Radioactive exposure tour on in 2014
Friends of the Earth is hosting the annual Radioactive Exposure Tour from 12-27 April 2014.
Since the 1980s, the “Rad Tour” has taken thousands of people to the heart of the Australian nuclear industry, exposing the realities of “radioactive racism” and the environmental impacts of uranium mining.
This year the tour will be travelling all the way to Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to meet and support the Traditional Owners resisting a radioactive waste dump on their land at Muckaty. The strong fight against the waste dump has been successful for over 7 years and in June 2014 their case will be heard in a Federal court challenge.
Travelling from Melbourne we’ll stop in Adelaide and Port Augusta, to meet some of the women involved in the Irati Wanti campaign and the Gugada Tent Embassy. At Woomera we’ll hear a history of the British atomic tests of the 50s and 60s from nuclear veteran and whistleblower Avon Hudson. We’ll travel through Kokatha and Arabunna country, visit the Olympic Dam uranium mine and spend time with Arabunna elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott.
We’ll witness sunset over Lake Eyre and the unique and fragile ecosystems of the Mound Springs, which have been devastated by the colossal water usage of the Olympic Dam mine. Back on the Stuart Highway we'll abandon the bitumen to visit Yami Lester, a Yankunytjatjara man who was blinded by the British nuclear tests in the 50s.
As we continue north to Alice Springs we’ll stop by Pine Gap to consider the Australian government’s complicity in the US war-machine and the outdated notion of “extended nuclear deterrence”. We’ll meet more inspiring people with a long history opposing the nuclear industry and the NT Intervention in Alice Springs before continuing on to Tennant Creek.
Along the way participants will get to experience affinity groups, desert camping, vegetarian and vegan cooking and a temporary community. Not to mention some of the most stunning and ecologically significant environments in Australia!
The 2014 Tour is longer than usual to account for the extra distance. To minimise time in the bus, participants are welcome to explore the option
of flying home from Alice Springs.
Cost, including fuel and food for 15 days:
Concession (SA) $500
Concession (VIC) $550
*Please note these are current prices and we're working on ways to bring them down to make the Tour more accessible. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if funds are an issue, as we are happy to help make the tours available to everyone.*
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