Jon Ford

Jon Ford

Minister for Employment Protection; Regional Development; Fisheries; the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne

    Funding boost for new marine discovery centre

    15/01/2006 1:00 AM

    Western Australia’s Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre has been given an extra $200,000 to enhance the unique role it will play in increasing understanding of the State’s aquatic environment.

    Fisheries Minister Jon Ford said the new facility would offer significant education opportunities for WA school students and other visitors when it opens this year.

    The Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre will be the public face of the $16million Fisheries and Marine Research Laboratories at Hillarys.

    “This money will help provide world-class multi-media and interactive experiences,” Mr Ford said.

    “Some exciting and informative exhibits will showcase how our pristine aquatic environments can be maintained through careful scientific research and knowledge-driven fisheries management.”

    The Minister said the centre would fill a major gap in public education and science communication.

    “For example, visitors to the centre will take a visual journey on the Leeuwin Current, which plays a pivotal role in renewing sea life and ocean habitat along the west coast,” he said.

    Tropical rivers and mangroves in the Kimberley, the unique Ningaloo Reef and the Abrolhos Islands, will also feature in displays.

    Mr Ford said the project would become part of a national network of marine discovery centres, which would allow the exchange of ideas, education programs and resources across the States.

    “The Gallop Government is committed to protecting and enhancing WA’s unique lifestyle and environment and the new marine discovery centre will play a valuable role in that,” he said.

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