All South Australians asked about our State’s role in nuclear fuel cycle

Posted 29 July 2016

A three-month statewide consultation on South Australia’s involvement in the nuclear fuel cycle begins in Rundle Mall today.

More than 100 sites will be visited across more than 60 towns in what the Premier calls the most significant consultation ever undertake in this State.

Teams from the newly formed Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Agency will begin visiting communities around the state, to explain the Royal
Commission’s report and gather important feedback.

The visits are designed as informal “face to face sessions”, where members of the public can drop in at any time between 11am and 7pm to talk to the team, learn more about the Royal Commission’s Report and its recommendations, and discuss the issues raised by the Citizens’ Jury.

Sessions will feature interactive displays, models, videos and fact sheets, as well as having members of the Response Agency team on hand to answer questions and take community responses.

Feedback gathered through the consultation process will play a key role in informing the State Government’s response to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Report which will be delivered by the end of the year.

The full list event and location schedule can be found here.

Background

The first Citizens Jury wrapped up earlier this month and was tasked with identifying key issues from the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission findings that South Australians should consider in more detail.

The Jury’s report focuses on the Royal Commission’s recommendation to establish a high level international used fuel storage facility, identifying themes of safety, transparency, community consent and economic benefits. The Jury’s report can be accessed here.

Following the statewide engagement program, a second Citizens’ Jury of approximately 350 people, including the original members of the first Jury, will be convened to evaluate the feedback and weigh up the choices and options on the important issues raised by the Royal Commission.

The Jury will produce a report summarising the community’s position for the Government to consider in its response to the Royal Commission’s Report by the end of the year.
In September, the Premier will be travelling with the Opposition Leader to visit the future site of a high level waste storage facility in Finland.

The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission was established in March last year to consider the practical, economic and ethical issues raised by South Australia’s deeper potential involvement in nuclear mining, enrichment, energy and storage.

Quotes attributable to Premier Jay Weatherill

This is the most extensive and important consultation ever undertaken in South Australia. I want everyone to use this opportunity to get involved and get to know the facts about nuclear.

There are many diverse opinions on this issue, but there are also a lot of people who want to know more before determining what they think – the Royal Commission and the Citizen’s Jury reports are excellent tools for the public to become informed.

The Royal Commissioner said there should be broad social consent so it is important that this process is thorough, with a special focus on Aboriginal communities who must have their voices heard.

The first Citizen’s Jury raised important questions and will assist everyone to engage with the Royal Commission’s findings.

Ultimately, it will be the Government that makes the decision whether to proceed further into the nuclear fuel cycle – but we will make a better decision if all South Australians are in the position to make an informed judgement.