Otway Oil and Gas



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What’s happening?

In 2018, the Andrews Government released five new oil and gas exploration blocks off the Otway coast.

The tender process closed in mid February 2019. The government says that it has had 'strong' interest from companies that want to start exploring for gas. We expect that an announcement on successful applicants will be made by autumn 2020.

exploration_zones.pngIt is essential that we use the next few months to raise the profile of the issue and get the attention of the Victorian government, and make it absolutely clear that the community does not support further fossil fuel development in the state.

Western Victoria is blessed with pristine oceans, is home to humpback whales, southern right whales, dolphins and even orcas who depend on a clean and healthy ecosystem for breeding and survival. It's agricultural and tourism industries contribute much to the local and regional economy, and rely on a healthy environment to thrive.

Further to these threats, offshore oil and gas drilling will be a major new source of greenhouse pollution.

Climate science makes it abundantly clear that time is running out if we want to avoid catastrophic climate change. We must keep remaining fossil fuels in the ground.

In 2017, the Andrews Government displayed true leadership, legislating a permanent ban on fracking in Victoria.

The New Zealand government has banned new exploration permits for offshore oil. Victoria should do the same.

This exploration is a real risk to Victoria's coastline. Your donation can help us prevent it.


Take action

Sign our petition calling on the state government to cancel the tender process.

Donate to the campaign to build our ability to get results.

Sign your business or organisation onto our letter of concern. Any form of local or state-wide business or organisation would be welcome to sign on. Once the list is significant, we will turn the letter, with signatories, into an open letter to the media and send to the government.

Take a photo of you and your workmates and post it on social media saying 'We oppose offshore oil and gas in western VIC'. Tag in your local MP, Premier Andrews, and Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes.

Share this material with your friends, family and workmates

Tag MPs on social media, telling them you want them to cancel the licenses.

Premier Daniel Andrews
E: daniel.andrews@parliament.vic.gov.au
Twitter: @DanielAndrewsMP

Hon Jaclyn Symes, Minister for Resources
E: jaclyn.symes@parliament.vic.gov.au
Twitter: @JaclynSymes

Ask your local MP where they stand on the issue – do they support offshore oil and gas operations in western VIC?

Write to your local paper and express your concerns.

Warrnambool Standard

Portland Observer

Moyne Gazette

Donate funds towards ads in regional newspapers. Please contact us if you would like to support the campaign through helping produce ads or help in any other way: cam.walker@foe.org.au