CITIC Pacific Mining in partnership to support WA Museum fieldwork

09 Oct 2023

CITIC Pacific Mining (CPM) has partnered with the Western Australian Museum and the Foundation for the WA Museum to provide financial, logistical and operational support for the Museum’s 2023-24 Pilbara fieldwork program.   

Research and fieldwork is at the core of the Western Australian Museum’s work and contributes to the knowledge of biodiversity, geodiversity and the environment of Western Australia.  

Announcing the partnership, Alec Coles OBE, CEO of the Western Australian Museum said: 

“The WA Museum’s fieldwork contributes hugely to the knowledge and understanding of Western Australia’s natural history and environment. However, even ‘straightforward’ fieldtrips require a significant amount of planning and resources. We are extremely grateful to CITIC Pacific Mining for being our partner ‘on the ground’ in the Pilbara, supporting our fieldwork with invaluable practical and financial support.” 

The Foundation for the WA Museum CEO Coralie Bishop said CITIC and the Museum already enjoyed a positive relationship, with the company hosting researchers at its Cape Preston operation several times during the past 18 months. 

“CITIC Pacific Mining have already proven to be a committed, enthusiastic partner, and we’re very excited to formalise this project partnership.” 

 “It will result in much-needed support for work that isn’t only important for the local community in which CITIC Pacific Mining operates, but for Western Australia and the scientific community as a whole.”  

CITIC Pacific Mining General Manager, Sustainability and Environment Bruce Watson said the Cape Preston area (where the Sino Iron magnetite project is located) had a rich and diverse ecosystem and a Traditional Owner connection which goes back tens of thousands of years. 

“This a very special part of the world and we look forward to supporting the WA Museum so that we can continue to build upon our knowledge of the natural environment for the benefit of the wider community,” Mr Watson said. “We’re pleased to be partnering with the Museum on this important field work.” 


About CITIC Pacific Mining 

CITIC Pacific Mining’s Sino Iron operation is located near Cape Preston in Western Australia, 100km south of Karratha. It’s here that magnetite iron ore is mined and then processed into high-quality Cape Preston Concentrate that is exported from a nearby purpose-built port. For more information, please visit