The Australian Nuclear Free Alliance is disappointed at Minister Burke’s decision to approve WA’s first uranium mine at Wiluna and warn that it is a step in the wrong direction.
Alliance co-chair and Arabunna man Mr Peter Watts whose traditional lands neighbour the Olympic Dam uranium mine in SA said: ‘It is sad news that Minister Burke has approved another uranium project in Australia. Did the minister miss the news about the ongoing nuclear crisis at Fukushima?’
“Toro and the federal government better be get ready for a big fight because with the mining of uranium will always come opposition.”
“We stand in solidarity with our members and families in the West who do not want the mine to go ahead, we oppose uranium mining Australia wide.” concluded Mr Watts.
Northern Territory co-chair and Arranda woman Mitch said “With current world events we need to call on all governments starting with Australia to commit to a moratorium on all mining, processing and transport of uranium and all steps in the nuclear chain”
Mitch added: “The transport of uranium from WA through SA to the NT is not worlds best practice and the government needs to come clean about the deals made with the mining industry that allows the long haul transport of such toxic materials.”
The Australian Nuclear Free Alliance is calling for a moratorium on uranium mining pending a public inquiry into uranium mining, uranium transportation and nuclear safeguards.
Peter Watts, ANFA co-chair and Arabunna man (SA): 0432 483 066
Mitch, ANFA co-chair and Arranda woman (NT): 08 8953 6175