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MP reveals "deep reservations" for nuclear waste site

Residents opposed to the proposed nuclear waste facility for Oman Ama have voiced their objection with signs scattered across the region.
Residents opposed to the proposed nuclear waste facility for Oman Ama have voiced their objection with signs scattered across the region. Contributed

MARANOA MP Bruce Scott has weighed in on the proposed nuclear waste facility at Oman Ama, admitting he has "deep reservations" about the issue.

The outgoing Federal MP has been neutral on the issue since the small community, west of Warwick, was announced as one of six sites shortlisted for a nuclear waste dump.

Mr Scott has vowed to make sure the Oman Ama site does not go ahead if that is the wish of the community.

"I believe a decision of this magnitude needs to be made by the local community, giving consideration to the impacts the proposed facility may have on the region's farming potential," he said.

"The proposed nuclear waste facility is dependent on broad community support.

"If local residents and concerned neighbours do not support the proposed location, I will work with my ministerial colleagues to ensure the Oman Ama site does not go ahead."

The comments come as Senate candidate Belinda Marriage called on both Mr Scott and Southern Downs MP Lawrence Springborg to represent the views of the community.

A vocal opponent of the facility, Ms Marriage said she had attempted to contact Mr Scott several times to express the feelings of the community, to no avail.

Ms Marriage, who runs a free-range pork property at Karara, said it was clear the people of Oman Ama had spoken.

"Mr Springborg, the Queensland state representative, needs to represent this community," she said.

"The overwhelming majority of the community are saying no to the dump.

"How much clearer do they have to make it?"

Mr Springborg was unavailable for comment yesterday, however, in the past he has declared he had an "open mind" on the issue.

For those opposed to the facility though, the case is already closed.

Ms Marriage said it was time to bury the Oman Ama proposal.

"With the strong support against having a nuclear dump in our agricultural region, I urge the ministers to listen to our wishes and desist in trying to bully us into having a dump built in our rich agricultural history," she said.

"The community wants to go back to doing what they do best, raising families and growing clean food, crops and fibres for the people of Australia."

Mr Scott is encouraging concerned community members to have their say before the consultation period ends on Friday, March 11, at 5pm.

Visit www.radioactivewaste. gov.au/proposed-sites#3.

Topics:  bruce scott lawrence springborg nuclear waste facility oman ama



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