The proposed Antarctic and Science Precinct at Mac Point has the potential to become a world-leading scientific research facility and strengthen Tasmania’s position as the world’s Antarctic gateway of choice.
The Precinct, located at the 9.3 hectare Macquarie Point site adjacent to the CBD, can centralise Antarctic and oceanic research services and become a hive of innovation as the world’s only dedicated research precinct next to a working port.
Hobart is home to Australia’s greatest assembly of Antarctic and Southern Ocean scientists in a number of education and science organisations, including the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), Commonwealth Scientific and industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), and the University of Tasmania.
The Precinct is an exciting opportunity to enhance collaboration in science and logistics making it an attractive offering to international research investment and scientific collaboration opportunities.
The Precinct can 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.