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The provisional selection of Wallerberdina Station in South Australia as the site of Australia’s first nuclear waste dump has outraged indigenous owners who do not support the proposal.

The cattle station, which just happens to be part-owned by the SA Liberal Party director, is situated next to an Indigenous Protected Area.

IPAs are voluntarily dedicated by indigenous groups on indigenous-owned or managed land or sea country. They deliver cost-effective environmental, cultural, social, health and wellbeing, and economic benefits to the indigenous community and also protect biodiversity and cultural heritage into the future.

While six sites were initially nominated for the proposed dump, Wallerberdina Station situated 500km from Adelaide in the Flinders Ranges is the only one under any consideration now. It follows a four-month-long consultation process according to resources minister Josh Frydenberg.

“While encouraging levels of support were identified across a number of these sites, Barndioota displayed a broad level of community support for moving to the projects’ next phase,” he told The Guardian.

However, the local indigenous community are opposed to the proposal and have asked the Federal Government to reject the nomination of the site saying it is located near significant cultural sites, including Hookina Creek, which is a women’s place and a registered heritage site.

“This is our land, we have been here forever and we will always be here and we are totally opposed to this dump,” Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association CEO Vince Coulthard says.

“Our culture is being ignored, it’s not good for our area, I don’t think, it’s something we will fight against, we don’t want a waste dump in our area whatsoever,” Adnyamathanha woman Regina McKenzie told the ABC.

The site would apparently store low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste, such as material left over from medical procedures.

What are your thoughts on nuclear waste being dumped in Australia?

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  1. Absolute sacrilege! I’m am outraged at anyone even thinking that this area could be used for a nuclear waste dump.
    The station property may be vacant land but the area is far too close to prime tourist areas as well as being a significant aboriginal area. I am so incensed that I cannot even find the right words to convey my absolute dismay. NO NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA!

  2. As I understand it, via the media of course, this is to be a low level waste dump, i.e. medical waste etc., the sort of waste that is currently sitting in ‘hospital and university basements’.
    I understand your thoughts as to Aboriginal land and prime tourist areas.
    But if, and that is a BIG IF, it is correct that it is the type of wasts that currently ‘within’ our city areas and quite close to us physically I don’t see a huge problem.
    Medium and high waste is another thing altogether. And if the waste does go to Wallerberdina, there must be permanent restrictions on the level of waste.
    It is fine to say NO NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP, but we do, medically, derive benefits from these things, so why expect someone else, i.e. another state or country, to look after the stuff?

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    • I also understand your point of view Stephanie, as my health benefits on a regular basis from hospital/medical nuclear waste. OK, so it might be low level waste, but what sort of facility is it going to be put in? Buried in the ground? Or will it be a big ugly building like in Sydney where nuclear waste is currently stored? The land in that area is beautiful – leave it be!

  3. Who monitors a nuclear wast dump, nobody wants one near them ,so when a country declares they have a site, all the stockpiles will be bidding for space! Money wins usually !

  4. Totally agree with the traditional owners on this one. There should be no dumps in this fragile and significant part of Australia. Simple solution would be if the contaminants are used in NSW, then bury it in NSW. The same for all states. Don’t use one area/state/territory as the rubbish tip for the whole nation. The government authorities must think it’s better to just piss one lot of people off, than one lot in each state.

  5. we don”t need or want nuclear waste dumps anywhere in Australia and especially on traditional land. They should be buried were they are used!!! Leave traditional land alone. Find somewhere else in the vast outback that doesn’t have these sites.

  6. it’s not just gloves and goggles and test tubes sparkly clean
    it’s radioactive poisons from inside the death machine
    that makes medical isotopes for things like a sick kidney
    the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in Australia near Sydney ,,,
    totally not needed because we can work like Canada
    and make our medical isotopes without a reactor …

    and Lucas Heights high level waste is on a wave of greed
    to be stored in this national waste dump we don’t really need
    the nutters running Lucas Heights are expanding quick
    to make more money and more waste to make you sick

    petition at https://www.change.org/p/prime-minister-malcolm-turnbull-no-nuclear-waste-dump-in-south-australia

  7. No one wants a waste dump, no one wants the waste. Stop making it. Close the mines. Its not cheap clean energy. How much does it cost to store the waste from nuclear energy for 250000 years, put that in the equation and its the most expensive form of energy. It produces the most poisonous long lived stuff on the planet that noone knows how to store safely. ITS NOT CLEAN ENERGY. ITS NOT CHEAP. and we can produce the small amounts of material needed for medicine without a dangerous expensive waste producing reactor. Close the mines, close the reactors close down the nuclear industry. Think of our children think of the future.

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