Inglewood prepares to host nuclear waste dump meeting
POLITICIANS and scientists will front the public in Inglewood tomorrow over plans for a nuclear waste dump on the Darling Downs.
On Friday Resources and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg announced a property in Oman Ama was on a shortlist to house nuclear waste material.
The announcement came as a shock to residents and local government politicians alike.
Goondiwindi Mayor Graeme Scheu organised the meeting after what he called an extremely disappointing communication process regarding the announcement.
"I was woken at 5.30am by media asking my thoughts on the proposal," he said.
"It was embarrassing to reply that you will have to wait until I get the papers to let you know."
Cr Scheu said he was in no position to indicate the council's support or otherwise until all the facts were on the table.
"Conversely, I would hate for the community of Inglewood to miss an opportunity should the site proposal stack up," he said.
"We can't jump to conclusions."
Cr Scheu made a number of calls to Minister Frydenberg's office and arranged for representatives and experts to attend a public consultation meeting in Inglewood.
The meeting will take place tomorrow at noon at the Inglewood Civic Centre.
Hundreds of residents are expected to pack the meeting hall.
Attending the meeting will be two officials from the Department of Resources and Energy and a representative from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.
Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott, Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg and a senior advisor from Deputy Premier Jackie Trad's office will be in attendance.
Any residents wishing to meet individually with these people can do so on Thursday from 9am.
The Goondiwindi council is encouraging interested parties to reserve a time for appointments.
Appointments can be made by contacting Goondiwindi Regional Council on 07 46717400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is also proposed that a second round of consultations will be held in the second week of December and a third in late January or early February 2016 if required.
More information on the consultation period and site nomination process can be found at radioactivewaste.gov.au.