Upcoming Event: Making Waves - Peace Boat in Adelaide

Conservation SA is excited to be working with 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winners ICAN to host Japanese NGO Peace Boat's first voyage to Australia. Making Waves is a speaking tour featuring nuclear survivors from Japan and Australia on 29th January 2018.  Click here for more information. 

Music and Art Campaign to stop the Dump

The Friends of the Flinders Ranges are running an awareness building music and art campaign.  Click here for more information and to download or request resources

Don't Dump on SA!


On 7th June 2017 Conservation SA strongly welcomed the announcement from Premier Weatherill that he now considers the international high level nuclear waste dump is dead, vowing that Labor will not revisit if after the next state election. This is wonderful for South Australia, however our State still faces the prospect of a Federal low and intermediate radioactive waste dump.

Click here for a background on the successful campaign to stop the importation of international high level radioactive waste to South Australia.

Read on to find out about the current Federal proposal to build a low and intermediate level waste facility in either the Flinders Ranges or in Kimba, SA.

The Federal government's proposal for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility in SA

The Federal government wants to build a nuclear waste ‘facility’ in SA. Some of this nuclear waste is a hazard for hundreds of years and some for over ten thousand years.  

We continue to say no to a nuclear waste dump in our state.


The proposed dump would store intermediate level nuclear waste, not dispose of it. The long-lived intermediate-level waste would be stored above ground as an ‘interim’ measure until being moved again for deep underground disposal. The federal government has no plans for permanent disposal of the long-lived intermediate-level waste, so ‘interim’ above-ground storage in SA could stretch to 100 years or more.
The long-lived intermediate waste is the highest level radioactive waste in Australia and in some international jurisdictions, including France, is classified as high level radioactive waste. This waste includes reprocessed nuclear fuel rods and is a serious threat for thousands of years. Measured by radioactivity the long lived waste is more than 90% of the nuclear waste in Australia 
Low-level waste would be permanently disposed of at the dump site. The majority of the low level waste is contaminated soil. 

Many locals don’t want industries such as tourism and farming threatened. Many Traditional Owners do not want cultural heritage sites and their spiritual connection to country put at risk. South Australians do not want their state turned into a nuclear dump. The issue continues to cause deep division and stress in the affected communities.

The majority of this waste is currently securely stored at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s (ANSTO) site at Lucas Heights, in southern Sydney. ANSTO says it “is capable of handling and storing waste for long periods of time.” ANSTO produced the waste and they are best placed to manage it until proper disposal is agreed. The current plan is substandard. There is no rush. 
The waste can and should remain secured and monitored at Lucas Heights until a dedicated public review of the full range of options for waste management is carried out. The focus needs to shift from targeting SA to establishing a fair, open and responsible process.

No. The simple fact is that we do not need a nuclear dump to continue to have access to nuclear medicine in Australia. The absence of a national dump hasn’t harmed nuclear medicine and the establishment of a national dump won’t help nuclear medicine. No Australian will miss out on access to nuclear medicine if the waste continues to be managed at Lucas Heights. Listen to a radio interview mythbusting nuclear medicine with Dr Margie Beavis from the Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW) here.

In response to earlier federal moves to dump radioactive waste in SA our Parliament passed the Nuclear Waste Facility (Prohibition) Act 2000. The objects of this Act are “to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of South Australia and to protect the environment in which they live by prohibiting the establishment of certain nuclear waste storage facilities in this state.” This law is sensible and powerful and we want all our state politicians to use it to stop the federal government imposing a nuclear waste dump on SA.

South Australians said no the last time (1998-2004) the federal government wanted to build a nuclear waste dump and more recently we said no to the plan to import high-level international nuclear waste. 

Together we can build a better, greener future from safer things than nuclear waste!


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PAST EVENT: Don't Dump on SA Rally

On Saturday 2nd December, speakers and residents travelled hundreds of kilometres from Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula and the iconic Flinders Ranges to attend the Don’t Dump on SA rally. They were joined by 1500 other South Australians at Parliament House to highlight concerns over federal government radioactive waste dump plans.

Download the Rally Review Booklet here



Briefing paper about the case for extended storage at Lucas Heights by David Noonan, Independent Environmental campaigner paper

Paper on Nuclear Medicine by MAPW, the Medical Association for the Prevention of War



We Say NO!

The Flinders Local Action Group (FLAG) initiated this spectacular 3.5 minute film to show the breadth and depth of opposition to the waste dump. We Say No:

Nuclear Waste Land 

Journalist Timothy Larges from Reuters International visited Yappala in the Flinders Ranges last year and made this documentary film which was recently screened at the Berlin Film Festival:

South Australia says NO to nuclear waste dumps!

AEU film showing South Australia saying NO to nuclear waste dumps! 3,000 plus rallied outside Parliament House in Adelaide on October 15, 2016 to express their strong and unrelenting opposition to proposals for nuclear waste dumps in SA!

Leave the Poison Alone

This is a short documentary about the proposed nuclear waste dump in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, located on traditional aboriginal land. The Adnyamathanha and local communities are expressing their concerns and telling us why this should not be imposed on them. It was filmed by some french tourists who were in the area and horrified to learn what was proposed so took it upon themselves to make this great film. By Alexis Charles.



Radioactive Show


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