OPEN Letter to community members of the Steritech Irradiation Facility Reference Groupsee also Fact Sheet on Food Irradiation(PDF)
Dear Community reference group Member,
We are local community members who have protested loudly about the siting of the proposed Steritech Pty Ltds Nuclear Irradiation Factory in Narangba. We are painted as ignorant and violent and allegedly distributing false information about this company and their factory throughout the community. Would you please take the time to read the enclosed information which is only a minute fraction of what we have gleaned in research over the last three years?
The majority of local people involved in these protests are parents and grandparents who have never previously protested about any issue. They feel very strongly that this is an inappropriate industry to be sited in our community.
You should be aware that there are many residents from local groups involved in the Anti- Steritech Nuclear Irradiation Protest some of these groups are listed below. You might like to ask yourself, if all these people are against a Nuclear Facility in this Community then possibly there is a real reason for concern!
Boundary Springs Action Group
East Narangba Community Action Group
Pumicestone Area Council for the Environment
Brisbane Region Environment Council
Dakabin Bush Care Group
Pine Rivers Koala Care Group
Queensland Council for Unions
The Greens Party
Queensland Labor Party (Platform 2000)
Everybody for a Nuclear Free Future (EnuFF)
Friends of the Earth (FOE)
Narangba Progress Association
There are many more smaller groups and many local residents from Deception Bay, Burpengary, Dakabin, Narangba, and Kallangur who have never been affiliated with any of these groups but have been driven to protest.
We are also in contact with huge consumer groups opposing this type of industry right across the world. In every country, there are very large consumer groups who strongly oppose the process of Nuclear Irradiation and, in particular, the Nuclear Irradiation of food. In Australia, Australian Consumers Association (Choice Magazine) have stated that they have environmental and occupational health concerns as any accidents could have serious consequences for workers and the environment.
If both sides were totally honest regarding the Nuclear Irradiation Process then the only thing that can be said is that the best minds in Science & Medicine are very divided (polarised) over the issue. This industry should be banned until Science & Medicine are of one mind and the community is 100% convinced. There has not been enough research and what research has been completed is very inconclusive for either side. We do not wish to use our own children and future generations as guinea pigs.
If you would like to receive more information please contact residents through Mr Frank Jell representing the Narangba Progress Association who attends the Mayors Steritech Reference Group. Unfortunately no representatives from Protest Groups, the Community Representatives on the Narangba Industrial Estate Community Reference Group, nor Environmental Groups have been invited so the meetings you are attending are only pro-Steritech and no real forum for exchange of information or views will occur. We feel very let down and disappointed by the actions of Mayor and Councillors who by their more recent dealings appear to indicate that they are working against the community they have sworn to represent as well as by the legal, justice and governmental systems of this country.
If we werent so very concerned about this issue, we would be more than happy to stay home and enjoy our families. Protestors have had to pay a high price for their right to protest they have been photographed and had their number plates recorded by police and security. Over the past two months very few protestors have escaped at least one of the following :- letter boxes smashed, driveway intercoms smashed, car tyres slashed under their homes, threatening phone calls in the middle of the night, death threats, and arson. It has divided our community! Is this industry worth it?
Only after the last tree has been cut down,
Only after the last river has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten
(Cree Indian Proverb)