As the International nuclear cheerleaders meet in Adelaide for the International Uranium Conference today the Australia Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) sends a clear message of opposition to Australia’s latest uranium proposal by Toro Energy Ltd at Wiluna in WA.
Peter Watts, Co-Chair of ANFA said “I’ve seen what uranium mining does to community and to country and I want to share ANFA support to the people of Wiluna who are standing strong against Toro Energy’s plans to mine uranium.”
Mr Watts who is also the public officer with the Arabana Aboriginal Corporation said about the recent Arabana Native Title decision, “After 14 years we finally get Native Title, that Native title has been compromised and compromised again with BHP Billiton hanging over our heads at Olympic Dam.”
“Many people in ANFA have been at the receiving end of broken promises, false hopes and radioactive legacies from the nuclear industry. It’s time the industry took responsibility for their failures and to stop berating communities to accept an industry that has caused pain, division and long term changes to our country for a few crumbs.”
Toro has been heavily criticised over incomplete environment, transport and mine closure plans. The proposal is being reviewed by the WA Appeals Convenor who received a number of appeals to the EPA assessment of the Wiluna uranium project.
Donna Jackson, Co-Chair of ANFA said “Larakia stand in unity Martu we don’t want more uranium coming to Darwin and we will stand with the unions and Traditional Owners to stop the transport of that to Darwin.”
“There’s been a derailment, a cyanide spill, our emergency services are not prepared they don’t have enough capacity, they’re doing a good job they just don’t have the expertise to deal with uranium.”
See Glen Cooke’s appeal to the EPA on the Toro Wiluna uranium proposal go to www.wanfa.org.au.
For further comment:
Peter Watts 0432 483 066
Donna Jackson 0427 847 186