The Western Australian Government has encouraged the Prime Minister to consider his support for the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

With the state containing all the minerals required to make batteries and energy technologies, Western Australia is the ideal place to host the CRC, and has been described as an ‘innovative powerhouse’ when it comes to exploration and discovery.

Mines and Petroleum Minister, Bill Johnston, said, “I’m very disappointed that the Federal Government has ignored WA’s mining sector.

“When it decided to set-up METS Ignited to support research and development, and promote Australia’s mining, equipment, technology and services sector it was placed in Queensland – where the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia is from.

“I have warned the Federal Government that its mining strategy should not get in the way of WA’s successful industry.

“I’m happy to see support for mining in other states but it cannot be done at the expense of our state, otherwise our nation will suffer.

“So now it’s time for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to deliver for WA’s emerging battery industry and support the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre for WA.”

Lauren Butler

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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