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Exciting things to do while you Fight for the Bight
Help Protect Marine Life in the Great Australian Bight (Image: Great Australian Bight Alliance)
Operation Jeedara is a campaign to protect the beautiful Great Australian Bight from damage and destruction. It started in response to plans by BP to drill for oil in the waters off the Great Australian Bight. Operation Jeedara is an initiative supported by many groups which Fight for the Bight as part of the Great Australian Bight Alliance.
The Alliance includes the Wilderness Society, Sea Shepherd, Australian Marine Conservation Society, Surfrider Foundation Australia, and indigenous Mirning Traditional Owners. Their goal is to stop risky BP exploration in the Great Australian Bight, a major tourist attraction that is an important part of our natural heritage. The Great Australian Bight is rich in beauty and biodiversity, boasting the world's most significant Southern Right Whale nursery, as well as Humpback, Sperm, Blue and Beaked Whales. It is also Australia's most important sea lion nursery and supports orcas, great white sharks, southern blue fin tuna and other fish down to the small pelagic.
See the Steve Irwin at Port Adelaide, Kingscote & Victor Harbor (Image: Sea Shepherd)
During Operation Jeedara the Sea Shepherd flagship Steve Irwin will sail from Victoria, calling at Victor Harbor, Port Adelaide and Kingscote on Kangaroo Island before heading to the Great Australian Bight. From there it will showcase what all of us will lose if oil and gas multinational BP are allowed to drill for oil in the Bight.
Several events with fun things to do are planned for Operation Jeedara as part of the Steve Irwin cruise to the Bight. Just click on the individual event links below for more information.
August 7Steve Irwin visits Victor Harbor off Granite Island, with lots of free things to do and fun for kids and families. Browse community market stalls, enter the sandcastle competition, and learn more about the Fight for the Bight. (Free)
August 20-21Tour the Steve Irwin at Port Adelaide. I just wish I could stow away to tour the Bight too! (Gold coin donation)
Inside the Historic Flour Shed at Harts Mill, Port Adelaide
August 20Operation Jeedara All Ages Concert at at the Flour Shed Port Adelaide. Tickets $35 before July 31 or $50 after. The concert features a fantastic line up of live music acts including the headline act John Butler, supported by Coloured Stone, Tapir Kingdom, Babylon Burning, Captain Hellfire and the Wretched Brethren; and DJ Charltone. Guest speakers include Greens legend Bob Brown, Bunna Lawrie (Mirning Elder and Whale Songman), Jeff Hansen (Sea Shepherd Australia), and Peter Owen (The Wilderness Society South Australia). There is also a silent auction and market stalls on the night.
August 22 Our Island home - Our future a community forum on Kangaroo Island with a BBQ and refreshments, and an exclusive screening of footage from the expedition of the Steve Irwin's journey into the Great Australian Bight as part of Operation Jeedara. (Free)