History and location

Taking its name from the sheep and cattle station where it was found, our Cannington mine in North West Queensland, is one of the world’s largest producers of silver and lead.

The deposit was first discovered as an anomaly in an aerial survey of the region, nearly 30 years ago.  

A lot has happened since then.

Production at the mine has been underway for more than 20 years.

From mine to market

Cannington consists of an underground hard rock mine and surface processing facility, a road-to-rail transfer facility and a concentrate handling and ship loading facility at the Port of Townsville. In Q4 FY22 we transitioned to 100 per cent truck haulage to bring product to the surface.

Silver, lead and zinc are extracted from the ore using grinding, sequential flotation and leaching techniques that produce high-grade, marketable lead and zinc concentrates with a high silver content.


Solar powered

We're helping to deliver reduced greenhouse gas emissions by offsetting gas consumption with solar.

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Playing our part

We’ve seen an incredible amount of change in Cannington and we’ve done our best to bring about some change as well. We support the communities we are part of, including the three local government areas our Cannington operations take place in.

These are the McKinlay Shire where our mine site is located, the Cloncurry Shire which hosts our road to rail transfer and our ship loading facility in the City of Townsville.  We back these communities by investing in infrastructure and buying and employing locally, when we can.

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Supporting STEM workshops

Cannington mentors the next generation of scientists, engineers and coders at a STEM4Schoolkids workshop.

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Helping to build a bridge

A year since devastating floods hit North West Queensland, a donation we made has helped re-open a bridge.

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Every career starts with an opportunity

Our traineeship program opens doors for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees.

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Get in touch with Cannington

Joe Cannington VP
Joe Russell

Joe Russell, Vice President Operations 

Joe began his career with us thirteen years ago when he joined Cannington as a Graduate Mining Engineer. Prior to his appointment to Vice President Operations, Joe was Operations Manager Mining at Cannington where he helped to improve safety and production performance. He also worked at our Worsley Alumina operation as Operations Manager Boddington Bauxite Mine. Joe holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the University of New South Wales as well as a Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency.

Corporate Affairs

Cannington Mine
Via McKinlay
McKinlay Queensland 4823

PO Box 5874
Townsville QLD 4810
Phone: +61 7 4720 1059
Email: [email protected]
COMMUNITY: 1800 317 295