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NO RADIOACTIVE WASTE ON AGRICULTURAL LAND  IN KIMBA OR SA, President, Peter Woolford, Secretary Toni Scott, 28 June 17, It is impossible to find words to properly describe how utterly disappointed we are that Minister Canavan has seen fit to progress the two current sites nominated in Kimba to house the National Radioactive Waste Facility to phase two of the selection process.

We trusted the Minister’s promise that he would not progress the sites without proof that broad community support existed, which he had numerous times referred to as needing to be in the vicinity of 65%, a figured which we firmly believed should be the lowest possible definition of “broad’.

Last weeks community ballot returned a result of 57% Yes – 42% No. This result clearly indicated what those of us living in Kimba already know all too well, that our community is completely divided over this issue. The Ministers decision shows a complete lack of understanding and consideration of the impact that this proposal has had on our community over the past two years, and that this division will now continue to escalate.

Minister Canavan has repeatedly promised that he will not impose this facility on a community that doesn’t want it, yet has progressed nominations in Kimba where it is proven that 42.2 % of us do not. Our Community has been lied to. more


June 28, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, South Australia

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  1. Peter,

    Saw you on Landline. I was born at Cowell and grew up in Tumby Bay after my father took up a Soldier Settlers allocation. There were Woolfords there I went to school with.

    I agree that agricultural land should be preserved. Australia should be promoting a ‘Dining Boom’ not a ‘Mining Doom’.

    I joined the RAAF and at times operated out of Woomera.

    If the Commonwealth wants to bring its nuclear waste deposits together – as has to happen – then I suggest they do it on Commonwealth Crown Land inside the Prohibited Area at Woomera. That way they can build the repository on land that is arid and stable, and use the existing security systems to secure it.

    The Commonwealth should also install a Synroc processor at the site to further immobilize the waste.

    Happy to discuss this further if you wish.

    Good luck with the campaign.

    Kind regards,

    Chris Mills


    Comment by Chris Mills | August 23, 2017 | Reply

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