Red light for yellowcake in NSW
Media Release- August 16, 2012
A community Charter opposing plans for development of a uranium mining industry in NSW will be launched at a public event in Sydney tonight, Thursday August 16.
The NSW Uranium Free Charter is an initiative of environment, trade union, public health and other groups concerned about the potential human and environmental impacts of uranium exploration and mining currently being promoted by the state government.
“The O’Farrell government has never taken its uranium plans to the people. This issue was not raised before the last state election and the government has no mandate to mine”, said Pepe Clarke from the Nature Conservation Council NSW. “In the shadow of Fukushima we should not be opening the back door to this dirty and dangerous trade”.
The Charter details concerns over the impact of uranium mining and the wider nuclear industry and calls for a shared energy future that is renewable – not radioactive. The document will be launched at the AMWU’s Tom Mann Theatre at 6pm tonight as part of a broadly endorsed public meeting.
The Uranium Free Charter comes as a growing number of civil society groups and community representatives are challenging the state government’s atomic ambitions.
“This is an important public meeting to expose the State Government’s sneaky revocation of the 26 year ban on uranium exploration and mining in NSW. The ban has been removed without consultation with, or a mandate from the people of NSW”, said President of the CFMEU (NSW) Construction and General Division Rita Mallia.
“The meeting begins the work on a campaign of opposition with the launch of the NSW Uranium Free Charter, an exciting initiative that demonstrates the broad opposition to O’Farrell’s uranium ambitions and will be a mobilising point for the campaign in NSW. We hope that more people and organisations will sign up to the Charter”.
The government’s controversial move to jettison the longstanding ban on uranium exploration narrowly passed the Parliament in March and there is growing resistance to any future legislation that would rescind the continuing ban on uranium mining.
“Promoting the uranium industry in NSW now is like taking up smoking at thirty,” said Anne Noonan from the Medical Association for Prevention of War. “This decision is poor policy and puts short-term vested interests ahead of any lasting community benefit. The government should not, need not and must not continue down this path”.
The NSW Uranium Free Charter and list of endorsing organisations is online at: http://nccnsw.org.au/uranium.
For further comment or context:
Natalie Wasley, Beyond Nuclear Initiative, 0429 900 774
Pepe Clarke, NCC NSW CEO, 0402 325 471
Rita Mallia, CFMEU NSW President, 02 9749 0406
Dr Anne Noonan, MAPW National Vice-President, 0406 975 645
Public Meeting – Thursday August 16, 6-8pm.
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Tom Mann Theatre, 136 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills.
Luke Foley MLC, Shadow Minister for the Environment
Jamie Parker MP, Greens NSW spokesperson on uranium
Arthur Rorris, South Coast Labour Council Secretary
Peter Watts, Arabana Cultural Advisor, Australian Nuclear Free Alliance co-chair
Chaired by: Rita Mallia, NSW President, CFMEU (Construction and General Division)
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