The Western Australian Government is offering support for the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) in the form of a $3 million funding injection launched by Treasurer Ben Wyatt.
Officially announced in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the extra funding includes $1 million for each of the 2017-18 and 2018-19 financial years. The $1 million boost allocated for the current financial year brings the total 2017-18 spend to $3 million.
The funding announcement is expected to provide a boost for research and development (R&D), mining technology and mineral research that will, in Wyatt’s words, “promote collaborative research and innovation for the Western Australian resources industry”.
The investment is part of a push by the McGowan Government for a commitment to mining investment in WA.
In 2018, it plans to implement a female-only PhD scholarship programme to attract more women to the mining industry, building on a $1.25 million PhD Education Programme implemented by the predecessor Barnett Government in 2014.