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CORE Innovation Hub to manage Australian Automation and Robotics Precinct

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// // The precinct is set to become one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world...

The state government has announced CORE Innovation Hub will take on the role of operator for the Australian Automation and Robotics Precinct (AARP) in Perth’s north.

Launched last October, the AARP is being delivered via the DevelopmentWA Industrial Lands Authority, serving as an industry-leading research, development and testing ground for remote operations, automation and robotics.

CORE will take responsibility for attracting, securing and retaining new users and partners at the Neerabup precinct under the terms of the initial three-year contract.

CORE will act on behalf of the state government to lead an industry-driven collaboration model to curate and showcase projects, stage industry events and promote ideas and skills between like-minded customers, innovators and educational institutions including the universities and TAFEs.

This precinct will become one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world upon being opened.

Users will have access to planned facilities such as Common User test beds, laboratories and design co-labs, in conjunction with a Common User Facility (CUF) operations building.

Strong industry participation

So far, industry interest has been strong across a range of sectors such as mining, resources, research and education, technology innovation, remote operations, and drone and robotics supplier. Several are already using the site for testing and research.

Works are now underway on the precinct’s initial 51-hectare site, with the CUF building scheduled open in 2023.

“We look forward to collaborating with industry to deliver a robust automation and robotics innovation hub that meets the needs of local, national and international organisations, driving forward this emerging industry,” said Brodie McCulloch, Managing Director of CORE Innovation Hub.

Lands Minister John Corey said the state government is focused on driving reform and supporting innovative businesses to future-proof the local economy.

“Development of the AARP is set to create at least 70 construction jobs, with up to 5,000 ongoing jobs in the fields of robotics, automation and remote operations expected to be generated after completion,” he said.

The appointment of a highly qualified local operator is a catalyst for that growth, and I look forward to seeing this unique precinct fulfil its potential and promise.

John Corey, Lands Minister

Innovation and ICT Minister Stephen Dawson added the appointment of the CORE Innovation Hub is a step to ensure WA becomes a leading developer and adopter of automation and robotics.

“CORE Innovation Hub brings experience in managing innovative facilities, building collaborative ecosystems and driving transformation across the mining and resources, energy, oil and gas, space and defence sectors,” said Mr Dawson.

Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton said securing the hub is a major boost for Neerabup.

“This innovative and exciting new precinct will provide a number of new local job opportunities in the developing automation and robotics industry for the community here in Wanneroo.”

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Liam Wignell

Liam has extensive experience across marketing, procurement and project management roles in both the public and private sector. He contributed to Startup News from 2020 to 2023 and was contracted as Managing Editor in 2022.
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