Stay In! Paddle Out! Virtual Paddle Out Action

Did you know that polluters want to drill for gas and oil in the coastal waters of south western Victoria?
The coastline from Port Campbell to the South Australian border is home to a major tourist industry. Income comes from whale watching, surfing, and all manner of accommodation, hospitality and service industries which support tourism.
These communities are already being hit hard by COVID-19 travel restrictions. Imagine the devastating impacts of a major oil spill on this shoreline.
Southern Right Whales are expected back in the coastal waters of Western Victoria any moment now, where they will give birth and nurture their calves in the shallower waters.

We might not be able to flock to the coast to rally just yet - but we CAN gather online to RESIST new fossil fuel developments!

1. RSVP to join the Virtual Paddle Out Action on World Oceans Day Monday June 8th.
2. Send an email to Premier Dan Andrews in the lead up to World Oceans Day calling on him to cancel the tenders for offshore drilling in the Otway Basin.
Offshore drilling is bad for climate, bad for marine life & bad for tourism.



How to do your action:

Want to participate in the World Oceans Day #stayInPaddleOut but don't live near a Victorian beach where you could take your socially distant snap? Participating in the Virtual Paddle Out from home is easy. Here's what you need to do:

1. RSVP so we know how many people have signed up, and we can send you a media kit a few days before the actions.
2. Find a surfboard, kayak or surfboard-like object (a cardboard cut-out? an ironing board? your younger sibling's longboard?)

3. Take a photograph from your loungeroom or elsewhere in your home with the message #StayInPaddleOut (on a piece of card or superimposed over the image).

4. Post the photograph to Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram any time on the 8th of June.


(if you don't use social media - please send your photos to

Tag Premier Daniel Andrews and Resources Minister Jaclyn Symes to let them know that you will not stand for gas and oil drilling off the coast of south western Victoria. You can write your own caption, or use one we prepared earlier:

The south west Victorian coastline is home to a major tourist industry and an important breeding ground for the endangered Southern Right whale. Yet the federal government is pushing the Victorian government to open the state's waters to devastating oil and gas drilling. This World Oceans Day, will @danielandrewsmp and @jaclynsymesmp heed the community's desire for a post-coronavirus economic recovery based on local eco-tourism or will they fall into step with a federal government enamoured with unsustainable and uneconomic big industry? Offshore drilling is bad for climate, bad for marine life & bad for tourism. #StayInPaddleOut #NoNewGas"


June 08, 2020 at 9am - 5pm
Jemila Rushton ·
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