Future of Jabiru

The Northern Territory and Commonwealth Governments, Energy Resources of Australia (ERA), the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation and the Northern Land Council are continuing to plan for the future of Jabiru.

This is ahead of the expiration of the town lease and the coinciding closure of the Ranger uranium mine in 2021.

The group met again in March 2017 and will hold monthly meetings going forward.

The March meeting was an opportunity for group members to provide updates on work being undertaken on future arrangements for Jabiru. 

This included an update from the NT Government on progress being made on an economic and population modelling study, and an infrastructure and contaminated sites assessment study. The studies will be managed by the NT Government in collaboration with the Commonwealth Government and will inform key decisions about the future of Jabiru. 

The studies are separate to the ERA Social Impact Study in relation to Jabiru but will build on this information where possible.

The main outcomes of the March meeting include:

  1. NT Government agreeing to lead the development of a concept plan for the future of Jabiru informed by the consultants’ findings in relation to the economic and population modelling and infrastructure and contaminated sites assessment studies.
  2. NT Government, Director of National Parks and ERA agreeing to progress discussions around matters associated with the end of the current Jabiru Head Lease in 2021.
  3. Northern Land Council, Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation and the Commonwealth, in conjunction with the NT Government, agreeing to progress negotiations regarding future tenure arrangements for Jabiru under the township leasing framework provided under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.
  4. NT Government agreeing to lead the development of a comprehensive communications strategy to ensure all stakeholders with an interest in the future of Jabiru are kept updated.

The group members will continue to engage Jabiru residents and other stakeholders throughout this process. Regular updates will be provided to the community as planning milestones are reached.

Aerial photo of Jabiru