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Consultation opens for WA battery strategy

WA battery strategy

The Western Australian government has released a consultation paper in an effort to refocus the state’s activities in the battery and critical minerals sector.

The Battery and Critical Minerals Strategy was first released in 2019 and since then, nickel sulphate and lithium hydroxide refineries have been established.

The consultation paper is seeking feedback to inform the refreshed strategy with stakeholder input vital to identify priority actions to support industry development.

“Western Australia is a globally significant battery and critical minerals processing hub and it is important we do all we can to further capitalise on this incredible opportunity,” Energy Minister Bill Johnston said.

“A diversified battery industry is forecast to contribute nearly $17 billion in gross value added and over 61,000 jobs to the national economy by 2030. This is more than twice the value first estimated in 2021.

“Hearing from the industry is critical to ensuring we have the right strategy in place to continue to grow into the future.”

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