Ar­chi­tect plans for $100m min­ing museum

The Australian Mining Review - - NEWS - ELIZ­A­BETH FABRI

FOR­MER WA Gov­ern­ment ar­chi­tect Steve Wood­land has un­veiled plans to build a $100 mil­lion min­ing museum in Perth to pay homage to the State’s rich min­ing his­tory.

Mr Wood­land, who now works as a prin­ci­pal director at ar­chi­tec­ture firm Cox, said the pro­posed museum would act as an ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­ity for chil­dren, and a place for events and cel­e­bra­tions.

“The Museum of Min­ing WA could of­fer experiences like no other in the world,” Mr Wood­land said.

“Min­ing is in many ways a cen­tral part of who we are and yet our vis­i­tors see very lit­tle ev­i­dence of it in our city. Mr Wood­land said im­mer­sive tech­nolo­gies would be utilised to “trans­port the vis­i­tor” into the min­ing arena to wit­ness sounds and shocks of a min­ing ex­plo­ration, be sub­mersed below an oil rig rich in ma­rine life, and drive a Haulpak truck by re­mote con­trol.

The museum would also be home to an ac­tual mine shaft, a real pit and other sim­u­la­tors to give vis­i­tors “com­pelling au­then­tic experiences”.

Mr Wood­land hoped the museum would be built over the next 10 years, and had his sights set on the old East Perth power sta­tion or the Bur­swood Penin­sula as pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions.

“The museum would be a po­tent tourism driver for WA,” he said.

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