Liberal candidate raises safety concerns about Pirie's former uranium plant site

SAFETY: Kendall Jackson, who is the Liberal candidate for Frome at the state election next year, has warned of problems with the fence around a contaminated site.

SAFETY: Kendall Jackson, who is the Liberal candidate for Frome at the state election next year, has warned of problems with the fence around a contaminated site.

Frome Liberal candidate Kendall Jackson is calling on the state government to restore the fence at the former Port Pirie Uranium and Rare Earth Treatment Plant and Tailings site.

She said the State Development Department was responsible for managing the area and was yet to release the Radiation and Environment Management Plan for the site.

This was expected to be released in the first half of this year.

“The government must publicly release its plans for the former uranium plant site,” Mrs Jackson said.

“Residents deserve to know what the government has planned for the site and why the report is taking so long to be publicly released.

“The damaged fencing around the contaminated site was brought to the attention of Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock more than six months ago, but is yet to be fully restored.

“This site poses a serious risk to community safety. The government must fulfil its obligations and repair the fence around this contaminated site as soon as possible.

“Mr Brock must explain why the entire fence hasn’t been fully restored.

“Community safety should be an absolute priority for the local parliamentarian.

“Even a small damaged section of the fence would render the whole fence ineffective.

“I will continue to fight for the concerns of residents and the broader community, especially when it concerns community safety.”

Mr Brock said there had been “action” on the issue and “we have been on to that”, but he needed to refer to his records regarding the matter and would comment in more detail later.

The Recorder is seeking comment from the government.