- Premier announces expansion of Joe Lord Core Library in Kalgoorlie today
- Construction expected to begin by the end of this year, creating local jobs
The McGowan Government today announced $7 million in funding to expand the capacity of the Joe Lord Core Library in Kalgoorlie.
The world-class facility stores core samples that contain valuable geoscientific information for exploration companies and others seeking new petroleum and mineral discoveries.
Researchers and explorers can inspect the samples and review results to reduce the technical and financial risk of exploration activities. The extension will provide better access, more space and improved facilities to view and analyse the drill cores.
The continued interest in the State Government's Exploration Incentive Scheme has resulted in the Kalgoorlie facility being close to capacity, with all of the current storage areas in use.
WA has two purpose-built drill core libraries, the Joe Lord facility and one in Perth.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"My Government is proud to expand the very essential Joe Lord Core Library and the service it provides to geoscientists, junior explorers and some of the world's biggest miners.
"Reinvigorating exploration activity is a priority during COVID-19 to ensure the resources sector is well-positioned to bounce-back when the global economy recovers.
"It's expected that ground works at the Core Library will commence before Christmas, creating jobs for the local Kalgoorlie-Boulder community."
Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:
"The vast repository of information available at the Joe Lord Core Library can help industry find the next big discovery and potentially save mining companies millions of dollars.
"The core library expansion and the Exploration Incentive Scheme highlight the McGowan Government's ongoing support of the exploration industry.
"Measures to reduce exploration risk and attract investment will ensure resource exploration continues to prosper in Western Australia."
Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn:
"This is an exciting announcement for the community and the local resources industry.
"I know that local exploration geologists in particular will be very happy to hear this announcement as the core library is currently almost chock-a-block.
"The expansion of the Joe Lord Core Library will stimulate construction activity, create job opportunities and support local businesses."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Mines and Petroleum Minister's office - 6552 6700