Bathurst business group concerned about nuclear dump proposal (November 2015)

A Bathurst business group says it is unconvinced of the economic benefits being touted for a shortlisted nuclear waste site in the district.

Dozens of people packed a hall in Hill End yesterday to hear about the Federal Government’s proposal to store the material at nearby Sallys Flat.

The Bathurst Business Chamber says the $10 million sweetener on offer to the selected community would not offset the potential economic losses.

The president Stacey Whittaker said there could be ramifications for the local tourism and agriculture sectors if the proposal went ahead.

“I don’t think it’s bringing anything positive to the region,” Ms Whittaker said.

“We’ve got a lot of small businesses by way of farming out in the that area which I think are certainly more important and have put more back into the community and the area than a nuclear waste dump will ever do.”

Sallys Flat is one of six sites shortlisted for the facility, and government officials have told the forum it would not pose a safety threat.

Ms Whittaker said the stigma surrounding nuclear waste could draw unnecessary negativity to the area.

“Certainly from the local business side of things in town itself of Bathurst, people are a bit concerned.

“You know Bathurst, oldest inland city in Australia and first nuclear waste dump.

“That’s not a real good title, is it?”


By Gavin Coote – Posted Thursday, Nov 26, 2015 at 2:53pm, at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-27/bathurst-business-group-concerned-about-nuclear-dump-proposal/6978472

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