Innovation hub aims to accelerate industry growth

The Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE) will gather some of Australia’s top mining minds for an innovation project in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

The hub is expected to run for two years as a node of CRC ORE, with the expectation of producing a sustainable long-term operation. A director for the hub and an industry-backed advisory committee will be established and set up in the Western Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) in Kalgoorlie.

Industry partners at this early stage include Curtin University’s Western Australian School of Mines (WASM), the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA), METS Ignited, the city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder itself, and the central regional TAFE and the CME, indicating strong support.

“The strong support from the resource sector and government illustrates its importance for the future of the industry,” Rowena Olsen, director of the CME’s eastern region, said.

“This sets up a strong platform for finding better ways of extracting minerals from rock and processing them efficiently. We are looking to ensure Australia produces the highest quality product at the lowest cost with minimal environmental impact.”