Eight years on and going strong – NT radioactive waste fight grows

Beyond Nuclear Initiative
Media Notification | July 12 2013

July 15 will mark eight years since the then Howard government broke a clear election promise and targeted the Northern Territory for Australia’s first national radioactive waste dump – a plan continued under federal Labor.

The date will be commemorated with events in Darwin, Melbourne and Brisbane, including:

July 15, Darwin: 9am Community protest outside Senator Nigel (“not on my watch”) Scullion’s electorate office calling on all federal election candidates to support a nuclear waste dump free NT;

July 15, Melbourne: Muckaty Traditional Owner Dianne Stokes in Melbourne for a scheduled Federal Court directions hearing, meeting legal counsel – and speaking at a public meeting

July 13, Brisbane: Queensland Centre for Photography opening of Manuwangku: Under the Nuclear Cloud photographic exhibition by Jagath Dheerasekara, profiling the community and land in the path of the proposed waste dump.

“Muckaty Traditional Owners opposed to the radioactive dump plan and their many supporters have built an active national campaign,” said ECNT nuclear free campaigner Lauren Mellor. “This issue has gone beyond the Barkly and the Territory border and is now firmly on the national radar”.

“In the lead up to the federal election we will be encouraging all candidates to come clean on whether they support the plan for a radioactive dump in the NT.”

Beyond Nuclear Initiative coordinator Natalie Wasley added “We welcome the undertaking given this week by Federal Resources Minister Gary Gray to visit Tennant Creek and meet affected Traditional Owners and community members. A visit by the Resources Minister is an important and long overdue initiative requested by the Barkly Shire Council as well as Traditional Owners. Community voices must be included in radioactive waste management to move the process forward- there is no more time to waste.”