The Australian Mining Review

Architect plans for $100m mining museum


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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