A vast bauxite mine, crushing plant and a town and port are growing out of the scrub in a remote peninsular some 300 miles east of Darwin in the north of Australia.
AERIAL VIEWS - Gove township
AERIAL VIEW - Open cut mine site (3 shots)
GV & SV Surveyors and workers
SV Workers (3 shots)
GV & SV's Earthmoving machines preparing roads (3 shots)
AERIAL VIEW - Housing development
GV Alumina plant site
SV TILT DOWN Sacred banyan tree
GV&SV Workers laying cables (3 shots)
GV Bulldozers working (6 shots)
TRAVELLING SHOT - Steel piles for wharf construction moved into water (3 shots)
AERIAL VIEW - Nearby housing site
GV & SVs Workers' children at local school (3 shots)
GV & SVs Sailing dingys (3 shots)
GV & SV Girl swimming (2 shots)
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Background: A vast bauxite mine, crushing plant and a town and port are growing out of the scrub in a remote peninsular some 300 miles east of Darwin in the north of Australia.
It is the biggest project so far attempted by private enterprise in Australia and GBP140 million (300 million dollars) is being spent on the complex.
More than 1,000 workers are keeping construction on schedule. Within a year there will be more than 2,000 working there.
Exploration has revealed some 250 million tons of commercial ore over 107 square miles. Mining of ore is due to begin next year. It will be an open-cut operation. The ore will be carried more than 12 miles by conveyor belt to the plant - the longest conveyor system in Australia. It will take one and a half hours to travel from the crusher to stockpiles near the port where up to half a million tons of ore will be kept. The plant should reach production of a million tons a year by 1973.
Near the site where the Alumina plant is being built is a banyan tree which is sacred to the Aborigines. The tree is being carefully protected.
Eighty-foot steel piles are being welded for wharf construction at the port then floated to the location they are needed. Automatic welding is used because great accuracy is needed to withstand metal fatigue during pile driving. The steel and concrete wharf will be able to take ships of 100,000 tons.
A modern community with air conditioned buildings is growing out of the scrub. It will eventually house more than 4,000 people and will be one of the biggest communities in Australia's far north. Already there are more than 100 children at the school in this rapidly developing corner of the country.