Hendy Cowan

Hendy Cowan


    New resource centre to enhance WA's research status (with pic)

    13/12/2000 12:00 AM

    Deputy Premier Hendy Cowan says the Australian Resources Research Centre (ARRC), due to open at Bentley mid-next year, will further enhance Western Australia’s growing reputation as a centre for research.

    Mr Cowan and the Federal Minister for Science, Industry and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin, today inspected the progress of the new facility at Technology Park.

    The centre will house the Perth-based activities of the CSIRO Divisions of Exploration and Mining and Petroleum Resources, together with Curtin University’s Department of Exploration Geophysics.

    The State Government, through the Department of Commerce and Trade, is contributing $35 million towards the establishment of the centre.

    Mr Cowan said the decision to base the ARRC in WA was recognition of the State’s pre-eminent position as a minerals and energy producer.

    “Already major new research initiatives have been identified for the centre,” he said.

    “CSIRO, together with WA-based companies and other local research providers, will collaborate on developing advanced seismic applications and simulation systems in support of the local mineral exploration and petroleum industries. Research will also focus on the application of enhanced mineral mapping technologies and new mass mining methods.”

    Mr Cowan said these projects were being part funded by the Department of Commerce and Trade as part of their overall funding for the centre.

    Senator Minchin said resources discovered in places such as Kalgoorlie, the North-West Shelf, Broken Hill, Ballarat and Bendigo had contributed significantly to the Australian economy.

    “The ARRC, with its focus clearly on the resource sector, will maintain the significance of that contribution,” he said.

    “Its efforts to develop technology to locate and extract world-class deposits will ensure that Australia is an international leader in the field.

    “Initial estimates forecast that 170 jobs would be created at the centre. Already this has risen to 220, including staff being transferred from CSIRO centres in other states.”

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    Architect's picture of the new Australian Resource Research Centre at Bentley.

    Inspecting work on the new centre are chair of the Technology Park Precinct, Marian Tye, Commerce and Trade chief executive Richard Muirhead, Professor Malcom Richmond of Curtin University and Deputy Premier Hendy Cowan.