Published by ABC news
By Nicholas Ward  – 5 March 2023

Key points:
-The Federal Court case to stop a proposed radioactive waste facility at Kimba resumes this week
-A native title group says the national nuclear dump will destroy women’s Dreaming stories
-Children from across SA are creating art to protest the federal government’s site decision

Banners that feature children’s art are being used to protest against a proposed nuclear waste facility on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.

At the Barngarla Community House in Port Augusta, the finishing touches are being added to the protest banners, which will travel with a group of Barngarla elders to Adelaide.

Their native title group has brought a case against the federal government to stop the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at Kimba.

The case is set to resume in the Federal Court this week.

Barngarla woman Linda Dare says the art contributions have been made by children of various cultural backgrounds.

“There’s a lot of interest in this, with not just Aboriginal kids and not just older people, but people of all ages and cultures who have been involved,” Ms Dare said.

“I love that, because this is going to affect a lot of people — not just my family and the community there.”

two boys behind a protest sign they painted
Brett Champion and Jarome Dare are proud to protest against nuclear waste at Kimba.(ABC North & West SA: Nicholas Ward)
Teenagers Jarome Dare and Brett Champion, of the Barngarla and Adnyamathanha nations respectively, said they were proud to support the message against nuclear dumping.

“My grandmother paints and it’s something I’d like to do too, and I support the message,” Jarome said.

“I feel good about being involved in this to tell everyone ‘no’ to dumping waste,” Brett said.

Nuclear waste at women’s Dreaming site
Dawn Taylor, a Barngarla woman, grew up in Kimba and she said the proposed facility would interfere with a sacred site for women.

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Dawn Taylor, Harry Dare and Linda Dare at the site of the proposed waste facility.(ABC North & West SA: Nicholas Ward)
“The Seven Sisters Dreaming is through that area,” Ms Taylor said.

“A lot of people don’t know about this feminine sister Dreaming.

“But the Seven Sisters Dreaming means a lot to all of us as women, in each tribe, throughout the country.”

Ms Dare said the Seven Sisters story had been handed down for generations.

She fears the waste facility will “destroy those stories” that she has grown up with.

you girl and boys painting a sign
Linda Dare worries women’s Dreaming stories will be destroyed for girls like her granddaughter Jaelahni Adams. (ABC North & West SA: Nicholas Ward)
“If you destroy that story, you’re taking it away from my granddaughter Jaelahni and for other grandkids,” Ms Dare said.

She has spoken to Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King to urge her to block the facility from going ahead.

“I actually spoke to [Ms King] when we met with her not long ago in Kimba, woman to woman, that she could actually be the one to say no to this,” Ms Dare said.