Nuclear experts to visit Kimba

Experts: Mark Moore, Dr Geoff Currie and Hef Griffiths at the ANSTO shopfront in Kimba.

Experts: Mark Moore, Dr Geoff Currie and Hef Griffiths at the ANSTO shopfront in Kimba.

Three experts in nuclear medicine production and radioactive waste management are in Kimba this week to give presentations at the Kimba Area School and meet with community members.

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) nuclear medicine general manager Mark Moore was looking forward to meeting with the community and discussing how nuclear medicine is made.

“While of course this is a discussion the community is having about waste, it should also be one about the different things that waste has enabled and benefits it has brought,” Mr Moore said.

“We send 10,000 doses of nuclear medicine to more than 250 hospitals and medical facilities around Australia each week and the vast majority of our waste is linked to make medicine.”

Mr Moore said he was also keen to share his personal experience of living and working near the Lucas Heights nuclear facility.

“My house is about three kilometres from ANSTO – I’ve pretty much got a reactor in my backyard and I’ll be able to share first-hand what it is like to be a neighbour to a nuclear facility,” Mr Moore said.

ANSTO’s head of nuclear services Hef Griffiths will also be in Kimba to discuss radioactive waste handling and management techniques.

“Like any industrial by-product, radioactive waste is safe if properly managed and what is being proposed by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is in line with international best practice,” Mr Griffiths said.

Mr Griffiths and Mr Moore will have a demonstration example of the ANSTO nuclear medicine Gentech Generator with them, which is used to transport nuclear medicine around the country.

Charles Sturt University Associate Professor in Medical Radiation Science Dr Geoff Currie will also be visiting Kimba to discuss how nuclear medicine is produced.

To make an appointment with the visiting experts or the project team email radioactivewaste@industry.gov.au or call 13 28 46.