Real mine experience in the centre of Perth

Mining students in Western Australia have the opportunity to learn about the industry right in the middle of the Perth CBD.

The Central Institute of Technology’s Cut Mine is located in the heart of the capital city, miles away from the real mines in the North-West.

But that doesn’t mean students won’t get a realistic mine experience.

The simulated mine is a dark, damp and noisy training pit and Mines lecturer Charles Dornan said it provides an opportunity for students to decide if they can handle the mining life.

"We used to get students who would think mining was terrific and go out into the industry and then say, ‘No this isn’t for me I can’t handle it’," Dornan told Perth Now.

"By that point the mining company would have spent between $5000 to $8000 on their induction."

Dorman was a driving force in the development of the Australian-first mine which is built out of a disused service tunnel.

It is only a few metres below the ground, but gives the illusion of being kilometres under the surface.

"We got TV set designers to come in and they simulated rock walls," Mr Dornan said.

"It also has loud drilling sounds, a vent fan to pump air into where you’re going to work and the students wear overalls to make them sweat."

Dornan trains students in the mine for three to four hours at a time, going oversafety, geology and face mapping.


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