Submission period for nuclear waste facility extended

NUCLEAR WASTE: Hundreds of protesters gathered on the Jay Baluch AM Bridge in August to rally against the proposed radioactive waste management facility.
NUCLEAR WASTE: Hundreds of protesters gathered on the Jay Baluch AM Bridge in August to rally against the proposed radioactive waste management facility.

The deadline for submissions on the proposed national radioactive waste management facility has been extended by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS).

The previous closing date was Monday, September 24, but DIIS has decided to leave the submission period open.

Private and public submissions are to be used by Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan to understand community sentiment for the facility.

A DIIS spokesperson said the government continues to work to hear the views of all community members ahead of a decision by the end of the year.

“As other parts of the consultation process are ongoing, the submissions period will also be extended so that people have more opportunities to make their views known,” the spokesperson said.

“Public and private submissions will be considered, alongside direct feedback from a range of key stakeholders, including neighbouring landowners and traditional owners.”

The extension follows the South Australian Supreme Court’s recent decision to grant an interlocutory injunction, delaying community postal ballots in Hawker and Kimba.

The vote was scheduled to commence on August 20 to measure the support for the nominated sites in Kimba and Wallerberdina Station.

The department will monitor the situation and provide further advice on the closing date for submissions.