Staff from the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) visited Kimba last week to explain its role in regards to the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.
ARPANSA chief executive officer Carl-Magnus Larsson, deputy chief executive officer Gillian Hirth, project manager facility safety regulatory services Julie Murray and assistant director of communication Shailla Van Raad met with community members to discuss the agency’s role and what community members can expect of ARPANSA as the independent regulator, the licensing process and how it undertakes assessments.
Ms Van Raad said the agency had receive a good reception from the community.
"We had a very good reception in Kimba and Hawker from a variety of people, with varying views from a cross section of the community,” she said.
“We covered a broad range of questions and listened to what people are thinking.
“We shared a lot of information with people, on a variety of topics, including our role as the independent regulator and what would happen if we receive a licence application.
“We also highlighted that a licensing process will take several years and will include formal consultation conducted by us.”
Mr Larsson said he was impressed by the passion of the Kimba residents.
“I was very impressed with the passion of people towards their community and land, and also their knowledge of the proposed (National Radioactive Waste Management Facility) plans,” he said.