Lead pathways in Mount Isa

Focusing on land, water and air, our Lead Pathways Study of Mount Isa has been the most comprehensive study of its kind in Australia.

The study was completed in 2017. It concluded there was a relatively low health risk from lead in soil, water and air for most of the Mount Isa community.

Putting worker safety and community health first

The health and wellbeing of people and communities in which we operate is paramount.

Initiatives like the Lead Pathways Study are helping us identify further opportunities to improve our environmental performance.

Sampling waterways around Mount Isa.

Land, air and water study findings

We commissioned the independent Lead Pathways Study in 2006. It was conducted by the University of Queensland’s Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation (CMLR) in collaboration with the National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology (Entox).

The study investigated the natural and industrial pathways of lead and other heavy metals into the Mount Isa community, and assessed the potential risks to human and environmental health.

Reports and publications