Hundreds of protesters against the proposed national radioactive waste management facility made their message to the government loud and clear on Sunday, August 19.
The Joy Baluch AM Bridge was closed for the rally on Sunday afternoon, with community members from Port Augusta, Hawker and all across the Flinders Ranges joined by farmers from Kimba and travellers from Adelaide.
The rally was organised by the Barngarla people, just two days after the Supreme Court of South Australia granted an interlocutory injunction on the community postal ballot.
Barngarla man Harry Dare said it was important for people of all backgrounds to stand together against the facility.
“United we can fight. We can’t fight singularly,” Mr Dare said. “We have to band together with like-minded people to stop this destruction of our country and make sure that our country is safer for our younger generations.”
Representatives from organisations including the Australian Conservation Federation, SA Greens, Conversation Council SA and the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association all spoke on the foreshore following the march across the bridge.
Adnyamathanha woman Candace Champion was among the guest speakers, calling on the government to listen to the opinions of the traditional owners.
“I do not want to bring a child into this world knowing that I’m going to leave them more burdens and heartbreak than blessings and a safe environment,” she said.
“You can study your whole life in a classroom, but my family have studied, witnessed, watched and grown on that land for 60,000 years.”
Two sites in Kimba and one in Wallerberdina Station near Hawker have been nominated to host the facility.