The Northern Territory Government has told residents at the mining town of Nhulunbuy that it has a contingency plan in place if the town's alumina refinery closes.
About 30 people were expected to attend today's meeting in Nhulunbuy to discuss the region's future.
But more than 100 turned out to speak with the Chief Minister Terry Mills and representatives from Rio Tinto.
The company is reviewing its refining operations amid tough market conditions.
It is also negotiating with the Northern Territory Government to secure a gas supply so it can move away from its expensive diesel power generation.
Both the company and the Government have reaffirmed their commitment to the town and its future.
The Chief Minister says the Government does have a contingency plan in case the operation closes, but would not be drawn to provide any details.
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