Funding boost: Pictured at the announcement L-R Jaala Pulford, Sanjay Manivasagasivam, Troy Cole, Murray Emerson and Katen Hyslop.
Northern Grampians Shire Council has welcomed the announcement of a $1.75 million State Government grant for the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford was in Stawell last Friday and confirmed the $1.75m funding for the laboratory, which was an election commitment made by the Andrews Government.
Minister Pulford said the development of Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory would not only boost the region‟s international reputation, but also increase and diversify employment opportunities in Stawell.
“The Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund will make sure our regional communities are getting the support they need to grow and prosper,” Ms Pulford said.
Northern Grampians ShireMayor, Cr Murray Emerson, said the State Government funding would provide the project with a much needed boost.
He said council was thrilled to be leading the way in the development of the laboratory in Stawell.
“The Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory is arguably the most exciting project council has the privilege of leading at the moment,” Cr Emerson said.
“We‟re very pleased to see the State Government committing extra support to it today.”
Cr Emerson said the commitment from the State Government matched the $1.75 million already committed by the Turnball Federal Government.
“It brings our total funding for the project to $3.5m,” Cr Emerson said.
“We couldn‟t be happier to see this unique and innovative project making such an impact.
“We‟re well on track to have the lab completed in early 2017, creating the Southern Hemisphere‟s first underground physics laboratory right here in Stawell.”
A collaboration between Council, Melbourne University, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP), the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), and Newmarket Gold, the project will see scientists searching for dark matter – the ‘holy grail’of science.
Cr Emerson said the benefits of the project would be many and varied.
“As well as the obvious scientific opportunities, it will also provide jobs, educational and tourism opportunities that will benefit the shire and region,” he said.
“We are very pleased the Victorian Government is getting behind this innovative opportunity, and we at the Northern Grampians Shire will make sure that it comes to fruition.”
Council identified during the early stages of planning, that investment in construction,support services and scientifictourism wouldprovide for anestimated 51 jobs and a $40.6million boost to the economy.
Council was recognised for its forward thinking with the SUPL project, winning the 2015 National Award for Local Government in the ‘Contributing to Regional Growth’category.
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