Radioactive waste vote postponed

NUCLEAR: The postal ballot for the national radioactive waste management facility has been postposted.
NUCLEAR: The postal ballot for the national radioactive waste management facility has been postposted.

The postal ballot for the proposed national radioactive waste management facility has been postponed by the Supreme Court of South Australia.

The vote to measure the community support for the nominated sites in Kimba and Wallerberdina Station was set to commence on Monday, August 20, but the Supreme Court granted an interlocutory injunction.

The decision was handed down during the ‘Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation RNT BC v District Council of Kimba’ case.

A spokesperson for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science said the department remained committed to the project.

“The department has spoken with the respective local councils, and we have agreed to suspend the proposed ballots for nominated sites at Kimba and Wallerberdina Station until this matter is resolved,” the spokesperson said.

“The national radioactive waste management facility would support a safe, job-creating industry, and host radioactive waste currently spread over more than 100 locations around the country. 

“Consistent with its commitment to the communities, the department will continue to work to ensure the views of the community, including Traditional Owners, are heard, and a decision on the nominated sites is made this year.”

The matter is scheduled to be next heard by the Supreme Court on Thursday, August 23.