Byron Shire Council, NSW

The ICAN Cities Appeal was endorsed by Byron Shire Council on 27th August, 2020.


Byron Shire Council
1. Acknowledges the victims and survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the 75th anniversaries this year this of these attacks – on 6th and 9th of August respectively;

2. in commemoration of these anniversaries, endorses the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ‘Cities Appeal’, and publishes the public statement of endorsement, which reads as follows:

“Our Shire is concerned about the grave threat that nuclear weapons pose to communities throughout the world. We firmly believe that our residents have the right to live in a world free from this threat. Any use of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or accidental, would have catastrophic, far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for people and the environment.

Therefore, we warmly welcome the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by the United Nations in 2017, and we call on our national government to sign and ratify it without delay.”;

3. writes to inform the foreign minister, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, that Byron Shire has endorsed the ICAN Cities Appeal;

4. issues a media release announcing that Byron Shire has joined the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ‘Cities Appeal’ and the call for the national government to sign and ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons;

5. takes steps to ensure that funds administered by Byron Shire Council are not invested in companies that produce nuclear weapons, and

6. writes to notify our local MPs, the member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, and member for Richmond, Justine Elliott, that Byron has joined the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ‘Cities Appeal’ and asks them to support the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and by encouraging the Australian government to sign and ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

The motion was moved by Cr Cate Coorey, and carried unanimously.