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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

Pamela 2022-11-26 20:29:24 +1100
Claire 2022-11-26 20:24:53 +1100
We absolutely must preserve the rights of indigenous and endangered species for their future and our own future generations to be protective stewards to ensure we never have to regret inaction on our part for these magnificent creatures, in their unique habitat.
Leone 2022-11-26 20:03:10 +1100
I want to keep Australia uranium free because the radioactive waste is a huge and far too great a risk to our environment. And importantly, the proposed uranium mine at Mulga Rock is against the wishes of the traditional owners and most Western Australians. We do not want uranium mining in WA!
Leonie 2022-11-26 19:58:30 +1100
WA & Australia have always rejected uranium mining because it is expensive, difficult to handle & ship, dangerous to store, lack of safe, suitable waste options… AND NOT THING HAS CHANGED.. except more alternatives are coming on boardd
Tamara 2022-11-26 19:47:41 +1100
Using uranium may seem like a fine solution, but what is to be done with the waste products from such a venture? Also why is our state Government allowing all these potential environmental disasters to even be considered. Gas in areas of great eco diversity and now uranium. Come on! The last Federal election showed people care about the environment, yet our state politicians seem to be oblivious to this.
Kathy 2022-11-26 19:43:55 +1100
Lynne 2022-11-26 19:05:26 +1100
Yvette 2022-11-26 18:08:18 +1100
Shaun 2022-11-26 18:04:42 +1100
This toxic industry has no place in progressing the health of our community or environment.
Cheryl 2022-11-26 17:52:10 +1100
Please don’t mine uranium anywhere in W.A. & preferably not in Australia at all so as to protect our precious environment.
Llaura 2022-11-26 17:24:32 +1100
I am not insane!
Ian Elphinstone 2022-11-26 17:15:15 +1100
Miranda 2022-11-26 17:12:37 +1100
Peter 2022-11-26 17:11:39 +1100
We have destroyed enough of the planet already.
Mark 2022-11-26 16:55:27 +1100
John 2022-11-26 16:39:59 +1100
Kepp Australia uranium free, AL OF IT and that includes you WA
Susan 2022-11-26 16:30:38 +1100
I want Australia kept nuclear free because it is a source of power that mankind is still far too careless with and there’s been shocking consequences of the “accidents”. The ability to use nuclear power/ waste in an way is far too serious, for nuclear energy to be used now and waste material remains dangerous for prolonged periods of time in the future. If the war that’s currently happening in Ukraine is anything to go by, the mere existence of nuclear power is very quickly weaponized, by any possible means, for terrorism by an enemy.

Australia has an absolutely disgusting record for the extinction rate of our native flora and fauna* which are always battling loss of habitat and are also directly under even greater losses due to climatic change and the impact of catastrophic droughts, bushfires, floods, the threat s from introduced species and constant loss of habitat through deforestation / farming methods and random baiting.

Mankind must learn to better manage our demand for power, which could be clearly reduced by cutting down on wasted use for starters.

The human race is responsible for the 6th mass extinction of life forms already * so we should be very conscientious of not making our tally any worse.

Sincerely, Debra.
Debra 2022-11-26 16:16:04 +1100
I want to keep WA radioactive free because the damage to all life can never be undone!
Kris 2022-11-26 15:57:13 +1100
Wayne 2022-11-26 15:02:00 +1100
Uranium waste is deadly and long lasting. It is not economic to build nuclear reactors for power generation, so Australian Uranium would only be used overseas, and probably in weapons. It makes no sense to take such a risk just for a few dollars in royalties.
Andy 2022-11-26 14:57:58 +1100
WA have not purchased this Land from the ROYAL ASSENT to ALLODIAL TITLE of ULURU AUSTRALIA.
Government is under TREASON..
Sharon 2022-11-26 14:56:28 +1100
I want to keep WA uranium free to avoid the risk of contamination
Christine 2022-11-26 14:41:52 +1100
Of the dangers it will cause to the environment
Carol 2022-11-26 14:33:41 +1100
We are on the verge of getting great new alternative power sources. Why expand the Uranium Industry now? The world is turning away from this problematic fuel. Please listen to us, the people and not the mining companies that are happy to make their profits at everyone elses expense, especially at the expense of future generations who will have to deal with their dirty waste
Lisa 2022-11-26 14:31:43 +1100
Susan 2022-11-26 14:26:01 +1100
Rodgers 2022-11-26 14:06:17 +1100
Omega 2022-11-26 14:03:39 +1100
Nancy 2022-11-26 13:47:17 +1100
I want to keep WA uranium free because the birds, animals, plants, soils, habitats and people of this planet deserve a life. Think again!
Ros 2022-11-26 13:45:49 +1100