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In North West Queensland, on an old sheep and cattle station, is our Cannington mine, one of the world's largest producers of silver and lead.


McKinlay, QLD


PO Box 5874,
Townsville QLD 4810

Key statistics

195.6 kt

FY23 zinc equivalent production




FY23 investment in local communities

Our operations

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.

The deposit was first discovered as an anomaly in an aerial survey of the region, nearly 30 years ago, and production at the mine has been underway for more than 20 years.

Partnering with communities

Australian Indigenous education foundation students visit Cannington

Partnering with communities

We support the communities in the three local government areas which host our Cannington operations.

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.

Our commodities

  • 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.


Mail: PO Box 5874, Townsville QLD 4810

External Affairs , Cannington

Email: [email protected] Phone: 1800 317 295