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Western Australia has long been safe from uranium mining and radioactive risk, but that could change very soon.

Mining company Deep Yellow is pushing to open WA’s first-ever uranium mine at Mulga Rock in the Great Victoria Desert, against the wishes of Traditional Owners and most Western Australians.

It's a nature disaster waiting to happen.

Mining at Mulga Rock would produce radioactive uranium tailings that remain unstable and unsafe for 10,000 years and threaten critical habitat for the nationally endangered Sandhill Dunnart.

Let's come together to stand against uranium mining at Mulga Rock. Sign on to the charter urging the McGowan Government to stop Deep Yellow and keep Western Australia uranium-free.

We call on all members of the Parliament of Western Australia to review and remove any approval for uranium mining at
Mulga Rock, and to withdraw the approvals of the stalled proposed uranium mines at Kintyre,
Yeelirrie and Wiluna.

The charter is also endorsed by our allies the Upurli Upurli and Spinifex Traditional Owners, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, The Wilderness Society, Conservation Council of Western Australia and more.

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WA Uranium Free Charter

The decisions we make today directly shape the WA we will live in tomorrow. West Australians have long rejected uranium mining and radioactive risks, yet we currently face plans by mining company Deep Yellow to mine uranium at Mulga Rock, Upurli Upurli Nguratja (country) northeast of Kalgoorlie.

Uranium mining is unsafe, uneconomic, and unwanted, and today, we unite to reaffirm our opposition and stand with First Nations communities across the Great Victoria Desert.

We call on all Members of Parliament to review and remove any approval for uranium mining at Mulga Rock, and to withdraw the approvals of the stalled proposed uranium mines at Kintyre, Yeelirrie and Wiluna.

The Mulga Rock plan has advanced, despite West Australians’ rejection of uranium mining and the State Government’s policy opposing uranium mining. Mulga Rock offers little benefit but has big negative implications for our state – posing a direct threat to our workers, communities, and environment. The planned mine is WA’s only active uranium proposal and should not proceed.

From the Great Victoria Desert to Kalgoorlie and on to Eucla, uranium mined at Mulga Rock would be transported on our roads, through our towns, and through some of our most precious natural wonders, including the Great Western Woodlands. This transport risks regional communities and would be a further burden for our emergency services, who already face unprecedented threats from a changing climate.

Once uranium is shipped from our shores it poses an increased security risk at every part of the nuclear chain. Uranium is the basic fuel for both nuclear power and is linked to some of the world’s most toxic and long-lasting industrial wastes and the proliferation of the world’s most destructive weapons. If Mulga Rock moves ahead it would produce radioactive tailings that remain unstable and unsafe in our environment for up to 10,000 years. It would also mean increasing pressure for WA to host future radioactive waste.

There is no guarantee of a stable, competent, or profitable operation at Mulga Rock. Cutting costs and cutting corners puts the project at risk of abandonment or premature shutdown. There are real concerns over Deep Yellow’s commitment and capacity to do costly and complex rehabilitation work. As the saying goes, the one thing more dangerous than a uranium mine is an uneconomic uranium mine – which is what we are facing at Mulga Rock.

A gamble on an unwanted and uneconomic uranium mine at Mulga Rock puts the corporate interests of a small and marginal miner ahead of Upurli Upurli and Spinifex Traditional Owners and their rights to culture and country. It is against community expectations and opens the door to a damaging and under-performing sector that unnecessarily risks our unique environment, including the endangered Sandhill Dunnart.

We believe WA’s future lies not in the controversial and contaminating uranium industry but rather in being a national and international leader in reliable and renewable energy generation and smart and efficient energy use.

WA can do better than toxic tailings and radioactive risks. The McGowan government should give effect to their long-standing anti-uranium position and use their unprecedented electoral support and power to stop Deep Yellow from mining at Mulga Rock and to withdraw the approvals for the stalled Kintyre, Yeelirrie and Wiluna proposed uranium projects.

