Local nuclear jurors prepare report

Port Lincoln residents involved in the nuclear Citizen’s Jury are on the home straight as they work together on a final report on the issue of storing nuclear waste in South Australia.

Gregory Miller

Gregory Miller

The jurors met for their third and fourth days in Adelaide this past weekend where they heard from witnesses who provided information on the issue.

Local man Gregory Miller, who is one of the jurors, got to speak with several Port Lincoln residents before heading to Adelaide for this session.

He said although he didn’t hear from as many people as he thought he would, the overall feeling was against the notion of nuclear waste in South Australia.

“The impression I get is they’re dead set against the idea,” he said.

Mr Miller said he felt people were more willing to open up to him and other local jurors because they knew they were from the community and weren’t from the government.

The jurors have heard from more than 100 witnesses from a range of backgrounds including industry and business, environmental and economic areas as well as Aboriginal representatives and regional leaders.

They are also taking into account the feedback from the 125 statewide community information sessions between July and October.

Next weekend the jurors will pull together their report on Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

It will then be presented to Premier Jay Weatherill on November 9 and will be used for his formal response to the Royal Commission report later this year.

Mr Miller said speaking to locals and hearing from witnesses had clarified his position and he hoped Mr Weatherill would take on board the findings of the report.

“At this stage I feel there’s a lot more they need to do before this project goes ahead,” he said.

“They need to do more thorough investigation into economic figures, pricing and what countries would be interested.

“Let’s just hope he listens to everything that’s been provided in the report.”