Nuclear consultative committee to represent all views

Kimba mayor Dean Johnson, community liaison officer Maree Barford and National Radioactive Waste Management Taskforce general manager Bruce McCleary.
Kimba mayor Dean Johnson, community liaison officer Maree Barford and National Radioactive Waste Management Taskforce general manager Bruce McCleary.

Nominations have opened for community members to join a new Kimba Consultative Committee for the proposed Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

The committee is the next step in phase two of the consultation process, which is now underway in Kimba.

The National Radioactive Waste Management Taskforce is looking for community members with a variety of views on the project, including business owners, direct neighbours of the proposed sites, local government representatives and other stakeholders.

The committee will meet regularly to share information between the federal government and the Kimba community, providing a forum for advice and input into areas that affect the community; advice on the suitability of proposed projects under the Community Benefit Package; consulting on, and being informed of, the outcomes of field and technical investigation work; advice on engagement activities undertaken with neighbouring landowners, key stakeholders and the general public; helping to identify the key social and community values to be considered in the evaluation of the sites; and assisting in communicating information to the broader community.

Taskforce general manager Bruce McCleary, confirmed the details last week.

“This committee is a key conduit between the community and the government, and will reflect the successful model already in place at Barndioota,” he said.

“There are a number of jobs, business opportunities and community benefits that would come alongside the facility, and this committee will provide advice to help shape those aspects.”

In addition to community engagement, heritage and technical studies will help determine if the sites are technically suitable.

A Kimba community liaison officer has already been appointed, a new local office has been established in town and a $2 million Community Benefit Program will soon be established.

Details how to apply to join the consultative committee are available at www.radioactivewaste.gov.au.