Kimba's Consultative Committee has been announced

THE members have been announced for a new Kimba Consultative Committee, formed as part of phase two of the consultation process on a potential National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

Ceduna District Council mayor Allan Suter has been appointed as the independent convener, while Kimba District Council mayor Dean Johnson is deputy convener.

The other 14 members are Symon Allen, Heather Baldock, Jeffrey Frank Baldock, Pat Beinke, Randall Cliff, Kellie Hunt, Sally Inglis, Jeff Koch, Megan Jane Lienert, Kerri Rayson, Toni Scott, Peta Willmott, Peter Woolford and Amy Wright.

Mr Suter said he was looking forward to working with the community in this role.

“I’m looking forward to working with, what is in my opinion, a very good community,” he said.

“Kimba is a great community and that is why I put my hand up.”

Mr Suter chaired a community meeting a few months ago.

“I have had an interest in the issue but they don’t matter, my job is to reflect the views of the committee.”

The committee will advise the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science on matters such as, funding projects as part of the $2-million Community Benefit Program, potential design and operation if the facility goes ahead and how best to measure community support for the facility.

In total, 51 people applied for the committee and Resources Minister Matt Canavan welcomed the strong interest and congratulated the successful members.

“The Kimba Consultative Committee is an important part of the community consultation process,” Mr Canavan said.

“The large number of applications received is a great demonstration of how highly the Kimba community is engaged with this discussion and I thank everyone who put their name forward.”

He said the committee was made up of a broad mix of people including local business owners, landowners, members of local government and members of the community.

“It also includes people whose stated views are supportive, opposed or neutral in relation to the proposal for the area.”

The committee is not a decision-making body and performs an advisory role only between the community and the government.

The committee’s first meeting is expected to be scheduled in January and it will meet regularly through the consultation period.

Applications are open for $2-million Community Benefit Program and the committee will consider these early next year.