together we can stop seismic blasting

Join us in Warrnambool on the 22nd of October to rally and march against seismic blasting!

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Together we can stop seismic blasting
Together we can stop seismic blasting

Time & Location

22 Oct 2023, 2:00 pm

Warrnambool Breakwater, 61 Viaduct Rd, Warrnambool VIC 3280, Australia

About the event

There are growing concerns about a suite of proposals to conduct seismic blasting in coastal waters spanning the length of the iconic Great Ocean Road coastline and beyond, across the whole of Gunditjmara Sacred Lands and Sea Country.

Our local communities will gather to show opposition to these projects on Sunday October 22nd at the Warrnambool Breakwater at 2pm.

The seismic blasting is commonly used to identify resources beneath the ocean floor, blasting powerful soundwaves that have been shown to negatively and harshly impact marine ecosystems. This has raised the concerns of marine biologists, environmentalists, First Nations groups, commercial and local fishermen, swimmers, and surfers.

Both Warrnambool and Moyne Shire Council recently voted to oppose the plans and committed to advocating to relevant federal ministers and regulators on their behalf.

Recently, Raelene Cooper, a traditional Mardudhunera Custodian in Western Australia, successfully won a legal bid to stop Woodside from performing seismic blasting on her Sea Country. This follows on from Dennis Murphy Tipakalippa who won a similar case for the Tiwi Islanders against Santos late last year.

As CGG brings their public consultation to a close, Gunditjmara Whale Songline custodian, Yarran Couzens Bundle, will take up the national fight to protect Sea Country in Warrnambool on Sunday October the 22nd.

The protest comes just 4 years after Warrnambool came out in record numbers to support the successful Fight For The Bight campaign, which saw the Norwegian Oil & Gas giant, Equinor, withdraw from the Great Australian Bight.

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