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Marine and Tropical Science Research Facility overview

Department of the Environment and Heritage, November 2005

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About the overview

The environmental challenges facing Australia are as unique and varied as our natural environment. To make sure these challenges are addressed in a sustainable and innovative way, the Australian Government is investing $100 million into the Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities (CERF) programme.

Of the $100 million CERF funding, $40 million has been allocated for a Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility (MTSRF), located at James Cook University campuses in Cairns and Townsville with funding running for five years from July 2005. The vision for the MTSRF is that North Queensland's public environmental assets — particularly the Great Barrier Reef and its catchments, tropical rainforests including the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, and Torres Strait — are sustained in their health through generation, transfer and sharing of world-class research and knowledge.

The establishment of the MTSRF represents a real commitment to world-class public good research on the key environmental assets of North Queensland.

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