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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

Kathie 2022-11-27 21:35:27 +1100
Hamed 2022-11-27 21:14:41 +1100
It’s very very bad for the environment
Myra 2022-11-27 21:08:23 +1100
Its time to get real about preserving our Earth and all of the life She supports. Uranium mining is far too risky to allow just to profit the greedy. Listen to the peoples of this land and keep it away from WA!
Aisling 2022-11-27 21:04:02 +1100
Tony 2022-11-27 20:18:13 +1100
Derek 2022-11-27 20:16:26 +1100
Coralie 2022-11-27 19:34:17 +1100
There is no need for this technology as we have renewables that are becoming more efficient and reliable. Not to mention the radioactive waste that has to go somewhere.
Susan 2022-11-27 19:23:11 +1100
Our ecosystems need more protection from big oil/uranium companies. No more!
Kristen 2022-11-27 19:22:35 +1100
Why do we keep destroying our land and habitats of native critters. When will it stop? When is enough, enough? There is no planet B!
Elli 2022-11-27 19:15:12 +1100
Our eco-system is unique and so very fragile. It needs to be preserved and taken care of. We should be proud of what we have.
Llanwyn 2022-11-27 19:11:02 +1100
Andrea 2022-11-27 19:01:21 +1100
Helen 2022-11-27 18:51:01 +1100
Radioactive material needs to stay in the ground
Anthony 2022-11-27 18:41:58 +1100
Suzanne 2022-11-27 18:32:24 +1100
Mary 2022-11-27 17:59:18 +1100
Meagan 2022-11-27 17:58:08 +1100
Uranium is not a good thing to mine. It’s waste is harmful and hazardous.
Chrissy0408742907 2022-11-27 17:32:06 +1100
I want to keep west australian uranium free because we don’t need it. What we do need is investment into sustainable industries and energy.
Marshall 2022-11-27 17:12:17 +1100
Let’s leave it in the ground where it belongs
Angela 2022-11-27 17:09:23 +1100
Sharon 2022-11-27 17:00:19 +1100
Tom 2022-11-27 16:40:38 +1100
We should be protecting animals not driving them to extinction . They don’t have a voice but we do . Stop Australias awful record on destroying habitat now .
Christina 2022-11-27 15:58:05 +1100
Lynette 2022-11-27 15:56:05 +1100
marcia 2022-11-27 15:42:50 +1100
Who is using uranium? Medical therapy? How out of date is this!! China, Russia, USA, Korea for nuclear warheads? NO THANK YOU. WA does not need this mine. We have enough mines eroding our country & destroying our native land, fauna & flora disappearing, or adapting to human reliance. We DO NOT need uranium mining in WA 😡
Kaye 2022-11-27 15:24:45 +1100
I want to keep Uranium in the ground where it will not harm anyone or anything.
Maureen 2022-11-27 15:20:15 +1100
Amanda 2022-11-27 15:04:02 +1100
It is safer without uranium mining!
Shirley 2022-11-27 14:54:20 +1100
It lasts too long. No one really knows the impact it has !
Gloria 2022-11-27 14:35:53 +1100