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Waste dump UpdateApril 2016

On the 29th of April 2016 Wallerberdina station in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia has been contentsiously selected after months of consultation which followed the release of six possible sites for the facility.

Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg insisted it was not the final decision and said further consultation and analysis would need to be undertaken. Although it is the only site under consideration at this time.

To find out more visit Fight to stop Nuclear Waste in the Flinders Ranges

 

 

 

“This is where I grew up, and my concern is that my son will not be able to enjoy the same childhood that I did on that country. I am completely opposed, as an Aboriginal person, to putting poison into the ground that we belong to.” Tara Liddy, Oak Valley Aboriginal  Community

Since 2005 the Central Desert region and the Northern Territory have been a hot spot on the National radioactive waste dart board. With former Liberal Defence and Science Minister Brendan Nelson nominating three sites in the Northern Territory to host a National Nuclear Waste Facility. These sites being Hart’s Range, Fisher’s Ridge and Mt Everard. In 2007 the then current Labour Energy and Resource Minister Martin Ferguson took a nomination of Muckaty Station, as a fourth potential site to host such a contentious facility.

On Friday the 13th of November 2015 the issue of proposed nuclear sites came into the public realm through media coverage around the nation. Media stated 6 shortlisted sites from 28 previously nominated by private landholders. One of these sites will potentially host the nations first national nuclear waste facility.  Aridgold Date Farm is one of these sites. It is situated 75 kilometers southeast of Alice Springs on the Maryvale Road, 35 kilometers north-west of Titjikala Aboriginal community. It is privately owned and was nominated by the landowner Tim Micklem without broader community consultation.

The safety of the potential nuclear waste facility is a major concern for people in the area. The farm is situated in an outwash basin with incredibly unstable soil structure. The site also sits on top of the Pacoota sandstone aquifer which feeds into the Mereenie aquifer, a major source of water for the area including Alice Springs, surrounding farmland and remote communities.

Neighbouring residence at Oak Valley were alerted to the nomination by a local ABC News story. The waste dump has the potential to threaten the livelihoods of local residents and farmers by jeopardising the agricultural, livestock and tourism industries that operate in the area.

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Titjikala, Walkabout Creek and Oak Valley community residents opposing the proposed Nuclear Waste Dump

The site and surrounding area is culturally significant to the eastern Arrente and Luritja people. The area contains many significant archeological and historic sites. People of the Eastern Arrente and Luritja communities regularly visit and utilize these sites for their own cultural practice and also operate cultural tours for the general public.

Members of the broader community of Alice Springs  and surrounds are  concerned about the fast tracked nature  of this proposal to store some of the most toxic industial waste produced by human kind. There is a strong commitment to stop the proposal at Aridgold date farm and a push for a more transparent process which is based on consultation and science.

Act Now

The Federal Government has given until March 11, 2016 for public comment regarding the prosposals. To have your say please visit National Radioactive Waste Management

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