15 May 2015 - NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE ROYAL COMMISSION TO HOLD ADELAIDE PUBLIC FORUMS
A series of free public forums in Adelaide next week will give metropolitan Adelaide residents an opportunity to engage with the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.
The three community meetings – to be held at the UniSA Mawson Lakes campus on Tuesday, Flinders University’s new Tonsley Park site on Wednesday and Adelaide University’s Bonython Hall on Friday – will focus on the explaining the Commission and its charter to investigate the risks and opportunities of potentially expanding South Australia’s role in the nuclear fuel cycle in South Australia.
Royal Commissioner Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd) will explain the process for making submissions and then open the floor to questions.
Commissioner Scarce said the series of public forums held so far had proved to be valuable in his information gathering process, and most of the discussions held at the forums have been constructive and thoughtful.
“So far we have travelled to regional SA, and it has been clear that it is important for the South Australian community to come to these public meetings and be involved in the ongoing public discussion,” Commissioner Scarce said.
“We have met with key community leaders and held public forums in Mount Gambier, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Renmark, Berri and Loxton – and by the time the Adelaide public forums are held I will have also travelled to the far north of the state visiting Yalata, Maralinga, Oak Valley, Umuwa (in the APY Lands), Coober Pedy and Leigh Creek.
“I’m learning much from these sessions. I want to continue to consult with stakeholders across the breadth of South Australia to ensure the final report I present next May is reflective of the views of the community and is founded on evidence-based conclusions.”
“There are a number of ways in which the people of South Australia can engage with the Royal Commission and these public forums are an important and valuable part of this direct engagement process,” he said.
The closing date for submissions for Issues Paper 1 (Extraction) and/or Issues Paper 4 (Storage and disposal of waste) is 24 July, 2015. The closing date for submissions for Issues Paper 2 (Further Processing) and/or Issues Paper 3 (Electricity generation) is 3 August, 2015 (This closing date applies to any consolidated written submission addressing all Issues Papers).
The Adelaide public forums will be held at the following dates and locations:
– Tuesday, May 19 – 5.30pm – University of South Australia (Mawson Lakes Centre – MC1-02)
– Wednesday, May 20 – 5pm – Flinders University (Flinders at Tonsley, Lecture Theatre 1)
– Friday, May 22 – 1pm – Adelaide University (Bonython Hall)