Alliance petition government over nuclear

NUCLEAR: Wallerberdina Station near Hawker is one of the sites nominated to host the proposed national radioactive waste management facility.
NUCLEAR: Wallerberdina Station near Hawker is one of the sites nominated to host the proposed national radioactive waste management facility.

A community postcard opposing the federal government's plans to build a nuclear waste facility in Kimba or Hawker will be delivered to the Whyalla Office of Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey on Tuesday.

The postcard, which urges the federal government to 'investigate all safe options before proceeding with this current plan' has been put together by the No Dump Alliance, a group that represents community opposition to the nuclear waste dump.

It will urge Mr Ramsey to voice these concerns to Resources Minister Matt Canavan on behalf of the community. Copies of the postcard will also be sent to Shadow Minister Kim Carr, the Kimba District and Flinders Ranges Councils and the state government..

Flinders Rangers Adnyamathanha woman Vivianne McKenzie said 'there are many people in the community who have opposed this nuclear waste dump since it was first announced'.

"We need Canberra to listen to us, because we will never give up," she said.

"The Government is rushing and wrong and we want a different approach."

Monday marked three years since Wallerberdina Station in the Flinders Ranges was named as the federal government's preferred site for a national radioactive waste facility.

Currently three sites are under federal consideration: two near Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula and one near Hawker in the Flinders Ranges.

Doctor Susi Andersson from Hawker said most people, for or against the facility, felt that three years of uncertainty was too long.

"The process of finding a site for a NRWMF is dividing and harming our community," she said.

Kimba farmer Peter Woolford said jobs were at risk because of the government's 'unpopular and unnecessary' plan.

"We will not sit quietly and allow a flawed plan to have a lasting negative impact on our way of life," he said.

Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he totally agreed that three years was too long for the site selection process - however he noted that the nuclear proposal was tied up in a court case launched by the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation.

"While we're still waiting for the judge's decision there's nothing we can do in that space," he said.

"There are differing views (on nuclear) in each community, I am aware of that. From day 1 my government made a commitment that we wouldn't be forcing this facility on a community that does not want it.

"The towns of Hawker and Kimba are without a doubt the best educated communities in Australia on this issue and should be left to have their say in a voting mechanism."

Mr Ramsey said he would pass on the postcard from the No Dump Alliance to Minister Canavan.