BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has announced $2.3 million in funding to turn regional Queenslanders into budding industry professionals.
This will support the appointment of a general manager for Mackay’s Resources Centre of Excellence (RCOE), and CQUniversity chair of automation and future work skills.
BMA last year committed $475,000 to support the establishment of RCOE as a world-class mining centre in Mackay.
The centre is valued at $7 million and was jointly funded by the Queensland Government and Mackay Regional Council.
BMA asset president James Palmer said the company was committed to developing Queensland as a world leader in mining innovation.
“We want to see people currently in the industry or planning a career in the industry to have the best skills and training in the world and we want them to be proud and say it all started for them in regional Queensland,” he said.
The RCOE general manager and CQUniversity (CQU) chair will work together and focus on exploiting advanced technologies in the mining and METS (mining equipment, technology and services) industries.
A key component of this will be to develop models for innovation, skills and training for regional communities.
Chairman of the RCOE board, Tony Caruso said industry support would be vital as jobs changed.
“The support of BMA and our collaboration with CQUniversity will enable the region to play an integral role in shaping the mines of the future,” he said.
CQU associate vice president (North Queensland and Hinterland region) Pierre Viljoen said a crucial element of the research is about training and education.
“We need to ensure that the training and education provided will prepare our people for new and exciting jobs as industries continue to innovate,” he concluded.
The RCOE will open next month.