Kimba voting on nuclear

Vote: Kimba District Council mayor Dean Johnson is glad the Australian Electoral Commission is running the vote on the proposed Kimba nuclear waste facility to stop any party from controlling it.
Vote: Kimba District Council mayor Dean Johnson is glad the Australian Electoral Commission is running the vote on the proposed Kimba nuclear waste facility to stop any party from controlling it.

Community members in and around Kimba have until June 21 to take part in the postal ballot on the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

The ballot asks community members whether or not they would support the two nominated sites in Kimba, at Napandee and Lyndhurst, moving into phase two of the investigation process.

Phase two would see in-depth technical analysis and detailed community consultation to understand whether the site would be suitable for the national waste facility.

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science head of resources Bruce Wilson encouraged the community to get involved and get ballot papers in the post.

“Over the last almost 90 days, the department project team and third party experts have been coming to Kimba to talk to the local community and answer their questions,” Mr Wilson said.

“Topics that have been discussed include the safety aspects of the facility, what kinds of jobs it could provide, the types of waste it would hold and matters such as the nuclear medicine that the waste has enabled.

“We have been here to share knowledge and experience, to provide the facts, and answer the questions that have been asked.

Experts: Nuclear experts Dr Geoff Currie, Mark Moore and Hef Griffiths visited Kimba to discuss the potential nuclear waste facility during the consultation period.

Experts: Nuclear experts Dr Geoff Currie, Mark Moore and Hef Griffiths visited Kimba to discuss the potential nuclear waste facility during the consultation period.

“There is still time for those who haven’t had the chance to submit their ballot yet but please make sure you post it off with time to get to Adelaide, to ensure your voice is heard.”

Mr Wilson said the department realised there were varying views on the project and community members now had the opportunity to give the department their opinion.

“The ballot is giving everyone the opportunity to have their say in a way that is fair, transparent and open to all,” Mr Wilson said.

The postal ballot was requested by the community is being facilitated by the Kimba District Council and administered by the Australian Electoral Commission.

No one can control the vote, not the department, not the council, not the advisory groups or anti-nuclear groups.

Kimba District Council mayor, Dean Johnson

Kimba District Council mayor Dean Johnson said using the Australian Electoral Commission was the most appropriate thing to do.

“We wanted to the ballot to be looked after by a fully independent, robust body.

“No one can control the vote, not the department, not the council, not the advisory or anti-nuclear groups.”