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MRM commences Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) discussions

Media statement
Brisbane, Australia
1 April 2021


McArthur River Mine is committed to meaningful engagement with Traditional Owners that respects cultural heritage and helps build the long-term social and economic prosperity of local Indigenous communities.

We recognise that while McArthur River Mine complies with the law, we need to do more to meet community expectations going forward.

To demonstrate our commitment, we have entered into discussions with the Northern Land Council (NLC) and Traditional Owners to negotiate an Indigenous Land Use Agreement in relation to the McArthur River Mine and the Bing Bong Loading Facility.

This will involve broad consultation with Traditional Owners on a variety of matters, including sacred sites and cultural heritage protection.

We encourage Traditional Owners to get involved and engage by contacting the NLC to ensure that their voices are heard.

In 2017, we signalled to the Northern Land Council that we would enter good faith negotiations for an Indigenous Land Use Agreement once we had certainty on continued operations at MRM.  With the approval of our Mining Management Plan late last year, we look forward to progressing negotiations.

For further information, please contact:


Francis De Rosa
m: +61 417 074 751
e: Francis De Rosa

Tracy Jones
m: +61 418 251 774
e: Tracy Jones


Notes for editors

About Glencore

Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 60 responsibly-sourced commodities that advance everyday life. The Group's operations comprise around 150 mining and metallurgical sites and oil production assets.

With a strong footprint in over 35 countries in both established and emerging regions for natural resources, Glencore's industrial activities are supported by a global network of more than 30 marketing offices. Glencore's customers are industrial consumers, such as those in the automotive, steel, power generation, battery manufacturing and oil sectors. We also provide financing, logistics and other services to producers and consumers of commodities. Glencore's companies employ around 135,000 people, including contractors.

Glencore is proud to be a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the International Council on Mining and Metals. We are an active participant in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Our ambition is to be a net zero total emissions company by 2050. For more information, visit Glencore's website.

About McArthur River Mine

McArthur River Mine is located in the Northern Territory approximately 970km south-east from Darwin and 60km south-west of its closest township, Borroloola. MRM mines one of the world’s largest zinc and lead deposits.

MRM provides direct employment to about 1,150 people, including contractors. In 2019, we contributed about $550 million to the local, Territory and national economies through our payment of wages, spend on goods and services from 980 suppliers – much of which we sourced in the Territory – taxes and community investment projects.

For more information, visit McArthur River Mine's website.