Resources Centre of Excellence ready to roll
Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick today inspected the finishing touches at the centre, jointly funded by the State Government and Mackay Regional Council.
He said the facility would ensure the Mackay region remained one of the world’s best sources for mining expertise and innovation in the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector.
“Featuring a simulated underground coal mine for training and research, including emergency response, the centre will provide training and education, biomedical research, product innovation and demonstration and help to create the jobs and skills of the future,” he said.
Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson (above) said it was exciting that this innovative facility was about to be completed on budget and on time.
“Local construction company Fergus Builders have been hard at work on the construction of an administration building, workshop and laboratory, including landscaping and utilities and its fantastic to see this state-of-the-art facility come out of the ground,” he said.
“This project is a great example of council working together with State Government and industry to deliver what will become a key landmark for Mackay as an international METS hub.
“We have the expertise of the Resource Industry Network to operate the centre and they will be actively showcasing the capabilities of the facility to international audiences at resource sector events and conferences when they recommence.”