Tenders opened for safety works on Tennant Creek historic mines

The Northern Territory Government has announced a public tender to provide environmental and public safety work for historic mines near Tennant Creek.

The tender covers 17 historical mine workings with safety issues, helping to create employment in the Tennant Creek region.

NT minister for resources, Ken Vowles said the works include shafts, open stopes and adits and will use a combination of backfilling, mesh covers, fences and signage as safety measures.

“These sites have been prioritised due to their close proximity to town and evidence of people going to these locations,” he said.

“The works will make these areas safer for residents and visitors to Tennant Creek.”

Vowles said the government is continuing its plan to develop Tennant Creek as a mining hub for the Territory through employment opportunities generated by mine remediation activities in the area.

He added that one of the strategies for more local development in the region was through increasing the local development weighting in tenders from the 30 per cent minimum to 40 per cent.

Earlier this year the Territory employed the use of drones to aid mine remediation as they can reach inaccessible areas of the mine and produce digital terrain models for greater perspectives of the site.