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Uranium Awareness from Experts, with Aboriginal Interpreters

Uranium awareness tour hits the road  5 July 2010, The Kimberley Uranium Awareness Community Forums kick off this week with meetings in Kununurra, Halls Creek, Billiluna, Fitzroy Crossing, Looma, Mowanjum, Derby and Broome.

The forums aim to inform Kimberley people about the risks of uranium mining and how this activity has affected Indigenous in other parts of Australia. Forum organisers have invited technical experts and Traditional Owners from the Northern Territory and South Australia to speak at the meetings.

Mr Peter Watts, an Arabanna leader, will speak about the impact of BHP Billiton’s massive Olympic Dam mine site and its impact on local groundwater and the Arabanna Aboriginal communities of South Australia.

Larrakia Traditional Owner, Donna Jackson from Darwin, will speak about safety issues within the uranium industry in the Northern Territory and the growing community concerns over uranium exports through the Port of Darwin.

Dr Bill Williams, a medical practitioner and radiation health expert, will speak about the health effects of radiation exposure. Dr Williams has formerly worked with the Pintubi Health Service and acted as an independent advisor to the Federal Government’s nuclear regulator, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.

Dr Gavin Mudd is a lecturer at Monash University’s Department of Civil Engineering in Melbourne, and is a leading expert in groundwater use and the contamination of groundwater from mining.

The Kimberley Interpreting Service will translate for Traditional Owners and the Kimberley Land Council has endorsed the tour as valuable for helping Traditional Owners understand the implications of uranium exploration and mining. Kimberley people are encouraged to come along and ask questions.

The Uranium Awareness Community Forums are organised by the Australian Conservation Foundation with the support of Environs Kimberley and the WA Conservation Council. Uranium awareness forum starts this week » Kimberley Page

July 5, 2010 - Posted by | General News, uranium | , , , , , , , , , ,

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