Thanks for participation
I want to offer my thanks to you and your community for your participation and patience throughout the year as we continued to work to find a site for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.
It was a privilege to have visited each community twice this year, and to have met with so many of you. The progress we have made in 2018 is testament to the open and generous engagement of your communities.
We undertook the first stage of on-site technical assessment at each site earlier this year, along with detailed design, safety and other planning work. My team and I were very pleased to present the findings of this work to your communities as promised.
After talking with your communities, I asked ANSTO to develop a full organisational structure to help you understand how many and what types of roles would be required at the Facility. This confirmed there would be a minimum of 45 long-term full-time-equivalent jobs in a range of safety, waste management, education and tourism roles. I know ANSTO’s CEO, Dr Adi Paterson, was pleased to be able to discuss this with you in person when he visited South Australia earlier in the year.
We also confirmed, after feedback from your communities, an increase in the Community Development Package to $31 million. The focus of this will be on building skills and business capacity to enable the host community to prepare for, and maximise the benefits that will come from construction and operation of the National Radioactive Waste Facility. This package includes dedicated funds for upskilling, ensuring long-term benefits and supporting local Indigenous communities.
The establishment of a new industry and a new government facility will deliver extensive benefits to the community who hosts it, directly through construction and operation, and also indirectly through upgrades to local infrastructure required for a facility of this kind.
As I am sure you know, the process is currently postponed while a court case is underway, and we are not going to pre-empt that decision. During this time community consultation continues, and I encourage all interested parties to continue to make submissions and to contact the project team if you have any questions. I am keen to reach a decision as soon as possible.
The community is at the very centre of our process, and we thank everyone for their time and engagement throughout this year. On behalf of the project team, I wish you all a happy and safe Christmas.
SENATOR THE HON MATT CANAVAN
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia
I’m writing in response to the letter from Rebecca Knol, chief executive, SA Chamber of Mines and Energy that was published in last week’s Sunday Mail.
The farming community is tiring of hearing Knol’s repetitive spin, that farming and mining “have a strong foundation of coexistence”.
The farming community is asking for consideration of the remaining 4.5 per cent of valuable food producing land in South Australia.
We believe open cut mining cannot successfully and constructively “coexist” right alongside food producing land, no matter how many times Knol tells us it can.
Knol also argues that pitting miners against farmers is not constructive; again we would like to remind Knol that farmers are not “against” miners or mining, but are asking for protection of arable land.
Knol argues that mineral deposits are a “fortuitous gift of nature”.
The same could be said for food producing land, most definitely a fortuitous gift of nature and one with a infinite life span, unlike the short term life span of an open cut mine which leaves nature’s “fortuitous gifts” forever destroyed.
Education on pioneers
In the recent Tribune on the Lock School, the ministers of education on both state and federal level need to get all school teachers to be teaching the school children, like us children had years ago.
On Australia’s heritage, history, culture, monarchy and symbols of the national Australian flag and history of the pioneers of white settlement who worked hard to develop Australia on our cities, country towns, farmers, stations, roads, manufacturing industries and all types of jobs.
Where would Australia be today?
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Cleve Probus is holding a meeting to educate on how to avoid online and phone scams.
Just hang up on them. They do get rather insistent. I usually have them hang up on me after I have a talk to them, or if they are not discouraged I hang up on them. Sometimes they ring again, but keep hanging up on them. They work on your fear that what they say may be true, but genuine people do not behave like they do.
I have been threatened by two calls and messages from scammers!