Emmerson-McKay Cup

Wednesday 24th October, 2012 marked the second annual Emmerson-McKay Cup.  This year the Tennant Creek Clontarf Academy's Barkly Blazers took on the Yirara Clontarf Academy Brumbies at Purkiss Reserve, Tennant Creek. It was a close game with both teams playing well, in the end the Barkly Blazers took out the match for the second year running, keeping the Cup in Tennant Creek for yet another year.

Clontarf Foundation Community Challenge & Celebration

On the evening of Thursday 7th June, 2012, Emmerson Resources participated in the first AFL match between the Tennant Creek Clontarf Academy's Barkly Blazers and the 'Miners and Drillers'.

The Miners and Drillers won the match, with Emmerson's very own Allan Spence taking out Best and Fairest.

February 2010 Bus Rollver Incident

In February of 2010 a number of Emmerson Resources employees in Tennant Creek were called to the scene of a bus rollover on the Stuart Hwy, some 120km north of Tennant Creek.

Called upon to provide assistance in this emergency were:

  • Steve Russell - Exploration Manager
  • Justin Hankinson - Consulltant Special Projects, and
  • Sam Cameron - Office Administrator

St John Ambulance Australia (NT) wrote the following letter in appreciation:

Traditional Owners

The traditional owners of land in the Tennant Creek Mineral Field are represented by the Central Land Council, or “CLC”.

The Cental Land Council is a representative body promoting Aboriginal rights. It is a statutory authority under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 and also has functions under the Native Title Act 1993 and the Pastoral Land Act 1992.

For more information on the CLC, contact the following website: www.clc.org.au

Aboriginal Land

The Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 legislates that mining and exploration companies must obtain the consent of, and in certain cases agreement with the traditional owners, for the grant of mineral rights and to gain access and explore on Aboriginal lands.

There are two types of aboriginal land rights within the Tennant Creek Mineral Field:

  1. The Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NT) 1996 provides for Aboriginal freehold land, vested in the name of the Warumungu Aboriginal Land Trust, and
  2. The Native Title Act applies to Partta Aboriginal Corporation Land (NT freehold title) as well as land under Pastoral Lease in the area.

Emmerson Resources are party to nine separate agreements with the Central Land Council (four agreements covering Aboriginal Freehold Land, five agreements covering Pastoral Lease). These agreements detail the terms and conditions pertaining to Emmerson Resources' exploration access, activities and future mine development on these lands.

Tennant Creek Areas covered by CLC Agreements 

Each agreement includes various provisions, including but not limited to:

  1. The protection of sacred sites and aboriginal interests.
  2. Environmental protection and rehabilitation.
  3. Aboriginal employment.
  4. Work planning and execution.
  5. Compensation and other payments.

Emmerson Resources prides itself on continuing the legacy of good relationships with the traditional land owners of the Tennant Creek Mineral Field.


Two large pastoral leases co-exist with mining and exploration leases in the Tennant Creek Mineral Field:

  • Philip Creek Station
  • Tennant Creek Station

Emmerson Resources Pastoral Lease Boundaries

Pastoralism was one of the first industries to be established in the Northern Territory and formed the basis for the early non-aboriginal settlement.

In spatial terms, pastoralism is the dominant land based industry in the Territory, occupying approximately 55% of the land area and extending from the high rainfall monsoonal areas of the Top End in the north, to the arid regions of the Alice Springs District in the south.

The Pastoral industry provides 44% of the total output of the Northern Territory primary industry and fisheries sector and is a significant source of income and employment in the regional areas of the Northern Territory. The NT pastoral sector is free of serious diseases like foot and mouth disease, brucellosis and tuberculosis.

For more information on the NT Pastoral Industry, visit the following web-site: www.nt.gov.au/dpifm

Emmerson Resources is proud to maintain sound working relationships with the Pastoral Lease holders in the Tennant Creek Mineral Field.

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