Aurukun Bauxite Project

Glencore is assessing the feasibility of developing a new bauxite mine near Aurukun on the west coast of Cape York in Far North Queensland.

The project is being undertaken as an unincorporated joint venture with MDP Bauxite Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd.

The bauxite resource is located on the traditional lands of the Wik Waya People and we recognise that the direct participation of Traditional Owners and the community is vital to any future success.

The proposed mine plan for the resource seeks to produce up to eight million dry tonnes of washed and screened bauxite over a life of more than 20 years.

Project history

The Aurukun Bauxite Project has a history dating back to the 1950s. Glencore was granted a Mineral Development Licence over the resource in 2018.

About Aurukun

Located in western Cape York, Aurukun is steeped in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural history.

Approval process

Any future development of the resource requires government and regulatory approvals in addition to an agreement with the Traditional Owners.

Through a working group formed with representatives of the Traditional Owners and native title holders, we are working towards an agreement that is aligned with the aspirations of the affected Traditional Owners. We are also currently preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).


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