Antarctica linked to local job boost

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison was in Triabunna last month, promising an $804.4 million investment over the next 10 years to strengthen the strategic and scientific capabilities in the Antarctic.

The PM, flanked by Liberal Lyons candidate Susie Bower, Environment Minister Sussan Ley and Liberal Senator Claire Chandler, visited the Elphinstone Engineering plant, which supplies equipment for use in the southern continent.

The visit to the plant was to align the investment in Antarctic research with local employment.

“We’re not just building sleds, we’re building a workforce capability here, we’re building a sovereign manufacturing capability,” Mr Morrison said.

“The money we are investing in drone fleets, helicopters and other vehicles will enable us to explore areas of East Antarctica’s inland that no country has ever been able to reach before,” the Prime Minister said.
“My government will continue to back our world-class scientists and expeditioners with the necessary funding and resources, because their research on the frozen continent and in the Southern Ocean is critically important to Australia’s future.” “Our ongoing investment in Antarctica will directly support jobs at home, with Australian businesses, contractors, medical suppliers and providores reaping the benefits of local procurement.
“Our $800 million commitment supports the next decade of Australia’s operations in Antarctica and provides more opportunities for local businesses across Australia that support this work, especially in Tasmania.”

The $800 million-plus investment includes $245 million on traversing capabilities, environmental protection and aerial and inland capabilities, $44 to supply RSV nuyina with shipping support and allow extended voyages, $14 million on a “Cleaner Antarctica Strategy” to remove legacy waste and support environmental management, $7.4 million on ice-sheet research to understand climate change impacts and $14.3 million on marine science and a new state-of-the-art krill aquarium in Hobart.

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