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Jodie Joyce – another true believer in the National Radioactive Waste Facility for Kimba




Jodie Joyce Submision Committee Secretariat Senate Standing committees on Economics RE – Proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Submission no. 33

I have lived in the Kimba District since my family moving here in 1982. I married a local born and bred farmer. Living on a farming property with a cropping programme incorporating cattle and sheep. My husband has been truck driving for 15 years living away from home, recently gaining employment with a local Transport business. For the past 6 years I am very fortunate to have full time employment in a family owned  Kimba. My husband and myself have volunteered on many local committees. I am pleased to be able to provide information to the inquiry on the appropriateness and thoroughness of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility site process in Kimba SA. I give my permission for this submission to be made public.

a) The financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the nominations of Land Guidelines;

I believe the financial compensation offered to the land owners (four times the value of the land) is a fair representation, it is not an exorbitant amount, you must take into consideration this land will not be farmed gaining income as previous. It will be deemed useless to the land holder, with land steadily on the increase, this is a fair price. It will not impact the running’s of their farming practises. I fail to see this money being used as an incentive for people to offer their land. Land holders would only offer their land if they were truly convinced there would be no health or safety issues that would impact them or their family’s health and wellbeing, and to benefit their community on a whole.

b) How the need for ‘broad community support’ has played and will continue to play in a part in the process, including: i) The definition of ‘broad community support’, and ii) How ‘broad community support’ has been or will be determined for each process advancement stage;

People who reside, work, support, volunteer and genuinely care for the future of the town, this is to define community.

Broad community support is fundamental to this process. The District Council have been activity involved in the process and has shared their views seeing this process into the next phase. Kimba community were despondent in the flawed phone poll and suggested a vote. District council organised an Electoral Commission vote for the registered voters in the Kimba electorate so that it was a fair and exact representation. 57.4% of voters in June 2017 concluded that they were in favour of Kimba moving into Phase 2, this is a very clear affirmative. There is a 90% ‘direct neighbour’support on the two selected sites.

This is how I determine Broad Community support in Kimba.

Indigenous groups have been informed of Kimba’s nominations and have had two years to voice any concerns they have and up till date they have not opposed. [???]

Direct neighbouring support has to be regarded a high priority, as with District council support in co junction with an Electoral commission vote is the only fair exact representation of what Kimba residents want for their community. In saying so any number above the 50% is an indication of support.

Kimba is struggling, population is declining, we are a farming community relying heavily on agriculture to survive. Farms are being bought out by their neighbours. Businesses are cutting back staff we are in need of a life line

and this is a glimmer of hope, without our nominations gaining momentum and advancing I have fears for our community and my lively hood. The possibilities this facility could provide a small failing community is endless with jobs, the infastructure and many beneficial health care related services.

  1. How any need for Indigenous support has played and will continue to play a part in the process, including how Indigenous support has been or will be determined for each process advancement stage;I believe the Department has been in contact and liaised with the Barngarla Tribe regarding any heritage titles. From my knowledge they have visited the proposed nominated sites and without any issues or concerns. I am without a doubt if there  was a problem or concern these issues would have been addressed quickly and promptly.

    d) Whether and /or how the Government’s ‘community benefit program’ payments affect broad community and Indigenous community sentiment;

Kimba residents have been pro active learning about this process and facility. There have been many experts in the field visiting Kimba offering their vast knowledge and time. The Governments Community Benefit Program will help many ailing clubs and facilities, raising money in a small community town with many sporting clubs and committees all vying for the same results is major hard work. Bake sales and raffle tickets can only scrape the surface. Local businesses are inundated with letters of help with sponsorship, there is only so much money people can give. This community benefit programme moves those parameters giving people insight what it would be like in a bigger community when raising funding for your club. In saying this do I think this government Community Benefit Money entice broad community support. No way. No one is going to exchange their beliefs for a may or may not financial gain for a committee they volunteer on. The media hasn’t helped this situation people are always willing to hear the sensualism [?] of the negative. We are mostly made up of mature reasonable intelligent community members, who can make their decisions regardless of financial gain.

e) Whether wider (Eyre Peninsula or state – wide) community views should be taken into consideration and, if so, how this is occurring or should be occurring; and

I have personally attend many information sessions, been fortunate enough to listen to many visiting nuclear and radiation experts. There are officials in Kimba two days a week setting up shop down our main street. Newsletters adorn our mail boxes, French residents highly regarded in their field held an information session. A session on nuclear medicine was offered. A 3D model is offered for visual representation of a proposed facility. Many trips have been scheduled to ANTSO and I am fortunate enough to be attending one in June. There has been an overwhelming opportunity of information assessable for all Kimba’s residents. This is why I believe this should be a Kimba Community decision only. We have had the resources to be able to make informed decisions. We all know the imagery Google can offer when searching radioactive and nuclear. This is not an exact representation. You cannot make an informed mature decision when you haven’t been given the true and correct facts.

f) Any other related matters

There have been many mis informed media representations portraying our small community as divided, this has continued to put us in the wrong light. We are a small community and until you are part of a small rural community there is no possible way you can understand one. You come across the same people week in week out, whether you both support the same cricket or tennis team or serve on the same committee. Small rural communities are hard work but can in turn provide an amazing support network. We all might not support the same AFL football team, attend the same church, vote for the same political party, when the town is in need we can get together and raise thousands of dollars for a struggling community member. This is the true essence of Kimba. Those of us who are Adults are entitled to vote however we decide this is our chosen right. There is a handful of residents whom behaviour is subpar and I personally hope that they will keep their negative thoughts to themselves and let Kimba’s residents make their own informed decisions.

July 6, 2018 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump

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