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New mine to drive economic development on Aboriginal land

Posted: Mon, November 12, 2012

Traditional owner Davis Daniels is all smiles after striking a deal with Sherwin’s Barry Coulter

The Northern Territory’s newest mining operation was given the green-light today with the Northern Land Council (NLC) reaching agreement with Sherwin Iron Limited for operations on Aboriginal land in the Roper River region.

On the first day of its 105th Full Council Meeting being held at Crab Claw Island, NLC members endorsed the deal which could see 200 million tonnes of iron ore produced from the project’s major deposits at Hodgson Downs, Mount Fisher, Sherwin Creek, Mount Scott and Yumanji.

NLC acting chief executive, Mr Robert Graham, welcomed the announcement, saying the project provides considerable opportunities for the local community – particularly in terms of employment.

“This is an important outcome which promotes sorely needed regional development,” Mr Graham said.

“Aboriginal people in the Roper River Region see the value of this project and the part it will play in achieving their aspirations.

“The agreement will benefit not only the local Aboriginal community, but also the wider Territory community, with analysts suggesting a boost of up to $2.9bn into the Territory economy over the next eight years.”

Sherwin Iron is currently moving through environmental assessment and community consultation.

Mr Graham congratulated all parties involved in negotiations, including traditional owners, Sherwin Iron and NLC staff.

The NLC’s agreement is subject to Ministerial approval.

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