SUPL Community Information Briefing coming soon

Published on 09 July 2019

SUPL Community Information Briefing coming soon

Northern Grampians Shire community members are being encouraged to attend a Community Information Briefing on Monday 29 July to learn more about the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory (SUPL) and some of the opportunities and benefits that will arise from it.

Professor Jeremy Mould, Emeritus Professor Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology will also be doing a presentation about the status of the project on the evening, which will run from 5.30pm-7.30pm in the Community Meeting Space at Stawell Town Hall.

The SUPL project involves the construction of a laboratory over one kilometre underground at the Stawell Gold Mine to conduct groundbreaking research to detect dark matter.

Construction of the laboratory is now ready to commence to begin the cutting edge research, thanks to $5 million in funding from the Federal Government.

The laboratory can also be used for a broad range of other background scientific research, including biological and cancer research (such as looking at how cells respond to low radiation environments), and a range of other biology geosciences and engineering research activities.

Northern Grampians Shire Council is eager to work with the local community to unlock opportunities in education and tourism.

Mayor of Northern Grampians Shire Council, Cr Kevin Erwin said, “The laboratory is one of the few of its kind in the world, and the only one in the southern hemisphere.”

“We hope to see as many community members at the session as possible to see where the project is up to, and to see what it can do for Stawell, and in particular, the young people of Stawell.”

The project is a collaboration between Australian universities (University of Melbourne, University of Adelaide, Australian National University, Swinburne University, and the University of Western Australia), Australian National Nuclear Research and Development Organisation, Princeton University and the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics.