Laboratory grant: Minister Jaala Pulford, Sanjay Manivasagasivam, Troy Cole, Cr Karen Hyslop and Mayor Cr Murray Emerson at the funding announcement on Friday.Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford hasannounced an Andrews Labor Government grant of $1.75 million towards stage one ofthe development of the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory.
The project delivers on an election commitment to deliver a world class low background radiation underground physics laboratory.
A first of its kind in the southern hemisphere, the underground physicslaboratory will be more than one kilometre underground.
The laboratory will conduct research into ‘dark matter’ and sensitive physics and biomedical experiments in the Stawell Gold Mine.
Ms Pulford said it wouldcapitalise on existing infrastructure and introduces an innovative new use for the mine creating high value, skilled research jobs.
“The laboratory will provide links to the scientific community and increase the international profile of Stawell and the Grampians region,” Ms Pulford said.
“Underground site works are scheduled to commence in early 2016.
“The development of the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory will not only boost the region’s international reputation, but also increase and diversify employment opportunities in Stawell.”
Funding for this project is provided through the Government’s $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund (RJIF).
The RJIFaims to fund projects that harness key regional strengths to improve the productivity and liveability of regional Victoria.
The project also aligns with the Government’s Back to Work Plan priorities by developing an internationally connected research laboratory that aims to utilise or create technologies to grow local industries.
The balance of funding for the project ($1.75 million) will be provided by the Commonwealth through the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF).
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