The Australian Government have provided $7 million in funding to eight new mining projects.

The funding, from the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) Growth Centre Ignited Project Fund, was awarded to projects that demonstrated innovation.

Western Australian business Emapper, which uses drones to do the necessary environmental mapping for mine sites, reducing safety risks to workers, was one of the recipients of the funding.

The drone technology is designed to reduce the need for workers to be out in the extreme weather conditions or among the 27 species of venomous snakes and other predators found in the Pilbara.

The METS Growth Centre works with businesses like Emapper to strengthen Australia’s position as a global hub for mining innovation, encouraging excellence in mining through industry and research partnerships.

In this round of funding, the second provided through the METS Ignited Project Fund, the $7 million investment by the Federal Government has been matched by industry, for a total investment of almost $17 million.

Federal Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaelia Cash said the successful projects reflected the important role of collaboration and improved competitiveness of the nation’s METS industry.

“The METS Industry Growth Centre is about industry setting its own plan for growing itself. The Government is providing connections and funding, matched by industry, to make these plans a reality,” Minister Cash said.

“The Turnbull Government, alongside industry, is investing in cutting edge technology, and demonstrating that METS businesses are striving for excellence and creating more jobs for Australians.

“Australia’s METS sector is an $86 billion dollar industry that employs around 300,000 people. It creates jobs, builds skills, and brings commercial rewards as well as higher wages for Australian workers.”


Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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