Barngarla community get injunction for Kimba vote

The Barngarla community on the Eyre Peninsula are fighting to prevent a radioactive waste storage facility at Kimba, located on their traditional lands.

Last Thursday the Supreme Court of South Australia granted an interlocutory injunction in relation to ballot papers for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

The Barngarla had applied for an injunction, arguing that the ballot was discriminatory because native title holders living outside the boundaries of the Kimba District Council were not able to vote.

Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation co-chairperson Emma Richards said the Barngarla were happy to hear this news and hopefully the traditional owners outside of Kimba could have a say as well.

She said the Barngarla community did not want to see the facility go ahead.

“The traditional owners are connected to the land...so they should be included in any vote or consultation anywhere in their lands and seas,” she said.

Ms Richards said the Barngarla people had a connection Kimba with families including the Eyles, Reids and Dares connected to the area.

She said her father Fred Richards had told about how the coastal Barngarla people would go inland to Kimba to connect with family and remembered attending funerals and cultural gatherings.

“Heritage sites are not always something you can see,” she said.

“There’s a lot of different elements to what the definition of heritage or sacred sites are.

“Kimba has always been a place of significance to the Barngarla people.”

Ms Richards said the Barngarla were also against the idea of nuclear waste material moving through local ports including Whyalla and Port Lincoln.

Barngarla members joined representatives from organisations including the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association, SA Greens and Conservation Council SA for a protest against the planned facility on the Joy Baluch Bridge in Port Augusta last Sunday. 

A Department of Industry, Innovation and Science spokesperson said after consulting with the respective councils it was agreed to suspend the proposed ballots for the nominated sites at Kimba and Wallerberdina Station until the matter was resolved.

The matter is scheduled to be next heard by the Supreme Court on Thursday, August 23.

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