Gold­fields in­no­va­tion hub opens


THE Cham­ber of Min­er­als and En­ergy (CME) WA has joined forces with the Co­op­er­a­tive Re­search Cen­tre for Op­ti­mis­ing Resource Ex­trac­tion (CRC ORE) to es­tab­lish a new min­ing in­no­va­tion hub in the heart of Kal­go­or­lie.

The Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der Min­ing In­no­va­tion Hub brings to­gether some of the coun­try’s top en­gi­neers, sci­en­tists and min­ing ex­perts to test new tech­nolo­gies aimed at revo­lu­tion­is­ing the way min­eral de­posits are mined to max­imise prof­its and min­imise en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts.

The hub will also pro­vide train­ing for min­ing pro­fes­sion­als with sup­port from in­dus­try part­ners such as Curtin Univer­sity’s WA School of Mines (WASM) and the Cen­tral Re­gional TAFE.

Other part­ners in­cluded METS Ig­nited, the Min­er­als Re­search In­sti­tute of West­ern Aus­tralia (MRIWA) and the City of Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der.

CME chief executive Reg Howard-Smith said the new hub would strengthen WA’s rep­u­ta­tion as a world-leader in the ex­trac­tion and pro­cess­ing of pre­vi­ous met­als and ce­ment its stand­ing as a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence in min­ing education and re­search.

“CME is thrilled to be play­ing such an im­por­tant role in this pro­ject, which will go a long way in en­sur­ing the long-term sus­tain­abil­ity and profitabil­ity of the in­dus­try,” Mr Howard-Smith said.

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