Mr GUYULA to CHIEF MINISTER
Can you report on any discussions your department is having with Rio Tinto Alcan about the end of mining on Gove Peninsula, and in regard to the future of Nhulunbuy town?
I catch up with Rio regularly to talk about what is happening on the peninsula and its mining operations. There has been a lot of debate about the future of Gove during the last term. Towards the end of the last term the establishment of DEAL, developing East Arnhem Land, which was done between the government and the CLP, has provided a good model that we are still regularly talking to them about.
I was recently in Nhulunbuy, towards the end of last year, for the opening of physio services that had established and expanded themselves in Nhulunbuy as a result of support from government and DEAL, which has increased on the services available in Nhulunbuy. That is a good outcome. It shows good community work.
I am in regular conversations with the company. It has assured me it will have good regular public conversations with the community, which I always ask of them. It is something that is always important to discuss that. The company has committed to it, and will be talking with the community on a regular basis about what is happening with the mine site in Nhulunbuy, so there is as much confidence within the community as there can be within the current circumstances.
We will continue to work with the local community. I will be in East Arnhem Land soon to talk to them myself. We need to have good, regular conversations with the people of Nhulunbuy township about the impacts of this, as well as the Nhulunbuy electorate at large. The DEAL process has been a good one. I will continue to talk to Rio, and Rio will continue to talk with the local community. The lines of communication are open between all parties, and Rio will be very happy to catch up with you, Member for Nhulunbuy, if that has not happened. Rio will be happy to talk to you and brief you on what is currently happening with the mine site.