Mining skills and knowledge hub open for business
State Development Minister Kate Jones said the one-of-a-kind facility in Queensland featured an Underground Simulator Mining Facility, control room, workshop, laboratory, and classrooms.
“This is about creating jobs and ensuring locals have the training they need to fill them,” Ms Jones said.
“The government has a clear strategy to rebuild Queensland’s economy and save jobs. Projects like this are vital to that strategy.”
Assistant Minister for Treasury and Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the coal mine simulator spanned more than 6800sq m and replicated the physical conditions of working underground.
“The centre will provide safer and more accelerated training options for students and apprentices, and support companies developing new products and researching the field,” she said.
“It’s infrastructure like that will attract more private sector investment and create new jobs.”
The centre will be run by the Resource Industry Network.
BMA asset president James Palmer said BMA was proud to support the Resources Centre of Excellence.
“It is a world-class facility that will drive innovation in the mining and METS sector across the entire region,” said Mr Palmer.
“The collaborative nature of the RCOE will mean that the brightest minds can connect with this experience to drive innovation and growth, critically as we all turn our attention to Queensland’s economic recovery.”
“We want to see people have the best skills and training in the world and we want them to be proud to say it all started for them in regional Queensland.”
IMAGE: RIN chairman David Hartigan and acting general manager Mark Walter at the opening of the Resources Centre of Excellence with Innovation Minister Kate Jones and Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert.
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