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MRM welcomes Parliamentary Committee to mine site

Media statement
Darwin, Australia
4 May 2021


McArthur River Mine (MRM) is looking forward to welcoming members from the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia to our mine site as part of its inquiry into Cultural Heritage Sites.

The delegation of Committee members will visit MRM on Thursday to view a number of Sacred and Cultural Heritage Sites on our mining lease, accompanied by Traditional Owners (TOs) and representatives from the mine.

There are a number of Sacred and Cultural Heritage Sites on MRM mining leases.

MRM General Manager Steven Rooney said the protection of Sacred and Cultural Heritage Sites at the mine was of critical importance and he welcomed the opportunity to show the mine site to committee members.

“We’re also looking forward to welcoming Traditional Owners as part of the Committee’s tour. Many TOs come out to visit on a regular basis, so it will be good to catch up with them again,” Mr Rooney said.

“We value our relationships with Traditional Owners and are committed to taking these relationships forward.

“That’s why we’re engaging with the Northern Land Council to help facilitate an Indigenous Land Use Agreement through a fully inclusive process with Traditional Owners.

“We urge all Traditional Owners to get involved with the process to make sure their voices are heard.

“Almost 1 in 4 of our permanent employees are Indigenous, so this is important to the people who work at MRM, important to Traditional Owners and important to the community.”


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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About McArthur River Mine

McArthur River Mine (MRM) is located in the Northern Territory approximately 730 kilometres south-east of Darwin and 65 kilometres south-west of Borroloola. MRM mines one of the world’s largest zinc and lead deposits. 

The mine provides direct employment to about 1,200 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 about 900 suppliers – much of which we sourced locally – taxes and on community investment projects.