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request the Australian National Audit Office to examine the use of taxpayers money at Kimba and Hawker for the purpose of encouraging the locals to see things the governments way on nuclear waste.
Any one who treated the government view with other than a YES was treated abysmally and certainly with not one cent of taxpayer largesse to make the alternative case. It has been a disgrace to our democracy.
Is it reasonable for the government to claim as has been made within the process, that Kimba can become a 300 year government supported town based on nuclear waste?
the government moves their Campaign Office in to the Main Street, to promote the propaganda of the benefits of a dump, which no one else in Australia wants.
Barry Hugh Wakelin Submission TO THE SENATE ECONOMICS COMMITTEE REFERENCE COMMITTEE SUBMISSION TO SENATE ENQUIRY ON THE SELECTION PROCESS FOR A NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Senate Committee submission by Barry Hugh Wakelin Section 10 Hundred of Barna, County of Buxton from the District Council of Kimba, South Australia. (Submission No.23)
My name is Barry Wakelin, I was born at Kimba in 1946. Raised on a wheat/sheep farm at Kimba, Schooled to Year 10 at Kimba, first job as a bank clerk at Kimba, labourer, shearer, share-farmer, farmer and Federal MHR for 15 years in Kimba, W.A. and Australia. Have a farm with my wife a few kilometres from a nuclear dump site at Kimba. I am committed to Kimba and farming from a love of the place; local government backed us to have a reliable electricity supply when we had nothing other than their trust in us as c...
This is a National issue and a National problem. Small, remote communities, whether at Kimba, the Flinders Ranges or anywhere else, should never be expected to make the decision alone to accept the toxic by-products of one industrys lifetime production.
Nuclear Medicine: It was impressed on the community that a primary reason for the NRWMF is the need to dispose of Australias radioactive medical waste. DIIS is the only official source of information, some of which implies that procedures such as CAT scans, X-Rays, and cancer treatments require the use of radioactive isotopes. Plain scans, X-Rays and a vast majority of cancer treatments do not use such isotopes.
It is a genuine and valid concern that ILRW may become stranded at this facility for any number of reasons.
ILRW has been the elephant in the room from the Day 1 of this process. The emphasis has been on Low Level Radioactive Waste and, even today, people in our community say it is a low level waste dump.
Submission from: Greg Bannon, Resident of Quorn, Flinders Ranges Council Region, Barndioota Site to SENATE ECONOMICS REFERENCES INQUIRY National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (Submission no. 85) 13 attachments
I have connections to this region that go back to the late 1950s. My family first visited Wilpena Pound on a holiday in 1958. The following year, on a return visit to Wilpena with some overseas friends, my younger...
The Australian Nuclear Science and
(ANSTO) Submission to the Senate
Economics References Committee Inquiry into the appropriateness and
thoroughness of the
site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility at Kimba and Hawker in South Australia (Submission No 58)
(This submission does not seem to address the Terms of Reference directly. )
The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is Australias national nuclear research and development organisation, and the centre of Australian nuclear expertise. ANSTO operates a large proportion of Australias landmark research infrastructure, including the OPAL multipurpose reactor, the Australian Synchrotron, the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering, and the Centre for Accelerator Science. This infrastructure places Australia at the forefront of research and innovation for the benefit of public health, industry and the environment, and is used by universities, researchers andindustry from around Australia and internationally.
ANSTO applies its unique expertise to the production of lifesaving nuclear medicine as well as research into areas of national importance. Research areas include the environment, climate change, water resource management, materials engineering and human health.
ANSTO welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Senate Economics References Committees inquiry into the appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) at sites near Kimba and Hawker in South Aust...
There are approximately 1,770 residing in the broader community area, and this original survey result now only represents 16.5% of the population.
the views of the wider population who visit, pass through and stay in these areas could be considered in the overall picture as an element in a broad consultation process.
whilst a Statewide viewpoint has a role, it should not be a deciding factor
Regional Development Australia Far North (RDA Far North) SUBMISSION FOR SELECTION PROCESS FOR A NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA Submission No 41
Background Regional Development Australia Far North (RDA Far North) is a not-for-profit incorporated association governed by a volunteer Board comprised from local people with a skills mix across industry, business, government and community.
