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post Dec 15 2008, 07:17 PM
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Square Kilometre Array SKA

Science and Innovation Minister Troy Buswell is committed to maintaining Western Australia’s bid to secure the internationally significant Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio-astronomy project.

Mr Buswell said that since coming to office in late September, the Liberal-National Government had progressed matters to a new level and positioned the Western Australia very favourably in the race against southern Africa to be chosen as home to the $2.5billion project.

• funding approval has been given for $4million for the purchase of Boolardy Station, north-east of Perth near Geraldton to house the massive facility
• The Office of Native Title has been authorised to pursue its role as lead negotiator in the establishment of a Boolardy land use agreement
• negotiations have been completed with the University of Western Australia and Curtin University of Technology to jointly establish an International Radio Astronomy Research Centre (IRARC) in Perth with a branch at Geraldton.

The SKA plan is for a revolutionary next-generation radio telescope 50-100 times more sensitive than present day instruments. It will involve an array of several thousand receiver dishes with a collecting area of one million square metres.

The revolutionary project is being developed by scientists from 50 institutions across 19 countries for construction over the period 2012-20 at a projected cost of around $A2.5 billion. It will be globally linked and have 10,000 times the capacity of current radio telescopes to make discoveries.

Australia and southern Africa have been identified as the most likely suitable sites for the project, with WA’s Murchison region standing out as an ideal location because of its rare and exceptional radio quietness.

A strategy to enhance Western Australia’s claim to the project has been developed in collaboration with the Federal Government and Australia’s science agency, the CSIRO. It aims to build Australia’s expertise in the radio astronomy field and to have a site and the necessary support arrangements planned and ready.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government is funding the construction of the new Pathfinder telescope in the Murchison. Pathfinder will be one of the world’s foremost radio telescopes and an important test-bed for SKA technology.

If WA wins the SKA radio astronomy project, Boolardy homestead will become base for the accommodation and support facilities serving a giant SKA observatory 40 kilometres away on the historic 350,000 hectare pastoral lease. The Minister said securing Boolardy was an important step, demonstrating that Australia was organised and could offer a superb core site that was managed and protected.

International Radio Astronomy Research Centre

IRARC will be an equal joint venture between the University of Western Australia and Curtin University with its administrative office at UWA and research being conducted at both campuses. The State will contribute $20million towards its establishment and operation. The International Radio Astronomy Research Centre will be run by an eminent group of Western Australian scientists who have played major roles in developing the concept and have expert knowledge of the SKA project. UWA’s Professor Peter Quinn, a Premier’s Fellow in Astronomy has been appointed centre director, together with deputy directors Professor Steven Tingay and Professor Peter Hall, both leading radio astronomers based at Curtin and Professor Lister Staveley-Smith, also a Premier’s Fellow in Astronomy at UWA.

Mr Buswell said a governing board to oversee the centre would be announced shortly. It will be chaired by former Environmental Protection Authority head Bernard Bowen. He said it was imperative that Australia continued to develop and promote its case to host the SKA. The Commonwealth had spent $118million and the State more than $29million so far on leading edge R&D and radio astronomy related activities demonstrating Australia’s prime candidacy.

“The potential benefits, in terms of investment, jobs and science capability, are huge,” he said. “This Government will do everything it possibly can to make WA home to this exciting international facility.” The Minister has written to the Federal Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Minister Kim Carr informing him of WA’s latest actions and confirming the new Liberal-National Government was committed to helping win the Square Kilometre Array.


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Hi Ben,

Just thought I would let you know that this will be a brief topic of conversation at the upcoming Innovation Event on 29th April. Tony Costa from Lateral Sands has been involved and recently spoke alongside Troy Buswell.



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Square Kilometre Array SKA

Science and Innovation Minister Troy Buswell is committed to maintaining Western Australia’s bid to secure the internationally significant Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio-astronomy project.

Mr Buswell said that since coming to office in late September, the Liberal-National Government had progressed matters to a new level and positioned the Western Australia very favourably in the race against southern Africa to be chosen as home to the $2.5billion project.

• funding approval has been given for $4million for the purchase of Boolardy Station, north-east of Perth near Geraldton to house the massive facility
• The Office of Native Title has been authorised to pursue its role as lead negotiator in the establishment of a Boolardy land use agreement
• negotiations have been completed with the University of Western Australia and Curtin University of Technology to jointly establish an International Radio Astronomy Research Centre (IRARC) in Perth with a branch at Geraldton.

