Council commits to nuclear ballot

The Kimba District Council has renewed its commitment to facilitating the community ballot on the two proposed local sites for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

The ballot is likely to be conducted before the end of 2019 after being put on hold for a year when the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation (BDAC) launched legal action looking to be included in the ballot.

The BDAC complaint was dismissed in the federal court earlier this month, but the group has since lodged an appeal.

Despite this, Kimba mayor Dean Johnson said the council had received legal advice that the ballot process could now resume.

"There's no legal impediment to us proceeding with the ballot," he said.

Mr Johnson said the council had received a "strong judgement" in the federal court, and he encouraged the community to read it themselves.

He said the Resources Minister had requested the council proceed with the ballot, and it was important to give the Kimba community their vote on whether the waste management facility should go ahead in the district.

"Our community have been in a holding pattern for a very long time... our main objective is to give our community an opportunity to have their say."

He said he believed it was the responsibility of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to make sure the Barngarla people were properly consulted during the site selection process.