An intense hailstorm – which rained down on Canberra a shower of ice the size of golf balls – has caused significant damage to CSIRO’s Black Mountain laboratory.
CSIRO reported damage to nearly all 65 glasshouses located at Black Mountain, home to a significant proportion of the organisation’s agricultural experimental research. CSIRO also reported additional damage to vehicles, buildings and solar panels across the site.
“The hailstorm in Canberra has come at a time when CSIRO’s research capabilities are fully extended, including in assisting our nation in response to the bushfire crisis,” Staff Association Sam Popovski said.
“That’s why the Staff Association has written to Science Minister Karen Andrews concerning the damage caused to CSIRO infrastructure and experimentation in Canberra and requesting urgent consideration of extraordinary financial support from the Federal Government.”
Two key pieces of Australia’s radio astronomy infrastructure will receive new technology with CSIRO managed facilities in Parkes and Narrabri to receive a funding increase.
The grants are made available through the Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) program, managed by the Australian Research Council.
“This boost for CSIRO space science in Parkes and Narrabri is very welcome, especially given the pressure over years of funding and job cuts,” Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski said.
As CSIRO staff return to work following the summer break, formal bargaining negotiations recommence today between Staff Association and CSIRO representatives.
The Staff Association extends its best wishes to all members in the new year, particularly those impacted by the Australian bushfires. We also acknowledge members that have volunteered and supported others in our community. Please contact the Staff Association on email@example.com if you require assistance on leave entitlements and rights.