Work starts on automation and robotics test facility in Australia


Work has commenced on the Australian Automation and Robotics Precinct (AARP) in Neerabup, Perth in Western Australia.

Expected to be one of the biggest test facilities of its kind in the world upon completion, the 51ha precinct will serve as a major hub for testing and research into the latest developments in automation, remote operation and robotic systems.

Located around 40km north of Perth, the test facility will be used by a broad range of industries including mining and resources, defence, oil and gas, agriculture, space, logistics, construction, advanced manufacturing and the education sector.

Additionally, the AARP will provide access to specialist infrastructure for suppliers and operators of automation and robotics equipment or systems.

The infrastructure includes common user test beds, with multiple areas and roadways for physical testing; a common user facility operation building; and supporting research and development facilities.

The precinct is backed by McGowan Government’s $14.5m (A$20m) commitment as part of its WA Recovery Plan, which aims to create jobs and diversifying the economy.

Planned to be built over the next three years, the project is expected create at least 70 construction jobs and up to 5000 ongoing jobs in the fields of robotics, automation and remote operations.

Western Australia Lands Minister Tony Buti said: “The start of works on the Australian Automation and Robotics Precinct marks a huge step towards preparing our economy for the future.

“The creation of this technological hub will support innovation and underpin a diversified and future-ready economy that delivers secure jobs across a broad range of industries.

“Importantly, the flexible nature of this innovative precinct will ensure Western Australian industries are ready to capitalise on emerging trends across the globe and continue to build our local expertise.”

To accommodate future growth, the site has the potential to expand to 94ha precinct.

The new testing facility is expected create at least 70 construction jobs. Credit: Jon Kline/Pixabay.

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