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Only 315km from the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, Geraldton is not only situated to be substantially involved in a number of international level astronomy projects, but can also benefit from non-astronomy spin-offs of a number of projects.

Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) is a next-generation radio telescope based at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, approximately 315km North East of Geraldton. ASKAP, being constructed by CSIRO, will be a world-leading telescope in its own right, however also plays a role in Australia’s bid to become the host site for the Square Kilometre Array.

Square Kilometre Array

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be a revolutionary international radio telescope for the 21st Century. The total collecting area will be approximately one square kilometre giving 50 times the sensitivity, and 10,000 times the survey speed, of the best current-day telescopes. With receptors extending out to distances of 3,000 km from the centre of the telescope, the SKA will address fundamental unanswered questions about our Universe including how the first stars and galaxies formed after the Big Bang, how galaxies have evolved since then, the role of magnetism in the cosmos, the nature of gravity, and the search for life beyond Earth. More than 70 institutes in 20 countries, together with industry partners, are participating in the scientific and technical design of the SKA telescope which will be located in either Australia – New Zealand or Southern Africa extending to the Indian Ocean Islands. Source: Square Kilometre Array

Australasian Square Kilometre Array Industry Consortium

The City is a member of the Australasian Square Kilometre Array Industry Consortium, in support of the bid to host the Square Kilometre Array at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory.

National Broadband Network

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is an Australian Government initiative to deliver high speed broadband to all Australians. Geraldton has been chosen by Federal Government as a site for the early roll out of the NBN, bringing speeds of 100 Mbps and up to 1Gbps. 11 March 2011 marked the completion of the Perth to Geraldton fibre backbone link, imperative to deliver improved broadband services within the Mid West.

Higher Education

Durack Institute of Technology

Durack Institute of Technology provides vocational training and education within the Central West region of WA. The largest campus is located in Geraldton, with supporting campuses in Carnarvon and Exmouth. Durack offers a number of full time, part time and short courses in areas such as construction & rural industries, hospitality, business & computing, health, education & community services, mining, engineering, transport & art and marine, environmental & applied science. All marine, aquaculture, environmental and science programs are delivered from the state of the art Batavia Coast Maritime Institute facility.

Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health

The Combined University Centre for Rural Health is an academic centre that provides support to all students undertaking studies in the area of rural health. The centre incorporates all five of the WA universities, being University of WA, Curtin University of Technology, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University and University of Notre Dame Australia.

Geraldton Universities Centre

The Geraldton Universities Centre (GUC), established in November 2001, offers a selection of courses from the University of WA, Curtin University of Technology and Edith Cowan University. Courses include areas such as education, nursing, business, accounting and journalism. Future courses may be offered in engineering, psychology, science, Indigenous mental health and law.