Coal giant gets behind new Resources Centre of Excellence
Construction of the centre is due to begin next month and it is expected to be open for business in March next year.
BMA asset president James Palmer described it as a critical hub to bring together research, education and the resources industry in Mackay.
“We’re excited about the possibilities, which is why BMA is stepping up to support what will be the home for learning & innovation in our industry in Central Queensland,” he said.
“BMA is committed to making the Resources Centre of Excellence successful, sustainable and of value to the region as the resources industry embarks on a significant period of change, driven by technology.”
“This is much more than a financial decision. We are also bringing our expertise and know-how to realise the project, which will be a boon for this region.”
Mackay Regional Council is driving the project, providing $3.6 million for the development – matched by $3.6 million from the State Government.
Phase 1 of the project will include an Underground Mining Simulated Training Facility (UMSTF) and a research lab.
There will be a focus on bringing together the various resources-related training, testing and research facilities and services currently available in the region.