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Susan Craig: South Australia’s $27.9 billion food, wine and tourism markets endangered by Kimba nuclear waste dump plan

South Australia’s strength in this marketplace is the trust other countries have, in not only our clean reputation, but SAFE food. The establishment of a nuclear waste facility, in particular one that is built in the heart of agriculture is a profound contradiction of South Australia’s position and will put that reputation and business at risk.

Combined; the food, wine and tourism markets are valued at $27.9 billion, to South Australia, yet operators in this industry have been totally disregarded by the DIIS and denied the rightful and proper mechanisms to become involved and informed and therefore have never been given the opportunity prepare a case to defend their industries.

Susan Craig, Submission 62  (part 1) to Senate Committee re National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020

CRITICAL THREAD
We must protect the environment serving potential growth areas and industries to maintain our clean, green, reputation and maintain our global competitive advantage in agriculture and food, tourism and other industries – CSIRO- Securing South Australia’s Future, CSIRO Publishing 2017. 

Critical stakeholders in the food, wine, agriculture and tourism industries that operate throughout South Australia were never given the rightful and proper opportunity to engage with the Department of Industry Innovation and Science (DIIS) on the details relating to the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF).

The boundaries for consultation did not take into account economic geography and focused only on a local district, overlooking the many South Australian stakeholders who will be adversely affected by the establishment of nuclear waste facility; as it is a profound contradiction of their clean, green, pristine and SAFE reputation, which is the cornerstone of their sustainable competitive advantage in world markets.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S FOOD AND WINE REVENUE IS VALUED AT $20.3 BILLION

“Particularly in regional South Australia”. “South Australia’s primary industries are a vital part of the state’s
economy. Grains, livestock, horticulture, wine, seafood, forests and dairy sectors are significant contributors to the state’s exports. In 2017–18, South Australia’s gross food and wine revenue totalled $20.3 billion.” 
https://www.pir.sa.gov.au/ data/assets/pdf file/0011/339842/PIR

The most important commodity in South Australia based on the gross value of agricultural production is wheat (valued at $1.7 billion)

– Primary Industries in SA Fast Facts Overview – 1 April 
“Clean”
South Australia has systems backed by legislation to support our state’s primary production and clean landscapes, including:
o Well-established natural resource management.
o Environmental protection frameworks.
o Impeccable food safety and quality assurance standards.
Protecting South Australia’s clean air, soil and water is vital for the prosperity of our food and wine sectors.
“Premium”
 Local and international consumers are placing greater value on high-quality food and wine.
 Demand for South Australian products is increasing due to our high quality safety and production standards.

SA Tourism soars to break new record $7.6 billion

South Australia’s visitor economy worth $7.6 billion  – NVS and IVS results.

SUMMARY
The cornerstone of South Australia’s food, wine and tourism industries is without question; its premium, clean, green, SAFE reputation which is clearly understood by the South Australian Government, South Australia’s primary producers, tourism industries and the international markets who enjoy these products and services.

South Australia’s strength in this marketplace is the trust other countries have, in not only our clean reputation, but SAFE food. The establishment of a nuclear waste facility, in particular one that is built in the heart of agriculture is a profound contradiction of South Australia’s position and will put that reputation and business at risk.

Combined; the food, wine and tourism markets are valued at $27.9 billion, to South Australia, yet operators in this industry have been totally disregarded by the DIIS and denied the rightful and proper mechanisms to become involved and informed and therefore have never been given the opportunity prepare a case to defend their industries.

Until engagement between the National Radioactive Waste Management committee, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and those critical South Australian stakeholders in the South Australian primary industries and tourism sector takes place, the current plans for the NRWMF should be halted

Please accept my submission in asking the committee to reject any amendments to the National Radioactive Waste Management Susan Craig, Independent Campaigner

April 27, 2020 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump

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