VEC Civil Engineering and the Australian Antarctic Division have been working tirelessly since 2018 on the planning phase of the Macquarie Island Modernisation Project. Unfortunately the uncertainty around the spread of COVID-19 and the risk of introduction into Macquarie Island and the broader Antarctica network is very high. The AAD has made the decision at this stage not to proceed into the delivery phase of the project. The AAD will be using the opportunity to access options to stabilise the infrastructure on the island to maintain a year round presence, until such time as the situation improves and renewal of the station can continue.
We wish to thank you all those who assisted in the project.