Project number: 2008-312
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $20,000.00
Principal Investigator: Tim Hoile
Organisation: Marine Discovery Centre Henley Beach
Project start/end date: 4 May 2008 - 30 Nov 2010


To continue the development of the MDCA, the steering committee has planned a fourth workshop for 2008 at the Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre, Tasmania. This fourth meeting will be utilised to develop support strategies of the network and welcome new members.

This meeting will also be used to:-
• Discuss strategies to expose, promote and deliver philosophies, goals and awareness opportunities for sponsors
• Provide the opportunity to share information, resources and expertise;
• Identify new projects and resources for MDC’s within the network;
• Identify potential MDCA members for future membership growth;
• To review communication strategies and resources where appropriate;
• Review communication strategies and materials where appropriate;
• Develop guidelines for MDC’s to adhere to;
• Allocate committee positions, including the secretariat.

The MDCA include:
• the Dolphin Discovery Centre in Bunbury WA
• Henley Beach Marine Discovery Centre in SA
• Queenscliff Marine Discovery Centre in VIC (
• Bondi Beach Marine Discovery in NSW
• Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre in TAS
• Ballina Marine Discovery Centre in NSW
• Eden Marine Discovery Centre in NSW
• Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre in WA
• Hastings Point Marine Environments Field Study and Resource Centre - our newest member


1. To facilitate annual MDCA network workshops to cost effectively review and improve communication and extension activities
2. To provide an opportunity to share information, resources and expertise
3. To identify new activities and resources for MDCAs to communicate research outputs to the community

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