News Date: 11 Sep 2017
Joint Media Release:
Hon Ben Wyatt LLB MSc MLA
Treasurer; Minister for Finance; Energy; Aboriginal Affairs
Hon Bill Johnston MLA
Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Commerce and Industrial Relations; Electoral Affairs; Asian Engagement
The McGowan Government will inject an additional $2 million in funding to the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA).
Treasurer Ben Wyatt was in Kalgoorlie-Boulder today to officially announce the extra funding, which was revealed in the State Budget last week.
An additional $1 million will be provided in the 2017-18 financial year (bringing the total to $3 million), and $1 million for the 2018-19 financial year (increasing the total to $2 million).
Investing in research and development to find minerals, increases the recovery of valuable metals and minerals, improves productivity and develops new mineral products and markets.
Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt:
"The MRIWA is a key example of the State Government's plan to foster and promote collaborative research and innovation for the Western Australian resources industry.
"The additional funding aims to encourage greater investment and could help find the next big mineral discovery, which could create more jobs for our State.
"Creating and supporting jobs for Western Australians is the McGowan Government's number one priority."
Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:
"We recognise that the mineral and petroleum industries are the backbone of the Western Australian economy and key drivers for job creation.
"The funding will help WA stay at the forefront of exploration and mining technologies.
"The MRIWA has worked with Western Australian companies, universities and the CSIRO to promote interest in minerals research and improve the processes for mineral recovery."
Source: WA Government
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