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Hill End community remains resolute against radioactive waste plan

text-Please-Notetext-NoThe Hill End community is again preparing to face off with government officials at a consultation meeting about the proposed national radioactive waste dump in the vicinity.

The meeting is being held at 10am this Saturday January 30 at the Royal Hall in Hill End and will be attended by representatives from the Department of Resources as well as a representative from Federal Minister Josh Frydenberg’s office.

The Hill End (Sallys Flat) site was nominated by a local landholder without consultation with or consent from neighbours or the local community. Since being announced there has been fierce and sustained opposition with a series of public meetings and events held to build awareness.

Robyn Rayner, who runs the Pomanara Merino Stud Farm directly opposite the nominated property said the previous two government visits (one by Department officials and one by local Member John Cobb) were on weekdays during business hours, which made it very difficult for locals to attend.

“The hall was still full on both occasions, so we expect standing room only tomorrow as people are very keen to express their ongoing opposition to the project”

Mrs Rayner added “We asked Minister Frydenberg to attend rather than just hearing our views second hand from the project team. He is not coming, so I will be watching to see the representative he is sending pays very close attention.”

“The community meeting is also a chance for us to come together and build our campaign. We are asking everyone who attends to sign the petition that was written by the No Central West Nuclear Waste Dump Committee and take copies back for their family and friends to also sign.”

“We know that people in the Northern Territory spent eight years campaigning to stop the waste dump proposed there. We are also ready to be in this for the long haul if needed,” Mrs Rayner concluded.

January 28, 2016 - Posted by | ACTION

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