The NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has decided that radioactive waste from the old Hunters Hill uranium smelter will be tested by the Australian Nuclear Science Technology Organisation. Any of it that is found to be hazardous will be sent to Lidcombe to be stored at the Office of Environment and Heritage facility at 480 Weeroona Road, Lidcombe. Any waste that is safe will be sent to a waste facility at Penrith.
We just want to make this clear – radioactive waste that nuclear scientists consider dangerous will be sent to Lidcombe and be stored in the middle of our densely populated suburb.
The new Liberal Government isn’t even a year old and already it is sticking the knife into our community. What is awful is the utter contempt O’Farrell and his ministers must have for the people who live in and depend on our area. Would they force the people in Vaucluse or Rose Bay or Kirribilli to take dangerous nuclear waste and store it in their suburbs. Of course they wouldn’t, these people are wealthy and there’s nothing a Liberal politician respects more than posh folk with lots of money.
What this Government is trying to do to us is frankly hard to believe, if it was a drama on TV critics would rubbish it for being too farfetched. But it isn’t a shonky TV drama; it is really being planned and unless we do something this Government is going to impose a nuclear waste dump in the middle of our suburbs. A first step will be to support the petition started by local member Barbara Perry. Battler supporters will over the next few weeks start collecting signatures in the local shopping centres.
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We also need to involve as many people as possible in this campaign. A local Media Student – Jaideep – has started a facebook campaign. Already the page has hundreds of ‘likes’. Let’s get behind this facebook page, it takes a second to click ‘like’ – but more importantly it is a place to leave comments and pass onto friends and relatives.
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