Radioactive Exposure Tours
Friends of the Earth's Radioactive Exposure Tour tkes place each year - usually in April or thereabouts. Register your interest now for the 2015 radtour and we'll keep you updated as plans develop - email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The FoE Melbourne website has more info on radtours: http://www.acecollective.org/radioactivetour.php
These tours have exposed thousands of people first-hand to the realities of 'radioactive racism' and to the environmental impacts of the nuclear industry. Participants get to experience affinity groups, consensus decision making, desert camping and vegetarian, communal cooking while travelling to some of the most beautiful and ecologically significant environments in Australia. We're particularly keen for you to come along if you are involved in anti-nuclear campaigning or if you're interested in getting involved.
In 2014, the radtour made it all the way to Muckaty in the NT, which had been targeted for a nuclear waste dump until a spectacular mid-2014 victory by Muckaty Traditional Owners.
In earlier years, we followed this route ... After travelling from Melbourne to Adelaide we will head through Port Augusta and visit the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. Then we'll travel north to the SA desert, we'll visit BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam uranium mine at Roxby Downs, the largest uranium deposit in the world. While the expansion of Olympic Dam is currently shelved, the mine is still an environmental and social disaster in itself. We'll watch sunset over Lake Eyre and see the Mound Springs − oases which are fed by the underlying Great Artesian Basin and host unique flora and fauna. Sadly, some of the Mound Springs have been adversely effected or destroyed altogether by the massive water take for the Olympic Dam mine. The water is taken from Arabunna land and we'll hopefully get to spend time with Arabunna elder Kevin Buzzacott, Co-President of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance. We'll hear first-hand accounts of the British nuclear bomb tests from Maralinga veteran and whistle-blower Avon Hudson (also a Co-President of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance). After stopping for a swim at Coward Springs, we'll head east and camp in the beautiful Gammon Ranges and visit the not-so-beautiful Beverley uranium mine. We'll hear about the struggle to prevent uranium mining in the magnificent Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, camping nearby and in one of the beautiful gorges further south in the Flinders Ranges National Park.
The costs (subject to change) are: concession $500 - waged $750 - solidarity $950. If cost is a barrier, contact the organisers to discuss funding ideas.
If you're interested in joining in the 2015 Radioactive Exposure Tour, contact email@example.com.
2014 radtour - info and photos: http://radioactivetour.com/
Photos from the 2013 radtour:
Photos from the 2011 radtour:
Photos from the 2010 radtour: http://www.flickr.com/photos/50990226@N04/sets/72157624112149201
Photos from the 2006 radtour:
Olympic Dam mine: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cookielovescake/sets/72157594239016480