Kimba residents to vote on waste facility

VOTE: Ballots will be sent out today for the Kimba community ballot on the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

VOTE: Ballots will be sent out today for the Kimba community ballot on the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

This week Kimba will be voting to become the nuclear waste centre of Australia and possibly the world.

The State Parliament are on the record as accepting that a Kimba 'yes' vote is a yes vote for South Australia, because they believe the constitution gives the federal government the full power to proceed with the national dump at Kimba.

This is supported by the reality that the Palmer/federal Liberal agreement on preferences at the last federal election saw a overwhelming victory for the Liberals.

Importantly, the Palmer policy was strong advocacy for nuclear power in Australia, which saw the strong Liberal victory, so to me the wheels are rolling and the only impediment ironically is the large and increasing investment in South Australia in renewable energy.

As far as Kimba accepting the international nuclear waste the circumstantial evidence is overwhelming, once the decision to accept the higher level waste was made and confirmed prior to the last federal election.

After 60 years of nuclear reactors at Lucas Heights, Kimba is political heaven for our national Parliament.

A yes vote at Kimba means a $300 million investment by the federal government almost immediately, or they could have their 'facility' at Leonora in Western Australia for no cost to taxpayers and in a much more isolated area without the risks and without breaching their own guidelines.

So next week Kimba may well be going in to the history books for different reasons to their up-to annual $80 million export agriculture.

Good luck with whatever their decision.. I don't have a vote even though I am a partner in a farming business of almost 100 years, near a preferred site.

BARRY WAKELIN

Kimba

While I would really like to see an extra 45 jobs in our community, this 'process' has made me very sceptical and I have very little trust in the government to keep their word, especially when we don't even know who will actually be running the 'facility'.

There are still so many unknowns in regards to the dump and yet we are being asked to vote on something that will be here forever.

We won't be able to change our minds once it is here.

No matter what has been promised or how safe they say it is, this facility will be forced onto people in this community.

I am a neighbour and my family and I still do not want to live anywhere near it.

Nuclear waste should not be dumped on agricultural land.

I can live with being blamed for losing this 'opportunity' if we are not chosen but, if we are, and I have to live near this, I will never 'get over' feeling like the government and my community has forced this on me and my family.

So far, the government has broken numerous promises and continually change the rules to suit themselves.

Can you truly trust them?

The upcoming vote is our final chance to have a say.

This is it!

There is no going back.

Please, please make sure you are absolutely certain before casting your vote.

If you have even the slightest doubt, please vote no.

RACHEL YATES

Kimba