MP John Cobb ‘very relaxed’ to host nuclear wastes: his farming constituents ARE NOT!

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On Friday, Member for Calare John Cobb said he was very relaxed about the
proposal to consider Sallys Flat for the dump.

He said he felt the waste was so non-threatening that a person could put it in a bag and sleep on it without feeling any ill-effects.

Merino farmers at Sallys Flat fear nuclear dump next door, Western Advocate, 17 Nov 15  PRIME wool producers around Sallys Flat fear the potential establishment of a nuclear waste dump on a neighbouring property could put their livelihoods at risk.

Geoff and Robyn Rayner produce some of the best superfine fleece in the world at their Pomanara Merino Stud, close to a neighbouring property which has been shortlisted for a permanent radioactive waste dump.

The Rayners’ home is the closest residence to the site ……The Sallys Flat site has been offered to the Federal Government for use by the landowner.

The Rayners have just signed up to become a sustainable operation and said they had to meet stringent criteria. Now, with the prospect of nuclear waste on their doorstep, all that has been put at risk.  “The stigma sticks,” Mr Rayner said. Three generations of the family have made their living from the land. Now they wonder if they will have a future.

“What will we do? You can’t just pack 2000 sheep up and move. Where do we go?” Mrs Rayner said.

 On Friday, Member for Calare John Cobb said he was very relaxed about the proposal to consider Sallys Flat for the dump.

He said he felt the waste was so non-threatening that a person could put it in a bag and sleep on it without feeling any ill-effects.

“We’re disgusted by Mr Cobb’s response,” Mr Rayner said………

“We feel like second-class citizens. Farmers are being treated like they don’t matter,” Mr Rayner said.

The Rayners are angry that the first they heard of the proposal was on Friday when it was announced in the media.

Mr Rayner said those directly affected should have been consulted before Sallys Flat was announced as a shortlisted location.

“There is no excuse for all this secrecy,” he said…….

Mr and Mrs Rayner said they are concerned that once the facility is built, waste that is even more dangerous will follow.

“You don’t know what they are going to do once they have one foot in the door,” Mr Rayner said.

Murray and Nella Price also have a large sheep property in the area and say they are very upset about this proposal.

They share a fence line with the ‘volunteered’ property.

“We were very riled up when we heard about it that morning,” Mrs Price said.

“We are extremely upset and angry.” Mr Price has made a sign and has stuck it on their front fence.

They are afraid that if anything goes wrong with the storage of the nuclear waste it would run directly into the Turon River at the bottom of the property, which then flows into the Macquarie River and is moved by pipeline to Orange.

“I think Orange should be concerned as well,” Mrs Price said.

She added that being a dumping ground for nuclear waste would also have an impact on tourism in the region…… The government said the community that is chosen will get $10 million. I can’t see them spending $10 million on Hill End, so who is going to get it? The only person I can see it benefiting is the landholder,” she said.

“John Cobb’s lost my vote.” http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/3495986/merino-farmers-fear-nuclear-dump-next-door/?cs=115

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One Response to “MP John Cobb ‘very relaxed’ to host nuclear wastes: his farming constituents ARE NOT!”

  1. CaptD Says:

    Calare John Cobb is just looking for more Nuclear Payback*

    * http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Nuclear+payback

    Those that support nuclear power because nuclear power somehow supports them; no matter what the health implications or other “costs” are for others.

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