Premier Steven Marshall and senior government officials will meet with Dr Megan Clark AC in Adelaide today, as South Australia intensifies its bid to house the new National Space Agency.
Dr Megan Clark AC was appointed in May this year to lead the country’s first-ever National Space Agency, and the Premier said he was committed to driving the ‘compelling’ case to have it established in SA.
“Today I am meeting with Dr Clark at the oRAH site in the CBD, where I will be putting forward a compelling and competitive bid to bring the space agency here to South Australia,” said Premier Marshall.
“Where better to host the meeting than at the oRAH site - seven hectares in the centre of one of the world’s most liveable cities made available for businesses and entrepreneurs to develop their ideas and explore new technologies across fast-growing industries like the space sector?
“We already have the full support of Australia’s only NASA Astronaut, Adelaide’s Dr Andy Thomas AO, who said that South Australia has ‘all the things you need to have a burgeoning space industry.
“South Australia has a proud history in space-related endeavours, with a strong advanced manufacturing and technology skills base, making us ideally placed to play a lead role in this important industry as it grows worldwide.
“We already have enormous capability in the defence sector more broadly and, importantly, we have enormous potential going forward – South Australia is the logical place for the National Space Agency.
“Growing the space economy is a key priority for this Government and we are committed to ensuring that South Australia becomes a prominent player in the space industry nationally and internationally.
“In South Australia, we understand the importance of space as a source of inspiration and wonder for our future generations, as well as realising that space is an enabler of great economic growth for our current generation.”
The space sector in South Australia currently comprises more than 60 organisations, employs over 800 people and helps generate more than $300 million in economic activity.