Anti-nuclear duo takes fight to Parliament House

Oman Ama residents Mark Russell and Annette Clement with other delegates from around Australia.
Oman Ama residents Mark Russell and Annette Clement with other delegates from around Australia. Contributed

TWO residents from one of the tiniest communities on the Darling Downs have taken their case against a proposed nuclear waste dump to the nation's capital.

Mark Russell and Annette Clement of Oman Ama joined representatives from five other regional communities being actively considered as possible sites for a national radioactive waste facility in travelling to Canberra.

They have accused the Federal Government of imposing the project on them and dividing the small Darling Downs community.

The two are part of protest group Friends of Oman Ama which is calling on authorities to rethink the whole process of allowing one resident in a community to invite the government to consider a town to be the site of a nuclear waste dump

Instead they want whole communities to request the government to begin the process.

They are also concerned that the consultation has been led by a government that has been mostly in favour of the proposal.

"We come from very different parts of Australia, but we share a common concern," said Mr Russell, a grazier whose property is near the site.

Inglewood mother of four Ms Clement is worried the material will devalue her property.

"We do not want to see this material moved into our region," she said.

"This is where we live, where we work and where we raise our families."

Inglewood doctor Colin Owen has also criticised the process with residents and politicians alike taken aback by the announcement in November that Oman Ama was one of the short-listed sites.

The two Friends of Oman Ama delegates met with two of Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg's advisors today.

The site at Oman Ama was volunteered by local landholders Gordon and Laurelle Donovan when they were offered four times the market price by the Federal Government.

The government will also spend $10 million in the town that houses the dump.



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