The mining sector in East Arnhem has the largest output by industry, generating $1,693.4 million in 2018/19 and is the largest employer, generating 1,493 jobs.
Mining and resources continue to play a significant part in the East Arnhem economy, with Rio Tinto’s Gove Operations bauxite extraction activities set to continue for approximately the next decade. Another mining company on the Gove Peninsula, and supplier of bauxite to Rio Tinto, is the Gulkula Mining Company located on the Dhupuma Plateau approximately 30 kilometres south of the Nhulunbuy township. The Gulkula Mining Company is Australia’s first Aboriginal-owned and operated bauxite mine.
With Rio Tinto’s workforce being primarily residential, mining employees have embraced the Nhulunbuy community and lifestyle, and contribute substantially to the regional economy.