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Muckaty manager will support second nuclear waste nomination via abc news

The manager of Muckaty cattle station says he doesn’t care where a nuclear waste facility is put on the property, because it will mean more infrastructure.

The Northern Land Council (NLC) has withdrawn its original nomination of a small section of Muckaty Station, 600 kilometres north of Alice Springs, as the site for Australia’s first nuclear waste dump.

But the NLC and the Federal Government are not ruling out the possibility of nominating a second part of the property, which is Aboriginal freehold land.

The Minister for Industry Ian McFarlane has given the NLC three months to come up with a second nomination, and says it could possibly be an area on Muckaty known as the Northern Site.

The station manager, Ray Aylett, says while it’s not up to him, he would support a second nomination.

“It’s only one square kilometre, so I wouldn’t be worried where they put it,” he said.

“I wanted it close because there would be infrastructure and all that, and we might get some power or something laid onto the property, that’s what I hoped.”

“The southern/western boundary would be an ideal spot,” he said.

“Out in the desert, way out the back there.”

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