Plans to Truck Nuclear Waste through the Illawarra

There are plans to truck nuclear waste to Port Kembla from the Lucas Heights site in Sydney. Originally the spent nuclear rods where transported to Port Botany however meetings between The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and spokespersons from the region’s port late last year suggest that Port Kemlba will be the new detsination. Greens MP Lee Rhiannon is concerned about the safety of residents in the region as the time and date of the transportation will be kept secret until the nuclear waste arrives at Port Kembla. Ms Rhiannon identifies that various black spots on our roads pose great threat to local residents. I spoke to the MP yesterday about these plans and why Port Kembla will be the new shipping site for the nuclear waste.

INTERVIEW WITH GREENS MP LEE RHIANNON

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Wollongong Hawks dreams are still alive.

Australian Health Management (AHM) have revived the dreams of the captain of the Wollongong Hawks Matt Campbell and the team to play in the next NBL season. Applications close on Friday for submission for next season and while the finnacial backing from AHM will help they still have a long way to go. A website http://www.savethehawks.com/ has been set up for the community and businesses to make donations along with a facebook page. The Wollongong hawks is the last of the Wollongong sporting teams after the demise of The Steelers Rugby League team and the Wollongong Wolves. Wollongong Hawks have played in all 31 NBL seasons since their beginning in 1979.

The Illawarra comes together to help the Bushfire victims

Australia mourned for the victims of the Black Saturday Bushfires in Victoria which has killed at least 210 people. Fires have ravaged through parts of the state for the past three weeks but many have said the day of mourning has come too soon after the wide spread devastation. Ten police officers from the region were deployed along with another 150 from the state to help relieve Victorian firefighters. Various emergency volunteers also joined the team from the Illawarra to help out those in the devastated areas including 21 firefighters from the Illawarra, Macarthur, Wollondilly and Sutherland areas. But it’s not only the emergency services in the region who have selflessly volunteered. Businesses and individuals in the Illawarra have come together to support the Victorian Bushfire Appeal with numerous events organised to raise money for those in need. Club Captain of Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club Lachlan Pritchard organised a bucket drive to send funds to the vitcims of the fires. I spoke to Lachlan last week to discuss his motivation for organising the drive and how the local community got involved.

Interview with Club Captain of Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club Lachlan Pritchard

Other events which will be held in the region include

– Friday March 6, Upstairs at the North Wollongong Pub with every person’s $10 entry fee going to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.