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Rum Jungle rehabilitation planning

5 October 2017

Joint media release with Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, the Hon Kenneth Vowles MLA

The Northern Territory and Australian Governments have signed an agreement to continue rehabilitation planning for the former Rum Jungle Mine Site, near Batchelor in the Northern Territory.

The Australian Government has contributed $10 million for the latest stage of the project. The Territory Government will use the funds to finalise the preferred rehabilitation strategy, undertake maintenance and monitoring, and continue engagement with the Kungarakan and Warai people who are the traditional Aboriginal owners of the site.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Barnaby Joyce highlighted the importance of developing an environmentally sustainable and cost-efficient strategy consistent with the views and interests of the Kungarakan and Warai.

“It is important we get the plan right. The plan will have the best chance of success if it is environmentally sound, cost efficient and has been developed with the traditional Aboriginal owners,” Mr Joyce said.

Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, said great things are being achieved at Rum Jungle by the Department of Primary Industry and Resources.

“Rum Jungle is culturally significant to the Kungarakan and Warai and, since 2009, departmental staff have been working closely with them to rehabilitate the site,” Mr Vowles said.

He said he hoped the project would provide opportunities for Territory businesses and Kungarakan and Warai.

“Tenders will soon be let for fieldwork including engineering design, drilling, flora and fauna surveys, contaminated land assessment and geochemical field trials. I encourage Territorians to apply,” Mr Vowles said.