The cost of dealing with Australia's nuclear waste only rises. Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan is waving big money at anyone who'll take our waste, with latest figures indicating total funding of $31 million for the project. The current shortlisted communities have received Federal Government development grants totalling $4 million. Back in 2014, the Ngapa clans proposing Muckaty Station as a nuclear waste dump would have received a total of $12 million.
The choice of Barndioota—a scratch on the map with more dingoes and emus than people—as the most likely candidate for the dump has more than a few scratching their heads. I’ll bet Barndioota-to-a-brick that the Flinders Ranges will not be the site of the next nuclear waste dump.
Fires trash these mini-plant communities - bushfires are the main threat to snails here - it directly cooks the animals and destroys their food. In the long run I'd like get around to trying to identify some of the main crust plants they eat but that might be impossible. I'm told there hasn't been a lichenologist through central Australia in living memory so I suspect few species here are named.