Our role is to foster and enhance a robust, diversified, vibrant and growing economy across Far North SA through the timely and professional provision of economic development services.
RDA Far North maintains a neutral position in regards to the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility proposal being considered within the region we cover. T...
District Council of KIMBA Submission to Senate Inquiry on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia (Submission No.19)
(I was not able to copy this submission, so have just put an excerpt here with the main points. )
Kimba council addresses Term of Reference e) Whether wider Eyre Peninsula or Statewide community views should be taken into consideration, and if so, how this is occurring or should be occurring.
Council remains of the view that its Local Government area represents the best reflection of the wishes of its community.
Kimba has been visited by a multitude of experts.. Associate Professor Geoff Currie believed that Kimba was now one of the most educated communities in the country on radioactive waste.
Council would expect that the Australia Government would provide specificity on what financial and service benefits it will provide, and how these will be administered through the National radioactive waste Management Act (2012) before a final ballot occurs.
Without this information available, Council does not believe the community would be in a...
South Australian Branch Australasian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS) Submission to Senate Inquiry: Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia (Submission No 66) __________________________________________________________________________________ The Australasian Radiation Protection Society is a professional society that promotes the principles and practice of radiation protection. It establishes and maintains professional standards amongst its members and advises on safe use of radiation for its many applications in industry, research and medicine.
Until now the Society has not had direct input to the National Radioactive Waste Management Project. It has viewed the public consultation process as one carried out between the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the local communities who have put forward sites for consideration under the project.
This submission relates to points (b) and (e) of the Terms of Reference, ie in relation to the discussion around the definition of broad community support and the question as to whether the community views of the whole the Eyre Peninsula or the whole of South Australia should be taken into consideration.
While the Terms of Reference of the Inquiry are narrowly targeted to the site selection process it is important that this process is viewed in the light of two major aims of the Project:
South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy (SACOME) Submission to Senate re the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia (submission No 69)
The South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy (SACOME) welcomes the opportunity to make this submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics selection process for a national waste management facility in South Australia.
By way of general comment, SACOME recognises that a majority of residents in Kimba and Hawker have expressed their support for the proposed facility; and that the site selection process continues to be rigorous and focused on genuine community engagement.
SACOME notes that the Commonwealth Government has clearly stated that it will not impose a national radioactive waste facility on an unwilling community and expresses strong support for this position as a guiding principle in the site selection process. SACOMEs specific comments are limited to the following terms of reference:
SACOME views the site selection process as one that is specifically relevant to those local communities identified as possible site locations. As such, the views of the wider community are secondary to those of...
Reading the reactions to the incoherent report on electricity pricing from the ACCC, I was struck by this quote from Tony Wood of the Grattan Institute, writing in the Oz
Australians need energy policy that is driven by neither green evangelism for renewables nor a deep-seated fear to protect the role of coal for baseload power.
Green evangelism is rhetoric straight out of the denialist camp, associated with the bogus claim that climate change is not science but a religion The content of the piece bears this out. Wood opposes any form of subsidy for renewables and (by omission) any price on carbon emissions. He advocates a policy that is the policy is indifferent to the technology mix, whether new-build or the extension of the operating life of an existing, newer coal-fired plant.
This is centrism at its worst. Faced with a choice between an evidence-based response to climate change and culture-war proposals to actively subsidise the destruction of the global environment, Grattan has gone for the middle course of doing nothing whatsoever about climate change.
breaches of the MOA, has caused negative impacts on the social, environmental and economic lives of the Porgera landowners
Resource Owners Federation of Papua New Guinea Inc | 9 JULY 2018
Although the Porgera Joint Venture
has recently applied for the renewal of their Special Mining Lease,
a majority of the landowners whose lands are the subject of the
mining lease, are maintaining a dispute for breaches of various
agreements, laws and the constitution of PNG under the previous
On 13th December 2013, the Porgera
Special Mining Lease area landowners presented a position statement
to the former Minister for Mining, Hon. Byron Chan, after
Australian lawyers conducted a review in relation to the compliance
of their Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) dated 12th May 1989, with
the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. The statement claimed
that the landowners were owed more than four billion United States
dollars (US$4billion) worth of unfulfilled contractual undertakings
by the State.
