Bodies donated to science will be buried or dumped at the secret site for forensic researchers to study, in a bid to help police solve murders or missing persons cases using data gathered under Australian conditions.
The facility, on University of Technology Sydney land in the Hawkesbury region, is believed to be the first of its kind outside the US.
It will be ringed with fences and CCTV cameras before the first bodies are buried or laid out in the open next year.
UTS forensic scientist Professor Shari Forbes, who will head the groundbreaking centre, said: “What it’s designed to do is help us understand the impact of our local environment on the process of decomposition. All the facilities that do this are based in America and unfortunately given its quite distinct climate we can’t always accurately use their data.”
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