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The post mine economy of the southern Gulf of Carpentaria

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Robert MilesRobert Miles, J Cavaye, T Rayner, P Donaghy
The Zinifex Century Zinc mine, in the southern Gulf of northwest Queensland is expected to operate until 2017. The mine is a major regional economic driver and the closure will be significant for the Gulf communities. Accordingly it is now timely to consider the post mine economy for the region and to consider how best to lever off the existing and planned activity of the mine. This study analyses the economic contribution of the Zinifex Mine to the southern Gulf, assesses the likely impacts and provides some suggested pathways forward to capitalise on the existing investment window the mine has to offer as well capturing any development opportunities the mine will have on the region. While the primary goal is the post mine economy, underpinning the future economic development options identified for the southern Gulf are a range of social, cultural and attitudinal issues. These include cultural differences between indigenous and non indigenous Australians as well as the will, interest, skill and or capacity and business acumen of many non-indigenous and indigenous groups required to achieve self reliance. An integrated model is proposed to provide a framework to foster the post mine economy. The model provided emphasises three areas (a) underpinning prerequisites, (b) development of specific business opportunities, and (c) fostering individual and community capacity. These need to be considered holistically. The dynamics of the area and the support systems required are discussed in terms of achieving “on the ground” change. This paper is a brief synopsis of a more comprehensive report that is published elsewhere.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Parent Title

Lord of the Regions - the myths, magic and mix for regional innovation. Economic and Regional Development Conference, September 2005, Manukau, New Zealand.

Start Page

341

End Page

359

Number of Pages

19

Start Date

01/01/2005

ISBN-10

0909042667

Location

Manukau, New Zealand

Publisher

Lincoln University

Place of Publication

Canterbury, UK

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries; Institute for Sustainable Regional Development; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Economic and Regional Development Conference.

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