Gove residents seek answers at mine meeting

Community members in Nhulunbuy are hoping for answers about the town's future at a meeting with Pacific Aluminium today.

The Rio Tinto-owned company has been threatening to close its facility at Gove if the Northern Territory Government does not guarantee an unconditional gas supply.

The chairman of East Arnhem Regional Futures Alliance, Klaus Helms, says he is disappointed an agreement has not been reached.

"Everyone was hoping by the end of the month we'd have some sort of a decision," he said.

"I'm not going to second guess what the mining company thinks or wants on the deal, I mean I'm more concerned on the effects on the region if we don't get gas." The Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce says the Government must put the Territory's energy future ahead of securing gas for Gove.

The Chamber's Chief Executive, Greg Bicknell, says the Northern Territory must find more gas for the domestic market before the Government commits a supply to Gove.

"At the moment ENI can't provide those guarantees," he said.

"So even though Gove is very important to us, not at the expense of what may be a bit of a disaster for us in 15 years time, and we don't want to be in that situation."

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