Space boom with Square Kilometre Array Telescope signals new identity for WA’s Midwest

One of the world’s biggest science experiments based deep in WA’s outback could unlock a new identity for the state’s Midwest.

Several space exploration projects are being identified by scientists and the Mid West Development Commission, like the Square Kilometer Array Telescope (SKA).

Space and cyber security expert Brett Biddington said the region would be a hub for space exploration, bringing with it a host of jobs, economic growth and attraction.

“We can therefore see a change in the demographic and the sort of workforce that currently is the backbone of Geraldton in the Midwest,” he said.

This week Dr Biddington and a team of consultants visited Geraldton to explore the opportunities in the region.

Brett Biddington standing smiling
Dr Biddington is working with the Midwest Development Commission on new space opportunities.(ABC Midwest & Wheatbelt: Rachael Clifford)

“We’ve been asked by the Mid West Development Commission to report to them on the opportunities for growth for the Midwest,” he said.

“That is presented by the satellite precinct at Mingenew, by the defense facility and most importantly by the radio telescopes that exist or are about to be built.”

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