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Barngarla women warn Kimba nuclear waste plan will ‘destroy’ sacred site, Dreaming stories

ABC North and West SA / By Nicholas Ward 5 Mar 23,

Banners that feature children’s art are being used to protest against a proposed nuclear waste facility on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.

Key points:

  • The Federal Court case to stop a proposed radioactive waste facility at Kimba resumes this week
  • A native title group says the national nuclear dump will destroy women’s Dreaming stories
  • Children from across SA are creating art to protest the federal government’s site decision

At the Barngarla Community House in Port Augusta, the finishing touches are being added to the protest banners, which will travel with a group of Barngarla elders to Adelaide.

Their native title group has brought a case against the federal government to stop the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at Kimba.

The case is set to resume in the Federal Court this week.

Barngarla woman Linda Dare says the art contributions have been made by children of various cultural backgrounds.

There’s a lot of interest in this, with not just Aboriginal kids and not just older people, but people of all ages and cultures who have been involved,” Ms Dare said………………..

Nuclear waste at women’s Dreaming site

Dawn Taylor, a Barngarla woman, grew up in Kimba and she said the proposed facility would interfere with a sacred site for women.

“The Seven Sisters Dreaming is through that area,” Ms Taylor said.

“A lot of people don’t know about this feminine sister Dreaming.

“But the Seven Sisters Dreaming means a lot to all of us as women, in each tribe, throughout the country.”

Ms Dare said the Seven Sisters story had been handed down for generations.

She fears the waste facility will “destroy those stories” that she has grown up with.

She has spoken to Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King to urge her to block the facility from going ahead.

“I actually spoke to [Ms King] when we met with her not long ago in Kimba, woman to woman, that she could actually be the one to say no to this,” Ms Dare said.

Site preparation works underway at the site are expected to take up to two years before construction on the radioactive waste facility can commence.

The matter to block its construction returns to court on Monday.


March 7, 2023 - Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump

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