The Federal Government has announced funding for new research facilities to be built at Southern Cross University.

Local Federal MP Kevin Hogan said the new facilities would help researchers in the fields of geoscience and biodiversity.

The world-leading environmental research facilities will include;
• $580,000 to establish a unique facility that can conduct tandem trace element and isotope analysis.
• $310,000 to create a facility for 4d habitat modelling that will help researcher’s measure changes in natural habitats and eco-systems over time.
• $430,000 to build a custom-made portable spectrometer to measure biogenic volatile organic compounds in coastal waters.

“This infrastructure will allow Australian researchers to better understand the workings of our landscapes and ecosystems and how we will face future challenges on our resources,” Mr Hogan said.

“Researchers will also use the latest drone and underwater image capture equipment to measure changes in marine habitats over time to enhance research into marine biodiversity.”

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Government was investing in the infrastructure that enabled researchers to conduct world-leading research.

“The research done by our universities can lead to the development of new products and innovations that drive job growth, business opportunities and productivity gains,” Mr Tehan said.

“That is why our Government is making a significant investment in Australia’s leading-edge research infrastructure.

“The research collaborations that are developed through these projects will strengthen research networks throughout Australia and internationally.”

The Federal Government is providing $30.7 million to fund 47 new research projects through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme. More information is available at the ARC website.