A group of schoolchildren from the Pia Wadjarri school, located in Murchison, WA, near the site of the SKA, were in Canberra from 31 July to 6 August to celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day with local schoolchildren on 4 August. As well as taking part in the celebrations, the Pia Wadjarri students experienced the sights of Canberra, including the National Museum of Australia, the Australian War Memorial and Questacon. The visit is part of the ongoing relationship between the SKA and the Wajarri Yamatji – the traditional custodians of the SKA site.
Pia Wadjarri students at Questacon for National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day
Last week from 19-21 April the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome hosted the third Treaty negotiations to facilitate the transition of the SKA Organisation into an Intergovernmental Organisation (IGO). During the three days, the delegates from the project’s respective member countries participated in important discussions concerning matters on the Financial Protocol, Privileges & Immunities, Procurement and Intellectual Property Rights and the Operations & Access models. Each of these working groups are preparing relevant documentation that will form the basis of the Treaty and ultimately the structure of the organisation that will guide the SKA into an IGO. A fourth Treaty meeting will be held from 27-29 September to finalise the negotiation process. To read more about the negotiations visit the SKA Organisation website.
Representatives from the SKA member countries during SKA IGO negotiations at the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome