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TNG has received approval from aboriginal communities for construction of causeways for haul road access across two creeks leading to the company’s 100%-owned Mount Peake Titanium-Vanadium-Iron Project in the Northern Territory.
Last month, the company organised a meeting with the traditional owners through Central Land Council (CLC), the Alice Springs-based legal representatives of the Traditional Owner Group (TOG).
More than 200 traditional owners attended the meeting who came from the Wilora, Anmatjere, Ti-Tree and Willowra aboriginal communities.
For the last 18 months, CLC has actively negotiated with the TOG to obtain Sacred Site Clearances for the planned Mount Peake mining operation.
In July 2015, it received clearance for mine area, camp, rail siding and the transport corridor, while the clearance over the bore field and water pipeline route was gained in January this year.
The company requires further approval for the creek crossing areas.
In the meeting, TOG stated that it has no objection to the proposed creek-crossing causeway designs and TNG can proceed with mine construction.
TNG can now negotiate a mining agreement with the TOG through the CLC. The mining licence will be subsequently issued by the Northern Territory Minister for Mines.
TNG managing director Paul Burton said: “TNG has built-up a very strong relationship with the traditional owners and all stake-holders in the area since the discovery of the deposit, and this will stand us in good stead as we move ahead into the development and construction phase.
“The TOG has a very clear understanding of the key elements of the project, our development plan and timetable, and the benefits that it will bring to the region.
“Following the recent traditional owner meeting on site, there are now no further heritage approvals required for us to proceed with project development.”
Image: Traditional owner meeting. Photo: courtesy of TNG Limited.