Statement on the Future of the Gove Peninsula
Traditional Owner organisations, including Gumatj Corporation Ltd and the Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation, together with Northern Land Council, Rio Tinto, the Northern Territory Government and the Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, have committed to working together to achieve a positive future for Nhulunbuy and the Gove Peninsula post mining for the benefit of Yolngu land owners, local communities, businesses and industry.
Based on current plans, bauxite mining is expected to continue on the Gove Peninsula until approximately 2030. The cessation of mining is likely to have impacts on community, business, government services and the broader Gove Peninsula.
To support a positive regional transition, the Gove Peninsula Futures Reference Group (‘GPFRG’) has been formed to work collaboratively through a number of potential transitional issues and activities, and facilitate the planning for a positive future for Nhulunbuy and the Gove Peninsula.
The organisations understand the importance of providing stakeholders certainty about the future land tenure arrangements for Nhulunbuy and the provision of essential services, as well as facilitating potential economic development opportunities for the region. Addressing these matters as early as possible ahead of transition from mining will encourage new investment, industry growth and jobs creation.