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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

Jacob 2022-11-28 10:59:23 +1100
Gail 2022-11-28 10:25:53 +1100
I have been proud to be a West Australian, to be leaving our uranium reserves is the ground, where they are safe. I stand will the local aboriginal people in opposing this mine. We don’t need nuclear power and we certainly don’t need nuclear weapons.
Shae 2022-11-28 10:17:03 +1100
Susan 2022-11-28 09:29:10 +1100
I care about our wildlife and land
Miriam 2022-11-28 02:57:24 +1100
Selena 2022-11-28 02:16:38 +1100
WA has always had a no mining of uranium policy which has been the best in world. The environment takes priority.
Jane 2022-11-28 02:03:03 +1100
Khristine 2022-11-28 01:44:32 +1100
Climate change affects us all.. The devastation from mining is irreversible and we need to stop interfering with the geology and mineral dispersion on our planet as I believe it has affected our Earth’s magnetisation..
Joanna 2022-11-28 01:05:35 +1100
Catherine 2022-11-28 01:01:00 +1100
Uranium mining doesn’t belong here, protect our species. We’re already losing or have lost too many.
Patricia 2022-11-28 00:51:06 +1100
There is no chance to reverse the damage you caused, once you do it !
Stephanie 2022-11-28 00:22:09 +1100
Corrine 2022-11-28 00:18:18 +1100
Please protect our environment
Joanne 2022-11-28 00:08:17 +1100
Barry 2022-11-27 23:51:21 +1100
Tina 2022-11-27 23:50:01 +1100
we need to save the endangered marsupial mouse, and should not be clearing in this climate AND should not be using uranium.
Jasmine 2022-11-27 23:41:25 +1100
Annette 2022-11-27 23:26:47 +1100
Susan 2022-11-27 23:15:19 +1100
We need to strop stripping our planet & destroying it & killing of irreplaceable life
Lori 2022-11-27 23:01:13 +1100
Margaret 2022-11-27 22:44:45 +1100
It needs to remain untouched and pure for the wild life and people of WA and the world
Belinda 2022-11-27 22:44:33 +1100
I want to keep WA uranium free because our traditional connection to country
Trudy 2022-11-27 22:32:22 +1100
Anna 2022-11-27 22:17:12 +1100
Justine 2022-11-27 22:11:53 +1100
The time of uranium is over despite building nuclear subs.
Lynne 2022-11-27 21:47:34 +1100
We have SUCH a delicate ecosystem and SUCH a disastrous record of species extinction!
Yorke 2022-11-27 21:46:13 +1100
Max 2022-11-27 21:42:14 +1100
We should live nuclear contaminate free
Alicja 2022-11-27 21:38:23 +1100
I wish to keep my beautiful state mining uranium free. Born &bred here & convinced we don’t need to take this dangerous chance.. it is not worth the risk..
Bronwyn 2022-11-27 21:36:56 +1100