The Alligator Rivers Region Advisory Committee (ARRAC), established under the Environment Protection (Alligator Rivers Regions) Act 1978, provides a forum for community liaison and engagement on uranium mining activities in the ARR. ARRAC members, including representatives of government and regulatory bodies, stakeholders organisations, and mining companies involved in uranium mining in the ARR, are appointed by the Minister for the Environment.
Public disclosure of environmental performance through ARRAC is an important means of ensuring transparency in the regulatory process. The Committee also assists in providing assurance to the broader community that the ARR environment (including the dual World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park) remains protected from uranium mining impacts.
At each meeting, members provide reports and presentations including operational updates from uranium exploration and mining companies, updates on monitoring, audit and assessment programs, and any other topics of relevance to the committee.
Consistent with the provisions of the Act, ARRAC currently comprises:
- an independent Chairperson;
- the Supervising Scientist;
- the Director of National Parks;
- a representative of the Administrator of the Northern Territory;
- a representative of the Northern Land Council;
- a representative of an environment organisation nominated by the Minister; and
- members representing relevant industry, community and government stakeholder organisations.
ARRAC meets twice a year, once in Darwin and once in Jabiru.