Tom Stephens

Tom Stephens

Former Minister for Local Government and Regional Development; Heritage; the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne; Goldfields-Esperance

    Astronomers are over the moon about federation celebrations here in WA

    30/10/2001 6:35 PM

    Stargazers will be able to have a clearer view of the night skies with the official opening today of the Centenary of Federation Southern Cross Cosmos Centre in Gingin.

    Minister responsible for the Centenary celebrations in Western Australia Tom Stephens said that the Southern Cross Cosmos Centre was symbolic of the achievements in astronomy over the past century as well as the future of astronomy in the 21st century.

    “This centre will provide the community of Western Australia and thousands of international and interstate visitors with an exciting venue for learning about astronomy,” Mr Stephens said.

    “The public of WA has always had an interest in the night skies and the new facility will help to nurture that fascination.

    “The location of the centre away from the city lights and a pollution free environment will allow for a clearer view of the night skies over WA.”

    The Gravity Discovery Centre received a grant from the Centenary of Federation Western Australia under its WA 2001 Community Centenary Project to build the Centenary of Federation Southern Cross Cosmos Centre.

    Speaking at the opening, Chairman of the State Committee for the Centenary of Federation, Ron Birmingham QC said that the Cosmos Centre was a result of an excellent working partnership between Aboriginal elders, scientists, astronomers and the wider community.

    “Their combined efforts have created an interactive and educational facility that will enrich the Australian society in the future,” Mr Birmingham said.

    “The Southern Cross Cosmos Centre is the first stage of the Gravity Discovery Centre, a public education facility linked to science, the biodiversity of the Wallingup Plain and Aboriginal art and culture.

    “The Centenary of Federation celebrates these achievements, and is proud to be associated with this valuable project.”

    Over 200 worthwhile community projects have been funded under the WA 2001 Program with communities benefiting from the $3.5million committed by the State Government to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our Nation.

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