Six years and still standing strong: NT trade unions join Traditional Owners to protest Muckaty radioactive waste storage facility.

Media release May 24, 2013 NT Union members will join
Traditional Owners and supporters from across the Territory in
Tennant Creek this weekend for a rally against the proposed
national radioactive waste dump at Muckaty in the Northern
Territory. The rally and concert will mark exactly six years since
the Northern Land Council voted to nominate the site. In May 2012
the Australian Council of Trades Unions National Congress
unanimously voted to support the Muckaty campaign. Bryan Wilkins,
NT Organiser for the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union said,
NT Unions are standing in solidarity with
Traditional Owners and communities to resist the federal government
plan for a radioactive waste dump. We will continue to campaign
against any legislation that targets the Muckaty Land Trust, or any
site in Australia for a nuclear waste dump that is not based on
recognised scientific and international best
practice.”

Muckaty Traditional
Owners and the community in Tennant Creek remain resolutely opposed
to the national radioactive dump being built. Muckaty Traditional
Owner Dianne Stokes said, “It’s been six years of big
struggle for Warlmanpa and Warumungu people. We are still standing
strong. We are saying that we still don’t want the waste to come to
Muckaty Land Trust.”
“Tomorrow will be a big day for
us mob, the Traditional Owners of the Muckaty. We are happy that we
have people traveling to Tennant to join us for the rally against
the nuclear waste. We also have unions coming along and we are
looking forward to meet these people. We will march together to
stand up strong and tell the NLC and the government to back down
and leave us alone.”

Beyond Nuclear Initiative
coordinator Natalie Wasley added, “The nomination of Muckaty by the
NLC and the dogged pursuit of the site by successive Federal
Ministers are being challenged on the ground as well as in the
federal court. It is highly disappointing that while the court is
scrutinising the original nomination process, the NLC is preparing
to nominate a new site on Muckaty for assessment. The
process of managing radioactive waste must be transparent and
include all stakeholders. We urge Federal Resources Minister Gary
Gray to step away from the highly contested Muckaty plan and
initiate an Independent Commission into radioactive waste
management.”