Members of the Western Australia Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA) met on Kaurna and Peramangk country over the weekend of 19-21 October 2018 for the annual Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) meeting. Dozens of Aboriginal Nations and civil society organisations were represented; people came together to share stories, strategy and solidarity.
The nuclear industry impacts the lives and country of Aboriginal people in many ways.
ANFA applauded the continued efforts of members involved in the Western Australia Nuclear Free Alliance in keeping uranium in the ground even as the ban to mine uranium in WA was lifted 10 years ago by the former Barnett Liberal Government.
ANFA will continue to support the work of WANFA in resisting planned uranium mines in WA and acknowledges the extensive history of adverse impact on country and communities and a sustained and powerful tradition of resistance.
We have returned from Adelaide more determined to shut this toxic industry down and keep our country clean.
From the ANFA meeting there was a strong commitment and determination to keep fighting against the proposed uranium mines at Kintyre, Wiluna, Yeelirrie and Mulga Rock, in the following ways;
- humbugging WA uranium companies involved in proposing the uranium mines, especially Vimy Resources at Mulga Rock by events and attending AGM’s
- supporting the Yeelirrie court case, expanding into he National Environmental NGO’s with tours and talks
- continue to meet with Labor to voice our opposition to uranium mining
- meet with new Federal Environment Minister to ask not to approve Yeelirrie
- holding a WANFA meeting mid next year &/or a national talking tour
It was so great to be at this meeting with a national coalition of people protecting country from uranium mines, nuclear waste and weapons. The meeting elected a renewed and energetic committee and concluded with an enthusiastic commitment to continue our shared work. We will keep supporting each other through our many struggles and share the joys of our victories as we continue to resist the nuclear industry.
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