​Returning to work at McArthur River Mine is like coming home for Gurdanji elder Ronnie Raggett.

Born just across the river from the mine at the old McArthur River station, he is delighted to be back working on his country as part of MRM's environment rehabilitation team.

Three generations of Raggetts have worked at MRM. Ronnie worked here in the late nineties before leaving to work at Balbirini Station.

His sons, young Ronnie and Clarrie, worked on the construction of the mine in the early nineties. Young Ronnie came back years later as a machinery operator while grandson Jordon is currently an operator at the mine.

His family keeps returning to the place they regard as special.

"It's home. That's why we keep coming back," Ronnie said.

"This is my land. It's good to be back home."

While these days Ronnie lives with his wife May in Borroloola, the land on which MRM mine site is situated has deep significance for him and others from the Gurdanji language group.

Ronnie is Jungai for this part of the Gurdanji estate. He is like a knowledge manager, helping the Traditional Owners ensure all activities are carried out in accordance with Traditional Law.

He started his working life at 12 years old as a drover's kid, which probably explains his strong work ethic. While many great grandfathers are starting to wind down, Ronnie has just taken on his new role working as part of the environment rehabilitation team.

His job involves weed control as well as propagating seedlings for the rehabilitation of the McArthur River channel. Last year more than 30,000 trees were planted along the banks, which means there is a constant demand for new seedlings to keep up this pace.

While Ronnie's role is in the rehabilitation team, he is also seen as a mentor among younger men and women who are keen to stop and have a chat.

 "I keep on meeting new people every day," Ronnie said. "They are very friendly and always pull up to have a yarn."

Ronnie said he is enjoying his new role, although he has enjoyed a close association with MRM throughout the years. As an important man for the land the mine is situated on, he and the Traditional Owners are consulted on a regular basis about a range of issues regarding the local country.