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Name withheld (No 89)- another repetitive pro nuclear submission re nuclear waste dump siting

Name Witheld To: Committee Secretariat, Senate Standing Committee on Economics Subject: Proposed National Radioactive Waste Facility – (submission no 89)

 We have been residents of Kimba all our lives. We were born here, went to school here, married and have two young sons also born and raised in Kimba.
We are happy to provide the Committee with this submission relating to the appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at Kimba.
 Personally, we have no objection to hosting a national radioactive waste facility on the two sites that have been nominated for selection in our Kimba District. The process seems to have been fair, information has been good, which leads us to feel we are making the right decision for our Community.
As young parents we feel the need for the community to broaden its horizons so that our children get the best schooling possible and, in future years, the employment opportunities needed to keep them in the area we love.
We have had ample time to avail ourselves of information about this facility, and if we need more information there is an office based in the town which is staffed two days a week. The staff from The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in this office are always happy to chat and provide information to answer our questions.
 There has been numerous meetings, several town meetings, and a French Delegation visited Kimba to give insight into living near a nuclear facility. There have been several meetings with Departmental members, some community members have had meetings with Minister Canavan, and there have been several opportunities for funded trips to ANSTO to learn more about waste storage.
Overall, there has been ample media coverage, newspaper, social media radio and television.
 We don’t know what the community will decide in the end. We have had a vote to decide whether more information was required and we voted in favour of that. We needed the chance to learn more.
There has been talk of broadening the boundaries for a vote but what is happening in our community is for our Community and only our community. It is our back yard no one else’s. We are residents here. We all have our opinions and feelings on this matter but have always been a close community and feel it always will be.
 We can only see positive outcomes for our town 
 New jobs: This, might not be many, the talk is 15, but that may bring families with children and what a bonus for our school to have an influx of children. Plus empty houses in the town, what a bonus for them to be sold or rented.
  The need for more essential services in the town: hospital, doctor (which we are struggling to keep, already on the lookout for a new one as the current doctor leaves at end of March) dentist (which we do not have). We need to keep the services we have but it is a struggle to do so
.  We might get improved
  The $2,000,000 Benefit Fund was a real bonus for the community. Anyone can submit a submission for funding. There are so many things we need that are not going ahead because of lack of funds, and now a lot of them will.
As long-term residents who don’t want to leave the district all we can see is opportunity for our town and ultimately, we feel the facility might be a lifeline for the town. The town is struggling. The CFS, The SES, The Ambulance Service all struggling for members because of declining population.

We are aware there is another location (Hawker), that is also being looked at. We should be able to decide what is best for our community ourselves, and so should they. We don’t think this enquiry is required as we feel communities know what is best for them. Everything has been open and above board in this process.

July 11, 2018 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump

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