The Dalby Space Collective has announced that the proposed space port project has been mothballed due to a lack of any level of government taking interest in the concept.
Dr. Peter Broxham, PhD, director of the project said today that all attempts to gain funding from any government be it federal or state were ignored. The government will continue to spend billions of dollars with foreign launch companies instead of supporting Australian projects, the grant the collective asked for was a one off $5 million grant.
Over a five-year term this project was projected to employee over 150 locals as well as setting as one of its goals the priority of dealing wholly with local suppliers and businesses. Add to this the museum that was to be part of the spaceport and the region has lost a major tourism draw card.
The spaceport would have also reduced the cost of launching assets to space, given valuable training and educational outcomes to the region as well as made it an aerospace industry hub, greatly improving the potential for even more employment in the region.
Dr. Broxham also said it was sad that the project has been ignored by the government when it had such great support by local people.
The project will officially shutdown on the 1st of November 2016.
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