Indigenous communities invited to attend sessions about nuclear waste facility

December 7 2021 - 7:02am
AWRA's Ceduna consultation earlier this week about the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility, set to be built just outside Kimba.

The Australian Radioactive Waste Agency is mid-way through a number of consultations with Indigenous communities across the Eyre Peninsula discussing the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility, following last week's announcement of Napandee - just outside Kimba - being named as the definite site for the facility.

ARWA's indigenous engagement team will be answering questions about safety of the facility, jobs to be available at the facility, origin's of the waste to be stored at the location, and how cultural heritage will be managed and respected.

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Sessions were held at Port Lincoln and Ceduna on Saturday and Monday respectively, with further sessions to be held in Whyalla (Wednesday December 8 at Quest Whyalla), and Port Augusta (Thursday December 9 at the Central Oval Complex) this week.

The team will also be sharing details about the $3 million allocation from the government's Indigenous Advancement Strategy to support Indigenous opportunities at the facility.

ARWA Indigenous Engagement manager Shane Holland, said that AWRA was excited to travel to the communities and speak with local residents, which will be 'drop in expo style'.

"This roadshow is a great opportunity to ensure Indigenous communities know about the safety plans which will be in place, and the new job opportunities that will be available," Mr Holland said.

"We have already had some good conversations in Port Lincoln and Ceduna, and are looking forward to more in Whyalla and Port Augusta later this week.

"This purpose-built facility will bring new jobs, new opportunities and a new industry to the Eyre Peninsula for generations to come."

"Now that we have acquired the land for the facility, further heritage and technical studies will get under way, as well as regulatory applications with lots of opportunities for consultation," he said.

For further details about the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility, click here.

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