Gove Peninsula, Northern Territory
Our Gove Operations in Australia’s Northern Territory have been supplying the global aluminium industry with world-class bauxite for more than 40 years.
Gove bauxite is shipped internationally as well as domestically to supply Queensland Alumina Limited and Yarwun refineries in Gladstone, Queensland. These refineries produce alumina as feedstock for our Australian aluminium smelting operations and for sale on the international market.
We expect our bauxite mining operations in the Gove Peninsula will cease in 2030 and we are doing significant work to support closure of the operation.
Keeping each other safe
2 April 2020
On 26 March, the Northern Territory Government declared designated biosecurity areas including East Arnhem and Nhulunbuy, with anyone entering a designated biosecurity area needing to self-quarantine for 14 days.
What this means for our Gove Operations workforce:
- We have stopped travel into our Indigenous communities of Yirrkala and Gunyangara and limited travel to Nhulunbuy
- We have moved to operating with only people who are absolutely critical to business continuity at site, with all non-operational people working from home
We continue to work very closely with the Northern Territory Government on our FIFO workforce arrangements. Although we have stopped all non-essential travel, there are still areas that require a FIFO workforce and we are working with the government to do this safely and with strict controls to provide separation from Nhulunbuy and the surrounding communities.
The health and wellbeing of our workforce and the community remains our priority. We are also offering strong support locally to the Northern Territory Government and Gove health services to ensure our community is prepared.
Innovation at Gove
We consult with Traditional Owners and other stakeholders about opportunities beyond the life of our operations in the region.
As part of our engagement with Traditional Owners in preparation for closure, we use virtual reality technology to illustrate rehabilitation processes and give insight into how the land may look in the future. This gives Traditional Owners the opportunity to see their future aspirations and share their feedback with us.
We are also using virtual reality technology to showcase Gove’s bauxite mining operation: viewers can experience mining from their seat and take a ride in a mine truck or a ship loader and even collect seeds with Traditional Owners, allowing them to experience life at our Gove Operations.