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A collaborative research project between The University of Western Australia, Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has received funding of $250,000 from the Australian Government.

 

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP said the project involves resolving some of the noise from haulage trucks at Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines.

 

“This project is a great example of how collaboration and co-investment in quality research is fundamental to a prosperous future.

 

“It is critical we have opportunities for our researchers to work together with industry and business as they are often the ones who hold the knowledge and are the end-users of the innovations that flow from research,” he said.

 

The funding for the project has been awarded under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme, with funding to commence in July 2014.

 

“Through the Linkage Projects scheme, we are encouraging researchers, industries, and other organisations to work together on solutions to real problems and issues.

 

“I’m sure this collaborative research project is welcome news for Kalgoorlie residents, especially those who can hear the noise from the haulage trucks,” he said.

 

The ARC Linkage Projects scheme supports collaborative research projects between higher education researchers and partner organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Partners must make a significant cash and/or in-kind contribution to the project.

 

ARC funding is awarded on a basis of a competitive process and rigorous assessment to support the highest-quality researchers and research projects across disciplines. A total of 251 new projects, sharing in $88.2 million, are being funded in this round of ARC Linkage Projects grants.

 

For information on all 251 Linkage Projects visit the ARC website or view the Linkage Projects 2014 funding outcomes.

 

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.