The SKA plan is for a revolutionary next-generation radio telescope 50-100 times more sensitive than present day instruments. It will involve an array of several thousand receiver dishes with a collecting area of one million square metres.

The revolutionary project is being developed by scientists from 50 institutions across 19 countries for construction over the period 2012-20 at a projected cost of around $A2.5 billion. It will be globally linked and have 10,000 times the capacity of current radio telescopes to make discoveries.

Australia and southern Africa have been identified as the most likely suitable sites for the project, with WA’s Murchison region standing out as an ideal location because of its rare and exceptional radio quietness.

A strategy to enhance Western Australia’s claim to the project has been developed in collaboration with the Federal Government and Australia’s science agency, the CSIRO. It aims to build Australia’s expertise in the radio astronomy field and to have a site and the necessary support arrangements planned and ready.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government is funding the construction of the new Pathfinder telescope in the Murchison. Pathfinder will be one of the world’s foremost radio telescopes and an important test-bed for SKA technology.

If WA wins the SKA radio astronomy project, Boolardy homestead will become base for the accommodation and support facilities serving a giant SKA observatory 40 kilometres away on the historic 350,000 hectare pastoral lease. The Minister said securing Boolardy was an important step, demonstrating that Australia was organised and could offer a superb core site that was managed and protected.

International Radio Astronomy Research Centre

IRARC will be an equal joint venture between the University of Western Australia and Curtin University with its administrative office at UWA and research being conducted at both campuses. The State will contribute $20million towards its establishment and operation. The International Radio Astronomy Research Centre will be run by an eminent group of Western Australian scientists who have played major roles in developing the concept and have expert knowledge of the SKA project. UWA’s Professor Peter Quinn, a Premier’s Fellow in Astronomy has been appointed centre director, together with deputy directors Professor Steven Tingay and Professor Peter Hall, both leading radio astronomers based at Curtin and Professor Lister Staveley-Smith, also a Premier’s Fellow in Astronomy at UWA.

Mr Buswell said a governing board to oversee the centre would be announced shortly. It will be chaired by former Environmental Protection Authority head Bernard Bowen. He said it was imperative that Australia continued to develop and promote its case to host the SKA. The Commonwealth had spent $118million and the State more than $29million so far on leading edge R&D and radio astronomy related activities demonstrating Australia’s prime candidacy.

“The potential benefits, in terms of investment, jobs and science capability, are huge,” he said. “This Government will do everything it possibly can to make WA home to this exciting international facility.” The Minister has written to the Federal Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Minister Kim Carr informing him of WA’s latest actions and confirming the new Liberal-National Government was committed to helping win the Square Kilometre Array.

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Science and Innovation Minister Troy Buswell today congratulated the Western Australian-based International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) for signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the UK–based headquarters for the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, the SKA Program Development Office. Under the MOU, ICRAR will be the key partner in developing the conceptual designs for the high performance computing and data management systems for the world’s biggest radio astronomy project, the SKA. “The SKA is an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collaborate globally on a project that will not only revolutionise radio astronomy, but many other fields of discovery and endeavour,” Mr Buswell said. “The MOU between ICRAR and the international SKA office will see Western Australian expertise in information and communications technology directly assist the international SKA project. “Under the MOU, ICRAR will develop the conceptual designs for the high performance computing and data management capabilities for the international project. “This announcement is another important step to expand Australia’s contribution to the $3billion radio astronomy project as well as advance our bid to host the SKA project in Western Australia’s Mid-West.” Premier’s Research Fellow in Radio Astronomy and ICRAR director Peter Quinn said the agreement was an important step for the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research and the SKA project. “This agreement presents an exciting opportunity for ICRAR to demonstrate WA’s science and technology capabilities,” Professor Quinn said. “In partnership with CSIRO, the Australian SKA Coordination Committee and international SKA partners, the centre will be responsible for joint development of the technology to store and process the large amounts of data that will be produced from the SKA project.

“ICRAR will also seek to develop collaborative relationships with other radio astronomy related research organisations and industry partners around the world.”

The Minister said the State Government had committed $20million towards the establishment of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research.

Australia and Southern Africa are in the running to host the SKA, a global initiative to design and build a radio telescope that will be up to 50 times more sensitive than current technologies. A decision on the location of the SKA project is expected in 2012.


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