Tasmanian Polar Network Directory Fourth Edition - Page 25



MACQUARIE POINT ANTARCTIC
AND SCIENCE PRECINCT
Macquarie Point’s Antarctic and Science
Precinct has the capacity to put Tasmania on
the international and southern hemisphere
map as being a fundamental research
location and the key gateway to the
Antarctic. The Precinct, at the 9.3 hectare
Macquarie Point site adjacent to the CBD,
will centralise services and create an
incubator of innovation as the world’s only
concentrated research facility next to a
working port, making it an attractive offering
to international research investment and
scientific collaboration opportunities.
The Precinct will both complement and
underpin the Federal Government’s funding
for the Hobart Airport runway extension,
TasPorts’ move to increase Antarctic
and oceanic expedition services and the
University of Tasmania’s excellence in
Antarctic and marine studies.
For the Precinct to maximise its brand
association with Antarctica and cutting-edge
science it is important to generate
a sense of excitement and wonder through
public outreach and engagement, as well
as showcasing a range of science and
research activities not found elsewhere in
the world. The Precinct has the potential to
become an iconic part of Hobart.
P. +61 (0) 3 6166 4000
E. contact@macquariepoint.com
W. www.maquariepoint.com
M A R I N E N AT I O N A L FA C I L I T Y
The Marine National Facility (MNF) is a
national facility funded by the Australian
Government to conduct marine research for
national benefit. Created in 1984, the MNF is
a key element of Australia’s national research
infrastructure and comprises:
• the multidisciplinary marine research
vessel Investigator
• a suite of scientific equipment
and instrumentation
• a collection of more than 30 years
of marine data
• the expertise required to manage an
ocean going research platform and
support vessel users.
Investigator can operate anywhere in
Australia’s vast marine estate - from ice edge
to equator – and has an operational range
of approximately 10,000 nm (at 11 knots).
The vessel can accommodate up to
40 scientists, spend up to 60 days at sea
at a time, and is capable of spending up
to 300 days at sea per year.
Access to sea time on Investigator is
provided through a competitive grant
process and user funded arrangements.
Granted sea time, funded by the Australian
Government, is available to Australian
researchers and their international
collaborators.
The MNF is based at the CSIRO Marine
Laboratories in Hobart, Tasmania. This is
also the home port for the Investigator.
The MNF is overseen by an independent
steering committee, and owned and
operated by the CSIRO.
T O N I M O AT E
P. +61 (0) 3 6232 5222
E. mnf@csiro.au
W. www.mnf.csiro.au
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