Ballot closes next week

13 June 2017

Project team member with Kimba community member

There is just over a week left for community members in and around Kimba to take part in the postal ballot on the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

The ballot closes on 21 June 2017 and asks the community whether or not they would support the currently nominated sites in Kimba, at Napandee and Lyndhurst, moving into Phase 2 of the process.

Phase 2 would involve in-depth technical analysis and detailed community consultation, to understand whether the site would be suitable for the national facility for Australian waste, which is largely associated with nuclear medicine production.

The postal ballot is new to this initial community consultation after it was requested by the Kimba community, and is being facilitated by the Kimba District Council and administered by the Australian Electoral Commission.

The postal ballot has been included in the Kimba process to give every community member the opportunity to formally contribute their opinion to the process.

Together with formal submissions received and direct feedback, the ballot will contribute to Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan’s decision on whether enough support exists within the community for the proposal to be pursued.

Bruce Wilson, Head of Resources at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, encouraged the community to get involved, and get their ballot in the post.

“Over the last almost 90 days, the Department project team and third party experts have been coming to Kimba to talk to the local community and answer their questions,” Mr Wilson said.

“Topics that have been discussed include the safety aspects of the facility, what kinds of jobs it could provide, the types of waste it would hold, and matters such as the nuclear medicine that the waste has enabled.

“We have been here to share knowledge and experience, to provide the facts, and answer the questions that have been asked.

“We understand that there are various perspectives on the project, and now is the opportunity for people to let us know their view about whether they see these sites as the right place for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

“The ballot is giving everyone the opportunity to have their say in a way that is fair, transparent and open to all.

“We want to remind everyone that the ballot is open until 21 June 2017 – there is still time for those who haven’t had the chance to submit their ballot yet, but please make sure you post it off with time to get to Adelaide, to ensure your voice is heard.”