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Who Says There Is No Kimba Dump Opposition?

Barry Wakelin, Kimba Nuclear Waste Fight To The Finish – 2015/2021

  • Pre 2016 election Kimba sites cancelled “all finished”quote; Minister Frydenberg.
  • Ramsey quote was ..”if you don’t want it it won’t happen”
  • Department head Wilson quote .. “pub test says everybody wants it”…
  • Geoff Baldock (owner of nuclear waste site) interviewed as the leading advocate for the Dump by the ABC (sad vested financial interest) & other national Media showed almost no effort to involve the 400 strong Kimba NO group.
  • No study of a scientific, safety or economic perspective – only that Kimba was the main “option” and an Intermediate Level Nuclear Waste (ILNW) “permanent disposal” case was not discussed.
  • Government comment was that …”there was no opposition to the nuclear dump”…& a ILNW “permanent disposal” site never offered by Government.
  • The resources of a Cabinet sub-committee in place to promote a Kimba Dump.
  • Government promised the Dump must have “broad community support” – RESULT – TOTAL yes vote was 54% to 46% after $80 million “bribe”with campaign office in Main Street and years of glossy promotional salesmanship.
  • Five different successive Ministers refuse to define “broad community support” – some using the two party preferred vote as enough, while they offered an $80million community “bribe”.
  • Small communities value highly; a supportive, unified, low-divisive , cohesive principled approach to enjoy our life – Government places a low priority on these values. Nuclear waste is a highly divisive issue worldwide.
  • Vandalism and threats to NO advocates supported by the Courts.
  • Intermediate Level Nuclear Waste we were told is where “the money is”
  • The Mayor & a Government employee are beneficiaries of taxpayer grants.
  • No Nuclear waste on “agricultural land” – ARPANSA/NHMRC guidelines .
  • 10000 year Intermediate Level Waste to be stored in 40 year steel containers “ temporarily” on the surface with no “permanent disposal”
  • ARPANSA have stated that there is no urgency to move ILW from Lucas Heights GOVERNMENT RESPONSE was that there will be no nuclear medicine if Kimba can not store ILW. Supporters like the AMA admit they know nothing about nuclear waste sites – just that Kimba must comply .
  • Reactor Low Level Waste (92% vol.) storage off site not a priority.
  • ANSTO ignores storing ILW (8% vol.)on site until “permanent disposal” resolved .
  • ILW a government priority for Kimba site for financial returns for a few locals supported by at least $80million taxpayer promotion prior to site decision.
  • A government representative at a public meeting said that accepting nuclear waste would be a “corporate disaster” for BHP.
  • ,The Defence Department state it is too dangerous for waste to be placed in one of their areas, the size of Tasmania.
  • The farms with $60million & 500 jobs per year never mentioned & $4million from nuclear promoted as a “droughtproofer” (possibly 25 jobs).
  • Six years of the Federal & State Governments, exclusively for their own purpose applying maximum pressure to farmers, indigenous people & the unconvinced, based on undemocratic boundaries with not one word of a fair balance offered by Government for the NO case offered from Federal or State Government politicians with the one quote from the MPs saying that ..”there is no Opposition to the proposal. THE FINAL INSULT piled on us for nuclear material which has been illegal in South Australia for over 20 years.
  • A Total YES Vote of 54% purchased by the taxpayer at about $200000 per yes vote prior to a scientific and medically based decision on a site. No decision based on the suitability and “permanent disposal “ of ILW – only on a $200,000 per vote which the overwhelming amount will go to perhaps 20 people and most likely no more than four people of Kimba origins.

Did we stand a chance against this kind of thuggery? Many would say NO but there are those in our Kimba community, who have courage beyond belief and who have defied the odds along with people in our Parliament who have given us a chance against the sort of unbelievable odds & unethical practises that the Government has thrown at us and we remain more defiant now against these incredible odds than when we started.
These NO advocates are people who will never surrender. & …” I dips me lid”….

April 12, 2021 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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