Our Story

The MERIWA Effect – History of MERIWA

This book, first published in 2003 by the University of WA Press, reflects on the first 20 years of operation of what was initially the Western Australian Minerals and Petroleum Research Institute (WAMPRI); this became the Minerals and Energy Research Institute of Western Australia (MERIWA) in 1987.To quote from the Introduction: “WAMPRI was the first-of-its-kind research institution in Australia, a statutory authority created to facilitate applied research projects, providing an interface between academic research and mining industry needs. It was the result of the interplay of social, political and economic forces specific to the history of Western Australia. This brief history explains those forces and acknowledges many significant individuals involved in the establishment of the Institute and its subsequent operations.”

Bearing in mind this history and the strong track record of successfully completed projects under the banner of MERIWA and its predecessor, the Western Australian Minerals and Petroleum Research Institute, it is most appropriate that the next transformation is to the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia which will build on the strongest of foundations.

Economic Impact Assessment

Last conducted by Deloittes Access Economics in August 2015, the Report concluded that overall, estimated by the five selected projects funded by MRIWA, the Institute will contribute up to $90.4 million more in net present value (NPV) terms to WA gross state product by 2020, in addition to 75 full time equivalent jobs and $7.8 million in NPV terms to State Government revenues. The full report can be accessed here.