Tasmania will soon have expanded geotechnical testing capabilities, thanks to a $2.4 million upgrade to the Mineral Resources Tasmania Core Library at Mornington.
Minister for Resources, Guy Barnett, said the upgrade will mean more of the scientific analysis work that goes into both managing our natural resources and growing the sector can happen in Tasmania rather than going offshore.
“Tasmanian construction company Fairbrother has been awarded the contract to upgrade the Library, which will combine laboratory facilities, currently spread across two sites, and provide an upgraded and expanded state-of-the-art facility for geoscientific and analytical functions, which will better serve both Government and industry needs,” Minister Barnett detailed.
“It will also provide an up-to-date interface for Mineral Resources Tasmania’s engagement with industry.”
The Minister noted that this is a significant investment in a sector which supports more than 5,100 direct jobs, contributes more than 51 per cent to the state’s exports, and produces products with a value of more than $2 billion each year.
“When our resources sector is strong, our economy thrives, and that is why we are making a significant investment into the scientific capability available right here in Tasmania,” he said.
This is the first major upgrade since the Library was first opened roughly 30 years ago. The Core Library currently stores more than 770 kilometres of drill core and around 70,000 rock samples from across the state.
“This facility is a vital resource for our mining, exploration, research and education, and broader industrial sectors, and the upgrade will make it more efficient, effective and accessible to industry,” Minister Barnett added.
“This upgrade will play a significant role in realising our mineral potential and supports our collaborative efforts in working with industry through our existing scientific and exploration support packages.”
The Core Library upgrade is expected to be completed by the middle of 2021.