Kimba, SA

The project team has returned to Kimba because the department has received two new site nominations from landowners in the area for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

These nominations were received after a period of preliminary community consultation conducted by the department during November and December 2016 at the invitation of the Working for Kimba’s Future group.

The project team is returning to Kimba to understand community sentiment regarding the recent nominations and to inform people of the project.

The team will be based at 47 High Street, Kimba, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the 90-day consultation period. Please email radioactivewaste@industry.gov.au to book a meeting.

What is the expected process for assessment?

The Working for Kimba’s Future group announced its interest in supporting landholders considering new nominations of land in November 2016.

The department visited the Kimba community in late 2016 at the request of the Working for Kimba’s Future group to discuss the community’s views on re-entering the nomination process.

The department provided a summary report, Summary of Engagement in the Kimba Community, to all interested parties based on their visits.

The report provided the views of neighbouring landowners, initial technical assessments and key points from the general community’s views.

In January 2017, the Minister received two new land nominations from landholders near Kimba, South Australia. These nominations were for the land areas Napandee, to the west of Kimba, and Lyndhurst, to the north east of Kimba.

The decision to submit nominations was that of the landholders involved and supported by the Working for Kimba’s Future group.

The department has undertaken a desktop assessment on the new nominations consistent with the objectives and the criteria of the Multi-Criteria Site Analysis (MCSA) undertaken during the assessment of first round nominations in 2015.

As the Minister has decided to formally progress a formal nomination, a minimum 60-day consultation period is required under the National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012.

At the end of the 90-day consultation period the Kimba District Council will run a community vote, which will contribute to the Minister’s decision.

A nomination will only be accepted by the Minister and progressed to the detailed technical assessment phase if he considers that there is sufficient broad community support.

Why aren’t the previous sites nominated at Kimba being considered?

In 2015 the Government spoke to the community about two nominations at Kimba. The community participated in a 120-day consultation period from November 2015 to March 2016.

The Government respects the outcome of the previous consultation process not to proceed with these sites.
Nominations for new sites may be made at any time by landowners in any state or territory.

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.

The Working for Kimba’s Future group believes that there has been an increase in community support for a nomination since the previous process and that the site identified has largely supportive neighbours.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How were these two new nominations assessed?

The nominations were assessed using a Multi-Criteria Site Analysis MCSA process.

The department assessed the nominations in line with the objectives and criteria of the MCSA which includes scoring them against weighted criteria such as technical suitability, health, safety and the environment.

The nominees requested that a further desktop analysis of the sites be undertaken prior to Minister Canavan making his decision on whether to formally progress.

Both sites were found to be very suitable, with scores (above or equal) to those in the previous round of nominations.

Measuring community sentiment

In addition to the community making submissions to the department, Kimba Council will seek to conduct a community vote about progressing to the technical assessment stage.

Subject to ratification by Council, the vote and registration process will be advertised in coming weeks, and the vote timeframe will be overlaid with a 90-day public consultation period.

Does this mean the nomination at Barndioota is no longer viable or no longer being considered?

The new nominations have no impact on the status of the site at Barndioota which will continue to progress through the next stage of detailed technical assessment and community engagement.

Should a nomination from Kimba proceed into a detailed technical assessment phase, the site assessment and detailed project development will progress alongside the Barndioota site.

A final national site will only be selected if there is broad community support and it meets Australia’s strict environmental and radiation protection regulatory requirements.