Australian news, and some related international items

Kimba residents have been sold a lemon – dubious financial gain from nuclear waste dump

Sandra Kanck  Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch Australia, 22 Oct 20,

In The Saturday Paper 8/2/20 an article by Royce Kurmelovs about the Kimba nuclear waste dump was published.
Looking at it more than eight months on a couple of things stand out:
a) At that time $55 million had already been spent to ‘find a site and build community support’; and
b) Another $31m has been promised as part of a Community Benefit Scheme.
Two questions arise for me.
Who in the community has benefited from that initial spend of $55m? Shared round the community (except of course for the indigenous landholders who were deliberately excluded from the consultation), that’s roughly $88,000 per Kimba resident. However I suspect Kimba residents did not benefit, rather it was interstate consultants.
The promised extra $31m will not be made available until after the dump has been constructed. With a record federal budget deficit, what are the chances now of taxpayer money being directed towards this construction?
Maybe Kimba residents have been sold a pup.

October 22, 2020 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump

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