The Town That Said Yes To Nuclear Waste Dump

The Australian  |  Friday 23 June 2017

Wheat farmer Andrew Baldock with wife Dale and children Lucy and Jack on their Kimba property, proposed site of a nuclear waste dump. Picture: Kelly Barnes

Wheat farmer Andrew Baldock with wife Dale and children Lucy and Jack on their Kimba property, proposed site of a nuclear waste dump. Picture: Kelly Barnes

The thought of having a nuclear waste ¬dump in your backyard would be a step too far for many. 

But for wheat farmer Andrew Baldock and the majority of his fellow residents in the shrinking rural South Australian town of Kimba, the promise of a $10 million community fund and better internet was enough to convince them that the positives outweighed the negatives.

Mr Baldock, a father of two, hopes Kimba’s “yes” vote for a nuclear waste dump on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula will kickstart the town’s shrinking rural economy, which has seen a steady exit of businesses and people over the past two decades.

Kimba’s 700 residents have for years been divided on whether to allow a waste dump near the town, but this week voted 396 to 294 in favour of advancing consultation on building a low- and medium-level facility on the town’s edge.

Mr Baldock and his brother stand to inherit from their parents one of the two farms nominated to house the nuclear waste dump.