Help us stop plans to industrialise Exmouth Gulf, Ningaloo

Help us stop plans to industrialise Exmouth Gulf, Ningaloo

Exmouth Gulf is one of the rare places left on the planet still bursting with wildlife. It’s a sanctuary for gentle dugongs, a place where humpback whales nurse their newborn calves in its calm, warm waters and it sustains countless other extraordinary species.

Recent scientific surveys have revealed Exmouth Gulf is even richer in biodiversity than previously thought and confirm its status as a natural wonder of global importance. The Gulf’s reputation as a world-class tourism asset is growing. Looked after, Exmouth Gulf will generate sustainable jobs and economic development for the long-term.

But Exmouth Gulf is now threatened by industrial development.

Unfortunately, a multinational oil and gas services company, Subsea 7, plans to construct a massive pipeline fabrication facility across a beautiful, undeveloped beach in Exmouth Gulf, and tow enormous pipelines and ballast chains through the Gulf and the Ningaloo World Heritage area. It would impact an area up to 1000 football ovals in size.

The Gulf is intricately bound to the magnificent World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. These interconnected areas are generators of much of the region’s thriving tourism industry. It’s so important that we do everything we can now to protect the vulnerable Ningaloo-Exmouth Gulf ecosystem from the avoidable threat of industrialisation.

Please consider adding your name to our letter asking Western Australia’s Premier, Mark McGowan, to step in now to stop industrial development in Exmouth Gulf.

More than 85,000 people voiced their concerns about this proposal via submissions to the Environmental Protection Authority in November, 2019. That’s a lot more people than would fit at Perth’s Optus Stadium and it’s a clear message that the community doesn’t want to see this beautiful, fragile part of the world industrialised.

We’re asking the Premier to take strong action for nature’s sake and for all the jobs that a healthy Exmouth Gulf and Ningaloo will continue to support if we take care of this precious ecosystem.

At a time when coral reefs, mangroves, sea grass and populations of whales, dolphins, dugongs, sharks, rays, seabirds and turtles are threatened in many other parts of the world, there is even more reason to relieve the Gulf of unnecessary stress.

We need to take urgent action now. Ask the Premier to draw a line in the sand at Exmouth Gulf and to act in the interest of nature and jobs, now and for the future.