Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says Alexandra’s Centre for Space Science Technology is making great progress, six months after the Government announced it as the country’s second regional research institute.
“The Centre for Space Science Technology, led by Bodeker Scientific, was selected to become a regional research institute in November 2016,” Ms Dean said.
“The project was given legs after the Government announced $14.7 million in funding in November, naming the centre as the country’s second only regional research institute.
“Since then the team has been working with the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment to the move the project forward.
“The centre was registered as a company in May and opened in early July, while a chief executive officer has also recently been appointed.
“Once up and running, this centre will put Central Otago on the map in terms of space science research and will be hugely beneficial to the region.
“Part of the reason the Centre for Space Science Technology won Government support was because it presented a strong business case which would support the development and growth of New Zealand’s space economy.
“It’s so positive to see this project developing in Alexandra and I think it’s a recognition that the Government values growth and innovation in the regions and wants to support and promote that.
“The Alexandra proposal is one of only two regional research institutes in NZ announced last year and this highlights what a wonderful opportunity the people of Central Otago have been given.