Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney Brenda Strong

Five firms fight to develop bauxite near Aurukun

A FIVE-way war will be fought between some of the world's largest aluminium firms after the State revealed the shortlist of those vying to develop bauxite on the Cape York Peninsula.

It will be between Rio Tinto Aluminium, the state-owned Aluminium Corporation of China, Cape Alumina Consortium, Glencore International AG and the comparatively young Australian Indigenous Resources.

Each will give the LNP government detailed plans of what they intend to develop near the town of Aurukun by mid-September.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney expects a result before the end of the year.

"Our key objectives are to maximise the benefits and returns from the mine to the native titleholders of the Aurukun community and to maximise the financial returns to Queensland," he said.