Ensuring Mining Sector Innovation
The collaboration between Mineral Resources Tasmania, TMEC and the University of Tasmania was consolidated this year in the State Government’s announcement of a $1 million Mining Sector Innovation Initiative. The four-year program is set to build on projects already underway at the UTAS Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits (CODES) and expand the use of new technologies to innovatively leverage Tasmania’s growing geoscientific database. TMEC members have been expressing interest in hosting research projects and trials on mine sites throughout Tasmania that focus on one of the Initiative’s four project areas:
Minister for Health Launches Industry Blueprint
TMEC’s Blueprint for Mental Health and Wellbeing was launched by Hon Michael Ferguson MP, Minister for Health at a function in Burnie on 31 March. The Blueprint supports the Tasmanian resources and processing sectors to identify and address workforce mental health issues. It defines a range of directions, targets and strategies at both the company and site-level to reduce the risks and impacts of mental ill-health and to ensure industry employees are well supported throughout their entire careers.
Simulated Work Environment Opens its Doors to Training Opportunities
The Australian Advanced Manufacturing sector welcomed the arrival of the country’s first Simulated Work Environment (SWE) when Burnie’s Manufacturing Centre of Excellence opened its Lean training facility in March 2017. One of only three in the Southern hemisphere, the SWE provides interactive and practical training for groups of at least 17 participants...
A New Era of Excellence in Manufacturing
The Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council was proud to play its part in the opening of the Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in South Burnie in July. Housed in a former TasTAFE building in Wellington Street, the Centre is managed by the Council to develop workers’ and students’ skills in advanced manufacturing. The new training and research centre supports around 30 participants at a time and features a Simulated Work Environment (SWE) that is owned and operated by the Elphinstone Group. It’s the largest SWE in the southern hemisphere and is set to boost the quality and level of Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement Training undertaken in the state.