Parsons on the Brink of Nuclear Disaster

Submitted by Webmaster on Thu, 31/08/2006 - 09:12

People in numerous cities across Australia will today target Parsons Brinckerhoff, the private company contracted to assess the Federal Government's proposed sites for a Commonwealth nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory.

A range of creative and diverse actions will occur at Parsons Brinckerhoff offices in Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Holly Creenaune, National Convenor of the Australian Student Environment Network said "Communities surrounding all of the sites being assessed in the Northern Territory ; Harts Range, Mt Everard, and Fishers Ridge, remain strongly opposed to hosting a nuclear waste dump for the next few thousand years."

"We don't want radioactive waste transported through or stored in our communities. There is still no safe way of storing nuclear waste. The proposed NT waste dump will be a radioactive blight on Australia and a direct threat to humans and the environment for thousands of years."

Joel Catchlove from Friends of the Earth Adelaide said, "Parsons Brinckerhoff is a key player in the expansion of Australia's nuclear industry, providing consultancy to push ahead new uranium mines, nuclear reactors and waste dumps in Australia."

Natalie Wasley from the Arid Lands Environment Centre, Alice Springs, added "new Commonwealth legislation overriding NT law, and an absence of public consultation and information raises legitimate concerns that Parsons Brinckerhoff's site selection process will be secretive and ignore important social and environmental criteria."

"The Federal Government is trying to force their radioactive waste onto the Territory because they believe it is the middle of no-where and no-one cares what happens in the desert. The support shown today by people around the country is a strong reminder that this issue resonates with many Australians who are concerned about the undemocratic process foisting a Commonwealth radioactive dump on the NT."

CONTACT: Holly Creeaune 0417 682 541
Natalie Wasley 0429 900 774

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wicked actions today - well done to all the crews!

Submitted by Webmaster on Thu, 31/08/2006 - 14:40.

students occupying in Melbourne and Sydney (woohoo), actions and radioactive jelly throwing in Newcastle, and an ace Brisbane action (with one arrest for holding a little banner - dodgy Queensland police - violent thugs!!)

From: holly creenaune

Media Contacts and Photo Opportunities

Submitted by Webmaster on Thu, 31/08/2006 - 13:13.

In Brisbane at 10am, twenty-five people with colourful props and costumes will assess Parsons Brinckerhoff offices for suitability for storing radioactive waste. 348 Edward St, Brisbane CBD. Contact Holly Creenaune - Australian Student Environment Network (ASEN) - 0417 682 541.

In Newcastle at 11am, twenty people will present Parsons Brinckerhoff with a list of demands, dressed in white radiation protection suits. 55 Bolton St Newcastle. Contact Nissa Phillips - Australian Student Environment Network - 0413 347 811.

In Sydney at 9am, thirty people will disrupt Parsons Brinckerhoff offices and deliver demands. 680 George St Sydney. Contact Vanessa Sim on 0405 695 581.

In Melbourne at 9:30am, twenty-five people will disrupt Parsons Brinckerhoff offices. 457 St Kilda Rd Melbourne. Contact Dr Jim Green, Friends of the Earth on 0417 318 368.

In the Northern Territory, contact Natalie Wasley - 0429 900 774 -
natwasley at alec.org.au - NT Waste Dump Campaigner - Arid Lands Environment Centre, Alice Spings.

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Holly Creenaune
National Convenor
Australian Student Environment Network
0417 682 541
holly at asen.org.au

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