Council shines light on new industry

What business opportunities might be revealed by the global boom in the battery industry and could our region be in a position to capitalise?

Especially given a national 58-member collaboration of industry, government and research partners has been set up in Perth at Curtin University to address gaps in Australia’s capacity to respond to this growth.

These were the topics up for discussion at the recent Regional New Industries Forum organised by the Shire of Dardanup.

The event’s headline speaker – Dr Jacques Eksteen – is research director of the Curtin University-led collaboration called the Future Batteries Industry Cooperative Research Centre.

During his address he spoke about the research centre’s scope of work and current projects which fall under three core areas of work with targeted outcomes:

  • Battery Industry Development
  • Battery Resources, processing and recycling
  • Battery materials, components, manufacturing, testing and deployment.

In addition Dr Eksteen also outlined a range of potential opportunities for the Collie-Dardanup area in relation to the battery industry.

About 50 invited community, industry and business leaders gathered in Eaton to hear Dr Eksteen speak along with presentations by Regional Development Australia, South West Development Commission, Bunbury-Geographe Economic Alliance and the Bunbury-Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

Shire of Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett said it was great to have Dr Eksteen visit the Shire and speak at the Forum and he hoped that organising and hosting the event to benefit the region, would reinforce Council’s reputation for a THINK Ahead approach to everything it does.

“There was a great deal of positive energy created by information shared at the forum and it is now important that Business Industry, Local, State and Federal government work together on converting some of the opportunities into reality. “ Councilor Bennett said.