New growth cen­tre to drive in­no­va­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment will in­vest $15.4 mil­lion over four years in a new Growth Cen­tre to drive in­no­va­tion, com­pet­i­tive­ness and pro­duc­tiv­ity in the oil, gas, coal and ura­nium sec­tors.

The cen­tre, to be known as Na­tional En­ergy Re­sources Aus­tralia (NERA), will be based in Kens­ing­ton but work na­tion­ally, link­ing busi­nesses and re­searchers in the en­ergy re­sources sec­tor.

It will be co-lo­cated with the WA En­ergy Re­search Al­liance, which is a partnership be­tween the CSIRO, Curtin Univer­sity and UWA.

Swan MHR Steve Irons said NERA would help Perth es­tab­lish it­self as a world hub for re­search in en­ergy and min­er­als.

“I look for­ward to see­ing this col­lab­o­ra­tion in­crease na­tional pro­duc­tiv­ity and com­pet­i­tive­ness,” Mr Irons said.

“It will help to po­si­tion the en­ergy and re­sources sec­tor for the next wave of in­vest­ment by di­rect­ing re­search to in­dus­try needs, and drive col­lab­o­ra­tion and in­no­va­tion to im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity to en­sure Aus­tralia’s en­ergy sec­tor re­mains glob­ally com­pet­i­tive.”

In­dus­try, In­no­va­tion and Science Min­is­ter Christo­pher Pyne said the Growth Cen­tre would fo­cus on har­ness­ing the sec­tor’s strength and putting re­search to work.

“It will work closely with re­searchers from uni­ver­si­ties, CSIRO and Co-op­er­a­tive Re­search Cen­tres to build links with busi­ness and in­dus­try or­gan­i­sa­tions,” he said.

The cen­tre is part of the Gov­ern­ment’s $248 mil­lion in­dus­try growth cen­tres ini­tia­tive to boost in­no­va­tion in Aus­tralian in­dus­try.

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