The Bowen Basin Cluster Program is a joint initiative of METS Ignited and Queensland Government supporting the development of industry clusters.
It has been developed to identify and support business clusters of expertise in the Bowen Basin METS sector, to encourage collaboration between companies with complementary capabilities and their customers to address real commercial challenges and opportunities.
This initiative is being piloted in the Bowen Basin because of the region's long-standing history of developing innovative solutions for domestic and international mining.
It is anticipated the clustering program will elevate Australian METS innovation further and increase market growth.
Cluster funding recipients announced
A key element of the Program is the provision of matched funding for collaborative commercial projects with the potential to deliver increased value to Queensland mining operations.
On Thursday 26 July 2018 METS Ignited announced the funding recipients, the companies (representing four consortia) are MyneSight, Active Adrenalin, Split Spaces, and Macdonald Cordell/Aurecon.
The projects funded by the initiative will help develop solutions for conveyor belt spillage and its associated issues; access to the costly practice of prototyping; training for new underground mining operators; and health and safety improvements - collectively delivering increased value to Australia's mining operations.
The second phase of the program, funded by the Queensland Government, will see the appointment of a cluster development manager, who will provide long-term support for facilitation and growth of the Bowen Basin businesses throughout the lifetime of their projects.
Applications for the Bowen Basin Cluster Development Manager are currently under review.