Innovation Central Perth April News

An Innovation Central Perth Update


Curtin blazes a trail for resources research commercialisation

Curtin University, with partners The University of Queensland and James Cook University, has been named the first Trailblazer University!

The Curtin-led Trailblazer will receive a share of $242.2 million in Federal Government funding to deliver commercial capabilities in resources technologies and critical minerals, in collaboration with 33 industry partners across Australia.

The project will focus on sourcing the critical minerals needed to support emerging technologies including electric vehicles, renewable energy products, low-emission power sources and consumer devices.

Cisco is also as a key industry player within this Curtin-led initiative. Cisco will be contributing to the various projects and work streams through the Cisco-Curtin Centre for Networks and National Industry Innovation Network.

We cannot wait to see the digital disruption that is achieved through this Trailblazer and look forward to the benefits it will drive for industry and academia.


Australian Autonomous Robotics Precinct (AARP) 

Innovation Central Perth is partnering with a consortium of WA based organisations to activate the Australian Autonomous Robotics Precinct (AARP) and provide downstream opportunities to our members. The AARP is a facility located in Neerabup and will serve as a testing ground for research and development, and training in autonomous, remote operations, and robotic systems and equipment.

Being a part of the AARP operations will provide an opportunity for ICP to take our prototyping projects to the field and collaborate with like-minded innovators.



The Road to Smart Zero

Last month we held a panel event at Curtin University‘s CBD venue exploring the ways in which we may digitalise the Net Zero Process.

Innovation Central Perth‘s Director, Andrew Bell opened the event and gave an overview of the CiscoCurtin University partnership and its involvement in digitalising the net zero process. Trestle Digital‘s Managing Director, Tom Goerke FIEAust CPEng was our MC for the night and set the scene as to why this transition to Net Zero is important. Our key speakers for the night included, Cundall‘s Principal Sustainability Consultant Madlen Jannaschk, Senior Manager Environment & Policy for Austral FisheriesRhys Arangio, and the Curtin Institute for Computation‘s Lead Data Scientist, Daniel Marrable.

A huge thank you to our speakers for filling the room with anticipation and optimism on the ways we can accelerate the transition to net zero. Your expertise on the road to smart zero within the context of each of your industries was insightful and a prime example of thought leadership.

If anyone would like a copy of the event slides, please email


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