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17.05.2012 06:18 Age: 6 yrs
Category: NSW-IMOS

Senator the Hon. Chris Evans opens the new SIMS Research Facilities

International and Australian scientists can now access first class marine research facilities right on the edge of Sydney Harbour, after the $20 million Sydney Institute of Marine Science was officially opened today by Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans.

Professor Peter Steinberg and Senator Evans
at the SIMS opening. Credit: SIMS

Senator Evans delivering a speech at the
SIMS opening. Credit: SIMS.

The Federal Government contributed $19.5 million to the new Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) facilities at Chowder Bay in Mosman, to upgrade and construct laboratories, expand seawater research aquarium facilities and purchase and install a range of marine research equipment.

Officially opening the facility, Senator Evans said there was nothing more important to Australia than its marine science.

''We have to be a smart country. We're an island continent and we need to understand our marine environment,'' he said.

SIMS operates a number of the IMOS infrastructure Facilities (including NSW moorings, the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and Animal Tagging and Monitoring), and also hosts the NSW-IMOS Science Node.