Opposition to Darling Downs nuclear dump plan widespread
OPPOSITION to the proposed nuclear waste facility in Inglewood and Oman Ama is clear to see.
Anti-nuclear messages hang on gates, on signs and in some cases are graffitied on the road.
Heading the calls against the proposed facility are the Friends of Oman Ama.
The group has led an active social media and on the ground campaign against the facility.
Most recently its members sent a letter to Federal Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg, informing him they unanimously objected to the facility and called for an end to community consultation.
While some have been critical of the group's tough stance on the issue, members say their concerns are justified.
Among the members is Dr Bob Morrish.
The Inglewood resident said he believed the biggest issue the community had was with intermediate-level waste.
"If it were just medical waste with very low radioactivity I don't think there would be argument," he said. "The intermediate-level waste, such as spent fuel rods, contains highly radioactive and dangerous material."
Dr Morrish said while he believed the department's claims the radioactivity levels weren't harmful outside of the waste's protective shield, he was concerned about what happened in an emergency.
"We're conscious of the fact accidents can happen, and have happened," he said.
"They should be honest and tell us that - to pass off general suggestion that the community doesn't have to worry about it is wrong."
The group says instead of focusing on temporary storage of intermediate level waste at Oman Ama, the government should look at long-term storage elsewhere.
Other concerns raised by the group include property valuations, environmental safety and community health.
Friends of Oman Ama member Susan Campbell's property borders the proposed site.
She said the proposal had "really challenged" the community.
"I feel we need to come together as a community and determine our own future," she said.
"We need to decide what we want this community to look like in 10, 20 or 30 years time."
Other interest groups include the Traprock group, who represent growers in the area.
President Andrew Clark-Dickson told the Daily News late last year his biggest concern was the effect on property values.