THE Kimba District Council has decided to go ahead with the ballot for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at a special meeting last Friday.
At the May council meeting, a resolution was made for the council to reserve the right to terminate the ballot if Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan had not provided relevant information by noon on July 23.
While all the information was received, councillor Megan Lienert questioned whether there were any legal issues regarding the fact two of the pieces of information were received three hours late.
However, chief executive officer Deb Larwood assured the council that there would be no legal repercussions, and reminded the council that the resolution was to receive the information.
The council collectively agreed that the community needed the vote to make their own decision, and unanimously voted to proceed with the ballot.
No Radioactive Waste on Agricultural Land in Kimba or SA member Kellie Hunt said the group was “disappointed” the council had not sought further details regarding the legislation and administration of the community benefits package.
“We would have also liked them to seek further clarification from the minister as to how he will use the results of our vote to make his decision,” she said.
The ballot for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility will open on August 20, with submissions, for those living outside the ballot area, open on August 1.
A decision is set to be made by the end of the year.