Over 1000 people don’t want concrete runway in Antarctica

A plane lands on a landing strip near Davis Station in Antarctica (Image Credit: Antarctica.gov.au).

The Bob Brown Foundation (BBF) is pleased to announce that over one thousand submissions have been sent to the Australian Antarctic Division opposing plans for a 2.7km long concrete runway to be constructed at Davis station, Antarctica.

The proposed runway would have a significant environmental impact with nearby Adelie penguin and Weddell seal colonies threatened by the construction.

Bob Brown said: “This outpouring of public opposition to the runway should send a clear signal to the Australian Antarctic Division, and the Australian government, that when it comes to having a concrete runway in Antarctica, Australians and the international community, say ‘no way!’.” 

Alistair Allan, the Louise Crossley Antarctic Campaigner for BBF said: “This project alone will increase all nations’ disturbance footprint in Antarctica by a whopping 40%.

“The Australian government should be committing to protecting and minimising impacts on the continent, not creating them.
“This is but one of the opportunities for the public to express their opposition, there will be more, and we will continue to implore the government not to proceed with this disastrous proposal,” Allan said.

Submission page here:


Ryan Fritz

Ryan Fritz started The Advocate in 2014 to provide not-for-profits and charities another media platform to tell their worthwhile hard news stories and opinion pieces effortlessly. In 2020, Ryan formed a team of volunteer journalists to help spread even more high-quality stories from the third sector. He also has over 10 years experience as a media and communications professional for not-for-profits and charities and currently works at Redkite, a childhood cancer charity.

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