SHOCK, anger and a call for cool, rational thinking have been the responses after it was announced on Friday Inglewood was a possible site for a nuclear waste dump.
The shock has come from residents who woke up to some “sensatonal” headlines on Saturday to anger from the Goondiwindi Regional Council after being literally woken up by newspapers wanting a comments about a possibility it knew nothing about, to a call for calm and information from Local Member, Lawrence Springborg.
Politicians, scientists and residents are meeting in Inglewood today which Mr Springborg hopes will answer many of the questions and conserns which have been raised over the past few days.
“From what I understand there’s no fait accompli and we have to take the seansationalism out of it,” he said yesterday.
Mr Springborg said the “emotinal reposnses” which came after the announcement was becausethere has been no information just “sensational headlines”.
“I take the view we need to get all the information so the community can make an informed decision.”
Whatever that decision was, Mr Springborg said he would support residents to the hilt.
However he also said the proposal could come with “significant economic benefits” to the region.
It’s why today’s forum plus other propsod meeting were so important.
Mr Springborg said the proposal was to store “ low-level radioactive medical waste” the majority of which is presently stored in many hospitals.
“We enjoy the benefits of low-level radioactive material in our everyday life, whether it be mobile phones or smoke alarms.
“More critically, I understand what is proposed to be stored in the final site is low-level radioactive material,” he said.
“This kind of material has been used for diagnostics and treatment of patients in medicine and assists thousands of Australians each year.”
On Friday Resources and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg announced a property in Oman Ama was on a shortlist to house nuclear waste material.
Goondiwindi Regional Council did not know Oman Ama was on the list.
GRC Mayor, Cr Scheu said he was “extremely disappointed with the process and communication that has surrounded this announcement”.
“I was woken this morning at 5.30am by media asking my thoughts on the proposal”.
“It was embarrassing to reply that you will have to wait until I get the papers to let you know.
“I don’t believe this was the best process as the last thing I want are residents making assumptions without the facts before them. I am certainly in no position to indicate Council’s support or otherwise until all the facts are on the table.
“Conversely, I would hate for the community of Inglewood to miss an opportunity should the site proposal stack up.
“We can’t jump to conclusions.
“Subsequently I have made a number of calls to Minister Frydenberg’s office and have arranged representatives and experts from the Minister’s office to attend a Public Consultation meeting in Inglewood (Today) at noon at the Inglewood Civic Centre.
Attending that meeting will be two officials from the department as well as a representative from Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.
Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott, Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg and a senior advisor from Deputy Premier Jackie Trad’s office will be in attendance.
Any residents wishing to meet individually with these people can do so on Thursday from 9a.m.
The GRC is encouraging interested parties to reserve a time for appointments.
Appointments can be made by contacting the Goondiwindi Regional Council on 07 46717400 or email [email protected]备案老域名.
It is also proposed that a second round of consultations will be held in the second week of December and a third in late January or early February 2016 if required.
More information on the consultation period and site nomination process can be found at radioactivewaste.gov备案老域名.
The application came from an individual property owner and not from Council.
The low to intermediate grade waste will be stored above ground.
Deputy-Mayor, Cr Rick Kearney said any decision should be based on “fact not fear”.
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