Wallerberdina Station, near Hawker, South Australia

A 6300-hectare property, Wallerberdina Station, has been selected to progress to a technical and heritage assessment stage which includes further consultation with nearby communities.

The potential for a viable 100-hectare site on the property close enough to the amenities of Hawker received good community support for moving to the next stage.

Map showing site would take up 1.5% of the property

The site at 377 Wallerberdina Road is located close to the Flinders Ranges, approximately 30km northwest of Hawker and 130km from Port Augusta.

The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, made the announcement 29 April 2016 that the land nomination would be shortlisted for further consideration as a site for the facility.

No final decision to site the facility has been taken. A final site will only be selected if there is broad community support and it meets Australia’s strict environmental and radiation protection regulatory requirements.

In terms of earthquake risk, Geoscience Australia says the seismic profile at Wallerberdina Station is moderate by Australian standards and is similar to Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

The technical assessment stage will ensure nearby communities are fully informed on the design and associated infrastructure, economic benefits such as local business and employment opportunities and the funding structure associated with hosting the facility.

The Government will fully respect and work with the locals to protect their heritage. A key part of this process will be an independent and comprehensive indigenous heritage survey in collaboration with the traditional owners, to identify the location and full extent of culturally sensitive areas on the nominated land.

To find out further information about the nominated site at Wallerberdina Station, read:

Regional map showing Hawker and South Australia