The Australian Government has made a tourism ad for the Northern Territory and its surprisingly honest and informative.
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From Kyoto University in Japan:
Giant, recently extinct seabird also inhabited Japan
Spectacled cormorants distribution much broader than previously believed
July 11, 2018
Scientists report that a large, extinct seabird called the spectacled cormorant, Phalacrocorax perspicillatus originally thought to be restricted to Bering Island, far to the north also resided in Japan nearly 120,000 years ago.
Writing in The Auk: Ornithological Advances, the team indicates that the species underwent a drastic range contraction or shift, and that specimens found on Bering Island are relicts remnants of a species that was once more widespread.
The global threat of human activity on species diversity is grave. To correctly assess related extinction events, it is imperative to study natural distributions before first contact with humans. This is where archaeological and fossil records play crucial roles.
The spectacled cormorant, a large-bodied seabird first discovered in the 18th century on Bering Island, was later driven to extinction through hunting, following colonization of the island by humans in the early 1800s.
Before our report, there was no evidence that the cormorant lived outside of Bering Island, explains first author Junya Watanabe of Kyoto Universitys Department of Geology and Mineralogy.
Studying bird fossils recovered from Shiriya, Aomori prefecture, Watanabe and his team identified 13 bones of the spectacled cormorant from upper Pleistocene deposits, formed nearly 120,000 years ago.
It became clear that we were seeing a cormorant species much larger than any of the four native species in present-day Japan, states co-author Hiroshige Matsuoka. At first we thought this might be a new species, but these fossils...
JAKARTA Oil palm plantations that adhere to the worlds leading certification scheme for the crop show no difference in environmental, social and economic sustainability than non-certified estates, a new study has found. The study carried out by researchers from the University of Queensland and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), both in Australia, and Borneo Futures is the first of its kind to assess how effective the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is in achieving its sustainability goals by comparing certified and non-certified concessions. To do that, they created the most comprehensive map and dataset yet of RSPO-certified sites in Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo. They then used the map and dataset to assess how effectively these plantations delivered on six of the eight central pillars of the RSPOs principles and criteria: conservation of biodiversity, responsible development of new plantings, responsible consideration of communities, consideration of social impacts, economic viability, and commitment to best practice. Not very well, as it turned out. No significant difference was found between certified and non-certified plantations for any of the sustainability metrics investigated, the researchers wrote. In fact, the only area where RSPO certification made a positive impact was in higher yields and share prices for certified companies. [O]ur results suggest that low confidence in the [RSPOs] mechanisms for improving overall industry sustainability appears warranted in all but very narrow and economically-oriented interpretations of sustainability, the researchers concluded. Global demand for products like
Australia needs reliable, cheap energy. We've got coal, mines and railways to ship it - so what are we waiting for? What we don't need is feel-good, expensive, UN-friendly, trendy schemes to appease the climate-gods. Turnbull has as much chance of changing the global climate as he does changing global...
Name Withheld (Submission No 92)To the Senate standing committee on Economics, re Selection Process for nuclear Waste Dump Site Firstly I would like to thank the standing committee for the forum to express the communities thoughts on this process. I have been a resident of Quorn in the beautiful Flinders Ranges for the past thirteen years. I consider myself lucky to live in such a stunning and geologically fascinating natural environment.
Name Withheld (Submission No. 90) Inquiry into selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia
The appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility at Kimba and Hawker in South Australia noting the Government has stated that it will not impose such a facility on an unwilling community, with particular reference to:
ORIMA Research Submission to Senate Inquiry into the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia (Submission No 108)
Name Withheld (Submission No 91) toSenate Standing Committees on Economics Re- Proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility I have spent all my 60 plus years schooling, socialising and volunteering in the community of the Kimba district. I have spent all my working life in agriculture starting as a farm employee both on the family farm as well as on neighbours farms, before owning and managing the farm business along with my wife. I value the strength and functionality of our community and have a strong will to see this prosper into the future.
