Royal Commission Visits

The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission will meet a significant milestone next month when it releases its Tentative Findings in Adelaide on Monday 15 February 2016.

The Commission will then undertake a week-long public information program, visiting key regional South Australian cities and towns including Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Whyalla, Port Lincoln, Mt Gambier, Coober Pedy, Ceduna, Renmark and Aboriginal communities in the Far North and West Coast.

The Tentative Findings will provide an opportunity to update progress and highlight how the community might comment on the report during a five week feedback period.

Since being established in March 2015, the Commission’s has undertaken its task of investigating South Australia’s potential further involvement in the nuclear fuel cycle. It has travelled both within Australia and internationally to engage with people who have an interest or possess expertise in relation to the issues it must consider, including regional engagement within South Australia.

Engagement with the community commenced with a series of regional, remote and metropolitan and community meetings held by Commissioner Scarce where he discussed the background to the Royal Commission, the Terms of Reference that guide the Commission’s inquiries and how people can find further information and contribute to the investigation.

This engagement process has continued with the Commissioner travelling overseas (details below) to speak to a range of individuals and organisations – including academics and subject matter experts, community groups, industry participants, non-government organisations and members of the community.

This process continues with a series of public forums in February where the Tentative Findings will be outlined.

The Tentative Findings will be available to download from the from 11am, February 15, 2016 or by contacting the office on 08 8207 1480. Feedback on the Tentative Findings can be provided to the Commission via its website, email or through traditional mail delivery. Further details on this process will be on the NFCRC website soon.

TENTATIVE FINDINGS – Public meeting details:

  • Monday, 15 February – Adelaide Town Hall (6pm)
  • Tuesday, 16 February – Port Pirie Yacht Club (1pm), Port Augusta Institute Theatre (6pm), Oak Valley (11:00am), Ceduna Foreshore Hotel (6pm)
  • Wednesday, 17 February – Whyalla Mt Laura Homestead (12.00pm), Port Lincoln Hotel (6.30pm), Umuwa (11:00am), Coober Pedy United Club (6pm)
  • Thursday, 18 February – Mt Gambier Main Complex (6.30pm), Renmark Hotel Galaxy Room (6pm)




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