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Western Australia: Black and White Unite Against Uranium Mining

“Uranium mining is not like any other mining, it poisons water, land and life through radiation. The mining industry and the government are trying to make people believe uranium mining is inevitable but we say No.”

We Can’t Close the Gap by Digging a Deeper Hole” 4 April 11The Western Australia Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA), made up of Aboriginal Traditional Land Owners from the Pilbara, the Kimberley, the Goldfields, the Great Victoria Desert, the Central Desert, the Gascoyne, and the South West and their allies, met from 2 – 4 April 2011 on Whadjuk Boodjak (Noongar Land) near Perth.

The meeting was the first gathering of Western Australian traditional owners since the continuing nuclear emergency at Fukushima in Japan and comes against a backdrop of increasing contest over plans for uranium mining in WA.

The meeting heard of the environmental and public health concerns of uranium mining and of the experience Aboriginal people lived through and continue to, with uranium mines in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

The meeting affirmed the opposition of all members to uranium mining in WA and expressed deep sympathy and solidarity with all who are currently suffering from nuclear threats in Japan.

Since the beginning of time, Aboriginal people have looked after countrysaid Della Rae Morrison, WANFA Chairperson. Until today, with new technology, new ways and new friends, Aboriginal people continue looking after country and this means preventing uranium mining.

Uranium mining is not like any other mining, it poisons water, land and life through radiation. The mining industry and the government are trying to make people believe uranium mining is inevitable but we say No.”

The long term costs of uranium mining outweigh any short term returns. We can close the gap by increasing the number of radioactive holes in the ground. Aboriginal people should not have to sacrifice the country of future generations for basic health, education and infrastructure. There are far more jobs and opportunities in caring for our country.

Our job is to stop uranium from our country, contaminating people and lands here and overseas and we take this job seriouslysaid Kado Muir, Traditional Owner of the lands around Yeelirrie.

Mining companies like BHP, Toro Energy, Mega Lake Maitland, Energy Minerals Australia, Cameco and Mitsubishi that are trying to develop the contaminating uranium industry are on notice: they are not welcome and they will be opposed, concluded Kado Muir.

We are determined to stop the poison of uranium mining in Western Australia and demand the WA government commission an open and independent public inquiry into uranium mining.

Further info and comment:

Ms Della Rae Morrison, Chairperson, WANFA 0438678471

Mr Kado Muir, Traditional Owner of Yeelirrie 0419866506

April 4, 2011 - Posted by | Opposition to nuclear, Western Australia |

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