CORE Innovation Hub selected to deliver on Australian Automation and Robotics Precinct vision

Read the full Ministerial Release here.

CORE Innovation Hub will take on the role of operator at the McGowan Government’s Australian Automation and Robotics Precinct (AARP) in Perth’s north.

Launched in October 2021, the AARP is being delivered by the State Government, through DevelopmentWA’s Industrial Lands Authority, as an industry-leading research, development and testing ground for automation, remote operations and robotics.

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

On behalf of the State Government, CORE will lead an industry-driven collaboration model with industry partners and be responsible for the curation and showcasing of projects, staging of industry events, and promoting skills and ideas exchanges between like-minded innovators, customers, TAFEs and universities.

Users of the precinct, which will form one of the biggest test facilities of its kind in the world, will have access to planned facilities including Common User test beds, laboratories and design co-labs, together with a Common User Facility (CUF) operations building.

Road and infrastructure works are now underway on the precinct’s initial 51-hectare site, with the CUF building scheduled to open in 2023.

Industry interest has been strong across a broad range of sectors including mining and resources, research and education, technology innovation, remote operations, and drone and robotics suppliers, with several already having used the site for testing and research.

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Comments attributed to Lands Minister John Carey:

“This Government is focused on driving reform and supporting innovative businesses who will help transform and future-proof our economy, while creating skilled local jobs for the future.

“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.

“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.”

Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Stephen Dawson:

“The appointment of CORE Innovation Hub is an important step by the McGowan Government in ensuring Western Australia, through the AARP, 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.”

Comments attributed to Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton:

“Securing a Western Australian founded Innovation Hub in CORE to operate the Australian Automation and Robotics Precinct 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.”