Upgrade Creates Accessible ‘Space’ At Dish

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Upgrade Creates Accessible ‘Space’ at The Dish

Visitor areas at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory has received a major upgrade thanks to $500,000 from the NSW Government.

The NSW Government investment supported the installation of wheelchair accessible paths, automatic doors at the Visitor Centre and accessible and renovated bathrooms to ensure the observatory remains a major drawcard that can be enjoyed by everyone.

The funding also included the construction of an inclusive space-themed playground with accessible equipment, soft fall ground cover, and sun cover.

Minister for Regional NSW Tara Moriarty said the accessibility upgrades to the visitor areas at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory will bring great benefits to the Central West, this project is an excellent example of what can be achieved when various levels of Government work together.

“This is now a great accessible space to host young space fans, further cementing itself as a world-class tourism destination for budding astronomers who visit the region,” Minister Moriarty said.

“The NSW Government is committed to supporting infrastructure upgrades that create inclusive and accessible tourism experiences in regional NSW.”

Mayor of Parkes Shire Cr Neil Westcott said: “Increasing the accessibility to all indoor and outdoor visitor areas at the facility, and by making the Visitor Centre more mobility friendly, inclusive and family friendly, will improve the visitor experience.”

The icon of Australian science attracts over 100,000 visitors per year and caters for public curiosity about the radio telescope and astronomy. The observatory is home to Murriyang, CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope, used by astronomers from around the world to explore the universe.

CSIRO Director of ATNF Operations Dr John Reynolds said “These recent upgrades to our Visitors Centre help us share the wonders of the Universe with all our visitors.”

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