Keeping the community informed
Communication to stakeholders
SSD plays an important role in providing ongoing assurance to the community that the environment of the Alligator Rivers Region remains fully protected from impacts of uranium mining. As part of this role, SSD undertakes a range of communication activities aimed at keeping people living within the Alligator Rivers Region and the broader community informed in relation to the outcomes of our supervision, assessment, research into and monitoring of the environmental effects of uranium mining in the Region.
SSD also communicates directly with various stakeholders, particularly the owners, managers and users of the Alligators Rivers Region and its wetlands, in order to better understand and address their specific concerns and expectations.
SSD posts continuous, event-based and routine water monitoring results on its website for public viewing. The water monitoring data are updated regularly while the creeks are flowing. Biological and radon monitoring data are also online. You can link to the SSD environmental monitoring web pages to get the latest results.
How we communicate
We use a number of ways to communicate with the public in Kakadu including the Kakadu Community Noticeboard (a website providing Kakadu locals with a forum to read about and advertise community events). The Kakadu Community Noticeboard has links to the SSD website and provides local people with user-friendly access to SSD information. We also man information stalls at local festivals, have a display at the Bowali Visitor Centre, and host regular school groups from the West Arnhem College, to inform the community on related environmental matters. See Displays, open days, exhibitions, talks and conferences.
SSD communicates the results of our environmental research through a range of activities including:
- Consultation with indigenous communities
- Consultation through committees and associations (ARRAC & ARRTC)
- Environmental monitoring
SSD’s display booth at the Mahbilil Festival
As part of the Division’s communication activities, SSD staff attend and present papers at a range of conferences, and participate in festivals, displays, school talks, open days, exhibitions and on-country knowledge-sharing with local indigenous people at the local, national and international level.
Some of the regular local events SSD staff have attended include World Wetlands Day, Gunbalanya Open Day, the Mahbilil Festival, the National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week, World Environment Day and Science Week. At these events SSD staff have set up interactive displays, given talks and presentations and discussed with the community various issues related to uranium mining and the impact it has on the people and the environment of the Alligators Rivers Region.
A number of SSD research staff are nationally and internationally recognised leaders in their fields and are often invited to present papers at national and international conferences and technical meetings.
These events are an important means of communicating the outcomes of SSD research and raising awareness of the work of the Division in ensuring the protection of the environment from impacts of uranium mining.
You can read more about these events in Supervising Scientist annual reports (Communication and liaison chapter).