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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

In February 2019, the McGowan Government released the report into the Economic Impact of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) demonstrating the significant value to the State of Western Australia through the government’s investment into minerals research.

ACIL Allen’s economic impact assessment establishes for each $1 invested by the government there is at least $3.12 in direct benefits to the State with MRIWA’s research program delivering $121.5 million in real income benefits to Western Australian businesses, people and government agencies.

The full report can be viewed here.

Read the Minister’s media release here.