Conservation Council Western Australia (CCWA)
October 6th, 2014
New plans released today by Toro energy for a uranium precinct in the Eastern Goldfields are being contested by Environment, Public Health and Aboriginal groups. The organisations are calling for the company’s existing conditional mining approval at Wiluna to be revoked pending a new assessment of the much larger uranium precinct proposal which spans an area from Wiluna to Lake Maitland.
Traditional Owners for the Lake Maitland area are outraged at the proposal to mine on Lake Maitland and are concerned about impacts to water and risk to health and bush tucker.
Mr Cooke, Co-Chair of the Australia Nuclear Free Alliance and Ngaanyatjarra elder said “That area, Lake Way and Lake Maitland has Tjukupa, it's got the dingo dreaming and the emu dreaming. Those stories go across lots of country. That dingo dreaming is signficant to all men right across, north to south, east to west, all over. It's too important to mess with those place, with the Tjukupa. The company doesn't understand that. We don't want the uranium mine.”
Conservation Council spokesperson Mia Pepper said “The proposal to mine at Wiluna has gone from bad to worse.
“This proposal now involves four mines across two lake systems with radioactive mine waste stored in a lake bed.
“The WA EPA has warned companies not to split up large projects into smaller components to gain environmental approval, but that is exactly what Toro has done.”
“The cumulative impacts on water resources, radioactive waste, dust, and risk to public health must be examined in detail as part of a full new assessment of Toro’s entire uranium mining and processing plan.”
“This proposal should be rejected on environmental grounds.”
James Calyun, Traditional Owner at Lake Maitland
Mr Glen Cooke
Mia Pepper: 0415 380 808