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NLC signs off on new agreement for Ranger Uranium Mine

Posted: Thu, January 24, 2013

Traditional owners will receive greater benefits from Ranger Uranium Mine with a new deal signed off.

Northern Land Council (NLC) Chairman Mr Wali Wunungmurra today signed off on new agreements with Energy Resources Australia, owners of the Ranger Uranium Mine located near Jabiru at Kakadu, and the Commonwealth of Australia.

The agreements will see increased benefits to Mirarr traditional owners in the West Arnhem region, through social initiatives, business development and employment opportunities.

Mr Wunungmurra said the benefits of the new deal were significant and would contribute to the improvement of lives of traditional owners and Aboriginal people in the region.

“There is a sensitive history associated with this mine, which has been in operation for more than 30 years,”Mr Wunungmurra said.

“With this in mind, it is pleasing to see ERA come to the table and negotiate with traditional owners to ensure they do receive true benefits from this mine operating on their country.

“Today is the end of a 14-year process of negotiations. It’s a very important day for traditional owners and we thank all stakeholders involved in this process.”

Ranger Uranium Mine has been operating since 1980.

The agreements concern only benefits under the existing mining tenement.

 

For a PDF version of the media release, click here.