Port Fairy surfer Ben Druitt answers this week's Q&A

Port Fairy surfer Ben Druitt is hoping the call of the ocean will draw more conservationists to the beach on the weekend.

The Longtime Wilderness Society member is hosting two unique events on Saturday and said if community members were passionate about their beaches, now is the time to act.

The father of one is passionate about removing deep-sea oil drilling from the coastline and his latest goal is to collect enough south-west signatures to make a difference.

Oil fight: Port Fairy surfer Ben Druitt is hoping the community will lend him a few hands on Saturday when he continues his fight to save the ocean from deep sea oil drilling. Picture: Christine Ansorge

Oil fight: Port Fairy surfer Ben Druitt is hoping the community will lend him a few hands on Saturday when he continues his fight to save the ocean from deep sea oil drilling. Picture: Christine Ansorge

“If the Port Fairy council is fair dinkum about protecting the coastline with responsible environment policies, then reducing dependence on fossil fuels needs to be its first priority,” he said.

“If the current rate of use of fossil fuels continues, by the end of the century the sea level will be one metre higher, which means Port Fairy will be underwater.”

Mr Druitt said his research indicated the ocean was rising by three millimetres every year and changes were needed to the way we live.

“It’s about recognising the role the ocean plays in our lives and the value we put on it,” he said. 

Taking time out from his bid to save the ocean, the Moyne resident spoke to reporter Rebecca Riddle to answer some random questions.

What do you hope never changes? My enjoyment of the ocean. What’s the most relaxing place you’ve ever been? My bed. How do you usually spend your time off? Surfing or in front of a computer or playing with my daughter. What movie title best describes your life? A Clockwork Orange. What age do you want to live to? I want to live forever. What are most likely to become famous for? Never giving up. What do you wish you knew more about? Everything. If you were the only human left on earth what would you do? Roll naked across the beach. Who inspires you to be better? Donald Trump. 

What job would you be terrible at? I’ve never had a job. If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport what would you have a good chance of winning a medal for? Antagonising people. Red wine or white? Red.

If you could go forwards or backwards 100 years, what would you choose and why? I’d go backwards because things were always better in the past. You always reminisce about your past. 

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