The new Minister for Resources and Water, Keith Pitt, is the Government’s biggest advocate for nuclear power and a dedicated opponent to global action on climate change through the Paris Agreement.
Having appointed such a strong nuclear advocate to the resources portfolio, Scott Morrison must now come clean about his Government’s nuclear power plan and let locals know whether the Hunter and Central Coast will be part of a nuclear future.
Over the past 50 years, there have been 95 proposals for nuclear power stations in Australia and 42 different sites identified as possible locations for waste dumps.
Our community is one of many which has had multiple sites proposed. Nuclear power station sites have included Glenbawn Dam; Bayswater and Liddell power stations; Cessnock; Port Stephens; Newcastle; and Eraring, Vales Point and Lake Munmorah power stations. Sites for waste dumps have included Denman, Singleton and Broke.
It’s hard to fathom – but if Keith Pitt gets his way will a reactor be overlooking Lake Macquarie?
The people of the Hunter and Central Coast don’t want nuclear reactors and waste dumps in their communities; they want reliable electricity at lower prices.