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Mount Peake Project



Mount Peake Project

Other title

Notice of Intent - Mount Peake; Statement of Reasons - Mount Peake; Terms of Reference for the preparation of an EIS - Mount Peake; Notice of Intent variation - Mount Peake; Draft EIS - Mount Peake; Addendum to Draft EIS - Mount Peake; Supplement to Draft EIS - Mount Peake


GHD Pty Ltd; Animal Plant Mineral Pty Ltd; Australian Museum Consulting

Issued by

Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT




TNG Ltd, under wholly owned subsidiary Enigma Mining Limited, is proposing to develop and operate the Mt Peake Project, a polymetallic (titanium, vanadium, iron) mine, located approximately 235 km north-northwest of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory (NT). GHD Pty Ltd (GHD) has been engaged by TNG to prepare the NOI and to progress environmental baseline studies and any approvals documentation for the Project.


Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Table of contents

Mount Peake Project Notice of Intent - NOI June 2013 -- Mount Peake Statement of Reasons - SOR November 2013 -- Mount Peake Terms of Reference for the preparation of an EIS - TOR March 2013 -- Mount Peake Notice of Intent variation - NOI Variation March 2015 -- Mount Peake Project Draft EIS Vol. 1 - Draft EIS February 2016 -- Assessment Report 85 -- Mount Peake Project Draft EIS Vol. 2 Appendices A - K Draft -- Mount Peake Project Draft EIS Vol. 3 Appendix L-O - Draft -- Mount Peake Project Addendum to Draft EIS Appendix 1-10 -- Mount Peake Project Supplement to Draft EIS - April 2017 -- Mount Peake Project Addendum to the Draft EIS - November 2017




Environmental impact statement; Environmental assessment; Iron mines and mining; Environmental aspects

Publisher name

TNG Limited

Place of publication



Volumes : colour illustrations, colour maps ; 30 cm.

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Copyright owner

TNG Limited



Related links

https://www.tngltd.com.au/project/mount-peake-v-ti-fe/ [Mount Peake V Ti Fe - TNG Limited]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396300 [Mount Peake Project Notice of Intent - NOI June 2013]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396301 [Mount Peake Statement of Reasons - SOR November 2013]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396303 [Mount Peake Terms of Reference for the preparation of an EIS - TOR March 2013]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396305 [Mount Peake Notice of Intent variation - NOI Variation March 2015]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396307 [Mount Peake Project Draft EIS Vol. 1 - Draft EIS February 2016]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396309 [Mount Peake Project Draft EIS Vol. 2 Appendices A - K Draft]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396311 [Mount Peake Project Draft EIS Vol. 3 Appendix L-O - Draft]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396314 [Mount Peake Project Supplement to Draft EIS - April 2017]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396315 [Mount Peake Project Addendum to the Draft EIS - November 2017]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396317 [Mount Peake Project Addendum to Draft EIS Appendix 1-10]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396319 [Assessment Report 85]

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396300; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396301; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396303; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396305; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396307; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396309; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396311; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396314; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396315; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396319

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Page 2 of 3 Ecology The great desert skink occupies a range of vegetation types with the major habitat being sandplain and adjacent swales that support hummock grassland and scattered shrubs. In the Tanami Desert, it also occupies paleodrainage lines on lateritic soils supporting Melaleuca shrubs. It is an omnivore that feeds on a wide variety of invertebrates (particularly termites), small vertebrates, and the leaves, flowers and fruits of plants. The great desert skink is a livebearer that gives birth to 1-5 young between December and February. It is a communal species that digs complex burrow systems to a depth of >1 m and with a diameter (of the entire burrow system) of up to 10 m. Up to 10 individuals may share a large burrow system which can have 5-10 entrances. Latrines, where animals defaecate over an area of 1-3 m, are located at the surface of occupied burrows. Conservation assessment The maximum size of each population of great desert skink in the Northern Territory has been estimated as 2250 in the Tanami Desert, 500 in Uluru- Kata Tjuta National Park and 350 in land surrounding Yulara (McAlpin 2001). This total represents about 50% of the global population of the species. Although the species no longer occurs in eastern parts of its former range in the Northern Territory, there is a lack of information on population trends at any sites. However, it can be reasonably inferred that there is a high likelihood that remaining populations will be subjected in the near future to the same threats that have extirpated populations elsewhere. Given this premise, the species qualifies as Vulnerable (under criteria C2a(i)) due to: population <10,000 mature individuals; continuing decline, observed, projected or inferred, in numbers; and no population estimated to contain more than 1000 mature individuals, Threatening processes No single factor has been demonstrated to have caused the decline of the great desert skink; however, several potential threatening processes have been identified. Habitat homogenization as a consequence of the cessation of traditional land management practices may be a serious threat throughout much of its range. Large scale, intense wildfires that result from a lack of patch burning can devastate or fragment local populations. Predation by feral cats and the European fox may also be a serious threat, as could predation by native predators such as the dingo or raptors (particularly in recently burnt areas). Rabbits also have the potential to dig up burrow systems. Conservation objectives and management A national Recovery Plan for the species was adopted in 2001. Management priorities for the species in the Northern Territory, as set out in the Recovery Plan, are: i. to assess causal factors in the recent decline or local extinction of the species in particular locations, and to determine critical habitat; ii. to manage by 2010 the population in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to maintain or improve population levels (as measured by number of active burrows) against an initial baseline

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