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Road map launched to charge up lithium battery sector

The next step in the Western Australian state government’s future battery industry strategy will be to develop a new strategy.

The long-awaited document was launched by Premier Mark McGowan and Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston at the Tianqi Kwinana lithium hydroxide plant on Thursday following months of consultation with industry.

Pilbara Mineral's Pilgangoora lithium mine

The 20-page strategy outlines objectives including improving awareness of WA’s battery material prowess and improving competitiveness of the industry.

It also suggested expanding the range of battery minerals extracted and processed in WA, increasing the scale of the supply chain and increasing battery research and development in the state.

Those objectives have been boiled down to ‘action themes’. One of the first actions the strategy calls for is to develop another strategy.

This new “investment attraction strategy” will be aimed at building relationships with investors and manufacturers in battery and electric vehicle supply chains.

Red tape will be cut and used as carpet as the government hopes to make approvals processes easier, reduce costs for companies and build skills bases needed for new mining and battery material processing projects. Read more…

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