Today, The Duke of York arrived in Perth and visited the leading global mining group Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore Operations Centre which manages their 15 mines, a 1,700 kilometre rail network, four port terminals, and other infrastructure.
The Duke then visited the CORE Innovation Hub, Australia’s first resources and energy sector focused hub. On arrival, HRH received a briefing on CORE and FLUX, the co-working space in which CORE is based. The Duke then met with a selection of leading innovators and entrepreneurs to learn more about their technologies and businesses.
Later that day, HRH attended the Winston Churchill Awards at the Aqua Viva Function Centre. The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established to administer the funds raised in the nationwide appeal after the death of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965. The “Churchill Fellowships” are awarded by the Trust and aim to provide an opportunity for Australians to travel overseas to conduct research in their chosen field that is not readily available in Australia. At the event, the Governor of Western Australia, The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, presented 14 fellowships, including one to an individual who is looking to develop expertise in neuromuscular rehabilitation care for children, and someone who is looking to explore viable international commercial opportunities for the growth of WA Aboriginal artist careers.
That evening, the Governor and Ms Annus held a dinner for The Duke of York at Government House.