Name Witheld To: Committee Secretariat, Senate Standing Committee on Economics firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Proposed National Radioactive Waste Facility (submission no 89)
Dolores Wells. Submission to Senate standing committee on Economics Re Proposed Radioactive Waste Management Facility
My husband and I lived, worked and began our family in Kimba over 45 years ago and we still regularly visit Kimba to stay with family on their farm at Cortlinye (north of Kimba). This farm has been in the family for 3 generations and is currently owned by our son-in-law and our daughter. Any decision to grant the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility to the Kimba district will not discourage or negatively affect our future visits to our family. I give my permission for this submission to be made public and would be available to speak with the Senate Committee to answer further questions on the Kimba processes with particular reference to:
a). the financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the Nominations of Land Guidelines.
I believe the financial compensation offered is not excessive and would be only a small percentage of future earnings from cropping and mixed farming and is in fact only a piece of an overall farm holding. No farmer would be a willing party to a perceived health risk for his family or future livelihood.
Over 45 years ago when my husband worked as Stock and station agent in Kimba it was a thriving country town and it is now in dire need of another industry to drought proof and ensure the continuation of this wonderful rural community. We have observed the trend of the small farmers struggling to survive (with the high cost of machinery, chemicals etc) and the larger farmer...
Shaun Barford. Submission to Senate Committee on Selection Process for Nuclear Waste Dump Site. (Submission no. 83)
I write with regards to the senate inquiry into the site selection process for a national waste management facility in Kimba, South Australia.
I am a local business owner and operate the Kimba Gateway Hotel located in the centre of town and have intently followed the process since this opportunity first came about in 2015. To date, I have found the process to be both appropriate and thorough and sincerely appreciate the time and resources dedicated by the Federal Government in providing the opportunity to become better informed across all aspects of this subject.
Our community has been offered the opportunity to:
The team from Canberra have gone to great lengths to provide the factual information to the community and continue to do so as we move through phase two. It is clear the process has been designed and implemented to provide a considered approach in informing and addressing the concerns of our local community. To acknowledge the possi...
Kerri and Trevor Cliff Submission to Senate Inquiry re Selection Process for Nuclear Waste Dump Site. (Submission No. 65) I have lived in Kimba for the past 34 years as part of a family that has farmed in the district for 100 years and am proud to see our children continuing that tradition into the fourth generation. I live on our family farm which is currently cropping over 4,000 hectares annually, with my husband, son and full-time and part-time employees. We are fortunate to still have his parents take an avid interest in our business (and this issue) in their declining years. Our home is only 8km from one of the two Kimba sites and we also farm land within 12 kilometres of the other site. We have nothing but support for the proposal that one of these properties may become the successful host of the facility.
We are passionate about our community and are involved with a number of community organisations and are pleased to hereby submit information to the inquiry on the appropriateness and thoroughness of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) site selection process in Kimba SA. I give my permission for this submission to be made public and would be available to speak with the Senate committee to answer any further questions on the Kimba process.
The appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility at Kimba and Hawker in South Australia, noting the Government has stated that it will not impose such a facility on an unwilling community, with particular reference to:
We are very proud to see the Kimba community embraci...
Department of Industry Innovation and Science (DIIS) Radioactive Waste Management TaskforceSubmission to the Senate Inquiry into the Site Selection Process for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility
(This submission has a supplementary submission, that I have been unable to copy. The supplement outlines the continuing consultation process. The Kimba Council and Flinders Ranges Council will hold community votes from 20 August 2018, run by the Australian Electoral Commission. The supplement has copious attachments copied from the website of the National Radioactive waste Management Facility.)
Executive Summary 3
Response to the Terms of Reference 9
Matthew and Meagan Lienert (No 53) Submission Senate Inquiry Re Inquiry on the selection process for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at Kimba and Hawker in South Australia
My name is Meagan Lienert and I write to you as a long term resident of Kimba SA. After moving to Kimba 21 years ago as a school teacher, I married Matthew Lienert, a grain and sheep farmer and we own property at Buckleboo (around 38km North of Kimba) and on the Eyre Highway (around 18 km west of Kimba). We also own a local Engineering business in Kimba and I teach at the school part time. We are happy for our submission to be published and also willing to talk further to the committee if necessary.
