Rum Jungle rehabilitation project

Rum Jungle Mine site (Section 2968 Hundred of Goyder) is located approximately 105km south of Darwin and 6km north of Batchelor in the Northern Territory (NT).

The NT Government is working in partnership with the Australian Government and Traditional Owners to rehabilitate the former Rum Jungle Mine.

The project will remove a major impediment to the site’s grant to the Kungarakan and Warai people.


The mine and associated satellite sites, Mt Burton and Mt Fitch, have a long history of mining and rehabilitation.

Its exploration began in 1949 and mining and mineral processing took place between 1954 and 1971.

The site was declared a restricted use area in 1989 under the Soil Conservation and Land Utilisation Act 1969 (NT) and is closed to public access.

Mining activities at the site led to significant environmental impacts primarily caused by acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD), resulting in pollution of the East Branch of the Finniss River.

Read the history of the Rum Jungle site from discovery through to rehabilitation.

Project stages

The implementation of the rehabilitation plan for Rum Jungle is expected to be a 15-year project.

Read the project stages.

Rehabilitation plan

Read the proposed rehabilitation plan, outlined in detail within the draft environmental impact statement (EIS).


The rehabilitation plan will be delivered under stage 3 of the project.

Stage 3 is operating under a Federation Funding Agreement partnership with the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

Major components of the rehabilitation plan include the following:

  • deconstruction of the existing waste rock dumps
  • installation of a waste rock dump footprint cover system
  • management of contaminated soils and asbestos-containing materials
  • main pit backfilling and reinstatement of the East Branch of the Finniss River
  • construction of new waste rock storage facilities
  • groundwater and surface water treatment
  • ecological rehabilitation and revegetation.

For the detailed design and engineering reports, read the rehabilitation plan.

Some work packages are designed to a 'ready to construct' level. Other packages are reference designs with the project planning a competitive engineering process to seek industry innovation.

Major procurements are expected to commence in 2022 with an expression of interest to kick start the process.

Supporting scopes of work are regularly procured by the department.

To stay up-to-date with tender opportunities, register on Quotation and Tenders Online.


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Last updated: 29 April 2022

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