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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.


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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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

Howard 2022-11-28 20:29:49 +1100
Why would we make a decision that leaves an unresolvable toxic legacy for ever?!
Saul 2022-11-28 19:58:25 +1100
I want WA uranium free because it’s a risk to everyone and everything around.
Aksheye 2022-11-28 19:36:20 +1100
There are so many better options than this. Using uranium is dangerous & a terrible idea. We only have one planet Earth so please let’s not destroy it
claire 2022-11-28 19:30:54 +1100
Emma 2022-11-28 19:09:22 +1100
If you know anything about half-lives, you know that this stuff is not the preferred option for energy production. Keep it in the ground and keep this precious environment as it is. No uranium for WA (or the world)!
Donna 2022-11-28 18:37:53 +1100
Grace 2022-11-28 18:32:20 +1100
Xenia 2022-11-28 18:11:18 +1100
I do not believe we have the technology to safely use uranium
Avril 2022-11-28 17:56:18 +1100
It’s dangerous and mining companies Can never be TRUSTED to do the rite thing by environment and peoples.
Dennis 2022-11-28 17:36:54 +1100
Australia is not to be a dumping ground for waste to kill off our people and flora and fauna
Tess 2022-11-28 17:28:25 +1100
This land is too precious too contaminate it any further!
Jenny 2022-11-28 17:06:22 +1100
Absolutely no!
Barbara 2022-11-28 16:58:18 +1100
It doesn’t need to be used. Protect the environment
Alison 2022-11-28 16:40:37 +1100
it is way to toxic and will cause life threatening harm to many
Evelyn 2022-11-28 16:38:20 +1100
I truly believe Earth has given us humans so much. A very wise species would respect and protect Earth. Humans are not wise.
Karen 2022-11-28 16:20:37 +1100
Jacki 2022-11-28 15:48:20 +1100
lynda 2022-11-28 15:46:33 +1100
I want to keep WA uranium free because there are better ways than mining uranium for our needs and it would be like opening a never-ending poisoned environment in one of the most beautiful and culturally important landscapes in the world and must be fully protected. Say no to uranium mining poisoning our priceless nature and it’s inhabitants forever
Tselha 2022-11-28 15:36:49 +1100
I don’t want t anything to do with uranium mining and radiation risk, particularly when it is against the wishes of traditional owners.
Muriel 2022-11-28 15:21:09 +1100
6169 2022-11-28 15:19:26 +1100
Sacred land should be managed by traditional Indigenous people. Uranium mining is unacceptable in WA.
Melissa 2022-11-28 14:51:59 +1100
Suzie 2022-11-28 14:50:58 +1100
Claudine 2022-11-28 14:20:31 +1100
I love wildlife
Vanessa 2022-11-28 14:02:34 +1100
Only our government and big corps want our land of sweeping plains and rugged mountain ranges to be a dumping ground. The people dont. Where is the wisdom in our leaders?
Denise 2022-11-28 12:52:08 +1100
Maureen 2022-11-28 12:02:38 +1100
The endangered wildlife is more important
Merline 2022-11-28 11:32:45 +1100
Uranium waste still kills, & no one, here in Australia or overseas, will take & store it.
Helena 2022-11-28 11:29:04 +1100
Jayne 2022-11-28 11:00:12 +1100