The Kimba District Council will make a submission to the Senate inquiry into the selection process for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility in South Australia.
Kimba District Council mayor Dean Johnson said the council decided at its March meeting to make the submission, as an advocate of the Kimba community.
“There is wide-reaching interest in the site selection process and council believes a submission represents an opportunity to have its say on the inquiry’s terms of reference.”
All residents can make their own submissions on the process to date.Kimba mayor Dean Johnson
Mr Johnson also said there had been a number of suggestions about who should be able to vote in the final ballot on the location of a facility.
“There have been suggestions the final ballot on the location of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility should incorporate either the entire Eyre Peninsula or state of South Australia, however, council's preference remains that following local government election guidelines best aligns with its capability to conduct the vote on behalf of the Australian government.”
The inquiry into the site selection was initiated by Senator Rex Patrick earlier this year, with the Senate Economics References Committee now accepting submissions from affected communities and stakeholders.
The commitee will be looking into the “appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process” with reference to a number of areas, including the definition of ‘broad community support’ and whether wider (Eyre Peninsula or state-wide) community views should be taken into consideration.
Mr Johnson encouraged residents to also make submissions to the inquiry.
“All residents can make their own submissions on the process to date and should be encouraged to do so.”
Submissions to the inquiry can be uploaded at aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Economics/Wastemanagementfacility or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Senate Standing Committees on Economics, PO Box 6100, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 by April 3.
The website provides assistance with preparing submissions or contact the committee secretariat on (02) 6277 3540.
A report from the inquiry is expected to be released on Tuesday, August 14.