Council affirms its opposition to uranium mining in NSW
Friday 2 October 2020
Inner West Council has unanimously affirmed its opposition to uranium mining in New South Wales.
At the Council meeting on Tuesday 22 September, Councillors agreed to oppose any move to lift the 33-year ban.
The motion was in response to a Bill introduced into NSW Parliament in 2019 by One Nation Party which is supported by The National’s leader John Barilaro.
As a result of a widespread community campaigns in the 1980s and early 1990s, Marrickville, Leichhardt and Ashfield Councils all resolved to oppose uranium mining and nuclear energy.
All three Councils were ‘Nuclear Free Zones’.
And in November 2018, Inner West Council joined eighteen Australian cities and local councils calling on the Australian government to join the United Nations Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Council will write to the NSW Premier and all MPs urging them to not support this One Nation Bill and encouraging them to instead to support renewable clean energy and jobs solutions.
Council will also put forward a motion to the upcoming LGNSW Conference asking all NSW Councils to support Inner West Council’s actions in opposing any move to lift the ban on uranium mining in NSW.
Read the motion here.
For media enquiries, contact Elizabeth Heath, Media and Communications Coordinator, 9392 5334 or Elizabeth.Heath@innerwest.nsw.gov.au