The University of Tasmania has secured a $17.4 million grant for research in to issues affecting Australia's mining value chain.
The funding includes a $4 million research grant from the Australian Research Council's (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Hub scheme, $9.6 million from the resources industry, and the remainder from government funds.
UTas' research centre, CODES, has partnered with the mining industry it create a new research hub from the funding, for Transforming the Mining Value Chain (TMVC) which is focused on resolving the challenges along the chain, from exploration and discovery through to mining, processing, and waste disposal.
According to UTas "the research will extend mine lives and employment opportunities across Australia;s regional mining centres through helping to develop more efficient and environmentally sustainable exploration, mineral processing, and waste disposal practices.
University of Tasmania's vice chancellor, professor Peter Rathjen, welcomed the announcement, stating that "the University's research is at the forefront of one of the nation's biggest economic drivers - mining".
“CODES continue to be globally recognised in its field of research, with this latest round of ARC funding further reflecting the University’s commitment to research partnerships and excellence at both a local and global level.”
The new research hub will be joined by a team from the University, including the director at CODES professor Bruce Gemmell.
Researchers from the University of Exeter, BHP Billiton, Corescan, Laurin Technic, Newcrest, and Australia's Information Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence (NICTA) will also join the team.
“The new Transforming the Mining Value Chain research hub has the potential to make a huge impact on industry outcomes by delivering end-user driven solutions,” University deputy vice-chancellor (research) professor Paddy Nixon said.