THE proposed nuclear waste dump at Muckaty is back in the spotlight now an exhibition has opened at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud opened at Adelaide’s Light Gallery in Marleston last night.
The series of photographs by Jagath Dheerasekara profiles the people from Muckaty whose land has been targeted by the deeply unpopular Federal Government plan.
Traditional owners, Isobel Phillips and Doris Kelly attended the opening and spoke about the community campaign opposing the dump.
Nat Wasley from the Beyond Nuclear Initiative, who is coordinating the exhibition’s national tour, also spoke at the event.
She said it was fitting the exhibition features in the Adelaide Fringe Festival as South Australians campaigned for ten years to stop a national nuclear dump.
“The NT plan shows that top-down policy making is once again failing to meet international standards of responsible radioactive waste management,” she said.
“Resource Minister Martin Ferguson’s Muckaty plan has side-stepped environmental and social concerns and ignored traditional owners who have now been campaigning-and trying to meet the Minister- for over five years.
“We need a new approach that includes and respects local communities, not just moves across state borders to areas considered more expedient.”
Ms Wasley said “Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud shows that Muckaty is far from the middle of nowhere, as some federal politicians have claimed.
“This is a region with a vibrant community and a spirited resistance,” she said.