Primary Gold Pty Ltd is proposing to recommence open-cut gold mining across two mine sites, Rustlers Roost and Quest 29, located in the Mount Bundey region, approximately 100 km south east of Darwin, via the Arnhem Highway.
Stage 1: Referral
NT EPA notices
- Notice of Decision to accept proponent initiated EIS referral – 23 February 2021
- Notice of Decision and Statement of Reasons – 11 May 2021
- Terms of Reference for an EIS – 11 May 2021
Statutory notice (25 February 2021)
The NT EPA published a statutory notice on 25 February 2021 inviting public comment on a proponent initiated EIS referral submitted by Primary Gold Pty Ltd for the Rustlers Roost and Quest 29 open cut mine redevelopment.
Interested persons were invited to make a submission by 9 April 2021. The NT EPA published the notice in accordance with regulation 52(1) of the Environment Protection Regulations 2020.
One anonymous submission was received in relation to the referral and has been withheld from publication in accordance with regulation 269 of Environment Protection Regulations 2020.
Referral - Proponent initiated EIS documents
|Referral Main Report|
|Statement of Reasons|
|Draft Terms of Reference|
Stage 2: Assessment
Significant variation (section 51)
NT EPA notices about the significant variation
- NT EPA Notice of decision to accept significant variation of proposed action – 26 August 2021
- NT EPA Notice of decision and statement of reasons about assessment of significant variation – 5 October 2021
Public consultation on a significant variation
Statutory notice (30 August 2021)
The NT EPA published a statutory notice on 30 August 2021 to invite public comment on a notice of significant variation submitted by Primary Gold Pty Ltd for the Rustlers Roost and Quest 29 Open Cut Mine Re-development.
Interested persons were invited to make a submission by 24 September 2021. The NT EPA published the notice in accordance with regulation 170(1) of the Environment Protection Regulations 2020.
|Submissions received on the significant variation||Type|
|Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority|
|Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security|
|Department of Health|
|Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade - Resource|
|Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics|
Significant variation documents
|Significant variation form|
|Significant variation - Main Report|
Draft environmental impact statement
NT EPA notice about the draft environmental impact statement
- NT EPA Direction to include additional information in the supplement to the draft environmental impact statement – 18 February 2022
Public consultation on a draft environmental impact statement
Statutory notice (8 November 2021)
The NT EPA published a statutory notice on 8 November 2021 to invite public comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Rustlers Roost and Quest 29 Open-Cut Mine Redevelopment.
Interested persons were invited to make a submission by 13 January 2022. The NT EPA published the notice in accordance with regulation 133 of the Environment Protection Regulations 2020.
|Submissions received on the Draft EIS||Type|
|Government authority submissions|
|1||Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority||PDF 408.9 KB|
|2||Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security||PDF 2.3 MB|
|3||Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade||PDF 2.2 MB|
|4||Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics - Transport||PDF 40.3 KB|
|5||Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Service||PDF 105.6 KB|
|6||Environment Centre NT (ECNT)||PDF 156.8 KB|
|Draft Environmental Impact Statement||Type|
|Declaration form||PDF 713.5 KB|
|Executive Summary||PDF 3.2 MB|
|Sections 1 to 4 – Introduction, Regulatory context, Stakeholder engagement and Project description||PDF 17.6 MB|
|Sections 5 and 6 – Existing environment and risk assessment||PDF 4.8 MB|
|Section 7.1 – Terrestrial environmental quality||PDF 4.3 MB|
|Section 7.2 – Terrestrial ecosystems||PDF 8.0 MB|
|Section 7.3 – Hydrological Processes||PDF 5.4 MB|
|Section 7.4 – Inland water environmental quality||PDF 5.8 MB|
|Section 7.5 – Aquatic ecosystems||PDF 8.0 MB|
|Section 7.6 – Community and economy||PDF 2.1 MB|
|Section 8 – Other environmental factors||PDF 1.2 MB|
|Section 9 – Commonwealth Governments matters||PDF 1.3 MB|
|Section 10 – Environmental management||PDF 668.9 KB|
|Section 11 – Holistic impacts||PDF 1.4 MB|
|Section 12 – Conclusion of predicted impacts||PDF 667.0 KB|
|Section 13 - References||PDF 627.1 KB|
Supplement to the Draft EIS
Public consultation on the Supplement to the draft EIS
Please refer to the NT EPA consultation page.
Statutory notice (10 October 2022)
The NT EPA published a statutory notice on 10 October 2022 inviting public comment on the Supplement to the draft EIS (Supplement) for the Rustlers Roost and Quest 29 Open-Cut Mine Redevelopment, submitted by the Primary Gold Pty Ltd. The NT EPA published the notice in accordance with regulation 139 of the Environment Protection Regulations 2020.
|Supplement to the draft EIS||Type|
|Declaration Form||PDF 712.7 KB|
|Supplement to the draft EIS (main document)||PDF 9.4 MB|