Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles
Securing Our Mining Future
Victor P Taffa
Northern Territory Government is developing Tennant Creek as a mining services hub and creating jobs for locals, with 2 tenders awarded to Territory Aboriginal-owned company Piening Holdings Ltd for works at legacy mines in the Tennant Creek area.
“Territory Government is creating jobs by carrying out safety works on legacy mine sites, with scope for some sites to be part of future tourist trails through this historic region.” Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles said.
“Aboriginal Territorians are playing a major role in this, completing a range of jobs from weed management and dust monitoring to fencing and backfilling.”
Contracts, valued at $153,850 and $29,395, are part of a program to address safety issues around legacy mine sites and create jobs in the region.
“Creating jobs and improving community safety are key priorities of this government, especially in Tennant Creek, where we are investing in infrastructure including $1.45 Million for new streetscapes and improved lighting, and $4 Million for upgrades to the Purkiss Sporting Reserve.” Member for Barkly Gerry McCarthy said.
“These latest contracts, which include a stock-proof fence at the Kunjarra Quarry (The Pebbles), mean jobs for Aboriginal Territorians and a safer environment for residents of and visitors to Tennant Creek.”
Mining has taken place in the Tennant Creek area since the 1930’s, with many mines predating the requirement for operators to lodge a rehabilitation security bond.
These safety works are financed through the Mining Remediation Fund, funded by industry.
Similar works are already being carried out in the Eldorado Area, Burnt Shirt and Town areas by a Tennant Creek contractor employing Aboriginal people. All the works are expected to be completed by November.