Site works have commenced at the Joe Lord Core Library expansion in Kalgoorlie.
Local indigenous business Yonga Djena has been appointed to complete the site works, while building contractor ACorp Construction will source employees from the local area.
A local indigenous artist will create original artwork for the project.
The WA Government announced $7 million of funding in July to support the core library extension as part of its COVID-19 Goldfields-Esperance Recovery Plan.
The world-class library stores core samples containing valuable geoscientific information for exploration companies and others searching for new resource discoveries.
Researchers and explorers can inspect the samples and review results to reduce the technical and financial risk of exploration activities. The extension will provide better access, more space and improved facilities to view and analyse the drill cores.
Construction is due to start in early February with expected completion in late 2021.
Source: WA Government