Telfer (Newcrest Mining Ltd)

Owned and operated by Newcrest Mining the Telfer site is one of Australia’s largest gold and copper mines.

Discovered in 1971, the original gold mine operated from 1977 to 2000 and produced close to 6 million ounces of gold.

Changes in market conditions saw the mine close in 2000, with mine production recommencing in 2006 following a comprehensive feasability study which identified opportunties in copper extraction as key to the sites financial viability.

Although the Telfer mine site sits outside the Martu native title determination, Newcrest holds tenements for future development within the determination area, and as such negotiations for a formal Indigenous Land Use Agreement are under way with WDLAC.



Martu Employment and Training


Newcrest Mining has a rich history of meaningful employment and training with Martu people.

Working in partnership Pundulmurra College and Pilbara TAFE, Newcrest has developed training and education programs that put Martu in the strongest possible position to gain and keep employment.

As such, many Martu have been gainfully employed by Newcrest, including WDLAC board member Kevin Fred, who worked at Telfer for ten years.

Newcrest have also supported high school student through Perth-based scholarship opportunities.



Community Relations


Newcrest have also initiated a raft of community relations projects that continue to improve the lives of Martu people, including:

  • Establishment of a renal dialysis program at Jigalong
  • Regular sports carnivals hosted at Martu communities promoting participation and healthy lifestyles
  • Planning for the Niminjarra Highway, a new 130km road to more directly link the communities of Punmu and Parnngurr