Barndioota (SA) the only site to be assessed for national radioactive dump

Federal Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg has announced that Barndioota in the Flinders Ranges region of SA is the only site that will be further assessed to host the national radioactive waste facility. Adnyamathanha Traditional Owners are devastated to hear the news, with Elder Enice Marsh stating she is ‘shattered’ by the decision. Traditional Owner and neighbouring landholder Regina McKenzie said “”We don’t want a nuclear waste dump here on our country and worry that if the waste comes here it will harm our environment and muda (our lore, our creation).”

The Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association CEO Vince Coulthard said in a press release “This is our land, we have been here forever and we will always be here and we are totally opposed to this dump. ATLA is the main “key stakeholder” yet they have shown us no respect. This is in our sacred country with a very important spring just nearby. This is another example of cultural genocide. This cannot happen!”

Representatives from the other nominated communities have released a statement offering ongoing support to their friends near the Barndioota site, stating they “stand shoulder to shoulder” with the community and “will offer whatever support [they] can.” The affected communities have supported each other throughout the nomination process and undertook a joint lobbying trip to Canberra in February this year.

Keep up to date via the facebook page Fight the Nuclear Waste Dump South Australia.

Supporters are also encouraged to upload a photo to the FB page with a sign calling for ‘No Nuclear Dump in the Flinders Ranges’ (see example below of a resident of Quorn, a town near the proposed site).

Paul Levai

Chernobyl 30 year commemoration: No uranium sales to the Ukraine.

 

26th April marks 30 years since the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in the Ukraine. Many plant ‘liquidators’ died within days, and massive radioactive releases produced an ongoing three-fold increase in thyroid cancers and other genetic illnesses. Over 5 million people today continue to live in contaminated areas.

Despite this important anniversary, which should be time for reflection and a revisiting of Australia’s role as a uranium exporter, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has signed a deal to sell uranium to the Ukraine.

Commemorations are being held around Australia to remember all whose lives have been impacted by the Chernobyl disaster, or who will be into the future, and to urge the Australian government to stop all uranium exports. We have to stop this toxic nuclear cycle.

Sydney event

Perth event

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“There remain serious containment and waste management issues at Chernobyl and there are very real security concerns about Ukrainian nuclear facilities being targeted in the current conflict with Russia.

Australia has properly suspended uranium sales to Russia – it makes no sense to start selling uranium to Ukraine now.

There can be no nuclear business-as-usual in the shadow of Fukushima – a disaster that was fuelled by Australian uranium.

Following Fukushima the UN Secretary-General called for Australia to have a dedicated risk analysis of the impacts of the uranium sector – this has not happened and needs to.”

Dave Sweeney, Australian Conservation Foundation Nuclear Free Campaigner

 

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Black Mist White Rain speaking tour has begun

For many people in Australia and the Pacific, nuclear weapons are not a distant, abstract threat, but a lived reality – a persistent source of pain and suffering, of contamination and dislocation. Indigenous communities, long marginalised and mistreated, bear the brunt of this ongoing scourge.Over four days in four cities, join us in exploring the ongoing impacts of nuclear testing in our region and the inspiring triumph of cultural survival. The stories from the front lines are a driving force behind the movement for a nuclear weapons ban, which is gaining momentum worldwide.

Please reserve your seat by clicking the registration links below. More detail is on the ICAN website here and on the facebook event page here.
ADELAIDE
Monday 4th April at 6pm
The Joinery
111 Franklin St, Adelaide

Register here.

Speakers:
Karina Lester | Yankunytjatjara-Anangu
Rose Lester | Yankunytjatjara-Anangu
Sue Coleman-Haseldine | Kokatha-Mula
Abacca Anjain-Maddison | Republic of the Marshall Islands
Gem Romuld | International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

MC: Helen Connolly | Australian Red Cross | South Australia Executive Director

MELBOURNE
Tuesday 5th April at 6pm
Drill Hall
26 Therry St, Melbourne

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Speakers:
Sue Coleman-Haseldine | Kokatha-Mula
Karina Lester | Yankunytjatjara-Anangu
Abacca Anjain-Maddison | Republic of the Marshall Islands
Tim Wright | International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

SYDNEY
Wednesday 6th April at 6pm
Redfern Town Hall
73 Pitt St, Redfern

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Speakers:
Sue Coleman-Haseldine | Kokatha-Mula
Rose Lester | Yankunytjatjara-Anangu
Abacca Anjain-Maddison | Republic of the Marshall Islands
Daryl le Cornu | International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

MC: Jody Broun | Australian Red Cross | NSW Executive Director.

BRISBANE
Thursday 7th April at 6pm
Metro Arts
109 Edward St, Brisbane at 6pm.

Register here.

Speakers:
Sue Coleman-Haseldine | Kokatha-Mula
Rose Lester | Yankunytjatjara-Anangu
Abacca Anjain-Maddison | Republic of the Marshall Islands
Dr Bill Williams | International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

MC: Kevin Keeffe | Australian Red Cross | Queensland Executive Director.