Tennant Creek, NT, rally Sat 25 May – opposing Muckaty radioactive waste site(s)

Beyond Nuclear Initiative
Media release- May 15, 2013

‘Together we hold our future and we are standing strong’:
Community rally marks six years of opposition to Muckaty nuclear dump.

A community rally and concert will be held in Tennant Creek on Saturday May 25 to oppose the Northern Land Council’s and federal government’s continuing push for a radioactive waste dump at Muckaty in the Northern Territory.

The date marks exactly six years since the Northern Land Council voted to nominate an area of Muckaty, 120km north of Tennant Creek to be assessed as the site for a national dump. The nomination remains strongly contested by many Traditional Owners, who are actively challenging the plan in the Federal Court, as well as by many people across the Barkly region. Despite ongoing contest, the Northern Land Council has recently indicated it may nominate a second site on Muckaty.

“It has been a six year struggle but our voice has still not been heard by the government”, said Muckaty Traditional Owner Dianne Stokes. “We are trying our best to let everyone know that we are standing strong to fight for our spiritual ancestors and our land.”

“Together we hold our future and we are standing strong to show the world that we will never back down. We have a strong heart forever to say no to the nuclear dump anywhere on Muckaty.”

Beyond Nuclear Initiative coordinator Natalie Wasley said; “Representatives from nearby communities, trade unions, national environment groups and public health organisations are joining the local community for this rally, bringing messages of support from across the NT and country. We are committed to working together until the Muckaty proposal is dropped.”

“We are calling on the new Resources Minister Gary Gray to step away from the deeply flawed Muckaty plan in favour of a comprehensive public commission that considers all options of radioactive waste management. We need a mature process based on science, not politics, that is transparent and includes all stakeholders.”

A community rally has been held every year in Tennant Creek since 2007. The upcoming event also incorporates a concert with performers including: Sandridge Band (Borroloola); Winanjjikari All Stars (Tennant Creek); Kylie Sambo (Tennant Creek) and Perfect Cult (Borroloola).

The rally will commence outside the Northern Land Council office in Tennant Creek at 12pm and march to Civic Hall for the concert starting 2pm.

More information about the federal radioactive waste dump proposal and campaign can be found at: www.beyondnuclearinitiative.com

May 25 event Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/events/326459734149343/?ref=ts&fref=ts