The Kimba community could receive up to $31 million through a Community Development Package if one of the Kimba sites is chosen to host the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF).
Initially set at about $10 million, federal government has more than tripled the package to be awarded to the selected community.
Federal Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said the improved package would support the people and industries surrounding the facility.
The package includes a $20 million National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Community Fund, delivering infrastructure and development benefits to the community.
A further $8 million worth of community grants would be made available through the Community Skills and Development Program during the four-year licencing and construction period.
The government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) would receive up to $3 million over three years to improve Indigenous skills training and cultural heritage protection in the successful community.
The announcement was welcomed by Working for Kimba’s Future group members, such as Meagan Lienert.
“What an amazing opportunity for the community chosen to host this world class facility,” Mrs Lienert said.
“The package has been developed by the department but a lot of consultation and suggestions came from both sites Consultative Committees and Economic Working Groups and the council in the communities too.”
However, No Radioactive Waste on Agricultural Land in Kimba or SA committee member Kelli Hunt said the announcement had no influence on the group’s opposition, and Mr Canavan had still not defined the broad community support.
“We have been living with the pressure and division this process has caused our community for three years now, and with the looming vote and increased department presence, things have only become more difficult,” she said.
“Particularly frustrating right now is that minister is still refusing to define a minimum percentage that would constitute broad community support in relation to our upcoming ballot.
“He keeps repeating that it is now up to the community to decide - but it’s not, we get to vote and he decides after the fact how the result of the vote is used.”