We feel we have a good knowledge of the area and the people within the local and wider community. We are very passionate and active volunteers supporting many groups and sporting bodies in executive positions or as members, which also allows us to speak to a wide range of ages and groups within the community.
Our support of a site near Kimba for the Low to Intermediate Radioactive Waste Storage Facility has derived from wide research, exploration and listening to a range of views and experts. It was only once we felt assured that this facility would be safe in the immediate and long term future, that we made our decision to support the nominations to move into round 2 of the process.
Lyn & Claire Kemp (no 88) Submission To; Committee Secretariat, Senate Standing Committee on Economics re Proposed National Radioactive Waste Facility
We have been a resident in Kimba since 1959 and 1945 respectively. We are happy to provide the committee with this submission relating to the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in the Kimba District.
We have no objection to the hosting of a Radioactive Waste Facility on either of the sites chosen.
We think the process has been very fair and the information that has been made available to the residents has been good for the community.
The additional financial benefit to the land owner is minimal and has no bearing on any decision. Considering the government needs land for this project, this seems fair to us.
The community has had ample time to learn and discuss any issues about this facility with the staffed Office in the main street of Kimba.
There has been town meetings with our M.P. and delegations from overseas giving us an insight into what is involved and it is clear that there is no risk or impact on the farming industry at all neither locally or in the surrounding areas. I disagree that we need broader community views and believe we have no need to stret...
Professor Peta Ashworth School of Chemical Engineering University of Queensland Submission to Senate Re: Inquiry into the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia
As co-Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) engaged by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DOIIS) to provide advice on technical and community engagement considerations for the establishment of a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF), I am pleased to provide this submission to the Senate Inquiry (6th February, 2018 14th August, 2018).
(The first part of this submission describes the work of the Independent Advisory Panel (IAP)
I have focused my response, based on each of the parts within the TOR which requests commentary about:
The appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility at Kimba and Hawker in South Australia, noting the Government has stated that it will not impose such a facility on an unwilling community.
I believe the open and transparent nature of the site selection process conducted by the Department was, and continues to be, appropriate and extremely thorough. This is clearly evidenced by all of the relevant information being made available and accessible on the D...
Thats the headline for my latest piece in Crikey, reproduced over the fold. Not really news for those whove been paying attention, but I was pleased with this observation
the latest nuclear power plants have the unfortunate distinction of being simultaneously untried and obsolescent.
The diminishing band of nuclear power fans had some rare good news recently. Two of the leading designs for new nuclear power plants the AP1000, designed by US company Westinghouse, and the EPR, developed by Areva in France achieved criticality (that is, the state where nuclear fuel sustains a fission chain reaction) in June. Both the plants are in China, at Sanmen and Taishan respectively.
But good news for nuclear power is never unmixed, and thats certainly the case here. The construction process was as overtime and over-budget as usual, though not as badly as in the West, where construction of similar plants is running as much as a decade behind schedule. In the course of this protracted process, both Westinghouse and Areva have gone bankrupt.
These plants will require a fair bit of operating experience before it can be said whether they actually function as designed. Since the design took place in the 1980s and 1990s, the latest nuclear power plants have the unfortunate distinction of being simultaneously untried and obsolescent.
In the decades since the design process of Generation III and Generation III+ nuclear plants began, the technology of renewable energy generation has changed radically. The cost of solar photovoltaic cells has fallen from $30 per watt in the early 1980s to 30 cents a watt today, a factor of 100. The cost of wind power has declined by only a factor of 10 over the same period, but the outcome is costs far lower than that of new nuclear.
Outside China there are now only two AP1000 reactors under construction, both at Vogtle in the US state of Georgia. Another two-reactor plant in South Carolina was abandoned after the expenditure of billions of dollars. There are also two EPR reactors under construction, at Flamanville in France and Olkiluoto in Finland, both far behind schedule. Finally, theres a new plant proposed for Hinkley Point in the UK, which seems unlikely ever to happen, despite an absurdly favorable deal from the UK government.
