12 to 27 April 2014 to the heart of the nuclear industry and back!
Since the 1980s, the “Rad Tour” has taken thousands of people to the heart of the Australian nuclear industry, exposing the realities of “radioactive racism” and the environmental impacts of uranium mining.
In 2014, we’re going all the way to the NT to meet and support the Traditional Owners resisting a radioactive waste dump on their country. The Muckaty mob have been fighting the dump for over 7 years and are taking their challenge to the Federal Court in June 2014.
Travelling from Melbourne we’ll stop in Adelaide and Port Augusta, to meet some of the women involved in the Irati Wanti campaign and the Gugada Tent Embassy. At Woomera we’ll hear a history of the British atomic tests of the 50s and 60s from nuclear veteran and whistleblower Avon Hudson. We’ll travel through Kokatha and Arabunna country, visit the Olympic Dam uranium mine and spend time with Arabunna elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott.
We’ll witness sunset over Lake Eyre and the unique and fragile ecosystems of the Mound Springs, which have been devastated by the colossal water usage of the Olympic Dam mine. As we continue north to Alice Springs we’ll stop by Pine Gap to consider the Australian government’s complicity in the US war-machine and the outdated notion of “extended nuclear deterrence”. We’ll meet more inspiring people with a long history opposing the nuclear industry and the NT Intervention in Alice Springs before continuing to Tennant Creek to support the Muckaty mob in their struggle against a radioactive waste dump.
Along the way participants will get to experience affinity groups, desert camping, vegetarian cooking and a temporary community. Not to mention some of the most stunning and ecologically significant environments in Australia. The 2014 Tour is longer than usual to account for the extra distance. To minimise time in the bus, participants are welcome to explore the option of flying home from Alice Springs. The Tour will return to Melbourne over the course 4 or 5 days.
The legs of the journey are as follows, detailed itinerary available soon.
12 April: Melbourne to Adelaide
13-19 April: Adelaide to Alice Springs
20-23 April: Alice Springs to Tennant Creek and back
24-27 April: Alice Springs to Adelaide, then Melbourne
The prices below are based on current budget estimates, but we are hoping to bring the price down to make the Tour more accessible. We’ll be fundraising in the next few months, so if you’re able to help or need some ideas for fundraising a ticket, get in touch with us.
Cost, including fuel and food for 15 days:
Concession (SA) $500
Concession (VIC) $550
Registration form here- https://docs.google.com/
Tickets can be bought at the FoE online shop. Deposits are due 12th March-http://shop.foe.org.au/
For more information and to book a seat on the bus: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0421955066