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Massive Win for Territory Economy and Local Jobs: Jervois Mining Project to Go Ahead

In a huge win for local jobs, the Mining Management Plan (MMP) for the Jervois Base Metal Project has officially been given the green light by the Territory Labor government.

Located 380 km north east of Alice Springs, the Jervois Base Metal Project has the potential to create 350 jobs during peak production.  This approval allows Kentor Minerals (owned by KGL Resources) to develop the mine, which will include on-site processing and the production of a copper concentrate and a lead/zinc concentrate.

In line with recommendations from the Territory Ecomoic Reconstruction Commission's (TERC) final report, the Jervois Base Metal Project approval is now the fourth significant mine approval in the past 12 months for the Northern Territory, with other approvals being the:

•           Core Lithium Finniss Lithium Project,

•           Nathan River Resources Nathan River Project; and

•           McArthur River Mine Overburden Management Project.

The Territory Government is committed to supporting the development of mineral resources in a sustainable and responsible manner and the approved MMP outlines measures that will minimise environmental impacts and ensure long-term beneficial land uses after closure.

The approved MMP is publically available on the NT Government website


Quotes from Minister for Mining and Industry, Nicole Manison

“This is big news for the Territory, with mining being a huge job creator for Territorians - employing over 4,400 people directly.

“The total value of mineral production in the Northern Territory for 2019-20 was $4.4 billion and as outlined in the TERC Report, establishing new mines creates local jobs for Territorians and significantly boosts our economy.

“This is the fourth major mine approval over the past 12 months in the Northern Territory and a further step to strategically position us as a globally-significant hub for producing, processing and manufacturing minerals.

“The Territory Labor Government is working hard to make the Territory the best place for exploration and mining investment in Australia and we are committed to attracting and supporting exploration and mining investment.”