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The Aurukun Bauxite Project is an important project, with the potential for very significant direct and indirect benefits to the Aurukun and Cape communities, as well as royalty contributions to the state over its mine life.

Throughout 2012/2013, with the assistance of a probity auditor, the Queensland Government conducted a Competitive Bid Process to select a Preferred Proponent to develop the Aurukun Bauxite Project. On 19 August 2014, Glencore was selected as the preferred developer for the project and a Development Agreement was negotiated in December 2014.

Binding milestones in the Development Agreement will ensure that Glencore continues to progress work on the feasibility studies and environmental impact assessments required to deliver this project. This work will have positive benefits for the wider community and the state as the project proceeds.

The benefits expected to come from this development include employment opportunities; training for local workers; improving local business capacity to tender for contracts and supplier opportunities; Native Title compensation payments; and Royalty payments under the Aboriginal Land Act 1991.

Glencore has applied for a Mineral Development Licence (MDL). The MDL is necessary for Glencore to undertake on-site feasibility and environmental studies for the project. Grant of the MDL is dependent on resolution of native title. Glencore will continue to consult with the Wik and Wik Way and Kugu people throughout the development of the Aurukun project.

The Director-General is a champion for the Aurukun community, working closely with council and traditional land owners to ensure the broader community questions and issues in relation to the Aurukun bauxite project are addressed.