The funding is additional to recently announced investments in new shipping, aviation and inland transport capabilities, and a new sub-Antarctic research station at Macquarie Island.
The last time a major renewal program was undertaken at Mawson, Casey and Davis research stations was in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Priorities for the upgrade program include:
- modernising fuel storage, water supplies, energy provision, and communication technology;
- upgrading the heavy vehicles and mobile equipment that maintain our daily operations;
- providing Antarctic doctors with access to cutting-edge medical technology;
- enhancing the environmental sustainability of Australia’s research stations;
- improving operational assets such as boats, field huts, and aerodromes; and
- providing new science equipment to support leading-edge research and development.