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The Naracoorte Caves Local Business Open Night was held late last month to bring together local businesses with representatives from the Naracoorte Lucindale Council, and the Naracoorte Caves.
This initiative was hosted by in the Cave National Park, which is a World Heritage Site to provide an opportunity for the local community to stay in touch with the new work at the caves, and the future plans.

Naracoorte Mayor Erika Vickery said in the opening address, “the caves and Naracoorte businesses need to work together to have a comprehensive economic plan for the town’s tourism economy.”

The Naracoorte Caves National Park is the site for a $2 million ARC Linkage Grant due to commence in Jan 2018 for four years. There are big plans for the site, with a main focus to ensure the research enriches, engages actively gives back to the Naracoorte community.
Dr Liz Reed who is a Primary Investigator on the grant says “we have an embarrassment of riches, […] less than one percent of the Victoria Fossil cave has been excavated”.

Recently, the caves also hosted the latest Children’s University Graduation, a program run by the University of Adelaide to encourage school age children to learn outside the classroom.
The Naracoorte region is one the first regions to join the program outside of metro Adelaide, and registered higher than expected interest.
The graduation ceremony for 50 students, was held in one of the caves complete with black robes and mortar-boards.


Photo from ABC.net, supplied by Tracey Hahn

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Kan Kwakkel is an Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology. His research focusses on model based approaches to support decision making in complex uncertain systems. He is an expert in many objective robust decision making, and the use of adaptation pathways. He has applied his research in a variety of domains including fresh water […]

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Jessie Treloar is a PhD Student studying small mammal fossils in the Naracoorte caves, and took some time out to write a guest post for us. Deep below the ground near the town of Naracoorte lies ancient tombs of hundreds of thousands of animals in vast and naturally beautiful caves within the Naracoorte Caves World […]

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