NT MINING INDUSTRY COMMITTED TO JOBS, SAFE OPERATIONS AND STRONG ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE

The Northern Territory mining industry has been a key pillar of the Northern Territory economy for many years.  It accounts for about 16 per cent of the territory’s economy and over the last 20 years has been the foundation for the Territory’s economic and social success.

In 2013-14, the mining output in the Territory was valued at over $3.5 billion, with more than 5000 Territorians employed in the sector.  The industry has a bright future with more than $6 billion in planned investment currently in the pipeline.  This investment will create further jobs for Territorians in Darwin, major regional centres and in remote regions. 

The NT mining sector is committed to delivering these job opportunities for Territorians in safe and environmentally responsible operations. It is essential therefore that current and future government work closely with the industry to maximise the benefits for all Territorians. 

Business requires certainty and consistency in order to make long-term investments.  Constant policy changes create uncertainty in the sector and could threaten current and potential projects. 

In recent times, groups that are ideologically opposed to mining have made various claims about the sector, some of which are inaccurate and potentially damaging to the Territory’s economy.  It is vital that the facts are widely understood so policy decisions are based on long-term interests rather than knee-jerk reactions.

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