Greens MP and South Coast spokesperson Justin Field has called on the NSW Government to rule out a nuclear power station in Jervis Bay and give the local community certainty about its future.

In response to a Greens Notice of Motion in the Legislative Council today, NSW Energy Minister Don Harwin said there were “no proposals before the State or Federal governments for the construction of nuclear reactor at Jervis Bay or in the city of Shoalhaven”.

However, Deputy Premier and Nationals leader John Barilaro recently told the Nationals State Conference there was the potential for nuclear reactors to be operating in NSW within a decade. Jervis Bay was identified in the late 1960s as the potential site of Australia’s ‘first nuclear power plant’.

“The Liberal/National Government is playing a dangerous game by not ruling out a nuclear power plant, not only in Jervis Bay and the Shoalhaven but anywhere in NSW,” Mr Field said.

“Nuclear is not a safe way to power our homes, cities, towns and states. The fuel source itself is dangerous to mine and handle, and we’ve seen elsewhere the devastating impacts on people and the environment when something goes wrong with a nuclear reactor.

“A nuclear power facility also attracts attention as a potential security target.

“Australia has an abundant amount of solar and wind resources, and it’s clear our future economy will be powered by renewables.

“We can start making the transition now, with all the jobs and business opportunities for regional communities that this can bring. Or the NSW Liberal/National Government can join its Federal colleagues in playing politics with energy, holding back our economy and increasing global warming.

“Tomorrow, I hope they take the nuclear power option off the table once and for all of NSW,” he said.