House debates

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Statements by Members

Airborne Research Australia

1:42 pm

Photo of Rebekha SharkieRebekha Sharkie (Mayo, Centre Alliance) Share this | | Hansard source

Last week I went to Parafield Airport to meet with two Adelaide Hills scientists and toured the facilities of their non-for-profit organisation Airborne Research Australia. Dr Andrew McGrath and Associate Professor Jorg Hacker are directors, chief scientists and pilots for this aerial environmental data collection and analysis venture that began in the 1980s. In recent times, Airborne has, in detail, mapped seagrass along the coast of Adelaide and uncovered submerged ancient Indigenous structures off the Western Australian coast. Of significant interest was their mapping of the Cudlee Creek and Kangaroo Island firegrounds in Mayo. They've collected detailed information, and I'm pleased to say that this specialist data is publicly available; landholders just need to contact Andrew and Jorg on Their work at Airborne Research is of profound value to South Australia. To any philanthropists out there listening to parliament today, this organisation does have DGR status and they need funds to survive, and I would encourage you to consider connecting with Airborne Research, as they do fantastic work.