Bowen Basin innovation cluster opens

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 24 Oct 2017   Posted by admin


METS Ignited general manager industry implementation Ian Dover presenting at the cluster launch.

BY ELIZABETH FABRI

THE Queensland Government has launched its METS Ignited Bowen Basin Cluster Program set to create more than 3000 additional mining technology jobs in the next decade.

The Mackay pilot program was announced earlier this year as part of the State Government’s Roadmap and Action Plan, part of its $420 million Advance Queensland initiative.

The program is a joint initiative with METS Ignited, and aims to promote collaboration to solve real business problems and in turn deliver more jobs and business opportunities.

“Local miners will identify their challenges, and local mining technology companies will collaborate on innovative solutions to bolster the North Queensland economy,’’ Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said.

“We want to make it easier for companies to turn their ideas into commercial products for market.’’
Member for Mirani Jim Pearce said the Bowen Basin was selected for the program because it was home to world-leading mining, equipment, technology and services companies (METS) with a long history of finding the solutions to the problems faced by miners both locally and internationally.

“Our companies are international market leaders in exploration, mine design and construction, mine safety, minerals processing, remediation and rehabilitation,’’ Mr Pearce said.