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Merri-bek City Council is a Nuclear-Free Zone

30 Jun 2023

Council stands against the use of nuclear power and weapons and has declared Merri-bek as a Nuclear-Free Zone. Nuclear weapons pose a significant threat to our world. This decision reflects our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our community, and our support for global peace and security.

As part of our Nuclear-Free Zone declaration:

  1. We oppose the storage and transportation of uranium, nuclear waste, or any other materials connected to the nuclear industry in Merri-bek, including nuclear submarines. This excludes the use of radio-isotopes in hospitals.
  2. We oppose the establishment of nuclear facilities or nuclear submarine repair facilities in Merri-bek.
  3. We will display signage at the entrances to our municipality declaring our nuclear-free position.

In addition to this declaration, Merri-bek is one of 43 Australian councils that support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and call on the Australian Government to take this action.

Merri-bek has also joined the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons’ Cities Appeal. The Cities Appeal includes cities and towns across the world in support of the treaty.

Our nuclear-free stance aligns with Council's Human Rights Policy 2016-2026. The danger presented by nuclear weapons impacts on humanity, our right to life, international law, and sustainability.

We encourage Merri-bek community members and other councils to join us in advocating for a safer and more sustainable future, free from the risks associated with nuclear power and weapons.