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McArthur River Mine statement on NT Minister decision

Media statement
Darwin, Australia
16 February 2022


McArthur River Mine (MRM) notes the Northern Territory Heritage Minister’s decision (tabled last night in the NT Parliament) in response to our application for a review under section 32(3) of the Northern Territory Aboriginal Sacred Sites Act 1989 (NT).

This decision relates to an application lodged in 2018 seeking a variation to a current Aboriginal Areas Authority (AAPA) Certificate to allow an increase in the height of the Northern Overburden Emplacement Facility (NOEF) at the mine.

MRM has since publicly committed to engaging with traditional custodians to negotiate an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) facilitated by the Northern Land Council (NLC).

We remain committed to these negotiations and broad consultation with Traditional Owners (TOs) on a variety of matters, including sacred sites and cultural heritage protection, to ensure the benefits of our operations are shared with TOs and the wider community.

MRM will continue to operate in accordance with its regulatory approvals and remains committed to further development of our mine site.


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


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In Australia, Glencore produces coal, copper, cobalt, nickel, zinc, lead, silver and gold from 26 mining operations. We also operate metals processing assets in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, including metals smelters, concentrators and refineries.

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About McArthur River Mine

McArthur River Mine is located in the Northern Territory approximately 970 kilometres south-east from Darwin and 60 kilometres 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 1,130 people, including contractors. In 2020, we contributed over $500 million to the local, Territory and national economies through our payment of wages, spend on goods and services from 900 suppliers – much of which we sourced in the Territory – taxes and community investment projects.