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Hundreds turned out to rally against Radioactive Dumping

February 21, 2013

Federal Member for Fowler, Chris Hayes MP, thanked the 230 people who attended the community rally at Kemps Creek Sporting and Bowling Club on Monday evening 18 February 2013.

Mr Hayes, along with Western Sydney Federal MPs, Chris Bowen and David Bradbury, addressed the rally of residents concerned about the transfer of hazardous radioactive waste from Hunters Hill to a facility in Kemps Creek.

The NSW Liberal Government proposes to relocate 5,800 tonnes of radioactive waste from the site of an old radium extraction plant in Hunters Hill to Western Sydney.

The waste has been at the Hunters Hill site since 1910.

The proposed Kemps Creek site is 5 km from Cecil Hills and a mere one kilometre from the proposed housing development of Cecil Park, which will eventually be home to hundreds of local families.

Mr Hayes told the rally, "We can be angry that the waste considered too dangerous to store in the affluent suburbs of Sydney, where it originated, can now be considered safe enough to store in our backyard."

Mr Hayes said the State level government seems more concerned about protecting the land values of Hunters Hill than anything to do with the welfare and safety of Western Sydney residents.

The Kemps Creek rally unanimously voted to support ongoing community action against the NSW Government’s decision in this regard.