6. MBO Today
MBO’s facilities have provided a space for learning and research for more than forty years, with numerous studies taking place at the Observatory since the 1970s. MBO members and researchers have contributed to the global field of astronomy, collaborating with international partners on several large-scale, international research projects. In 2011, the site was formally taken over by MBO inc. This includes responsibility for all repairs, upkeep, and maintenance of the facilities. The site now has a new life as a community observatory.
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MBO are proud to provide successful programs and outreach activities led by a dedicated group of volunteers. Key achievements include:
- A large growth in MBO Inc membership from five members to more than 700. This growing total includes 200 children and members across Victoria, New Zealand, the UK and Canada.
- MBO’s membership is 40% female.
- To date, more than 50 000 people have participated in our public events, both live and online.
- Running an innovative Young Observer program focused on providing pathways into STEM careers.
- Successful local and Federal government grant applications totalling $45,000, including two Federal “Building Stronger Community” and two National Science Week grants.
- Maintaining productive relationships with key astronomy institutions including Scienceworks, all Melbourne-based astronomy research departments, and partnerships with two Australian Research Council “Centres of Excellence”.