Alexandra Centre for Space Technology has potential
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she supported a Central Otago-led proposal, one of three potential regional research institutes, on a Government short-list for funding.
“The proposed Centre for Space Science Technology in Alexandra, is one of three which has been short-listed as a contender to establish a new Regional Research Institute and is in line for substantial Government funding over three years. The others are in Southland and Malborough.
"I'm delighted that this innovative proposal, which has been developed in Central Otago, has made it to the short-list. It is a credit to all of those who have worked hard to develop this research and it shows that no matter where in the country a project like this is based, it can still be successful.
“A total of 24 proposals, from 16 different locations, were received for consideration and it’s exciting that this innovative Central Otago proposal is now in the top three.
“The Centre for Space Science Technology, led by Alexandra-based Bodeker Scientific, is promoting research allowing the use of space-based measurements and unique to New Zealand satellite imagery to develop solutions tailored to regions and key sectors, for example, in water resource management and regional planning.
"The economic impact on Central Otago of this centre would be huge and the research invaluable to farmers and businesses in the area and around the country.
“There is some exciting innovation happening in the Central Otago region and the regional research institutes initiative aims to harness that creativity and build its economic potential.
“The development of privately-led regional research institutes was announced as part of Budget 2015, with funding for up to $25 million over three years to support the initiative.
“Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has told me that the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will work with the three applicants on a more detailed analysis of their proposals and determine the preferred options that deliver the greatest value from the potential institutes.
“Once this process is complete, Cabinet will make its final decision on which new institutes will be established.”
Mrs Dean said she wished the Central Otago group well as they moved into this next stage.
Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru