Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles
Creating Jobs And Securing Legacy Mines In Tennant Creek
Victor P Taffa
Northern Territory Government has released 2 tenders for remediation works at abandoned open mine workings as part of its development of Tennant Creek as a mining services hub.
Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, said the tenders provide opportunities for local contractors which will boost local jobs in the region.
“Tennant Creek has a long mining history and many old mines pre-date the requirement for operators to leave them in a safe, secure manner.” Minister Vowles said.
“This government is addressing safety issues at these legacy mine sites and creating local jobs by releasing tenders for works that include a 40 % local content requirement.”
This is the third phase of site safety works undertaken in Tennant Creek. So far approximately $1.85 Million has been spent on 18 projects, with work on 17 being awarded to Northern Territory businesses.
Most recent works at the Eldorado Area, Burnt Shirt and Town mine sites were carried out by a Tennant Creek contractor who employed local Aboriginal people.
Latest round of works will improve safety at 13 legacy mine sites and will include backfilling, grate covers, fencing, and the installation of danger signs.
“13 sites have been listed as a priority because they are close to town and there is evidence of people visiting them.” Minister Vowles said.
“Works will make these areas safer for residents and visitors to Tennant Creek while creating regional jobs.”
Funding for the projects comes from the Mining Remediation Fund, made up of the 1 % annual cash levy on security bonds held for mining activities in the Territory.
Tenders close on 6 July 2018.