Facts and figures released before final information sessions

Joint media release with the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon David Littleproud MP

All the facts about establishing a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility have now been released before a final round of information sessions for communities around the three nominated sites.

The information is available on a dedicated website and will be letterbox dropped to all households around Kimba and Wallerberdina Station.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matthew Canavan said residents could still ask questions on a range of issues, with information sessions being held for the Kimba, Hawker and Quorn communities on August 6 and 7.

Representatives from the Department of Resources, ANSTO and ARPANSA will be available to answer questions on topics including new job creation, visitor numbers, safety and the $31 million Community Development Package.

“Another point of interest has been potential impacts on agriculture businesses and exports, which was covered at a roundtable in June with representatives from major agricultural organisations,” Minister Canavan said.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the meeting confirmed the Facility would pose no risk to human health, the environment or agricultural produce due to strict licensing by the nuclear regulator.

“The community had questions about potential impacts on their agricultural industries, and these were answered by bodies which shared firsthand experience,” Minister Littleproud said.

“There has never been any domestic or export market concerns involving radiation, even with the current radioactive waste facilities in South Australia.”

“This project would not impact on agriculture in South Australia or anywhere else.”

The community vote on the Facility’s location starts on August 20.  More project information is available at www.radioactivewaste.gov.au

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