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STATE OF THE ART MINERAL SCIENCE HUB ON THE WAY

TASMANIA will have expanded geotechnical testing capabilities thanks to a $2.4 million upgrade to the Mineral Resources Tasmania Core Library at Mornington.

The upgrade will combine laboratory facilities that are 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.

It will also provide an up-to-date interface for Mineral Resources Tasmania’s engagement with the industry.

“This will mean more of the scientific analysis work that goes into both managing our natural resources and growing the sector can happen right here in Tasmania rather than going offshore,” Minister for Resources Guy Barnett said.

Tasmanian construction company Fairbrother was awarded the contract and it is the first major upgrade since the library was opened about 30-years-ago.

“This is a significant investment in a sector that supports more than 5,100 direct jobs, contributes more than 51 per cent of our state’s exports and produces product with a value of more than $2 billion each year,” Mr Barnett said.

“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.”

The Core Library already stores more than 770 kilometres of drill core and around 70,000 rock samples from across the state.

The facility is a vital resource for Tasmania’s mining, exploration, research and education, and broader industrial sectors.

“The upgrade will make it more efficient, effective and accessible to industry,” Mr Barnett said.

“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 the year.