Regional universities such as the University of Southern Queensland would benefit immensely in their active space and astronomy research if there was a radio telescope facility built in regional Queensland.
As you know the visible light spectrum is only a minute part of the overall electromagnetic spectrum, with radio waves being the most easily transmitted through the Earth’s atmosphere.
There is so much of the universe to discover at radio wavelengths, it really brings with it a whole new epoch of discoveries and allows us to better understand the structure and size of the universe.
With regional Queensland scoring the highest for the reigning coalition government during the last federal election, I see no reason why it cannot be rewarded with some funding for a new radio astronomy station.
Somewhere on the Darling Downs near Toowoomba would be an ideal location for this new project, were it to be funded.
[Article submitted to International Space Investment Initiative: design consultation at the Australian Space Agency - 20/06/2019]