Last month the Federal Minister for Energy and Resources, Martin Ferguson announced that he would fast track the decision to build a Commonwealth nuclear waste facility in the outback Northern Territory.
Three of the proposed sites, Hart’s Range, Mount Everard, and Fisher’s Ridge are located at defense base sites. The fourth, Muckaty Station was nominated by the Northern Land Council. The station is managed by a land trust comprised of a group of traditional owners. One of this group, the Ngapa family, have nominally agreed to the facility, but many others have not.
Mitch (Harts Range), Barbara Shaw (Alice Springs) and Diane Stokes(Muckaty Station) visited theweathergroup_U site on Cockatoo Island, 4 July 2008. They discussed their concerns about the dump, uranium mining and its effects on their traditional countries. You can listen to them speak here.
Many thanks to Nat Wasley and Paddy Gibson.