Winchelsea Mine


Winchelsea Mining Pty Ltd (Winchelsea) is a joint venture between the Anindilyakwa Advancement Aboriginal Corporation (AAAC) and AUS China International Mining Pty Ltd.

It was established in 2018 and the project is part of a comprehensive economic strategy to enhance Groote’s Future Fund to maintain important economic, cultural and community programs for the island’s people permanently into the future.

Winchelsea will be an Aboriginal owned and operated mining venture. The Groote Eylandt archipelago was declared the Anindilyakwa Operations Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) in 2006 and is administered by the Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC).

Winchelsea Mine-About

Our Location

The Winchelsea Mine project is located on Winchelsea “Akwamburrkba” Island on the western side of the Gulf of Carpentaria, in the Northern Territory, Australia.

Winchelsea Island is approximately 60km2 in size and lies less than 500m north of the much larger Groote Eylandt (where South 32 – Groote Eylandt Mining Company GEMCO) currently operates a world-class manganese mine.

Akwamburrkba falls within the Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC) area with access to the island by boat from Groote Eylandt which is Australia’s third largest island with an area of 2,285 square kilometres. Under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NT) 1976, the Traditional Owners hold inalienable freehold title over the island.

Groote Archipelago Local Decision

The objectives of the Groote Archipelago Local Decision-Making Agreement include:

I. Identifying the services and priorities which the Anindilyakwa people wish to have control over, and to take responsibility for; and

II. Committing NT Government agencies and, where agreed in Implementation Plans, NT Government owned corporations, to collaborating with the ALC including sharing information, to agree on how this control will be achieved.

To view the Agreement, click here