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Greens MPs join with Walkatjurra Walkabout participants to reject uranium mine

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Rachel Siewert 31 Aug 2018

The Greens (WA) have doubled down on calls for the proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine to be scrapped, citing environmental concerns for endangered species and a lack of approval from local Aboriginal people.

Traditional owners, Nuclear Free campaigners and activists participating in the anti-nuclear Walkatjurra Walkabout event will complete their month long trek from Wiluna to Leonora on Saturday, to protest the proposed mine.

Greens MP Robin Chapple and Senator Rachel Siewert will meet with traditional owners, environmentalists and locals this weekend in Leonora to discuss the impact that uranium mining would have in WA.

Mining and Pastoral MP Robin Chapple said that the state Labor Government had shown its true colours when it allowed proposed uranium mines at Yeelirrie, Mulga Rock and Wiluna to go ahead.

“There is no way that this project in Yeelirrie should go ahead, the business case simply doesn’t stack up, it does not have the backing of traditional owners and it could cause tens of thousands of years of contamination.

“There simply is no place for uranium mining in WA. We don’t need it, we don’t want it, and if we want to be responsible international citizens we should not be hollowing out country and shipping hazardous material offshore for the sake of corporate profit.”

Australian Greens Senator for WA Rachel Siewert said that a proposed nuclear waste dump for a site 20km North-West of Leonora an appalling concept.

“It is extremely disappointing to see the Federal Government trying to offload this onto a small community in WA. I’m concerned that a dump at this site could be used to push WA as the world’s dumping ground for hazardous waste.

“It is not enough to say no to the waste dump - we need to stop the generation of waste and stop mining uranium. The impact of mining and waste dumps disproportionately affect remote Aboriginal communities, who rarely get a say in the decision making process.”

Media contacts:

Robin Chapple MLC: Liam Carter – 0449 151 490

Senator Rachel Siewert: Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie – 0418 401 180

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