India has held out the prospect of a rescue with statements of intent for a six-unit AP1000 plant to be built in Gujarat and a similar-sized EPR plant in Mahrashtra. These massive projects, similar to proposals for a dozen or more Ultra Mega coal fired power plants of...
From Robert Kennedy Jnr. Great news in our federal case against Monsanto (not to be confused with DeWayne Johnsons case in California Superior Court which we are currently trying before a San Francisco jury)!! The federal case consolidates some 300 cases of our clients who claim that Monsanto s herbicide Roundup caused their non Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL). Monsanto filed a so called Daubert motion for summary judgment dismissing our case on the basis that we failed to prove General Causation. In other words, that our theory that Roundup exposure causes NHL is not established science. Federal District Judge Vince Chhabria found that we had met our burden and gave us the green light to go on to the next phase, which is presenting our scientific and medical evidence on specific causationie demonstrating that our clients got their NHL from exposure to Roundup. We still have some discovery to complete before those cases go to trial. Meanwhile, both sides completed opening statements yesterday in DeWayne Johnsons case and we put our first witnesses on today.
The full article can be viewed here.
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This public event is hosted by the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council and the UQ Human Rights Consortium, as part of an international symposium.
The four-day symposium bringing together national and international Indigenous rights thinkers and activists is being held at the University of Queenslands Global Change Institute.
This important evening event at the State Library will be hosted by Tony McAvoy SC, a Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owner and Australias first Indigenous Senior Counsel, and will feature
~ Adrian Burragubba, senior Wangan and Jagalingou leader and Traditional Owners Council spokesperson
~ Murrawah Johnson, Wangan and Jagalingou youth leader and Council spokesperson
with special guests
~ Dr. Anne Poelina, Nyikina Traditional Custodian of the Mardoowarra, West Kimberley and Director of Madjulla Inc.
~ Dave Archambault, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leader during the protest to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
~ Lisa Wade, Council Member, Naydiniaa Na Kayax (Chickaloon Village Traditional Council)
~ Walter Echo-Hawk, Pawnee Native American attorney, tribal judge, author, activist, and law professor
Hear from these extraordinary leaders who are on the frontline of Indigenous Peoples resistance to mining and resource projects that would destroy ancestral lands and damage the global climate.
Guests will speak of their own movements defending their human rights, their lands and waters, and the solidarity they share with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners who are trying to halt Adanis Carmichael Coal mega-mine on their country, alongside other mines of mass destruction that could be built in the Galilee Basin of Central Queensland.
Wangan and Jagalingou leaders will affirm the rights of First Nations people to assert their claim to their ancestral lands in tangible and meaningful ways, including the right...
Denise Carpenter Submission to Senate Inquiry on site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia.
I personally have no issues with the site selection process used in our area (Hawker). The following information is supplied in support of my opinion.
The land acquisition request was advertised in newspapers and everyone had the opportunity to put their land forward. The fact that neighbours have complained that they were not consulted is trivial as I would not consult with my neighbours if selling or renting my property.
The financial compensation offered to applicants for their land is minuscule 3 times current land value for the land acquired. In the case of Barndioota it is an area of only 100 hectares on a 25000 hectare property. Community support is an interesting aspect of this proposed repository. The site is remote to adjoining neighbours, to the closest towns and is not visible from the closest sealed road. The repository will no doubt have many positive implications to the towns in its proximity. The local community has had ample opportunity to avail themselves of any information they need to make an evaluated decision. I find it interesting that broad community support is being considered as I can only see positive outcomes for the community which acquires the reposit...
Ian Carpenter. Submission to Senate Inquiry on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia (Submission No.3)
I wish to make comments on the inquiry re the proposed nuclear repository in SA, in Hawker area more specifically.
As a long term resident of Hawker and having had two tourism businesses in Hawker, I am glad that the opportunity has arisen for Hawker to be considered as a location for a national repository
Re the land acquisition process. I am happy that this was well advertised and that the financial compensation for the area of land required is nominal and cant be seen as an incentive for any landowner to offer part of their property.
I really cant see why an Inquiry has been instigated as initially the community supported the idea and this was reflected in a ballot. Some of the local aboriginal people, the Adnymathanha, have voiced their opinions against it, but others have stated that they are in favour of it. Broad community support was established and heritage assessments, geological reports and cultural beliefs are all being taken into consideration.
