Yami Lester Yankunytjatjara Elder
and Atomic Test Survivor
No Dump Alliance ambassador Yami Lester was a Yankunytjatjara Elder, atomic test survivor, Aboriginal rights activist, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Mr Lester told his story to highlight the dangers of the nuclear industry. Yami’s voice and support was key to the formation and successful work of the No Dump Alliance.
July 2017 saw the passing of Yami. We have lost a truly remarkable person and the Alliance deeply misses his leadership and strength.
“In 1953, I was just ten years old when the bombs went off at Emu and Maralinga, I didn’t know anything about nuclear issues back then, none of us knew what was happening. I got sick, and went blind from the Totem 1 fallout from those tests, and lots of our people got sick and died also.
Now I’m 74 years old and I know about nuclear issues. Members from the APY, Maralinga-Tjarutja and Arabunna, Kokatha lands say we don’t want nuclear waste on our land. There are big concerns. And I worry because I know it is not safe for South Australia land and the people. Why does the Government keep bringing back nuclear issues when we know the problems last forever?”
It means a lot to me to be in this Alliance. I would like others to listen and join, become a member and fight together.”
The No Dump Alliance is a broad cross-section of South Australian civil society. We are Indigenous, public health, trade union, faith and environment groups, academics and concerned individuals who have come together to oppose the federal government’s continued push to establish a national nuclear waste dump. The government wants to impose a radioactive dump on remote communities and open South Australia up to international high-level nuclear waste.
No Dump Alliance
- Supports local communities to voice their concerns
- Insists government uphold legislation that currently prohibits a nuclear waste dump in SA
- Calls for a better process in the management of Australia’s nuclear waste