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web-WAUraniumFreeBanner-220726.jpgPhoto: Upurli Upurli and Spinifex women

We are also campaigning to make all of Australia uranium-free. Help us get there by adding your name to the petition for a nuclear-free Australia today.

Header photo: Tim Fluence


Latest Supporters

Kirsty 2022-07-26 18:51:53 +1000
We do not want uranium mining because it is unsafe, expensive, difficult to get rid of the waste. We need to move to renewable energy. Importantly, the traditional custodians do not want it!
Deborah 2022-07-26 18:51:30 +1000
Jann-Angeline 2022-07-26 18:50:49 +1000
I want to keep WA uranium free as it is the environmentally responsible action.
Caron 2022-07-26 18:50:34 +1000
Please don’t poison the environment, keep it natural, we have the sun and wind at our disposal, this would be the logical option. At some point in the near future, the earth cannot sustain the waste from this mining. Keep it clean.
Michelle 2022-07-26 18:49:38 +1000
I want to keep WA uranium free. We have safe clean green energy on this state and uranium is both dirty and dangerous. They also make nuclear bombs from this stuff. No thank you.
Paddy 2022-07-26 18:49:27 +1000
The history of uranium mining and the use of uranium has not been that of an unproblematic and neutral substance. I would rather that Western Australia -and Australia as a whole-remain free of its dangers. And if the chief argument for uranium mining is a shift to clean power, Australia has abundant resources in solar and wind power.
David 2022-07-26 18:49:20 +1000
Elizabeth 2022-07-26 18:49:13 +1000
For the future of my Grandchildren & Grandchildren No Uranium
Wendy 2022-07-26 18:49:05 +1000
Uranium is too toxic to be above ground. So please leave it in the ground.
Deanna 2022-07-26 18:49:02 +1000
Edward 2022-07-26 18:48:35 +1000
Alex 2022-07-26 18:48:20 +1000
I want to keep Western Australia free from uranium pollution
Diana 2022-07-26 18:48:05 +1000
I want to keep WA uranium free because we do not need to aid in the development of nuclear power stations and nuclear armaments. There are alternatives and we need to decide now that uranium is better left in the sacred WA earth
Chris 2022-07-26 18:47:15 +1000
WHAT WE DO NOW WILL BE HOW WE WILL BE REMEMBERED!!!!
EVEN IF WE DO NOT USE WHAT IS MINED AND SELL IT ABROAD.WE WILL STILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR IT`S WASTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dennis 2022-07-26 18:46:27 +1000
KEEP WA URANIUM FREE !!!
Tony 2022-07-26 18:46:17 +1000
Kaye 2022-07-26 18:45:50 +1000
Because we don’t need it or want it?
Ryan 2022-07-26 18:45:38 +1000
I want to keep Western Australia uranium free because i have lived in Northern Territory for several years and have witnessed the degradation in Kakadu
Eileen 2022-07-26 18:45:26 +1000
Ria 2022-07-26 18:45:11 +1000
We have an abundance of renewables Dirty Uranium is not required
Michael 2022-07-26 18:44:59 +1000
Judith 2022-07-26 18:44:34 +1000
Brayden 2022-07-26 18:44:19 +1000
Warren 2022-07-26 18:44:19 +1000
It’s polluting, it’s an environmental hazard, it is a backward and totally retrograde step.
Judith 2022-07-26 18:44:16 +1000
I want WA to be free of uranium mining because the nuclear industry is too dangerous, polluting and expensive.We need to close this industry down and develop vlean energy instead.
Basil 2022-07-26 18:44:16 +1000
It’s far too dangerous to dig it up.
Simone 2022-07-26 18:43:03 +1000
Josef 2022-07-26 18:42:54 +1000
I want to ensure a peaceful world for future generations.
Jennifer 2022-07-26 18:41:43 +1000
Angela 2022-07-26 18:40:44 +1000