Beyond Nuclear Initiative
May 22, 2012
Five years of struggle and still standing strong: Tennant Creek residents and supporters set to rally against Muckaty nuclear waste dump
This Friday May 25 marks five years since the Northern Land Council (NLC) voted to nominate a site in the Muckaty Land Trust, 120km north of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, to be assessed for a national nuclear waste dump.
Under new legislation, the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill, Muckaty is the only site that will now be actively pursued by the federal government.
A rally and march will be held in Tennant Creek on Friday lunchtime, building on years of community campaigning, outreach and public events. Traditional Owners have travelled extensively around the country to raise support for their campaign, and last week secured unanimous support from delegates at the Australian Council of Trade Union National Congress in Sydney.
Despite efforts by the federal government and NLC to thwart legal action, a federal court case challenging the nomination of the site remains underway, with the next hearing scheduled for June 26 in Melbourne.
Muckaty Traditional Owners will be joined at the rally on Friday by Tennant Creek residents, Barkly pastoralists and supporters from Alice Springs, Darwin, Sydney and Melbourne.
Speakers at the rally include Muckaty Traditional Owners, NT Member for Barkly Gerry McCarthy, Maurice Blackburn lawyer Elizabeth O’Shea and Friends of the Earth national nuclear campaigner Dr Jim Green.
WHAT: Rally against the Muckaty nuclear waste dump
WHEN: 12pm Friday May 25, 2012
WHERE: Peko Park Tennant Creek, marching to Northern Land Council office.
WHO: Muckaty Traditional Owners and supporters from across the Territory and country.