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Council announces dates for Kimba radioactive waste ballot

Community to have say on NRWMF site selection process from 3 October

The Kimba community will have its say on the of the Commonwealth Government’s proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at one of two nominated sites in the district from October 3.

The District Council of Kimba today announced the dates for the long-awaited ballot, which has been delayed for more than 12 months due to litigation.

While the favourable judgment received by Council in the Federal Court of Australia on 12 July has been appealed, Mayor Dean Johnson said that there was no legal impediment to the ballot proceeding to determine the level of community support as part of the overall site selection process.

“Council’s position has always been to facilitate the ballot on behalf of the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia so our community could have its voice heard, and we reaffirmed that position at our ordinary meeting last week,” he explained.

“We were advised this morning that the Minister no longer requests that the Kimba and Hawker ballots to be run concurrently, so Council has commenced planning with a view to ballot papers being posted out on 3 October.”

The ballot will be run in a manner identical to that scheduled to be held in 2018, and applications from eligible ratepayers and residents for inclusion on the voters roll will be open for a period of three weeks from 23 August 2019 until midday on 13 September 2019.

Mayor Johnson said that electors who are on the South Australian House of Assembly roll for the Kimba local government area will be automatically eligible to vote in the ballot.

“If you aren’t eligible to be on the House of Assembly roll but live in Kimba or own rateable property in the district, I encourage you to speak to Council staff to assess your eligibility to be included on the voters roll,” he said.

“It’s vital that every eligible member of our community who is eligible gets to have a vote so the Minister can get a comprehensive picture on the amount of support for the facility being located at one of the two sites that have been nominated in Kimba.”

Council will not be making any further comment in relation to the appeal at this time.

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District Councl of Kimba

Cross Street (PO Box 189)

Kimba SA 5641

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