Kimba Ag Bureau visits the ANSTO facility

LUCAS HEIGHTS: The Kimba Ag Bureau visited the ANSTO campus on last Monday. Names in story.
LUCAS HEIGHTS: The Kimba Ag Bureau visited the ANSTO campus on last Monday. Names in story.

Kimba Agricultural Bureau members visited the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) at Lucas Heights last week.

The group learned how waste is managed on site, and heard how the nuclear and agriculture industries had been working together.

Members of the bureau had the opportunity to meet with researchers, including two who work on agricultural projects.

Ag bureau member Tristan Baldock said the visit was a great opportunity to understand and explore what went on at ANSTO.

“It was particularly great to see the research reactor at Lucas Heights and to find out more about some of the projects undertaken using that resource,” Mr Baldock said.

“It was also great to talk to some of the leaders of various projects relating to agriculture, to find out more about what they do, the kind of research and development they’re involved in, and how that may be applicable to South Australia.”

Karen Baines said the visit opened her eyes to how much nuclear science was already used.

“It was very interesting and informative. I thought the presenters really explained things well, including how ANSTO helps in the agriculture sector,” Mrs Baines said.

“The waste was what I thought it would be. It was obviously heavily and carefully managed, and quite highly compacted.”

Cameron Scott said the trip had strengthened his views against having a facility in Kimba.

“Lucas Heights is an impressive facility. What was of note to us however was the amount of storage that is available for the nuclear waste,” Mr Scott said.

“ANSTO is currently in the process of building a new low-level waste storage shed onsite, thus leaving the current warehouse empty.”

“Why transport it 1700 kilometres to a temporary facility in Kimba?”

Photo: Back: Darren Hunt, Dion Woolford, Barry Wakelin, Tristan Baldock, Bryan Smith, Mark Stanley, Andrew Baldock, Trevor Cliff, Kimba Liaison Officer Maree Barford. Front: Darren Hunt, Karen Baines Amy Wright, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science's David Abbott, Cameron Scott