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New short films show the shocking impact of nuclear waste plan on the Kimba community

Kimba community members speak on nuclear debate, Rachel McDonald 10 Jan 2020,

The stories of Kimba farming families and local townspeople opposed to the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility in the district have had their story documented in a message to wider Australia.

Port Pirie filmmaker Kim Mavromatis has released a series of mini-documentaries over the past three months telling the stories of communities impacted by the four-year process to determine whether the facility had broad community support at Kimba or Hawker.

Mr Mavromatis said he had been following the debate around both the waste facility and the SA nuclear fuel cycle process, and he believed the communities involved were only given one side of the story throughout consultation.

“At the end of the day… the government weren’t doing the right thing by the people,” he said.

“The people that are fighting back really need to be heard.”

He said as a member of the Port Pirie community he had also been concerned that his community, which could potentially see the waste transported through their town or port, had not had the same opportunity for consultation as the Kimba and Hawker communities who late last year participated in community ballots to measure support for the proposal.

In one of Mr Mavromatis’s videos, Kimba locals and members of the No Radioactive Waste Facility for Kimba District group spoke about why they remained opposed to the proposal, and the impact the years of uncertainty and community debate has had on them personally.

Among those featured were neighbours of the proposed sites.

Secretary of the group Toni Scott said through the years they had discussed ways of getting their message out to a wider audience, and while it was difficult for many to tell their story there were still many people across the wider Eyre Peninsula and the state who needed to know what was going on as a final decision looms.

“We’re at the stage now where we really want to create as much awareness as we can,” she said.

“We’re hoping people can relate to it.”

Many of the interviewees featured are visibly emotional in the film, which Mrs Scott said was an unintentional outcome of individuals being encouraged to share their stories openly.

“Those raw emotions just came out… I think it’s important for people to see that and realise how affected members of our community actually are,” she said.

Mr Mavromatis said it was “shocking” to see first-hand the impact on the community.

“It’s their livelihood, it’s their future, it’s their kids’ future and it’s permanent,” he said.

The filmmaker has also created a documentary about the impact of the process on the Barngarla people, who in an independent ballot last year voted 0% in favour of the facility.

Mr Mavromatis said the lack of genuine engagement with the traditional owners, who are native title holders of areas neighbouring both proposed sites, was a “total disgrace.”

A rally is planned for Kimba on February 2, with Kimba community members encouraging the wider state to join them.

“We are asking people from Eyre Peninsula and SA to join us in a peaceful protest so the minister (Resources minister Matthew Canavan) can get the message that Kimba is not the right place and farming land is not the right place,” Mrs Scott said.

The video series can be found at

January 14, 2020 - Posted by | Federal nuclear waste dump, South Australia

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