Northern Territory Minister for Mining and Industry Nicole Manison
McArthur River Mine Mining Management Plan Approved
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Mining and Industry Nicole Manison has approved McArthur River Mining amended Mining Management Plan 2020, enabling the continuation of mining activities and ongoing employment of around 1,000 employees and contractors.
McArthur River Mine (MRM), 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.
“Northern Territory Government is supporting jobs and protecting the environment through strict regulation for the McArthur River Mine and its future operations.” Minister for Mining and Industry Nicole Manison said.
“Our resources industry is one of the biggest contributors to the Northern Territory economy, and our strong future in mining will play a huge role in making the Territory the comeback capital of Australia.”
Mining Management Plan 2020 outlines MRMs sustainable ongoing resource development in the Territory 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 the 30 recommendations developed by the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA).
MRM must also comply with all relevant legislative requirements and conditions of Authorisation, including those relating to the Northern Territory Aboriginal Sacred Sites Act 1989. The Authorisation includes approval of the Mining Management Plan and Independent Monitor’s review of the Adaptive Management Plan (AMP) for the mine.