MMG have commenced planning for the cessation of mineral production at Century and eventual closure of the mine. It is anticipated that open pit production and shipping of zinc will cease in 2015. This assessment of the social impacts of closure of Century Mine uses a five capitals framework to examine the impact of socio-economic changes that have occurred in the Lower Gulf Region during the life of the mine and further changes that are likely as closure-related measures are implemented. The five forms of capital considered are: economic, physical (or man-made), natural, human and social. These broadly align with the Goals and Aspirations that Native Title Groups expressed for the region in the Gulf Communities Agreement negotiated at the outset of the project.
Everingham, J.-A., Barnes, R., Parmenter, J., & Brereton, D. (2014). Social aspects of the closure of Century Mine: Social impact assessment Stage 2. Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining: Brisbane.