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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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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

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
We need to keep WA free from uranium mining because renewable energy is our future and the potential negative impact from uranium mining and its waste products last far too long to be acceptable as a transitional fuel. I say No No No to Iranium Mining or waste storage!
Pauline 2022-11-27 14:26:17 +1100
Helen 2022-11-27 13:40:51 +1100
Rosanne 2022-11-27 13:31:20 +1100
Victor 2022-11-27 13:08:21 +1100
It has been shown around the world already in places like Russia and Japan that we are not yet able to manage these sort of dangers.
Paul 2022-11-27 13:00:12 +1100
i want to protect my grandchildren’s future and the WA they live in
victoria 2022-11-27 12:38:04 +1100
Steve 2022-11-27 12:12:40 +1100
We have to keep the environment we have and not destroy it and need to develope more world friendly power sources.
Viv 2022-11-27 12:12:38 +1100
There are so many better alternatives, why use a bad option.
Jo 2022-11-27 11:47:53 +1100
Because i don’t the will of the traditional owners respected and I don’t want to nuke the planet
Long 2022-11-27 11:19:43 +1100
we have unique and valued fauna and flora that once gone may never recover or take hundreds to thousands of years to rehabilitate
Tanya 2022-11-27 10:37:47 +1100
Cathy 2022-11-27 10:35:34 +1100
Gabriele 2022-11-27 10:34:13 +1100
Barb 2022-11-27 10:33:39 +1100
I want to keep WA uranium free because of nuclear risks of war as seen in the Ukraine
Nathalie 2022-11-27 10:30:07 +1100
I want to keep W.A. uranium free, because I want to see our wildlife thrive. They are irreplaceable and what happens to the waste uranium when it has been used. Please no uranium mining.
Chris 2022-11-27 10:23:16 +1100
The legacy of uranium mining and the waste it produces creates thousands of years of unnecessary danger to our health and that of the environment. Leave it in the ground!
Warren 2022-11-27 10:20:49 +1100
christiàn 2022-11-27 10:20:36 +1100
The legacy of uranium mining and the waste it produces creates thousands of years of unnecessary danger to our health and that of the environment. Leave it in the ground!
Lisa 2022-11-27 10:16:36 +1100
We don’t need uranium
Roslyn 2022-11-27 10:09:51 +1100
Karen 2022-11-27 09:46:27 +1100