PNX Metals Limited (PNX) proposes to recommence mining of the Fountain Head open pit, which is situated on granted mineral leases north of the Mt Wells road between the towns of Pine Creek and Adelaide River, approximately 170 km south of Darwin. Ore will be mined using traditional drilling and blasting techniques and gold extracted using a carbon-in pulp process. The life of mine is three years.

Stage 1: Notice of Intent

On 16 March 2020 the NT EPA decided the Fountain Head Gold Project requires assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act 1982 at the level of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Fountain Head Gold Project Type
Notice of Intent PDF 9.1 MB
NT EPA Statement of Reasons PDF 271.1 KB
Terms of Reference for an EIS PDF 221.1 KB

Stage 2: Assessment

Draft environmental impact statement

NT EPA notices about the Draft EIS

Public consultation on the Draft EIS

Statutory notice (9 June 2021)

The NT EPA published a statutory notice on 9 June 2021 inviting public comment on the Draft EIS for the Fountain Head Gold Project, proposed by PNX Limited. Interested persons were invited to make a submission by Friday 6 August 2021.

The NT EPA published the notice in accordance with clause 9 of the Environmental Assessment Administrative Procedures 1984.


Draft EIS Type
Declaration Form PDF 176.5 KB
Executive Summary PDF 2.9 MB
Table of Contents PDF 415.0 KB
Environmental Impact Statement main report PDF 23.5 MB
1 Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Assessment PDF 1.9 MB
2 Environmental Noise Assessment PDF 1.2 MB
3 Site Water and Solute Balance Modelling PDF 4.0 MB
4 Flood Assessment and Surface Water Management PDF 9.9 MB
5 Soil Infiltration and Solute Fate Assessment PDF 1.1 MB
6 Geochemical Characterisation of Waste Rock and Ore PDF 4.8 MB
7 Geochemical Characterisation of Fountain Head CIL Tailings PDF 475.1 KB
8 Hayes Creek Project Flora and Fauna Report PDF 6.0 MB
9 Aquatic Baseline Characterisation Report - Fountain Head and Hayes Creek Zinc, Gold and Silver Projects PDF 14.6 MB
10 Archaeological Assessment of PNX Metals Fountain Head Gold Project PDF 14.6 MB
11 Socio-Economic Impact Assessment Report PDF 8.2 MB
12 Traffic Impact Assessment PDF 1.4 MB
13 Traffic Management Plan PDF 1.7 MB
14 EIS Contributors PDF 128.6 KB
15 EIS Cross-reference PDF 237.1 KB
16 Water Management Plan PDF 17.4 MB
18 Mine Closure Plan PDF 3.2 MB
19 Water Quality Results Tables PDF 339.8 KB
20 Macroinvertebrate SIGNAL 2 Score Calculations PDF 113.8 KB
21 Stakeholder Engagement Plan PDF 1.2 MB
22 Commitments Register PDF 223.7 KB
23 Risk Register PDF 96.8 KB
24 Cultural Heritage Management Plan PDF 12.8 MB
25 Estimates of PAF Waste Rock Volumes at Fountain Head PDF 1.8 MB
26 Tailings Storage Facility Scoping Study PDF 6.7 MB
27 Fountain Head Evaporator Emissions Study PDF 1.9 MB
Supplement to the Draft EIS Type
Supplement to the Draft EIS Main Report PDF 11.1 MB
1 Submissions Received PDF 6.3 MB
2 NT EPA Direction PDF 116.9 KB
3 Emission Concentration Review PDF 228.4 KB
4 Groundwater Monitoring Plan PDF 7.2 MB
5 Water Management Plan PDF 67.0 MB
6 Waste Rock Management Plan PDF 699.2 KB
7 Commitments Register PDF 212.6 KB
8 Pit Lake Water Quality Assessment PDF 5.4 MB
9 Blasting Impact Report PDF 2.2 MB
10 Mine Closure Plan PDF 2.8 MB
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