The Governor headed to the regions today with a flying visit to Lynas Rare Earths mine site at Mt Weld near Laverton, around 1000km north-east of Perth.
The site visit, led by Lynas Rare Earths Limited CEO Amanda Lacaze, was also a chance for the Governor to co-host representatives from the Delegation of the European Union to Australia who travelled to to WA from Canberra to learn more about the mine’s operations.
The EU last year established its own Critical Raw Material Action Plan, with today’s visit a chance to see Australian operations and sourcing potential up close.
Mt Weld is home to one of the highest grade rare earths mines in the world, and is Australia’s only commercially operating rare earths mine. Rare earths are a series of metallic elements used for the development of high-tech devices such as electronics, wind turbines and electric and hybrid motor vehicles.
EU delegates included representatives from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands and Poland, as well as the Consul of Italy in Perth and the Consul of Greece in Perth.
The EU contingent was led by Mr Fabio Spadi, Deputy Head of Mission, EU delegation to Australia.
The group also met with local community members and elders before their tour of the mine site began.