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$4m awarded for community projects in South Australia

11 April 2018

Projects near in South Australia near Kimba and Wallerberdina Station will receive some $4 million through new National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Community Benefit Programme grants.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan announced today a total of 45 projects have been awarded funding.

“These communities, currently being consulted about hosting a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility, were invited to submit applications for projects that will deliver social and economic benefits to their area,” Minister Canavan said.

“Two million dollars for each community is a significant investment, designed to help offset the time and resources they are devoting to the detailed consultation program underway.

“Overall, the merit of received applications was high and I look forward to the successful projects delivering tangible improvements for these communities.

“There is a great diversity in both the recipients and the types of projects that are being awarded funding,” Senator Canavan said.

“Beneficiaries include local sporting clubs, community organisations, and projects focussed on everything from tourism to health, agriculture and mobile phone coverage.

“It was great to see so many different organisations putting their ideas forward, and I thank the respective local Consultative Committees for their feedback and recommendations.”

Minister Canavan said each application had been assessed by AusIndustry and received feedback from local Consultative Committees.

The applications had been assessed on criteria including the applicant’s capacity and capability to carry out the project, the benefit to the community, and the value for money offered.

“Australia’s radioactive waste stream is largely associated with the production of nuclear medicines that one in two Australians will need, on average, at some point in their lives,” Senator Canavan said.

“Radioactive waste is currently held in more than 100 locations around Australia, and it is Government policy that as much as possible be consolidated into a single, safe repository.

“Two sites in Kimba and one at Wallerberdina Station volunteered to host the facility, and are currently in a detailed community and technical assessment process. The Community Benefit Programme is a key part of the process.”

Note: Details of the projects are at www.radioactivewaste.gov.au

A full list is attached.

Media contact:

Minister Canavan’s Office 02 6277 7180