The Queensland Government is encouraging collaboration between mining technology companies in the Bowen Basin through a pilot joint initiative with government-funded growth centre METS Ignited (Mining Equipment, Technology and Services).
It is part of a plan to boost the Queensland mining and technology sector, which is worth an annual $7 billion to the economy, with up to 3000 jobs over the next decade.
The proposed collaboration aims to face solutions for challenges such as improving the timeline for rehabilitation of operational mine sites, as well as operational health & safety improvements such as the underground installation of environmental monitoring systems (EMS).
The plan is part of the $420 million Advance Queensland initiative, which is backed by a $7 million mining tech investment.
“The program offers an opportunity for companies that have complementary skills and expertise to collaborate to solve real business problems, to deliver more long-term jobs and business opportunities for regional Queenslanders,” said State Development Minister Anthony Lynham.