South Australia’s economy is in a process of transformation with a shift away from traditional to new and high tech industries. To work our way through this transition, the state needs to remain open to ideas and boldly explore all possible future opportunities.
On Thursday 19 March 2015, the State Government established the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission to consider the practical, economic and ethical issues raised by South Australia’s greater participation in the four areas of activity that form part of the nuclear fuel cycle - mining, enrichment, energy and storage.
In its investigations, the Royal Commission heard from 132 expert witnesses, including 41 international experts, over 37 sitting days. The Royal Commission’s Report provides all South Australians with a lot to think about.
The Report's findings and recommendations were the starting point for a community conversation about our potential further involvement in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, which all South Australians need to be involved in.
An extensive community engagement program was been designed to consult with the South Australian community to ensure everyone is clear on the findings of the Royal Commission Report, to ensure an informed conversation about the state’s future.
The engagement program consisted of several key phases, including a Citizens' Jury, followed by an extensive state-wide consultation program visiting over 120 locations around South Australia to consult on the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission, and allow communities to discuss and provide their feedback. The final stage was another, larger, Citizens' Jury to assess this feedback and identify 'under what circumstances, if any, could South Australia pursue the opportunity to store and dispose of nuclear waste from other countries.'
All feedback gathered through this extensive program assited the Government in its reponse to the Royal Commission's Report which was delivered in November 2016.