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

The selection of the national radioactive waste management facility has been delayed, with the Federal Court set to hear the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation v District Council of Kimba case in January 2019.

Federal government planned to make a decision on the future of the project by the end of the year, but will now have to wait until after the January 30 hearing.

The facility has two nominated sites in Kimba and one in Wallerberdina Station near Hawker.

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science said in a statement that it would continue the community consultation process.

“The department will continue to observe the progress of this case and reminds the community that consultation is ongoing while this matter is being resolved and that submissions continue to be accepted,” the statement said.

“The Government continues to work to hear the views of all community members, including local residents, neighbours, business owners and Traditional Owners.”

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the delay was a win for traditional owners and for South Australia.

“The Barngarla people deserve to have their say on nuclear waste being dumped on their traditional land,” she said.

The Barngarla people deserve to have their say on nuclear waste being dumped on their traditional land.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young

“The South Australian community deserve transparency over this flawed site-selection process.

“People power can defeat this dodgy proposal, and the Greens stand with the brave communities fighting against turning our beautiful Flinders Ranges and prime agricultural land at Kimba into a nuclear waste dump.”

A vote to measure the community support for the nominated sites was scheduled to commence on August 20, but has been delayed since the Supreme Court granted an interlocutory injunction.

The proposed facility has been met with mixed opinions, with hundreds of protesters marching across the Joy Baluch AM Bridge in August to rally against the project.