It has been announced an Eyre Peninsula farm west of Kimba has been selected to store Australia's radioactive waste.
The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility has been in the works for more than four years, creating somewhat controversy amongst locals on the Eyre Peninsula.
The property located 20kms west of Kimba owned by Jeff Baldock will see 160 hectares of land used to dispose and store low-level and intermediate-level radioactive waste mostly from nuclear medicine.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey says "Following a community ballot (61.6% yes vote), it was determined that the Kimba site had good community support and combined with other indicators including results from neighbour and local business surveys, the decision was made by Minister for Resources Matt Canavan to accept the Napandee site.
“The people of Kimba know more about the proposed facility than any other community in Australia and for those outside the community who most likely know far less, I ask them to respect the ability of the citizens of Kimba to make an informed decision on their own future.
“This investment will have a transformative impact on Kimba with long-term benefit to the community. From the beginning, I have believed that this facility would be a great opportunity for a regional community somewhere in Australia to broaden employment
opportunities and provide support for services,” Mr. Ramsey concluded.