The Northern Territory Government has approved McArthur River mine’s amended Mining Management Plan 2020, clearing the way for continued operations and ongoing employment of about 1000 people.
It says the Glencore-owned mine, which has been operating since 1995, is one of the world’s largest zinc resources and will play a key role in supporting Territory jobs for decades to come.
“The Territory Labor Government is supporting jobs and protecting the environment through strict regulation for the McArthur River Mine and its future operations,” Mining and Industry Minister Nicole Manison said.
“Our resources industry is one of the biggest contributors to the NT economy, and our strong future in mining will play a huge role in making the Territory the comeback capital of Australia.
“The approval of the amended Mining Management Plan 2020 ensures McArthur River mine can continue to operate in an environmentally safe and responsible manner – while continuing to support thousands of Territory jobs.”
The government says the plan outlines the mine’s sustainable ongoing resource development in a way which minimises environmental impacts and ensures long-term beneficial land uses after closure.
McArthur River Mining is now authorised to begin activities detailed in the Overburden Management Project (OMP), which includes 30 recommendations developed by the NT Environment Protection Authority.
The company must also comply with all relevant legislative requirements and conditions of authorisation, including those relating to the Northern Territory Aboriginal Sacred Sites Act 1989.
McArthur River Mining general manager Steven Rooney said the approval was great news for the site’s 1100 workers as well as business partners and suppliers.
“It provides certainty for our employees and stakeholders, and reflects our ongoing commitment to managing a safe and responsible mining operation,” he said.
MRM is one of the largest employers in the Territory and last year contributed more than $550 million to the economy.
This included investment in community initiatives and the purchase of goods and services from 980 businesses, including many located in Darwin and the Gulf Region.