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Grey nomads put nuclear test site in Big Lap itinerary
Will this now be on your Big Lap itinerary?

The former nuclear test site at Maralinga in South Australia could one day become a mecca for grey nomads and other travellers.

At least that’s the hope of the area’s traditional owners who were handed back control of the last 1782sqkm piece of the site today.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion told SBS that the government was committed to working with traditional owners to ensure land can be used as a foundation for economic advancement, not as a barrier.

Maralinga-Tjarutja general manager Richard Preece said the community is setting up a tourism business to take visitors on bus tours of the traditional area and nuclear test sites.

There is said to be strong interest from four-wheel-drive clubs, grey nomads and former servicemen who were based in Maralinga.

Tours are due to begin next April.

The British tested atomic bombs in the South Australian outback in the 1950s and ’60s. Most of the Maralinga-Tjarutja land was handed back to indigenous people in 2009 but Defence kept the weapons testing range, which was restricted as part of the Woomera Prohibited Area.

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