11 MAY 2015 - NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE ROYAL COMMISSION VISITS ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES
The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission is travelling to the Far North and Far West of South Australia over the next week to undertake a series of meetings and public forums with Aboriginal representatives and community leaders.
Royal Commissioner Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd) said that when the Royal Commission was established there was a clear mandate to consult widely with Aboriginal communities, and that this was a responsibility he was determined to adhere to.
“In each of my community visits so far, I have had meetings with a number of aboriginal leaders and listened to their concerns on what a potential nuclear fuel cycle will mean to their communities.
I have also discussed with them the process of the Royal Commission and how they, and the people they represent, can get involved in this important issue for South Australia.
“I understand there are great sensitivities involved with nuclear issues and Aboriginal traditional owners in the far north of the state, and we’ve witnessed the impacts on the lands of the Maralinga Tjarutja people by the British testing of their atomic weapons back in the 1950s and 1960s.
“I am going to visit a number of areas of the state for community meetings, including Yalata, Oak Valley, Umuwa (in the APY Lands) and Coober Pedy”, he said.
“So far we have travelled to regional areas of the state, and I have received quite clear feedback that people want more information on the nuclear fuel cycle and want to contribute to the inquiry by making a submission on the issues raised in the Issues Papers.
“It is important for regional and remote communities, such as those in the Far North, to be involved in the public discussion on the nuclear fuel cycle and to hear what the Royal Commission is seeking to undertake, how we’re going to conduct the Royal Commission and to encourage the community to contribute,” Commissioner Scarce said.
The far north public forums will be held on the following dates and at the following locations:
- 11 May 2015 – Yalata – 11.00am at the Yalata Social Club
- 12 May 2015 – Oak Valley – 10.30am at the Oak Valley Training Centre
- 13 May 2015 – Umuwa (in the APY Lands) – 11.00am at the Umuwa Training Centre
- 14 May 2015 – Coober Pedy – 10.30am at the Italo Australian Miners Club
Adam Smith – Senior Communications Officer
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