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Kimba representatives show support for National Radioactive Waste Management Facility

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30 November 2020

A delegation of Kimba residents has outlined to  the Australian Parliament how delays to delivering a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility are devastating their town.

Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey, led the delegation which included the Kimba Mayor, Dean Johnson, and local residents. They met  members of the government, opposition, and crossbench, to further reiterate Kimba’s need for the facility and their want for it after 62 per cent voted for it in an AEC vote.

Kimba has been deeply impacted by a downturn in agricultural employment as well as drought, with a significant long-term decline in population.

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt said the proposed facility would provide:

  • 45 secure jobs and $8.3-$8.4 million in annual benefits to the local economy,  and
  • $2.5 million worth of construction per annum, according to Cadence Economics 2018.

“It was a good opportunity to meet with local representatives from Kimba and hear how the facility will benefit their town,” he said. “Consecutive governments have been searching for 40 years for the right site for a purpose-built facility for Australia’s radioactive waste, and now one town has confidently put up its hand.” “We need to support this town. We need to pass the legislation which would see the facility delivered near this town, along with all the economic benefits.

Media contacts

  • Minister Pitt’s office – 0407 090230
  • Member for Grey’s office  - 0417 827523

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