Letters to 25,000 randomly selected South Australians will be received in the post tomorrow inviting them to take part in the first Citizens’ Jury, part of a comprehensive state-wide program on our State’s involvement in the nuclear fuel cycle.

The first Jury, involving approximately 50 people, will be asked to determine the key questions arising from the Royal Commission’s Final Report that South Australians should consider and discuss in the next phase of state-wide consultation.

This Jury will meet over two weekends, on 25 and 26 June as well as 9 and 10 July, and members will be remunerated for their time.

Background

This marks the first of three phases in the consultation process, following the release of the Final Report of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission:

  1. The first Citizens’ Jury (50 people) will determine key questions the community should consider and discuss during the consultation phase.

  2. All South Australians will then be given a chance to respond via community meetings, information centres, social media and online engagement, a free-call number and a specific consultation program for Aboriginal people.

  3. A second Citizens’ Jury (350 people) - will then produce a report to the Government outlining the community’s position.


The State Government will then outline its position on South Australia’s involvement in the nuclear fuel cycle by the end of the year.

The Royal Commission has identified that South Australia can safely increase its participation in the nuclear fuel cycle to deliver significant economic benefits to the State.

The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission was established in March last year to consider the practical, economic and ethical issues raised by South Australia’s deeper potential involvement in nuclear mining, enrichment, energy and storage.

The Final Report of the Royal Commission was delivered to the Government on Friday 6 May, and publicly released on Monday 9 May.

The report makes 12 key recommendations regarding the deepening of South Australia’s involvement in the nuclear fuel cycle, including pursuing the establishment of nuclear fuel and intermediate level waste storage facilities in South Australia.

To download the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission’s Final Report and register to stay informed, visit www.yoursay.sa.gov.au/nuclear.

Quotes attributable to Premier Jay Weatherill

This first Citizens’ Jury will guide the debate by identifying the key issues that need to be considered during the state-wide consultation phase.

This Jury will consider the findings of the Royal Commission, and have access to expert witnesses to help them work through the issues and better understand the options.

All South Australians will have the opportunity to have their say, as we will be conducting a state-wide engagement program following the first Citizens’ Jury.

Ultimately it will be a decision for the Government to make, however this process will enable us to have an informed debate and gain a clear understanding of the community’s position on this important matter for our State’s future.