Resident questions Whyalla council

QUESTIONS: Former councillor Jo-anne Waters raised questions about the nuclear fuel cycle.

QUESTIONS: Former councillor Jo-anne Waters raised questions about the nuclear fuel cycle.

Resident and former councillor Jo-anne Waters has raised questions with Whyalla City Council about the nuclear fuel cycle.

Mrs Waters is among 70 regional delegates to the 300-strong Citizens’ Jury empanelled after the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission handed down its findings. In public question time, she asked whether the council had considered the findings and their implications for the city.

Group manager for city development and delivery Andre Stuyt replied that the council had considered the implications.

Mrs Waters said the Upper Spencer Gulf Common Purpose Group had made a submission to the inquiry and she suggested Whyalla was involved in this.

Council’s acting chief executive officer Migelle Hiscock replied that the group’s submission was from chief executive officers of the member councils, not elected members.

Mrs Waters then said the submission had indicated it would not comment one way or another on storage or transport of nuclear waste.

Mrs Hiscock then clarified that the acting Whyalla mayor at the time, Cr Tom Antonio, and mayors of the other cities were involved in the submission.

Mayor Lyn Breuer said if there was a proposal or request relating to our region, certainly council would want to be involved.

“I understand some years ago there was a decision to make Whyalla a nuclear-free zone,” she said.

“I am unsure whether that is still on the books.”

Mrs Waters replied that she was a member of council when the zone was declared, but she thought it had been rescinded some years later.

Later, she told the Whyalla News she would attend her first meeting of the Citizens’ Jury at the Adelaide Convention Centre on October 8 and 9.

The Nuclear Consultation and Response Agency team is well into its three-month series of state-wide engagement sessions. Members of the agency were travelling to about 100 sites to explain the royal commission’s report and gather feedback.

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