Federal Resource Minister says the Greens mislead the Kimba community

GUARANTEE: The Federal Resource Minister ensures the Kimba community that the proposed nuclear waste facility near Kimba will be "adequately scrutinised".
GUARANTEE: The Federal Resource Minister ensures the Kimba community that the proposed nuclear waste facility near Kimba will be "adequately scrutinised".

Recently appointed Federal Resource Minister has wasted no time in ensuring the public that the proposed nuclear dump facility near Kimba will be "adequately scrutinised".

Minister Keith Pitt's affirmation comes in response to, what he deems as, "false" statements shared this month by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

In a press release to media, Minister Pitt said the Senator has been caught out "again" making misleading claims surrounding the project.

The site is expected to store low-level and intermediate-level waste and employ about 45 people, plus inject $31 million in federal funding into the community.

The Minister responded to comments made in the Eyre Peninsula Tribune on March 5, claiming the Greens had referred the legislation to a Senate inquiry.

"One of my first decisions after moving into the portfolio was to confirm the government will self-refer the legislation to the inquiry to ensure it could be adequately scrutinised by the parliament," Minister Pitt said.

He indicated that the Greens have a history of "stretching" the truth and refers to the Senator's recent comments as "mischievous".

"It's just one of a litany of false statements from Senator Hanson-Young to try and stir up community unrest despite extensive and thorough community consultation on the proposed facility," Minister Pitt said.

He shared how the Kimba community spoke loudly and clearly through the consultation process which included ballots, survey and submissions.

"They showed broad support for the proposed that will bring long-term jobs to the region and help boost the local economy," he said.

However, the project still comes with mixed emotions.

Kimba farm owner Jeff Baldock told the AAP last month that the decision brings a much-needed boost to a community losing residents and the services that go along with them.

Yet , 'The No Radioactive Waste on Agricultural Land in Kimba for SA committee fears the dump will damage the Eyre Peninsula's agricultural reputation.

Minister Pitt reiterated how nuclear medicine is saving and prolonging the lives of many Australians each year. "...it's estimated that around half of us will benefit from it during our lifetime".

The Minister assured that public consultation will be expected as the project moves along.

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