Backward step on CSIROs Geelong fibre research

14 September 2021

If reports are true that the CSIRO is closing down its Geelong Technology Precinct natural and artificial fibre research at Deakin Universitys Waurn Ponds campus, its a backwards step for the region and the nation, Corangamite MP Libby Coker said today.

I urge the CSIRO and the Morrison Government to urgently rethink this decision, Ms Coker said.

The facility has been a catalyst for world-leading fibre research and new manufacturing businesses.

This region has become known as a hub of scientific expertise in advanced and natural fibre research, a reputation which has taken many years to build.

CSIRO has today undermined that invaluable intellectual resource with the stroke of a pen.

The decision has direct implications for wool, cotton and future hemp fibre processing. It will diminish the pool of advanced carbon fibre expertise and will stall ground-breaking work on the textile circular economy.

This came out the blue with no obvious consultation. CSIROs facility is in my electorate, yet I only heard about it after researchers and staff were told theyd lost their jobs.

I feel for these people who have devoted their lives to leading research for the good of the nation, only to be discarded in this way.