THE federal department searching for a site for the national nuclear waste facility is providing a shopfront in Kimba for community members to ask questions, obtain information and provide feedback about the proposed facility.
A 90-day community consultation phase is underway and will finish with a vote run by the South Australian Electoral Commission to determine if Kimba and districts will progress to the second stage of the site selection process.
The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) head of nuclear services Hef Griffiths said the shopfront was one of the ways residents could make comments and provide feedback regarding the waste facility.
“The shop will be open two days a week and we will be guided by the public on what areas of information they will need and we will provide resources in the requested areas,” Mr Griffiths said.
He said representatives from ANSTO, GeoScience Australia and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science would be available during the consultation period to talk with people but submissions could also be made online at radioactivewaste.gov.au
Two new nominations to host the facility were recently accepted by Resources Minister Matt Canavan after previous land parcels offered in 2015 were rejected.
A community survey indicated there was not enough strong community support to progress the previous nominations from Kimba and districts.
However, after further investigations by a Kimba community group, Working for Kimba’s Future, group members felt there was enough community interest to offer up new nominations.
The shop front is located at 47 High Street, Kimba.
Opening hours are Tuesday 11am to 5pm and Wednesday 9am to 3pm.
Mr Griffiths said other times could be organised via an appointment and bookings can be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information or to make submissions go to radioactivewaste.gov.au.