Protest is brewing among the residents where nuclear waste dump sites have been planned. From the tiny Queensland town of Oman Ama, a group of residents travelled to Canberra on Monday and raised their concerns for having chosen their place as a nuclear waste dumping site.
Oman Ama is located to the west of Warwick and has been named as one of the six potential dumping sites. Federal Resources Minister John Frydenberg had promised the residents that he would look into their concerns and would address them before taking a final decision.
“Friends of Oman Ama” is now trying to meet up with Frydenberg’s advisors to express their woes regarding their place, reports Echo Net.
‘There’s some real damage happening – in family, friends, there’s division in the community’, spokesman Mark Russell told AAP. He said the government has not clarified how it would measure “community acceptance.”
Property owners are also worried about the financial impact from a nuclear waste dump. They spoke to bankers, real estate agents and insurance brokers and are worried that property value will plummet.
“They have been told if you get a radioactive waste management facility in your area, your land values are most likely to depreciate,” he said.
The site will begin operation by 2020 and house low to intermediate nuclear waste. Similar concerns have been reported from Kimba in South Australia, which is one among the six sites already chosen. The other sites are Sallys Flat in NSW, Hale in the Northern Territory, Pinkawillinie and Barndioota in South Australia and Oman Ama in Queensland, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
Kimba resident Peter Woolford’s also went to Canberra with other waste dump opponents to articulate the community’s concerns. He complained that Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg refused to meet them.
Woolford is fearing that a nuclear waste dump near his home would damage his livelihood. The reputation of his crops at the Eyre Peninsula will be at risk. He is complaining of sleepless night,and stress. However, the government says there is no space for concern as it would be holding more evaluation and public consultation before finalising a permanent location.