In our original call for land nominations in 2017, we stated that the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility required ‘no less than 100ha’ of land. Our initial estimates identified that the facility needed 40ha of land. An additional 60ha of land was needed as a buffer zone between the facility, its supporting infrastructure, and neighbouring land.
Since the nominations, we’ve undertaken extensive site characterisations to assess geography, flora and fauna, and cultural heritage. The studies identified the need for a larger buffer zone to accommodate site features, power infrastructure, and road access at Napandee, near Kimba in the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.
The following table describes Napandee's early and revised land estimates.
The community zone includes 20ha land for community agricultural research and development following community expressions of interest. This was in response to the 2018 Senate Economics References Committee inquiry, read about the inquiry on the Parliament of Australia website.
Now that part of the land at Napandee has been acquired by the Commonwealth, we’ll perform detailed investigations to determine the operational zone’s best placement.
The operational zone will house:
The buffer zone includes 2 sections:
The buffer zone will extend to around 100ha to meet community, infrastructure, technical and regulatory requirements.
Approximately 20 hectares will be set aside at the facility for an agricultural research and development zone. The requirements of this zone cannot be determined without first analysing information gathered from the other 2 zones.
While the other investigations are underway, we’ll continue consulting closely with the Kimba community to ensure they inform our planning.
You can read about our previous consultations in our consultative committee meeting notes.
Last updated: 23 December 2021
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