26 April, 2016
Tasmania is set to become the hub of the nation's effort on climate science, with CSIRO today announcing a new Climate Science Centre to be established in Hobart.
Senator Richard Colbeck, Minister for Tourism and International Education and Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment, said the announcement was welcome news for Tasmania.
"I am pleased the Centre will provide employment for 40 full time CSIRO scientists who will focus on climate modelling and developing innovative approaches to help Australia adapt to a changing climate," Minister Colbeck said.
"Tasmania is highly regarded as a world-leader in science and research, and this announcement of guaranteed research capacity for ten years will help to ensure a bright future for the sector as well as retaining scientific talent in the state.
"The switch from measurement to a focus on practical solutions is an important realignment of priorities and will help Australia to manage the effects of climate on vital sectors such as agriculture."
Minister Colbeck also welcomed today's announcement by Minister Pyne that the Government will establish an independent National Climate Science Advisory Committee.
"This committee will report at Ministerial level to inform the future direction of Australia's climate science capability and research priorities," Minister Colbeck said.
"The Turnbull Government is investing in innovation and science to support the economy's transition, including $1.1 billion as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, the establishment of a $200 million CSIRO innovation fund and $75 million in new funding to Data61 - the largest data innovation group in Australia."