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March 3 Sydney Forum: Remembering Fukushima, Resisting Nuclear Waste Dumps

 

Remembering Fukushima, Resisting Nuclear Waste Dumps
Thursday March 3, 6:30-8pm
The Settlement, Redfern, 17 Edward Street, Darlington
(5 mins walk from Redfern Train Station)

Public forum to commemorate 5 years since Fukushima and discuss other current nuclear issues.

Speakers include:
-Robyn Rayner, neighbour to proposed Hill End national radioactive waste facility (Central West NSW)
-Burraga Gutya (Uncle Ken Canning), Murri poet and writer
-Uncle Raymond Finn, Wangkangurru man from SA
-Professor Richard Broinowski, Author of ‘Fallout from Fukushima’
MC Natalie Wasley, Beyond Nuclear Initiative

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March 11 marks five years since the start of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in the Tohoku region of Japan. Reactors fuelled with uranium from Australia melted down after damage from the earthquake and tsunami, resulting in the displacement of more than 160 000 people.

It is also the closing date for submissions to the federal government on the proposal for a national radioactive waste facility at one of six sites including Hill End, located on Wiradjuri Country in the Central West of NSW.

Uranium Free NSW is hosting this forum to share updates on the Hill End proposal and Fukushima disaster as well as other nuclear industry activities across the state and country.

Nuclear advocates attempt to promote nuclear power as clean and green and a solution to the climate crisis, yet it is clear that every stage of the nuclear chain contaminates land and affects the health and well being of communities.

It is time to break the nuclear chain.

Come along to commemorate five years since Fukushima and join Uranium Free NSW in calling for a future that is renewable not radioactive.

 

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National radioactive waste dump proposal

Six sites around the country have been shortlisted to host a national radioactive waste facility. Public comment on the proposal, called the National Radioactive Waste Management Project, closes on March 11, 2016. You can make a submission via the government website, which also has an address for postal (and video) submissions.

Communities in each of the six areas shortlisted to potentially host the national facility are campaigning to be taken off the list. Visit their facebook pages via the links below and visit the national waste dump page for further information.

Hill End  |  Kimba  |  Omanama  |   Hale

Don’t nuclear waste Australia: community gathering to witness waste shipment.

The first shipment of nuclear waste returning from overseas reprocessing is due to arrive in Port Kembla (Wollongong) in the first week of December.

The Maritime Union of Australia (Illawarra Branch), South Coast Labour Council and Beyond Nuclear Initiative are organising a community gathering to witness the shipment being unloaded and transported to Lucas Heights for extended interim storage.

The BBC Shanghai is scheduled to arrive Friday 9:00am but may not berth then. We will hold the community gathering at Saturday 1pm and expect the waste transport from the Port to Lucas Heights to begin just before midnight that evening.

 

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The radioactive material was produced at the Lucas Heights nuclear research reactor in Sutherland Shire and sent overseas for reprocessing, whereby uranium and plutonium are extracted. The returning waste is classified long-lived intermediate level waste and must be isolated from people and the environment for thousands of years.

Radioactive waste is a risk to workers who are handling the materials and people living along the proposed transport routes. However, while the nuclear reactor is still operating, extended interim storage at Lucas Heights is considered by many as the ‘least-worst’ option. It is a secure federal facility with the concentration of Australia’s nuclear expertise.

The federal government’s plan to transport this waste in five years to one of six shortlisted sites is irresponsible and unnecessary. Communities at all of the proposed locations oppose the plan and once this waste is back at Lucas Heights, it should stay there where it will be front of mind, rather than out of sight in a regional or remote area.

Radioactive waste is an intractable problem and the first principle of management must be minimisation- stop producing it.

A Royal Commission in South Australia is currently examining the possibility of importing international high-level waste, but we will not allow this shipment to be the start of increased transports or an expansion to the nuclear industry in Australia.

Join us at Port Kembla to say: Don’t nuclear waste Australia.

Radioactive Waste: Information for communities

Download Radioactive waste information leaflet (highres)

Download Radioactive waste information leaflet (lowres)

A shortlist of sites to be considered for hosting the first national radioactive waste facility has now been announced.

Three proposed sites are located in South Australia – Cortlinye, Pinkawillinie, and Barndioota and the others are Hale in the Northern Territory, Sally’s Flat in New South Wales and Oman Ama in Queensland.

This information sheet (linked above and displayed below) has been produced by a number of state and national environment groups with support from public health organisations.

Please download it (click links above) and share the information with family, friends and contacts in affected areas.

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Celebrating one year since Muckaty nuclear waste plan dumped!

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​ Press conference in Alice Springs announcing Muckaty campaign win: June 19, 2014

This Friday June 19 marks one year since the federal government agreed not to pursue plans for a national radioactive waste dump at Muckaty, 120km north of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.

The historic decision was the result of a long and dedicated campaign by Traditional Owners and supporters right across the country- thank you again to everyone who contributed in such a variety of practical, creative and important ways.

The solidarity and support from trade unions, students, artists, lawyers, health professionals, environment groups and other communities who had been targeted earlier in the process was a significant boost to morale and kept the Muckaty community focused on the often daunting task of challenging both the federal government and Northern Land Council.

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“It’s really a frightening situation that people aren’t going to have a say about what’s stuck there, buried in their own lands. We are not prepared to be the people who transport this back up to bury it in an area where the communities have no say, the Traditional Owners have no say whatsoever about this going in the ground. We need to say this is just not acceptable.”
Maritime Union of Australia Illawarra Branch Secretary Garry Keane  (April 22, 2009)
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One year on, management of radioactive waste continues to be a national challenge; for many years the Muckaty campaign was calling for an independent inquiry into all options of waste management, including but not limited to a single remote repository. Resources Minister Ian Macfarlane called Muckaty a “disaster” yet decided to again pursue a single remote facility; he has however stated it would only be approved on a genuinely ‘volunteered’ site where land tenure was not contested.

A very short window was provided for landholders to nominate and the Minister is now considering what was submitted and preparing to shortlist sites. Unfortunately, these nominations are not being made public, which has already raised concerns about lack of transparency, consultation and consent from areas where nominations have been exposed by the media.

However, though we are collectively watching the new process very carefully, it is important this week to celebrate the tenacity of the Muckaty mob in winning their long struggle!​

To commemorate this fantastic victory, NITV will be screening the documentary “Protecting Manuwangku” on Friday night at 8:30pm. The film was produced by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at UTS and documents the community preparing for the annual Muckaty protest rally and concert. Tune in Friday night at 8:30pm and invite your family and friends to do the same.

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Some celebratory images will be circulated on social media via Beyond Nuclear Initiative: please like the BNI page on facebook or follow BNI on twitter and send these around to all of your contacts.
Finally, a really sincere thank you to everyone for your ongoing support for the BNI project. With the final allocated funding for the project having been stretched much further that even we thought possible, any end of financial year donations to keep BNI rolling will be gratefully accepted and put to very good use.

BNI is a joint project of Australian Conservation Foundation and Friends of the Earth Australia, hosted by the Arid Lands Environment Centre in Alice Springs and Environment Centre NT in Darwin.

The following poem was written by Muckaty Traditional Owner Isobel Phillips

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