Feature: Exploring opportunities in Tennant Creek

The NT Government is developing Tennant Creek as a mining, minerals and gas services hub, and this increased focus on the region has seen department staff visit the town seven times over the last 12 months to connect with industry and build on the rapport created by face‑to‑face meetings.

The trips are a chance for the department to hear first‑hand what industry has to say around matters such as existing mines, future mining opportunities and what the government’s focus on Tennant Creek as a mining services hub might mean for local businesses.

During one trip, department representatives met with Territory Resources Ltd and Emmerson Resources Ltd to discuss the development of the Tennant Creek Central Mill. The proposed facility will involve the refurbishment of the old Warrego Mill, which will process gold‑bearing ore from Emmerson’s small mines within the Tennant Creek Mineral Field.

Armando Padovan, Executive Director Mines, took part in the trip, which also included discussions with Territory Resources Ltd about mining proposals, environmental impacts, mining management plans and timing of operations. He said the regular visits helped build and improve relationships between the government and industry. Department staff get a better understanding of mining proposals and companies have the opportunity to learn more about regulatory requirements against which the mining activities need to be assessed.

“On this particular trip we visited a number of historical mines, including Golden Kangaroo, Black Snake, Rising Sun, Nobles Nob, Juno and Eldorado,” he said.

“This helped department staff learn more about the region, its history, and context around present and proposed mining projects.

“These trips are also an opportunity for the department to have more of a presence in the region and hear from people on the ground.”

The department will continue to regularly visit the region and engage with key stakeholders in line with the NT Government’s vision to develop Tennant Creek as the minerals and mining services and supply centre of the NT.


Last updated: 23 October 2019

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