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The Centralian Advocate Fri 8 Jan 2021



The Centralian Advocate Fri 8 Jan 2021


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FRIDAY JANUARY 8 2021 NEWS 13 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA End of era for ERA THE nations longest running uranium mine ceases production today closing the door on Jabirus 40-year history as a mining town. Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) Ranger uranium mine has been a major supplier to global energy markets as well as being a key contributor to the Kakadu region and the Northern Territory. With all mining and pro cessing activities at Ranger ending, the focus now turns to the comprehensive rehabilitation of the Ranger Project Area. The Ranger ore body, the richest in the southern hemisphere, was discovered in late 1969 and the mine operation began in 1980, reaching full production of uranium oxide in 1981. The Ranger mine ultimately led to the construction of the township of Jabiru in 1982. During that time, Ranger has produced more than 132,000 tonnes of uranium oxide. Jabiru was originally a closed town to house the community living at Jabiru East near the Ranger uranium mine 8km away. Both the mine and the town are completely surrounded by Kakadu National Park. At its peak ERA was a major local employer and the population was several thousand, but according to the 2016 census of population, there were just 1081 people in Jabiru. Under the current legal framework, ERA was required to cease mining and processing activities on the Ranger Project Area by January 8, with final rehabilitation to be completed by January 2026. Rehabilitating the Ranger mine is expected to cost about $808m. ERA says it holds funds for rehabilitation and future monitoring of the Ranger Project Area in accordance with the Ranger Mine Closure Plan. ERA said its financial contributions had been made under a contractual deed of agreement with the commonwealth government that had been in place since 1994 for the purpose of research into the environmental effects of uranium mining. ERA's Ranger uranium mine, which led to the construction of Jabiru township, will cease production today. Picture: ERA GARY SHIPWAY Ranger uranium mine closes door after 40 years Surge in new home approvals GOVERNMENT housing schemes such as HomeBuilder are causing a surge in the number of newly approved residential properties being built across Australia. Latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistic shows total dwelling approvals across both commercial and residential markets rose 2.6 per cent in November compared with the previous month. The rise in new building approvals is being fuelled by additional stimulus measures implemented by federal and state governments in order to boost economic activity during the downturn sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. Private sector housing is the main influence causing the rise in the economic indicator, with $5.8bn worth of new residential buildings being committed over the month. Residential housing approvals have risen for five consecutive months and at levels not seen since December 1999. Housing Industry Association economist Angela Lillicrap said the low interest-rate environment was also fuelling the increase in dwelling approvals. HIA New Home Sales data suggests that detached house building approvals will continue to be strong over the coming months, she said. The extension of HomeBuilder at the end of November is not a factor in this months result but will see the strength in detached house approvals extend into 2021. GERARD COCKBURN XMAS LOBSTERS CLAW BACK LOSSES THE peak body representing the countrys seafood sector says Australians have backed local producers following Chinas decision to turn its back on the industry last year. December sales data provided by Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) shows local consumption rose 30 per cent compared with the same period in 2019, with reduced lob ster prices a major attraction for consumers switching to domestic produce. SIA chief executive Veronica Papacosta said the bumper Christmas period assisted the sector in clawing back some of the expected losses from the China trade fallout. We needed a bumper Christmas period to help us claw our way back, Ms Papa costa said. We called on the community to support us and switch one meal on the Christmas table to Australian seafood, and we are beyond thrilled to report they did just that. Woolworths flagged rock lobster sales were 20 times higher in 2020 Christmas trading compared with 2019 figures for the same period. BUNNINGS PART OF VIRUS SAFETY PROBE BUNNINGS is one of 24 companies being investigated by Victorias workplace safety watchdog over possible COVID-19 safety breaches. WorkSafe Victoria chief Colin Radford revealed the workplaces under investigation in a written response to the parliamentary Public Accounts and Estimates Com mittee. Bunnings Group Limited and Bertocchi Smallgoods were listed, while motion picture giant Warner Bros was also being investigated. St Vincents Hospital Melbourne was among the list, as were aged-care facilities such as Epping Gardens, St Basils in Fawkner and Baptcare Wyndam Lodge Community. There is no suggestion any of the companies have breached their duty of care, only that they are being investigated by WorkSafe Victoria. An investigation into Melbourne abattoir Cedar Meats at the centre of an outbreak of 111 infections has concluded with no charges or prosecution recommended. Have you claimed your government Incentives yet? 1300 724 516 www.energiegroup.com.au jamiec@ega.energy Energie Group Australia Pty Ltd 4 Makagon Rd Berrimah @env1rosun