Funding announcement by the Minister for Industry, the Honourable Karen Andrews MP

Hello SmartCrete partners,

It is my great pleasure to announce that today the Minister for Industry, the Honourable Karen Andrews MP, announced that the SmartCrete CRC was awarded $21 million funding under the Cooperative Research Centre program. This provides our industry with a significant capability to improve the performance and prosperity of the sector. The SmartCrete CRC consortium has nearly $90 million of resources which will be deployed to realise the major opportunities for the concrete sector over the next 7 years.

Before we begin, we need to establish the CRC and formalise our arrangements with each and every one of you as well as the Commonwealth. We also need to put in place the appropriate governance, management and commercialisation arrangements. There is a LOT to do but we have an enthusiastic and expert team which includes our consultants CIS who have supported the bid development and Stephen Harmer who will continue in his Acting CEO role. We are committed to completing the necessary work activities with a sense of urgency so that the CRC can begin its important work as soon as possible.

Important activities in the near term include:

  • Developing our communication plan.
  • Creating the SmartCrete CRC corporate entity.
  • Finalising the program and project priorities and participants.
  • Completing Partnering agreements with all 68 partners.
  • Signing the Grant Agreement with the Federal government.

We will organise direct discussions with each partner organisation and will run a series of workshops for you all to attend with dates to be confirmed. The purpose of these discussions and workshops will be to ensure we understand how the CRC can be of most benefit to you, to describe the arrangements we need to put in place, what we need from each of you and ensure there is clear communication between us and all of the CRC partners.

We are underway with the most significant collaborative research effort into the concrete industry we have seen in Australia. We have $90 million to invest over the next 7 years to step change the industry and significantly improve the productivity of Australia.

I strongly encourage you to take this time to review the proposed programs and projects and either confirm or nominate your participation and make yourself available to attend the planned workshops. The more involved you are, the more you will benefit and the sooner we can begin the work that will be of benefit to you.

Should you have any questions please use the contacts shown on the SmartCrete CRC website or directly contact the Program leads.

Elizabeth Taylor
Chair Elect

Stephen Harmer
Interim CEO