Research Needs SupportLizard Island Research Station would not exist without donor support
Lizard Island Research Station (LIRS) would not exist and could not continue without donor support through our Foundation.
The remote location makes it unusually expensive. Researchers and other visitors fly in and out on light aircraft from Cairns. Supplies come by barge, a round trip of more than 500 km. Maintenance costs are high because of the tropical maritime climate. Facilities maintenance is especially important, not only for operational health and safety, but also to ensure research teams use their time effectively and to avoid the delays of arranging specialist repairs from the mainland.
Our Foundation provided most of the $5 million needed for the Station’s 30th Anniversary Development. That program completely renovated LIRS to as-new standard over several years to 2011. Further details are set out in Lizard Island Research – a partnership (pdf, 17 MB). We need to build up a reserve for the next major refurbishment.
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