Core li­brary is na­tion’s big­gest

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

PERTH will be home to Aus­tralia’s big­gest and new­est drill core fa­cil­ity as part of the $7.3 mil­lion Perth Core Li­brary trans­for­ma­tion in Carlisle.

The $5.1 mil­lion con­struc­tion stage was launched last week.

Mines and Pe­tro­leum Min­is­ter Bill Marmion said con­struc­tion would in­volve the ex­pan­sion and mod­erni­sa­tion of the his­toric li­brary to drive the dis­cov­ery of new re­sources.

“I thank the Fed­eral Govern­ment for its $1.2 mil­lion con­tri­bu­tion, which will help this ex­pan­sion yield not only a na­tional-lead­ing fa­cil­ity, but a world-class ex­plo­ration re­source,” Mr Marmion said.

“With the chal­lenges fac­ing the in­dus­try, it is cru­cial we do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to pro­mote min­ing and pe­tro­leum de­vel­op­ments and the jobs and in­no­va­tions they will de­liver.”

The li­brary con­tains sam­ples dat­ing to the 1890s and stores more than 500km of drill core.

Mines and Pe­tro­leum Min­is­ter Bill Marmion, Fed­eral Fi­nance Min­is­ter Mathias Cor­mann and Ex­plo­ration Com­pa­nies CEO Si­mon Ben­ni­son ex­am­in­ing some of the hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres of drill core.

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