South Australia currently faces the very real threat of nuclear waste dumping
Do you know what the Government is proposing?
Do you have unanswered questions?
Do you want to know more?
Exposure 2016 will help highlight the facts we know and the answers we need.
Right now plans for both national and international radioactive waste dumps are being actively pursued in S.A.
1. In April the federal government selected Wallerberdina near Hawker in the Flinders Ranges as a possible site for a national low and intermediate level radioactive waste dump.
2. In May the SA nuclear Royal Commission recommended that developing a high level international waste dump be “pursued as soon as possible”. The SA government is consulting with communities and will make a formal response before the end of the year.
These plans and decisions would directly affect the future of all of us. It is time to gather the facts and get informed and active!
Exposure 2016 will hear from health and economic experts, Traditional Owners, pastoralists, tourism operators and others affected by these proposals.
SA’s sorry nuclear history began with atomic bomb testing in the 1950s. These caused widespread sickness and deaths and the impacts continue today. There is no safe level of radiation exposure and no safety guarantees with nuclear waste.
Exposure 2016 opens on Friday night with ‘Talking Straight Out’, an exhibition showcasing the earlier Irati Wanti campaign. Senior Aboriginal women from Coober Pedy, the Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta, took on the federal government and won. They stopped a radioactive waste dump from being built in northern S.A.
Saturday and Sunday will involve a mix of formal and informal sessions and workshops. There will be a focus on:
- Explaining the two dump proposals – what they would involve and mean
- Traditional Owners’ voices and rights
- Radioactive impacts on people and the environment
- What does a high level nuclear waste port and dump look like?
- The economics and impacts on our industries including tourism, farming and recreation
- Flinders Ranges/Wallerberdina nuclear waste dump proposal
- Working together and taking action
- Speaking out and being heard
People are welcome to join in different sessions, wander through the stalls and displays, ask questions, take part in workshops and collect resources to take home to your community.
Everyone is welcome at this free event. It will be held at the Institute Theatre, Commercial Rd and at Gladstone Square. Lunch and refreshments will be supplied on both days and on Saturday night there will be a shindig.
The full Exposure 2016 program will be out in mid-August.
RSVP to show your interest, save the date in your calendar and let your community, family and networks know about this event. And please get in touch with us if there are ways you would like to contribute, if you have any questions or suggestions for topic areas.
Exposure 2016 is supported by Conservation Council SA, No Dump Alliance and GANG with consultation and drive from communities across the state.