Kimba ballot stalled by injunction

Kimba District Council has been forced to delay the mailing of ballot papers for the final vote for the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

The Supreme Court of South Australia yesterday granted an interlocutory injunction in the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation RNT BC v. District Council of Kimba case, restricting the council from sending out the ballot papers until a final determination is made by the full court of the Supreme Court of South Australia on Thursday, August 23.

A spokesperson for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science said the department remained committed to the project.

“The Department has spoken with the respective local councils, and we have agreed to suspend the proposed ballots for nominated sites at Kimba and Wallerberdina Station until this matter is resolved,” the spokesperson said.

“The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility would support a safe, job-creating industry, and host radioactive waste currently spread over more than 100 locations around the country. 

“Consistent with its commitment to the communities, the department will continue to work to ensure the views of the community, including Traditional Owners, are heard, and a decision on the nominated sites is made this year.”

Given the matter is still before the court, Kimba District Council will be making no further comment, but will keep members of the Kimba community informed as the situation develops.