KI residents to join ‘Hands Across the Sand’ this Saturday

KI REPRESENTATIVE: Kangaroo Island tour guide Linda Irwin pictured with other concerned community members outside the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association annual conference in Adelaide on Tuesday morning.
KI REPRESENTATIVE: Kangaroo Island tour guide Linda Irwin pictured with other concerned community members outside the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association annual conference in Adelaide on Tuesday morning.

Kangaroo Island residents this Saturday will join hundreds lining beaches across Australia calling on Norway oil giant Statoil-Equinor to drop plans to drill in Great Australian Bight.

The 2018 “Hands Across the Sand” action will take place simultaneously across Australia this Saturday, May 19, at 11am.

The Kangaroo Island event takes place at Stokes Bay and this year is being organised by local resident Roanna Horbelt.

The event has been happening at different locations on KI beaches for the last five years.

Ms Horbelt said everyone was welcome and the more people the better for the informal gathering.

Meet at the barbecue area at Stokes Bay at 11am on Saturday and bring something along for morning tea if you can.

The KI group will join concerned people lining the shores across Australia to oppose offshore oil and gas exploration and call for Norwegian oil giant Statoil-Equinor to drop its plans to drill in the Great Australian Bight.

Saturday’s action follows KI mayor Peter Clements attending the Statoil AGM on Tuesday, May 15 and local tour guide and conservationist Linda Irwin joining the protest at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) annual conference in Adelaide.

KI REPRESENTATIVE: Kangaroo Island tour guide Linda Irwin (on the right) pictured with other protesters outside the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association annual conference in Adelaide on Tuesday morning.

KI REPRESENTATIVE: Kangaroo Island tour guide Linda Irwin (on the right) pictured with other protesters outside the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association annual conference in Adelaide on Tuesday morning.

Hands Across the Sands events will take place on Saturday from Western Australia right across to New South Wales.

Hundreds are expected at the Adelaide event at Semaphore Beach alone, including Sea Shepherd Australia managing director Jeff Hansen, Mirning elder and song man Bunna Lawrie and Wilderness Society South Australia director Peter Owen.

“This will be the seventh hands Across the Sand event in Australia and the numbers attending keep on growing as communities become more aware of the horrific threat of oil and gas exploration on our magnificent coastline,” Mr Hansen said.

“Modelling showed that an oil spill from an ultra-deepwater well blowout in the Great Australian Bight could impact anywhere along all of southern Australia’s coast, from Western Australia right across to NSW and Tasmania.

“Former Statoil Bight partner BP’s modelling showed a spill from its proposed Stromlo-1 well could hit Adelaide in 20 days and Port Lincoln and Kangaroo Island in 15 days.

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