Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Comforted and excited

Over the last 18-24 months the people of Kimba have had numerous opportunities to become informed about many aspects of hosting a radioactive low to intermediate waste facility to store Australian waste.

As I’ve listened to experts and taken up opportunities of speaking directly with professionals I have become increasingly comfortable in the many levels of safety and assessment carried out, and excited by the opportunities the proposed facility will deliver.  

My visit to ANSTO to see the waste that is stored there, and gain some understanding of the work carried out in nuclear research and medicine, reinforced my confidence in what a great industry Kimba could be involved with.  

If we only had half the jobs filled by new people moving to Kimba; they spend money in the town, buy houses for their families, send their kids to our school, which could mean more teachers and our kids could get more opportunities through school subjects. All these things would filter through.

Who wouldn’t want that?

There is no doubt in my mind that any radioactive waste facility that may come to our region will have incredibly high hurdles to jump before the concrete is poured but the opportunities it will bring will be unbelievable.  


Incredible Opportunity

After living in Canada for majority of the past 12 months, I have gained an understanding of just how unique the small country town that I call home is, and an appreciation for the community spirit shown time and time again.

I would love to move home to Kimba by the end of 2018, however my concern is there will be no future for me there. Being 20 years old with no farming background, I am left with few career path options and I know many others in the same situation.

With a dwindling population, it is inevitable businesses will close and we will not have access to a permanent doctor unless we find the support of an industry not reliant on something as unpredictable as rainfall.

I believe that the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility will be a massive help.

The information we continue to receive from ANSTO and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has been invaluable. We are extremely fortunate to have experts visiting regularly, as well as the opportunity to visit ANSTO.

I will admit that I initially had concerns about Kimba hosting a facility of this kind. However, upon gaining more information about it, I feel extremely comfortable that this poses no threat to the community.

 I am excited to know there is the possibility for a whole new industry to be introduced to our town, along with a minimum of 45 jobs and vital funding for projects in the area. I have no doubt the lucky community will continue to thrive for generations, and will be provided with endless possibilities including the opportunity for other new industries to be explored.

I am thankful to those who were bold enough to bring this opportunity to Kimba and those who have continued to advocate for this facility.


Exciting to live in Kimba

It’s an exciting time to be living in Kimba. We will soon have the opportunity to vote to take our community forward in strength and sustainability by welcoming a new industry to our district; an industry that doesn’t rely on rain, commodity prices or fundraising. 

Already the proposal of Kimba hosting a national low-intermediate radioactive waste facility has brought economic benefits with 33 projects funded to the tune of $2 million dollars through the Community Benefits Fund. 

Then there is the regularly visiting government staff and experts in radioactive waste management injecting money into our economy weekly.

The construction phase worth $200M will bring work opportunities for tradies, suppliers, contractors, and job seekers as the successful tenderer includes the obligatory local component. And then the operational stage with a minimum of 45 jobs.

If Kimba chooses to welcome the facility and clears the analysis of site characterisation and costings, the scrutiny of the independent regulator ARPANSA, and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, then we can welcome far more economic benefits into the future.


Kimba for sale

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I have always presumed there to be a general consensus that if one is being paid in any form, one must surely have an item or product for sale.

For instance, if one grows and sells a tonne of grain, one would expect to be paid.

Also, the buyer of that grain expects to receive exactly what they have paid for.

When it comes to the proposed national radioactive waste repository, we may well ask ourselves the question 'what is this federal government encouraging us to sell?'

Are we selling our future rights to hold the federal government to account should any negative impacts of this facility come to fruition? By receiving payment are we accepting responsibility on behalf of the government.

If this facility were to be here, there is no doubt that if any event led to the government and associated authorities being questioned, we or our descendants will promptly be reminded of the voluntary process and of our willingness to host it.

When financial prosperity becomes such a priority to a point where potential consequences are ignored, one must ask the question, is there anything or anyone not for sale?


This story Letters to the Editor first appeared on Eyre Peninsula Tribune.