VK0 MACQUARIE I. Research Station to be closed in 2017

"Macquarie Island research station to be closed in 2017

Australia’s Antarctic Division (AAD) has confirmed the permanent research station on Macquarie Island will close at the end of March 2017.

The division has operated a year-round research station on the sub-Antarctic island since 1948.

AAD director Nick Gales said the organisation would instead use a network of six field huts to continue conducting "high-priority research" over the summer.

He said a recent engineering review showed a very large investment was needed to upgrade the aging infrastructure to manage increased risks to occupational health and safety, environmental contamination and site exposure to ocean inundation.

"Looking at our capital investment budget, the priorities are in other stations at the moment," he said.

"But the decision is broader than than just budgets, it really is about lightening our footprint there."