Residents in final stand against nuclear waste dump

DARLING Downs residents have taken one last stand against a nuclear waste dump in the region as public consultation on the issue closes.

A public meeting was held in Inglewood last night to protest plans to dump radioactive waste on a property in the Oman Ama district, about 80km west of Warwick.

The site is one of six across Australia being considered for the controversial facility.

Public consultation closes today with the Federal Government to release a final shortlist of two to three sites later this year.

Friends of Oman Ama spokesman Colin Owen said the issue had divided the community.

Dr Owen said residents opposed to the disposal site were disappointed their elected representatives appeared to be "sitting on the fence".

Australia Greens deputy leader Senator Scott Ludlum and Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters spoke at the community forum. Senator Ludlum said the Federal Government was ignoring the community's objections to the nuclear waste site.

"The government is shirking their own process," he said. "After months of assurances that they would heed community concerns, they are desperately trying to downplay those concerns or ignore them altogether."

Friends of Oman Ama representatives travelled to Canberra last week to meet with advisors of Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg, who has so far described the consultation period as "constructive". He pledged to take into account a range of views from within the community in making a final decision.

A final determination will not be announced until after this year's federal election.


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