Moylan announces $1.22 million funding for Gingin Gravity Discovery Centre
Posted on Wednesday, 7 July 2004
Regional Partnerships Programme funding of $1.22 million has been granted to assist the Gravity Discovery Centre Foundation Inc to construct the 40m Leaning Tower of Gingin - the central icon for the Gravity Discovery Centre complex.
Member for Pearce Judi Moylan today announced the Australian Government Regional Partnerships funding will be used for costs associated with the construction of the tower - which is modelled on the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.
"The Australian Government's Partnership program will contribute $1.22 million to further enhance the Gravity Discovery Centre, thereby providing Western Australia with a unique tourism destination. On completion, the centre will create one of the most important and interesting science education and tourism centres in the world," Ms Moylan said.
"The Gravity Discovery Centre aims to look at the big questions of science and the universe, such as the origin of the universe, the nature of black holes, the possibility of time travel and the nature and sounds of gravity waves.
"The Gravity Discovery Centre will help place Western Australia on the international map in the field of astrophysics and astronomy. Its development is providing the key southern link in a global array which will create a single, world-scale gravitational wave telescope."
Ms Moylan congratulated the University of Western Australia, the Gingin Shire, the local community, the Wheatbelt Area Consultative Committee, Woodside Energy, the Perth office of the Department of Transport and Regional Services, the local community, the Gingin Coast Tourism Association and others for working together to access Regional Partnerships funding.
Regional Partnerships continues the Australian Government's approach of working with local communities to support their ideas. There is $408.5 million available under Regional Partnerships from 2003-04 to 2007-08.