Courage and conviction at heart of Muckaty win

Posted: Fri, June 20, 2014

The Central Land Council (CLC) today congratulated the Traditional Owners for Muckaty following the Federal Government’s decision to end the plan for a national radioactive waste dump at Muckaty Station, north of Tennant Creek.

The CLC welcomed the surprise announcement that the Federal Government has committed not to act on the Northern Land Council’s contested nomination of Muckaty as the site for a national radioactive waste dump. The decision comes during a Federal Court hearing initiated by lawyers representing Traditional Owners opposed to the facility.

CLC Director David Ross congratulated the Traditional Owners who campaigned strongly to have their concerns addressed.

“This result is due to the conviction and courage of the Traditional Owners for Muckaty who have defended their country and culture for almost eight years during this fight. This is a win for Traditional Owners, their country and Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.”

“Traditional owners and concerned Aboriginal people living in the Tennant Creek region, within the boundary of the CLC area, made numerous representations to the CLC voicing their opposition to the proposed site at Muckaty Station over many years and their concerns with the consultation process leading to the nomination.

The CLC remains concerned about the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010 legislation which allows the Commonwealth Government to override many important considerations in the selection of a site for a radioactive waste facility.  “The legislation is fundamentally flawed because it subverts processes under the Land Rights Act and is clearly designed to reach the outcome of a dump being located on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory, whether that’s the best place for it or not.” 

“A transparent, credible and scientifically rigorous process is needed to settle on a new location for a national radioactive waste dump, not a mere process which seeks to entice Australia’s most economically disadvantaged people with promises of financial rewards.”