Nuclear rivals rally for support to save Oman Ama

THE fight to save Oman Ama from becoming a radioactive dump site arrives in Warwick as opposition groups demand more transparency from government officials.

An information session will be held at the Warwick Town Hall tomorrow amid claims the Federal Government was withholding key information from the public.

Similar events are being held in Stanthorpe and Inglewood today.

The Friends of Oman Ama Facebook page launched last week to oppose plans to store low-level nuclear waste on a property at Oman Ama.

It has almost 400 followers.

Member Susan Campbell called on the Southern Downs community to rally behind the group and join with it at the information sessions.

"We felt the need to come together and try to provide a public voice for the community and to provide as much information as we can so people can make their own decisions based on facts," she said.

"If people realise that the proposed site is only 100km away from Toowoomba or just 85km from Warwick I think they would be more concerned."

Ms Campbell said she hoped for more transparency from officials after a media ban blanketed a community meeting in Inglewood on November 18.

"We are calling on the organisers to allow full media coverage," she said.

"To not allow the media seems like a very non-transparent approach to the discussions and we won't tolerate it."

As a close neighbour to the proposed site, Ms Campbell said she was concerned about the devaluation of land in the area.

"The impact on agricultural businesses and devaluation of property in the area would leave us financially worse off for a number of years to come," she said.

"We are aware of at least two sale contracts that have been put on hold while buyers wait and see what this could mean.

"The officials said that in their experience the devaluation would be short-lived, but would not provide any details on how they could be sure of this.

"The proposal is for a national site which means it would not be going away any time soon."

Group spokesman Dr Bob Morrish also voiced concerns that the public was being misled by the officials as to what impact the site would have.

The Federal Government has identified six sites to store nuclear waste, including three in South Australia, with a decision expected late next year.

Ms Campbell said based on the criteria, Oman Ama was not a suitable site.

"The top three criteria for potential sites are community wellbeing, equity and environmental," she said.

"If the government is true to their own criteria, then they will allow us to reject having such a site."

Sessions

 Stanthorpe: Civic Centre's Supper Room, today, 9am

 Inglewood: Inglewood Civic Centre, today, 6pm

 Warwick: Town Hall, tomorrow, 1.30pm


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