Prohibit Nuclear Weapons

The world is now facing a historic opportunity to prohibit nuclear weapons.
In October last year, a majority of the world’s states at the United Nations General Assembly agreed to start negotiations of a new legally binding treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, in line with other treaties that prohibit chemical and biological weapons, landmines and cluster munitions.

As we’ve seen with these weapons, an international prohibition has created a strong norm against their use and speed up their elimination. The negotiations began at the United Nations in New York on March 27?31, and continue on 15 June to 7 July, with the aim of concluding a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons.

Repower Pt Augusta rally

A good turnout on Sunday April 30th: a large crowd urging the Premier to give the go-ahead to solar thermal at Pt Augusta. As the Mayor of Pt Augusta, Sam Johnson,  pointed out, it makes economic sense and fits in nicely with the State’s new energy policy.…

Adelaide FoE AGM: Gas in the SE? No F@#king way!

The Adelaide Friends of the Earth AGM is on March 30th;
If you’re a member or supporter, we’d urge you to come along.

Locals aren’t too happy with the idea of gas fracking in the SE

Our speaker at the FoE AGM will be Anne Daw, Agricultural Advocate, talking about the conflict between gas & mineral mining and farmland. She was concerned by the recent government announcement to boost gas exploration.
While our Premier is being elevated to great heights on his stance with renewables and consideration of battery storage, sinister plans may be afoot to ensure that the South Australian Government may be still prepared to put at risk, prime agriculture land, precious water, our clean and green image and export markets.

In a news release on March 9, Energy and Resources Minister, Tom Koutsantonis said
“The removal of onshore drilling bans or hydraulic fracturing moratoria could also allow the market to access supply not currently available,” Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the report showed Steven Marshall should immediately abandon his promise to ban unconventional gas developments in the South East.

Last Tuesday, the Minister made an announcement that “the State Government would be using “every aspect of our arsenal” to tackle the problem, and intended to have its solution in place for next summer. Local gas generation will be a key, with the government to unlock more of the state’s gas reserves.”

If you’re coming, please reserve tickets using the form below; it’ll help us ensure there are seats for everyone!

Note: Anne will be the first item on the agenda, after a brief intro and welcome.

Public Meetings Flinders Nuclear waste Dump

The Flinders Local Action Group (FLAG) and the Conservation Council of South Australia would like to invite you to attend one or both public meetings we are holding in Hawker and Port Augusta.

The meetings will discuss the proposed Radioactive Waste Management Facility at Barndioota, near Hawker, looking at the issues surrounding nuclear medicine and the history of nuclear waste management in Australia.

In 2016 a community survey undertaken by FLAG showed that a majority of local residents oppose the federal government’s proposal to build a national nuclear waste dump at Barndioota.

A nuclear waste dump in the Flinders Ranges presents a wide range of risks and many unknowns. 

Speakers include:

  • Dr Margaret Beavis is a Melbourne GP and President of the Medical Association for Prevention of War. She teaches medicine and public health at Melbourne University.
  • Dave Sweeney from the Australian Conservation Foundation and was on the national nuclear waste Independent Advisory Panel.

There will also be speakers from the FLAG group.

The meeting details are:

Port Augusta
Thursday 16th March

Institute Theatre52 Commercial Rd

Sausage sizzle at 5pm

Meeting 6pm – 8.30pm

Hawker

Sunday 19th March

Hawker Community Sports Centre

Cradock Road

Sausage sizzle at 1pm

Meeting 2pm – 4pm

 

These are free events. There will time for questions and discussion after the speakers.  We would be pleased if you were able to attend either of the meetings.

Please also promote the meetings in any way you can.

Please feel free to contact Greg Bannon on 0459 088 052 or myself on 0422 229 970 or email 

flinderslocalactiongroup@gmail.com if you require any further information.

thanks and regards,

Mara Bonacci

on behalf of the Flinders Local Action Group.