Minister Announces Tennant Creek Mine Safety Work Tender

Minister Announces Tennant Creek Mine Safety Work Tender

Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles

Tennant Creek Historic Mine Safety Work Tender Advertised

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Resources, Ken Vowles, today announced the advertisement of a public tender for small mining environmental and public safety works to take place in Tennant Creek.

Current tender will cover 17 historical mine workings that have safety issues located nearby Tennant Creek and provide opportunities for local jobs.

“Works covered in this tender will improve the safety of 39 open mine workings including shafts, open stopes and adits using a combination of backfilling, mesh covers, chain link fences and signage.” Mr. Vowles.

“These sites have been prioritised due to their close proximity to town and evidence of people going to these locations.”

“Works will make these areas safer for residents and visitors to Tennant Creek.”

Mr. Vowles said the Territory Government is delivering on the election promise in developing Tennant Creek as a mining services centre for the Territory.

“Gunner Government is pleased to be able to provide economic development opportunities and jobs for local and Indigenous businesses in through involvement in mine remediation activities in the Tennant Creek region.” Mr. Vowles said.

He said a local development strategy which included increasing the local development and value adding weighting in tenders beyond the 30 % minimum to 40 % was helping to provide opportunities for local businesses.

“This approach to date has resulted in almost every contract being issued to local businesses with high levels of Indigenous employment.” Mr. Vowles said.

“Similar safety works were completed in the Eldorado Area in November 2016 by a local Tennant Creek contractor which included employment of local Indigenous people.”