There's little evidence of WA's resource sector in Perth.

A bold plan to create the world’s biggest and most interactive mining museum — including an actual mine shaft — has been unveiled.

It is former State architect Steve Woodland’s $100 million vision to attract international and interstate tourists to WA and help build on Perth’s personality and uniqueness.

Mr Woodland, who has been an architect for more than 40 years, believes the museum could be built from public and private funds, be housed in the old East Perth power station or on the Burswood Peninsula and be built in time for WA’s bicentenary in 2029.

“The Museum of Mining WA could offer experiences like no other in the world,” Mr Woodland said.

 “Immersive technologies can transport the visitor into the mining arena, where they can witness the sounds and shocks of a mining explosion, ride a subterranean train into the depths of the earth, be submersed below an oil rig rich in marine life and drive a Haulpak truck by remote control.

“It would be a unique fusion of learning and entertainment — a globally renowned, must-see destination.”

Mr Woodland, who is one of the principal directors of architectural firm Cox, has a long and distinguished affiliation with significant museum projects in Perth and around the world, including the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle, the WA Museum Geraldton and the Albany Entertainment Centre.

He has also designed a cultural museum — four times the size of the Perth Museum — for the Sultan of Oman in Muscat, Oman.

Mr Woodland said that after a decade of change to Perth’s basic structure, the city faced a critical period in shaping its global profile.

He said it was vital Perth re-established its self-esteem by fleshing out its personality and uniqueness.

“Our special identity as West Australians must become a key story in the experience and character of our capital,” he said.

 “The things that define us as a people and place should be an indelible part of Perth and how our visitors see us.

“Mining is in many ways a central part of who we are and yet our visitors see very little evidence of it in our city. Many visitors are surprised — and disappointed — that it isn’t celebrated or visible in our capital.

“Mining touches the lives of many West Australians across myriad levels and these connections should be told and celebrated. It is something that all of us should have ownership of, and something that we can all contribute to.”

Mr Woodland said his proposed museum could also act as an educational facility that helped children learn and understand WA’s land, history and industriousness.

He said it would be a place of joy and discovery for children, allowing them to engage with the scale and drama of mining.

The museum would also be a place for events and celebrations, with a “resources square” providing a museum-under-the-sky experience with outdoor exhibits, artworks and performance facilities.

“The future of our tourism is dependent on these type of stories and experiences,” Mr Wood-land said.

“Visitors expect to see something of us, something that sets us apart.

“The best marketing for tourism lies with unique, compelling, authentic experiences that people take away and share — no amount of advertising and slogans will replace this.

“The museum would be a potent tourism driver for WA.”

Image: Principal and Design Director Steve Woodland. The West Australian.