THE two Kimba sites shortlisted for a national radioactive waste management facility have not made it into the next round of the federal government’s search for a site for the facility.
Following a 120-day community consultation period, which ended in March, the government today announced it had shortlisted Barndioota near Hawker in the state’s north as a possible site for the facility.
Barndioota is the only site to make it further into the process, however Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg said it was not a “final decision to locate the facility”.
“It presents an opportunity to continue consultation and concept development with the community to ensure information is provided and any outstanding questions are answered.”
Mr Frydenberg said the government remained open to considering new expressions of interest for additional facility sites or locations.
This has given supporters of a facility at Kimba hope that with better consultation and preparation another site in the district could be successful.
Member of the recently formed Working For Kimba’s Future Group Kerri Cliff said there was disappointment the facility would not be located in the Kimba district but the group was still excited by what the newly formed group could do for the Kimba community, irrespective of the federal government’s decision.
“This group will press on with ideas and future directions that were raised during the nuclear facility consultation period and will continue to grow Kimba’s future,” Mrs Cliff said.
"While there may be a door open we will keep our options open and see what the future holds for the Kimba community."
No Radioactive Waste on Agricultural Land in Kimba or SA committee member Kellie Hunt said the announcement that the two Kimba sites were no longer being considered was a great relief.
"We are pleased that Minister Frydenberg saw there was not enough community support for Kimba to host a national nuclear waste facility here,” Mrs Hunt said.
“We will keep supporting the community of Barndioota in their fight to stop this proposal.”