The community benefit program has been embraced by people both for and against the repository as it has been seen as an opportunity to acquire financial assistance to enhance the services/businesses and employment opportunities in our area. I dont believe people are shallow enough to let this program influence their thoughts...
Chelsea Haywood. Submission to Senate Inquiry on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia
My name is Chelsea Haywood and I purchased my house in Hawker 13 years ago. I lived in Waubra Victoria when the windfarm was in its proposal stage and was actively involved in the process of community education. I have 2 young children t1 that attends the school here, and the other just started pre entry at Kindy. Both my husband and myself work and devote a lot of our time to the community.
I am secretary of the Hawker Community Development Board, Chair of the Flindersfest Committee, Active on the Swimming Pool Committee while supporting my husband who is a volunteer ambo, on the EWG and BCC (both consulting committees for the project) how the need for broad community support has played and will continue to play a part in the process, including:
the definition of broad community support [she puts this in red]
broad community support should be kept to those that will be affected should this proposal move forward. By this I mean that there is no need to involve the entire state as it will not impact on them either way should the project go ahead or not. Those in the local area Hawker can already see the benefits such a facility can ha...
On this episode of the podcast we discuss the increasing use of drones by wildlife lovers, researchers, and businesses, how that might be stressing animals out, and how drone hobbyists can make a meaningful contribution to science while avoiding wildlife harassment. Listen here: Our guest is Alicia Amerson, a marine biologist, drone user, and science communicator. She tells us why its critical to have best practices for drones in place not only to guide hobbyists making videos of whales or birds, but especially before companies like Amazon.com deploy fleets of drones in our skies. After getting a Masters degree in marine biodiversity and conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, Amerson spent two seasons on a research project flying drones over mother whales and their calves in Australia. Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, are a hot topic in conservation research these days. Theyre used to monitor coral reefs and wildlife for instance, and can actually be used to produce wildlife population counts much more quickly and accurately than traditional methods allow. But when Amerson returned home to California from Australia, she noticed the use of drones on the coastline was becoming much more common, especially among drone hobbyists and wildlife lovers. She was alarmed: wildlife like seabirds, seals, and sea lions on the California coast are often disturbed by humans, and the drones were just adding another level of disturbance. Thats when Amerson convened a group of experts to develop
CANBERRA, AAP The energy watchdog wants power companies to cut up to $40 a year from bills, as Labor argues they must also show why an energy royal commission isnt necessary.
Coalition backbench MPs and the Greens are pressuring the government for a major inquiry into the energy industry, which has seen prices skyrocket for households and businesses.
Labor is yet to formally consider whether it wants to hold a royal commission.
Its up to the companies and the government to show a royal commission isnt necessary, Labor frontbencher Jim Chalmers told Sky News on Monday.
The Australian Energy Regulator on Tuesday released its draft guidelines for the rate of return companies can expect from their energy investments.
If the rate of return is too high, over-investment could follow and customers pay more than necessary. If it is too low insufficient investment may result, risking reliability, AER chair Paula Conboy said on Tuesday.
Companies have 50 days to respond to the new draft guidelines.
If implemented, this draft guideline could result in household customers bills decreasing by around $30 to $40 per year, Ms Conboy said.
Cutting prices is the aim of the coalitions national energy guarantee policy, which is causing tension within the Liberal and National party rooms.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has rejected calls for an energy royal commission, promising an illuminating Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report will be released this week.
Assistant minister Zed Seselja said he would wait and see if a another inquiry was necessary after the ACCCs findings.
The type of inquiry is not something Id get hung up on. What I want to see is maximum pressure put on (retailers), Senator Seselja told Sky News.
Hes confident Mr Turnbull and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will get enough internal support to get the governments energy plan through the partyroom.
The Electrical Trades Union said report after report showed the Australian energy market was failing customers.
All of these reports continue to show us the laws that created this fabricated electricity market are a complete failure, national secretary Allen Hicks said.
Its unnecessarily complicated but deliberately so, so corporate interests can hide their profiteering.
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