Terrigal paddle out surfers celebrate, cautiously

Surfers and swimmers take to the water at Terrigal Haven to protest against PEP11

Over 200 people took to the water at Terrigal Haven on Saturday, April 24, to protest with Surf Rider Foundation and Save Our Coast against PEP11.

The protest included men, women, and children with boards of all kinds paddling out together to show their support in the campaign against oil and gas exploration drilling off the Central Coast.

In a development welcomed by the crowd, Liberal MP Lucy Wicks, said ‘that under the Morrison government PEP11 won’t go ahead’.

“There are some processes that are currently underway, there is a decision as we know to be made, and there are a lot of technical decisions under the joint authority….that process is underway, but the Prime Minister has made it clear that he is saying no to PEP11.”

Damien Cole, from Surfrider addresses the campaigners at Terrigal Haven

Surfrider Foundation Australia National Campaign Director, Damien Cole, welcomed the news but said the fight was not over.

“I wanted to let you all know that this is not over yet,” Cole said.

“We have to keep pressure up until it gets properly knocked on the head.

“It is your responsibility to go out and spread the word about PEP11.”

Save Our Coast Youth Representative, Asha Niddrie, said stopping PEP11 was important for the youth of the Central Coast.

“As a new voter this year, I speak for myself and young people, we ask Minister Keith Pitt that PEP11 does not go ahead because we want leaders who care about our future and care about the places we love and depend on.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, was there to show his support and he said the state government has opposed PEP11 since 2017 and reaffirmed it’s opposition earlier this year.

Professional surfers, Ace Buchan and Amee Donohue were there for the paddle out, as were Labor MPs Emma McBride and Liesl Teche who also joined the popular protest.

Federal Resources Minister Keith Pitt (Nationals) is the Minister responsible for approving the PEP11 licence or not.

More to come…

Jacinta Counihan

4 Comments on "Terrigal paddle out surfers celebrate, cautiously"

  1. What a bunch of (edited out)….. happy to mooch off Vic and qld for power, but don’t want to actually generate enough electricity In their own state. I can’t wait until new has rolling blackouts.

    https://aemo.com.au/Energy-systems/Electricity/National-Electricity-Market-NEM/Data-NEM/Data-Dashboard-NEM

  2. I see a couple of people(Edit: names hidden) I know of. Have you seen the size of their gas stove in their house? Biggest I’ve ever seen! Where do you think the gas comes from? And they put gas stoves in every development. The rig will be 30km out. (Editors note: According to reports the rigs could be between 5 – 30km offshore)

  3. Wonder where all these brave commenters are from, probably BPH shareholders, far away from the Central Coast.

  4. Miranda squire | April 28, 2021 at 9:29 pm | Reply

    Really ?? ….. I think you need to look at the lawful processes with this decision … or are you alluding to Scott Morrison will be doing some form of Illegal dirty deal to railroad this for a political agenda ?? …. or is this an ‘alternative fact ‘ , or an outright lie …or perhaps you have jumped on a soapbox without doing your homework ?? Whatever the case is you may need a spatula to remove the egg from your face over these comments ..

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