The next phase of community consultation on the potential to house a national nuclear waste facility at Kimba will kick off today with the opening of a new project office in the town.
National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Taskforce general manager Bruce McCleary said the opening signaled the next phase of the process.
“During this second phase, we will take an in-depth look at the two volunteered sites at Kimba, to understand whether either of them could be suitable for the national facility,” said McCleary.
“This involves looking into the technical aspects of the project, the individual site characteristics and whether the land would be suitable for a facility like this.
“It is also about engaging the Kimba community, and giving them all the information they need on the project to decide whether they are interested in continuing to consider hosting that type of industry.
“Our new Kimba office provides a central location for people to drop in, to find out more about the project and ask any questions they might have.”
The office is based on a model already in place to support the separate phase two consultation process that started last year for a proposed site at Wallerberdina Station near Hawker.
It will also be a base for the soon-to-be appointed community liasion officer and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s project team.
“This phase of the process is really about understanding whether the communities of Kimba and Wallerberdina Station believe that project is sound both from a technical and community perspective,” Mr McCleary said.
“We are absolutely committed to servicing all of the communities around the nominated sites, to give them the information they need to decide whether to proceed with this proposal.
“The community centres are at the core of our assessment and these experts will be here to provide information but also to draw information and insights from the locals.
“The project office provides another way for the community to be involved in the project.”
Project team members will based out of the office on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and a schedule of visiting experts will be made available.
The new project office will open today at 49 High Street, with a sausage sizzle to mark the occasion and community members are invited to visit between noon and 3pm to talk to experts, discuss the project and have a sausage.