GSMRF has transformed Albany’s historic railway station into a modern office, meeting and outreach space, located in proximity to the other UWA Albany campus buildings. This is Western Australia’s only truly regional campus and has been in the Great Southern region for twenty years. It offers a uniquely regional perspective that takes advantage of its strategic location in one of Australia’s biodiversity hotspots.
WERC based at UWA’s Albany campus places Western Australia at the forefront of marine renewable research internationally, bringing together multi-disciplinary research expertise with industry partners to advance knowledge and develop innovative technology. Albany is ideally positioned to become a global leader in this field, given that WA:
1) has world leading expertise and experimental capabilities in offshore engineering with a long track record in research that has helped to advance the local offshore oil and gas industry;
2) is home to some of the world’s most successful and promising wave energy companies; and
3) is located on the doorstep of one of the best wave energy resources in the world.
The addition of WERC to the local university precinct will further consolidate the impact that a regional campus can have on its community. The City of Albany pursues a vision to become a 100% renewable energy city by 2026 and supports UWA in developing the WERC activities in the region.
The research activities boost the local economy – for instance through visitor influx and marine field activities – and provide a catalyst for new education and training opportunities in marine science and engineering.