No pre-determined nuclear view
I write in response to ‘Nuclear will affect EP’, Eyre Peninsula Tribune, Thursday, September 7.
The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility will only be located in a place that is technically suitable, volunteered by a landowner and supported by the surrounding community.
The council and Kimba community helped us define the Local Government Area as the community that needs to be engaged and after an initial consultation process, that community told us they want to have a conversation about hosting the facility.
That’s why we are there and why the second phase of consultation is underway now.
On the other matters, the $2 million Community Benefit Program for local projects acknowledges the community’s contribution to this nationally significant project and short-term disruption it causes.
The Kimba project office has been established as a central location in town, where people who are for, against or undecided on the proposal can go to get more information on the proposal.
The new Kimba liaison officer has a role of engaging people with all perspectives in the Kimba area, certainly not people with just one view.
And the Lucas Heights campus of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is not a suitable location for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that the waste facility will be on a 100-hectare site, where ANSTO’s whole campus is only 70 hectares in size and already contains more than 80 science and research buildings.
There is no pre-determined view on where the facility should be placed and it is up to the community to decide whether or not this is the right type of industry for the area.
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science head of resources
Nuclear waste not acceptable
Response to Kathy Bradley’s excellent letter in the Port Lincoln Times, September 7, 2017.
Kathy makes the point that the Kimba District Council definitely need to be aware that this nuclear waste dump the council seem to want in their area is not acceptable to a huge number of residents that live on Eyre Peninsula.
This proposed dump definitely will affect the whole peninsula, not just the area represented by the Kimba District Council.
Professional fishing, tourism and our ‘Clean Green Agriculture’ image could be affected if this waste is shipped up Spencer Gulf as proposed, then transported by rail.
The results of the slightest mishandling of the drums would be catastrophic.
As Kathy Bradley states, if the storage facilities are so safe why not leave it at Lucas Heights?
CAROLE & KEN WETHERBY
Our choices are being threatened
Choice has long been an option which each of us has valued and defended over the years.
If we didn't like something, whether it be a movie, song, event, opinion, product or a team, we made a personal choice not to watch, support, celebrate or use that option.
While the options we chose may not have been preferred by others, it was our indomitable right and we acknowledged and accepted the freedom of others to disagree with our preferred choice.
Australian society over the years, has been encouraged to and has been very successful in being tolerant of others regardless of their race, creed or gender.
Unfortunately today, social engineers and the politically correct have decided that those choices, which some members of society, usually a minority group, don't agree with, are deemed to be unfashionable or intolerable and should be extinguished from our daily life.
Many of the choices currently under threat, and there are many, are long standing and of historical significance.
We cannot change or deny our history and nor should we, but we can, as we have previously, learn from the past, acknowledge any wrong doing and move forward.
After they have moved on from their current targets of social "sanitising", one wonders what their next objective will be. Anzac Day or Christmas Day?
Time for the silent majority to speak up and defend the right to having a choice.
Fire victim grateful for support
Thanks to the crew of the Lock CFS, Lock ambulance and Sean Patton, Lock’s Police officer for their attendance at the house fire in the early hours of last Tuesday morning.
The whole Lock community for their well wishes and offers of help.
A big thanks to insurance assessor Steve Argent, David and his staff at MGA insurance, Cummins.
Their effort has been truly amazing.
BILL PALMER & FAMILY
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