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WA finalises access and connection works at SKA site

Western Australia has finalised preliminary work worth more than AU$10.7 million to bolster the state’s contribution to the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope, the state government announced on 10 August.

The central component of Australia’s contribution to the SKA telescope will be hosted by the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO), and access and connection works have now been completed there, said John Day, WA’s minster for science and innovation.

“This work supports the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s work to complete the vital, final-stage site works at the MRO, including development of access corridors and vehicle tracks and the installation of data and power connections”, Day said in a statement.

Australia and Southern Africa will share hosting of the SKA.