• Overlooking the proposed site for uranium mining by power and energy company Toro NITV) (NITV)Source: NITV
The power and energy company that has divided the community of Wiluna with it's planned uranium mine has offered anti-nuclear protesters and Greens senators Scott Ludlam and Rachel Siewert a tour of their Millipede and Centipede project.
By
Craig Quartermaine

Source:
NITV News
28 Aug 2015 - 11:19 AM  UPDATED 28 Aug 2015 - 12:22 PM

TRANSCRIPT


Natalie Ahmat:
 The power and energy company that has divided the community of Wiluna with it's planned uranium mine has offered anti- nuclear protesters and Greens senators Scott Ludlam and Rachel Siewert a tour of their Millipede and Centipede project.

WA Correspondent Craig Quartermaine joined the tour.

Craig Quartermaine:  An early flight to Wiluna tested my nerve. A crew of international Anti Nuclear protesters, including some key State and Federal Members travelled to goldfields town. 

I'm here in deceptively cold Wiluna the with the greens senators Seiwert Ludlam and Chapple with Uranium miners toro energy today. We'll be going for a tour on the site.

We were met by Toro Energy management then escorted to the Centipede and Millipede sites.

Senator Scott Ludlum: The best way to get a sense of the scale of the project is to come and see it for yourself.

Senator Rachel Seiwert: I'm most interested in speaking to the traditional owners and talking to the community, and seeing what they think about this proposal. Like my colleagues I've got very grave concerns about the mining proposal.

Now, I wasn't allowed to film but someone on the tour did and supplied me with this brief snippet of vision. We saw the boundary of river beds and and the Uranium deposits that sit only meters below the surface.

On the tour I was joined by Traditional Owner Vickie McCabe and fellow Protester Mark Maguire. After the tour they gave me their take on the Toro Project.

Vicky McCabe, Traditional Owner: Great grandparents, uncles, aunties, you know, they've been walking around there, you know, they've travelled through there and camped around that area. They don't know anything about this uranium, you know, they just, we just like going out camping, hunting, you know. Live off the land but can't stop this Toros doing this uranium. 

Marcus Maguire, anti-nuclear activist: Well the way that they were saying it was only a low grade ore that they're going to be mining, but the way they're actually blew it out of proportion that they want it so bad and so quick sorta struck feelings with us that was there that, you know, they were, can I say it straight, that they were bullsh***ing.

Toro managers did say they wanted to be honest and transparent with the community , unfortunately that transparency didn't result in any on camera interviews or comments on camera . But they did say to me off camera that the a uranium price of 90$ dollars per pound would make the mine viable and its currently sitting at around 65$ a pound.

Vicky McCabe, Traditional Owner: If it goes ahead, it goes ahead, but you know what, we will be stopping that.