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Council Decision – Proposed Exploration by Equinor in the Great Australian Bight

The District Council of Streaky Bay held a Special Meeting of Council on Friday, March 15, to discuss a Motion on Notice from Councillor McGowan.

That motion being that the residents of Streaky Bay, as indicated by the more than a thousand petition signatures and individual letters, request the District Council of Streaky Bay to vote on a moratorium regarding the exploration and drilling in the Great Australian Bight and to inform Equinor and NOPSEMA of this decision.

Council at that meeting resolved That Council, and its role under Section 6, 7 and 8 of the Local Government Act 1999 does not have a position on a moratorium regarding the exploration and drilling in the Great Australian Bight and to inform Equinor and NOPSEMA of this decision.

The Council at this time did not feel that all of its residents and ratepayers had been adequately consulted to choose a position on this topic.

Council does not disregard the importance of this topic and the proposed exploration, however felt this was the best decision for Council at this time.

Mayor Travis Barber said “It was a difficult discussion for Council to have, and the decision was certainly not taken lightly by any one of the Elected Members. There are members that feel very strongly about the subject and is great to see that passion in the chamber. I understand that there are individuals and groups within the community that feel very strongly about both the for and against argument, and I hope that these members remain respectful and consider the impact their actions and words may have on others, it is healthy to have differing opinions but not when it is used negatively”.

Council will be notifying both Equinor and NOPSEMA of their decision in the coming week.

Any person wishing to view Equinor’s Draft Environmental Plan can do so at https://www.equinor.com/en/where-we-are/gabproject.html. The Public can comment during the 30-day period from February 19th to March 20th 2019. All submissions must be made directly to the regulator, NOPSEMA, via the link on Equinor’s website, or a written submission.

 

Karina Ewer
Acting, Chief Executive Officer

 

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