Located in north-west Queensland, Century is Australia’s largest open-cut zinc mine.

century mine

Production guidance for 2014 is 465,000 tonnes to 480,000 tonnes of zinc in zinc concentrate and 70,000 to 75,000 tonnes of lead in lead concentrate.

Century produces zinc and lead concentrates at its mining and processing operation at Lawn Hill, located about 250 kilometres north-west of Mount Isa.

Concentrates are then transferred via a 304-kilometre underground pipeline to Century’s Port facility at Karumba for shipping to smelters in Australia, Europe and Asia.

Century is currently in a transition period as it prepares for the end of open cut zinc production in 2015 while MMG continues to examine growth options to utilise Century’s extensive infrastructure in the Gulf.

For up-to-date production figures, refer to the latest MMG quarterly production report.

For contact details of MMG Century's Lawn Hill or Karumba operations, or to enquire about employment or supplier opportunities, please see below.


Transition postcards

Transition overview




Environmental rehabilitation



Key milestones

1869 Base metals discovered in Lawn Hill area
1887 Silver King deposit discovered
1987 Exploration rights granted to CRA (now Rio Tinto)
1990 Century deposit discovered
1997 Pasminco buys Century lease from CRA
1997 Gulf Communities Agreement (GCA) signed between Century Mine, the Queensland Government and the Waayni, Kukatj, Mingginda and Gkuthaarn Native Title Groups
1999 First shipment of zinc concentrates
2004 Zinifex listed and buys Century from Pasminco
2005 RE Joint Venture ends
2008 Zinifex & Oxiana merge to form OZ Minerals as owner-operator
2009 MMG buys Century from Oz Minerals
2015 End of open pit production



Century mine (Lawn Hill)


The Century mine and port operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.

Century mine is a closed site but tours operate on weekends during the cooler months. For information about tours contact Adels Grove.

Karumba Port

Yappar Street
Karumba QLD 4891



Community: For general business or community enquiries, please call 1800 098 721 or email centurycsp@mmg.com.

Jobs: For information about new or existing job vacancies with MMG, visit Careers.

Suppliers: For Suppliers’ information, visit About Us.

Media: For media enquiries (including requests to use images or audio from Transition Postcards) call 07 4769 5980 or email martin.powley@mmg.com.

Century mine (Lawn Hill)

PO Box 8016
Garbutt Business Centre
Garbutt QLD 4814

T +61 7 4769 5031
F +61 7 4769 5631


Community & Stakeholder Partnerships

Freecall 1800 098 721
T +61 7 4769 5432

Karumba Port

PO Box 230
Karumba QLD 4891

T +61 7 4747 6300
F +61 7 4747 6307

MMG Port Administration
T +61 7 4747 6300


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