Western Australian collective Core Innovation Hub and BHP have teamed up to launch a regional innovation hub in Newman in the coming months, designed to help drive business forward in the Pilbara and provide support for the mining equipment technology and services industry.
The specialist business hub, co-working and education space will invest in future skills and supply chain capabilities, diversifying Newman’s regional economy during an initial 12-month period by increasing the visibility of and access to local businesses working across mining equipment technology and services.
The project will allow businesses to take advantage of CORE Innovation Hub’s well-established national mining and resources ecosystem, connect with potential partners, work with industry experts and learn new skills.
CORE Innovation Hub Newman will create business connections locally and nationally, bring potential partners together, stimulate employment opportunities, and facilitate innovation and the sharing of ideas to grow sector capabilities.
The Hub’s National Innovation Lead Renee Hakendorf said the Newman METS Hub offered a first of its kind opportunity for Newman and the surrounding Pilbara region’s more than 63,000 employees and approximately 2,085 small to medium local businesses.
“It is an investment in the future of Newman. We are looking to partner with local businesses, government and academic groups to co-design the Hub,” Renee said.
“We want to engage a broad cross-section of the METS supply chain right from the start to ensure we are supporting economic growth of Newman and setting up the entire mining region for success.”
Core Innovation Hub Newman also aims to fast-track the procurement process for local businesses wanting to work with BHP.
BHP General Manager, Newman Operations, Marie Bourgoin said BHP was proud their funding had made the vision for a METS hub in Newman a reality.
“We hope the hub will provide a space for the local METS sector to meet and collaborate and create opportunities to advance our partnerships across the sector,” she said.
To ensure the Hub is able to meet local needs and provide the right connections, services and opportunities for regional METS businesses and allied services, CORE will host co-design workshops with business, government and community leaders on the 29th June.
Businesses, government and community leaders can register for the workshops via corehub.com.au/newman