10,162 people
-162 needed to reach 10,000

Add your name to the open letter

Open letter:

"As people from all across Australia, we call on the federal government and Resources Minister Madeleine King to stop the double-handling and relocation of radioactive waste to a highly contested regional facility proposed near Kimba in regional South Australia.

The Intermediate Level Waste should remain where it is securely stored at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation's Lucas Heights facility, pending the outcome of an open review of future management options to identify a credible long-term solution. It's time for us to advance responsible waste management that keeps communities and nature safe."

A waste dump in Kimba would be bad news

The Morrison Government committed to a deeply flawed national plan to dump radioactive waste in one of our regional communities – near the town of Kimba in South Australia.

Radioactive waste risks our air, soil and water. It damages the genetic and reproductive systems of plants, animals and people. And this waste lasts for up to ten thousand years.

Our communities should not face such an intergenerational burden, especially when most have not had a say and the Barngarla Native Title holders are explicitly opposed to the plan.

95% of Australia’s most serious radioactive waste is currently managed at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s (ANSTO) Lucas Heights site in southern Sydney.

This is the best place to store our worst waste until a lasting solution is adopted.

Storing the waste in a regional community, and double handling it is unnecessary and irresponsible – especially as our federal nuclear regulator has confirmed it can be safely stored at ANSTO ‘for decades to come’. 

As well as lacking a clear rationale, the federal plan inherited from the Morrison government is also deficient in relation to community consultation and consent Barngarla Traditional Owners were excluded from a Kimba community ballot, and communities across South Australia and along potential transport corridors have not had a say in the plan.

Instead, let's call on the Minister to embrace evidence-based, responsible waste management.

Sign the open letter now asking Resources Minister Madeleine King to keep the radioactive waste securely stored at the best place until we adopt a credible and evidence-based approach to long-term waste management.

Latest Supporters

Nuclear is not the future!
Trae 2023-02-25 18:41:19 +1100
Ben 2023-02-25 18:36:43 +1100
The Government has to have accountability
Shirley 2023-02-25 18:35:17 +1100
For Indigenous Peoples worldwide. Stop this murderous harassment of the vulnerable. The people who you (White) people made vulnerable by robbing their land. When does the stealing and killing stop?!
Antoinette 2023-02-24 06:52:16 +1100
Cris 2023-02-23 21:31:15 +1100
Aislinn 2023-02-23 06:50:43 +1100
Sonia 2023-02-22 21:30:16 +1100
I want responsible waste management because nuclear waste in particular is around a lot longer than any politician, however toxic, and the recent incident in WA shows just how easily accidents do happen.
Claire 2023-02-22 19:42:06 +1100
Carolyn9 2023-02-22 13:40:40 +1100
Paul 2023-02-22 12:52:36 +1100
Eleanor 2023-02-22 12:33:19 +1100
There is no safe disposal of radioactive waste. We have yet to resolve this problem effectively. Nuclear is not the best option.
Kit 2023-02-22 12:22:46 +1100
Kevin 2023-02-22 12:10:45 +1100
Thomas 2023-02-22 12:01:35 +1100
Jooles 2023-02-22 11:27:28 +1100
Fleur 2023-02-22 10:09:31 +1100
Louisa 2023-02-22 09:55:23 +1100
Patricia 2023-02-22 09:50:47 +1100
Moving radioactive waste is totally unnecessary… leave it alone.
‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’
Libby 2023-02-22 08:58:45 +1100
This decision is so harrowingly narrow minded and without any consideration of future consequences.
Cooper 2023-02-22 08:55:14 +1100
Bruce 2023-02-22 08:41:52 +1100
Amanda 2023-02-22 08:18:03 +1100
Louise 2023-02-22 07:24:34 +1100
John 2023-02-22 06:57:28 +1100
Peter 2023-02-22 04:13:22 +1100
Toxic waste could be spread everywhere if there is an earthquake in the region. This could be disastrous. It should not be travelling around the country. It should only be handled by experts.
Helen 2023-02-22 03:45:58 +1100
Trevor 2023-02-22 01:38:21 +1100
I have nine grandchildren and fear for their future.
Robyn 2023-02-21 21:28:17 +1100
Lorraine 2023-02-21 20:54:38 +1100
Radioactive waste needs to be responsibly managed for as long as it still emits radioactivity. A leak could be catastrophic for those living nearby and for the environment and other living creatures much further away. It would be better kept at ANSTO, where there is a long experience of knowing how to run such a facility. The people in the community, especially the traditional owners need to be listened to and not have this foisted upon them.
Rhonda 2023-02-21 20:54:28 +1100