The Minderoo Foundation in Broadway Nedlands, Australia, has announced an investment of AU$2.5 million ($1.7 million) in support of a new marine research center in the town of Exmouth on Western Australia's North West Cape.
The gift will support Minderoo's Flourishing Oceans team and provide capital for the center and its research activities on Ningaloo Reef. The foundation, which was established by Giving Pledge signatories Andrew and Nicola Forrest, also has committed to collaborating with local businesses to sustainably develop the surrounding community as well as on various center-related projects. Work on the facility is slated to begin in 2020 and be completed by the end of the year.
"Exmouth's natural beauty and proximity to the stunning Ningaloo Reef means it is one of the world's great tourist destinations. Now, it will also be known as one of the world's leading destinations for cutting-edge marine research," said Minderoo Foundation chair Andrew Forrest. "We want to work with the community to diversify the economy and provide reasons for people to be in Exmouth all year round, not just six months of the year."
"Not only will local businesses benefit from the amount of people being attracted to town by the new research hub, local high school students and those studying at TAFE will be afforded a golden opportunity to study marine life on their doorstep," said Exmouth president Matthew Niikkula. "The shire is excited to be working with Minderoo and the Flourishing Oceans team to deliver maximum community benefit from the project."
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