An underground simulator designed to make it quicker and easier for people to train for a job in the mining industry has been given a kick-along by the Australian Government.

The project, involving Queensland company MyneSight and its industry partners Techserve, Mastermyne and MIRI, will receive $200,000 for a $400,000 project to develop an underground mining simulator in Mackay.

The company’s simulator-based training has already reduced the time it takes to go from an inexperienced miner to being operational at the ‘coal-face’ by 30 per cent.

MyneSight is one of four project recipients of the METS Ignited Bowen Basin Cluster Program funding, an example of how likeminded businesses can work together in one location to innovate, increase productivity and create jobs.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator the Hon. Matt Canavan said Central Queensland is meeting the strong global demand for coal.

“Australia produces more than half the world’s metallurgical coal exports, and most of that comes from Queensland,” Minister Canavan said.

METS Ignited is one of the Coalition Government’s six Industry Growth Centres. Its role is to support the nation’s crucial mining equipment, technology and services (METS).

Australia’s mining services sector is an $86 billion dollar industry that employs around 300,000 people, creating jobs, building skills, and attracting investment.

Companies are encouraged to apply now for the METS Ignited Project Fund ‘Tranche III’ at www.metsignited.org. Applications close on 31 August 2018.

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