Kimba, SA

On 27 June 2017 Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan announced two proposed sites for a radioactive waste management facility at Kimba will proceed to the next phase of assessment.

The Government has accepted the nominations of land at Napandee and Lyndhurst under the National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012.

This decision was made after considering direct representations, the results of an independent postal ballot, and submissions in a more than 90-day consultation process.

Kimba voters were asked, in a poll conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission on behalf of the Kimba District Council, Do you support a nomination for a site being progressed to Phase 2 for further consultation for a National Radioactive Low/Intermediate Level Waste Management Facility?

The AEC declaration reported that of the 690 formal votes, there were 396 ‘Yes’ votes and 294 ‘No’ votes, giving a total in favour of proceeding of 57.4 per cent. The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science community consultation found widespread support from the direct neighbours of the nominated properties, with all but one direct neighbour supporting the assessment moving to the next phase.

In-depth consultation and technical assessments of the Kimba sites will now be undertaken.

Phase Two will engage people with all views.  The Kimba community will have another chance to express their views before a decision is made about the suitability of either of the sites to host a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

This does not change the Phase Two consultation that continues at Wallerberdina Station in South Australia after the community earlier demonstrated broad support for the discussion.

“Nuclear medicine is needed by one in two Australians on average, for diagnosis and treatment of heart, lung and skeletal conditions and a variety of cancers, and along with that comes radioactive waste,” Minister Canavan said.

“Radioactive waste is currently stored in more than 100 locations around the country, and international best practice is that it be consolidated into a single, safe and national facility.

“Progression to Phase Two does not constitute a final decision, rather, we now know that across the community there is broad support for continuing this conversation, and that is what we will do.

“I would like to thank everyone in Kimba for their involvement in this nationally significant discussion.”

Read the Minister's full announcement.

Key attributes - “Napandee” nominated by JF & JA Baldock

Located approximately 25km west of Kimba, the site is close to a local township that can support and benefit from the development.
The site offers sufficient land area for placement of a facility, and no easements or paths of access cross the site.

The property is described as having subdued topography with vegetated dune crests and land packages lined with remnant Mallee scrub.

The land has mains water at the property entrance and mains power on the adjacent block.

There are no identified environmental or heritage constraints on the site.

With low wind, low rainfall and no known geological constraints, the site appears technically sound. If the site is progressed it will be subject to a full technical assessment.

Key attributes - “Lyndhurst”, nominated by BA & MA Rayner

Located approximately 15-20km north-east of Kimba, the site is close to a local township that can support and benefit from the development.

The site offers sufficient land area for placement of a facility and no easements cross the site. The property is described as having subdued topography with vegetated dune crests and land packages lined with remnant Mallee scrub.

There are no identified environmental or heritage constraints on the site.

With low wind, low rainfall and no known geological constraints, the site is technically sound.

If the site is progressed it will be subject to a full technical assessment.

Will nominations still be accepted from other areas across Australia?

Consistent with the National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012, nominations may be made at any time by landowners in any state or territory up until the final site is selected for the facility.

If a new nomination was brought forward from another community, the Government would consider it in accordance with the objectives and criteria of the MCSA.

Map of nominated Kimba sites