Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association nuclear waste facility

WASTE DUMP: ATLA CEO Vince Coulthard is against the potential nuclear waste facility at Barndioota.
WASTE DUMP: ATLA CEO Vince Coulthard is against the potential nuclear waste facility at Barndioota.

THE ADNYAMATHANHA Traditional Lands Association (ATLA) voiced its disapproval regarding the proposed nuclear waste facility, 160 kilometres north of Port Augusta, on Sunday February 5.

Barndioota, an important site for the Adnyamathanha community, has been nominated for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility, storing low-level and some intermediate-level nuclear waste.

ATLA Chief Executive Officer Vince Coulthard said ATLA remains “totally opposed” to a nuclear facility at Barndioota.

"The government said they would not put the dump where there was community opposition, well we oppose it and as the peak body for the Traditional Owners of the Flinders Ranges area, the government must stop this dump based on our opposition,” Mr Coulthard said.

Two nominations were also made for the waste management facility to be hosted in the Eyre Peninsula town Kimba. Mr Coulthard offered support and sympathy to the Barngarla people after the announcement of the nominations.

“We know from bitter experience this process continues to be a very stressful and emotional time for our people,” he said.

"The traditional owners are key stakeholders, whether it is in the Adnyamathanha people of the Flinders Ranges or the Barngarla people of the Gawler Ranges, they must play an important part of this decision."

Head of the Resources Division in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Bruce Wilson said the views of the Adnyamathanha people are being taken into significant consideration.

“Barndioota is being considered because that is what the community told us they want, with 65 per cent of people saying they wanted to proceed to this current, detailed technical review and consultation phase,” Mr Wilson said.

Mr Wilson said the government has continued to engage with the Adnyamathanha people through Indigenous Heritage Assessment and a range of additional meetings.