Concern over radioactive storage

CONCERNED: Darren and Kelly Hunt, Tom and Helen Harris, Toni and Cameron Scott, Andrew and Justine Major, Peter and Sue Woolford and James, Jacinta and Bradley Woolford are some of the landowners concerned about the potential for a radioactive waste management facility to be placed in the Kimba and Buckleboo district.

CONCERNED: Darren and Kelly Hunt, Tom and Helen Harris, Toni and Cameron Scott, Andrew and Justine Major, Peter and Sue Woolford and James, Jacinta and Bradley Woolford are some of the landowners concerned about the potential for a radioactive waste management facility to be placed in the Kimba and Buckleboo district.

THE potential for a low to medium grade radioactive waste management facility in the Kimba and Buckleboo district has some local families concerned.

After an information session in April and a call for voluntary nominations from landholders, two families with properties to the north of Kimba expressed interest in volunteering land for the facility.

The project is still in its early planning stages but a number of residents and landowners who are strongly opposed to the idea of the facility being placed anywhere in the district have decided to act.

Among these families' concerns are the potential health effects a storage facility could have as well as future property values and the impact it could have on grain prices in years to come.

Cameron and Toni Scott said after their neighbours told them they had expressed interest in volunteering land for the facility, they were immediately concerned.

"When the information session was held in April it was the middle of seeding and a lot of us couldn't make it," Mr Scott said.

"Our concern is this facility could be near our farms and homes and we don't know what the consequences could be in the future."

Mr Scott said his family's concerns were that there was no precedent to compare the proposed facility to and so much was unknown.

"We don't know what it could do to the district's reputation, what it could mean for our grain in the future, we don't know what the outcomes will be for future generations," he said.

Jeff and Jenny Baldock were one of the families to put in an expression of interest and said they let their neighbours know out of courtesy after making a submission.

Mr Baldock said he would be disappointed if the community didn't keep an open mind until they had more information and said to debate the issue now was difficult as absolutely no decisions had been made in terms of the location of the facility.

"We thought it could potentially be a great advantage to our community,' Mr Baldock said.

"No one would have put in a submission if we thought there was a chance it could be detrimental to the area we live in."

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey is hoping the Kimba district doesn't "wipe off" the opportunity for a radioactive waste management facility to be located somewhere in the area.

He said earlier on he had floated the idea of nominating his property to explore the potential it had to help the Kimba community and an information session he held in April was to address any issues residents had with the idea of him housing it on his farm.

"After the meeting I had further advice that nominating my farm was not feasible because of a perceived conflict of interest."

He said he asked the 48 people who attended if they objected to his nomination, to which he said residents were happy for him to "throw his hat in the ring".

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