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Colleen Grantham spells it out on Kimba nuclear waste dump- NO Broad Community Consent, NO Transparency

I am appalled to learn that the Native Title awarded to the Bungarla People of this District has been
dissolved on the property in question, thus providing an “out” for the Government to need to
consider their views on this issue.

we need to protect our country’s HEALTH and our
ECONOMY and I struggle to see how this facility in this location will do anything but destroy both.

Colleen Grantham   Submission 89   to  Committee Secretariat, Senate Standing Committees on Economics
Re – Proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility
Dear Committee
Thank you for taking the time to consider this submission of opposition to the establishment of a
National Radioactive Waste Management Facility on FARMING land known as ‘Napandee’ in the
District Council of Kimba.

I grew up the daughter of a farmer in the District Council of Wudinna which is a neighbouring council
precinct to Kimba. No one in this council district has had an opportunity to be heard or to influence
the outcome of the CLOSED voting on this facility, yet some of its farming residents live much closer
to the proposed site than those people residing in the township of Kimba. PLEASE PROVIDE AN
EXPLANATION HOW THIS OUTCOME CAN POSSIBLY BE CONSIDERED FAIR OR REASONABLE given the
potential direct NEGATIVE impacts such a facility could have on their future livelihoods and those of
the generations to come.

The Government and its Agencies have continued to widely publish via all mediums that the facility
in question has received “Broad Community Support” for its establishment at the Napandee site,
HOWEVER, not one of the FIVE Ministers who have held this portfolio during the FIVE years of
consideration of this project has EVER been able to publicly quantify or provide a decent description
of what BROAD COMMUNITY SUPPORT would entail. Instead it appears that those in power are just
making up a number as it suits their purpose, thus FORCING this project ahead DESPITE a huge
number of people both inside and outside the District Council of Kimba being OPPOSED to its
establishment.

The process to date has already, metaphorically speaking, exploded a nuclear bomb in the town and
wider district. A once tight knit, cohesive community is now so far divided that people are not
shopping locally or supporting other community activities because they feel unsafe in their own
town.

Given the far reaching implications that such a facility would have on the whole of Eyre Peninsula, I
would have thought it PRUDENT that any Government consider the thoughts and impacts on the
WHOLE OF EYRE PENINSULA and not just one single Council district consisting of approximately 800-
900 people. This is a NATIONAL issue, bringing with it serious potential risks which should absolutely
NOT be decided on the thoughts of one small community of this size.

FARMING land in South Australia represents 4.5% of the state’s total land mass. I CANNOT
understand how any responsible Government would willingly sacrifice and put at risk productive
agricultural land that makes a huge contribution to the economy of this state and therefore this
nation!

IF it has been decided that the most appropriate State to house this NATIONAL facility is indeed
South Australia, then I would like to understand WHY it would not be better placed at MARALINGA
which has already been utilised in the past for Radioactive experimentation and has supposedly
been restored. From my understanding this land is currently NOT being used in any capacity that
contributes to the South Australian economy. If not Maralinga, there are vast other areas of this
state that are NOT heavily populated, NOT located on the main highway between the Eastern and
Western States of Australia and that DO NOT currently contribute such significant inputs into our
economy.

There are multiple industries across Eyre Peninsula that stand to be HUGELY impacted if this project
were to proceed at Kimba. Tourism, fishing, cereal cropping, livestock production and mining to
name a few. I can not see anyone being attracted to holiday or visit Eyre Peninsula once they are
aware that an ABOVE GROUND Radioactive facility exists in the middle of it. Not to mention, those
people who will be too scared to travel on the same routes as the trucks potentially transporting this
dangerous material from all corners of Australia!

I am appalled to learn that the Native Title awarded to the Bungarla People of this District has been
dissolved on the property in question, thus providing an “out” for the Government to need to
consider their views on this issue. How can the rest of the nation take this Governments approach
to reconciliation seriously when It can, as It see’s fit, remove Native Title on a whim when it suits Its
purpose?

There appears also to have been a complete LACK OF TRANSPARENCY by this Government in the
outworking of this process. It would seem that the introduction to Napandee being “offered” as a
site for this purpose only came about because of a relationship of it’s owners with the Member for
Grey, Mr Rowan Ramsey. It does not appear that there was ever a nationwide, well publicised
appeal to all Australian’s that the Government were seeking submissions from land owners for the
purpose of constructing a facility such as this.

South Australian Legislation, Nuclear Waste Storage Facility (Prohibition) Act 2000 prohibits the
establishment of this facility in South Australia, so I do not understand how we have even gotten this
far down the path with this proposal!

Thank you for considering my submission. I am PRAYING for wisdom and discernment amongst the
leaders of this country as now more than ever, we need to protect our country’s HEALTH and our
ECONOMY and I struggle to see how this facility in this location will do anything but destroy both.

I am BEGGING you to reconsider the need to house this facility on FARMING land, anywhere in South
Australia!

May 9, 2020 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump

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