Agriculture and jobs the winner at AGRIBIO
A $230 million investment into scientific research continues to take shape in Victoria’s northern suburbs.
At a community information session at Bundoora today, Agriculture Minister Joe Helper said the Biosciences Research Centre would now be known as AgriBio to better reflect the type of science coming out of the joint Brumby Government and La Trobe University initiative.
“The Brumby Labor Government is standing up for Victorian jobs by investing in job-creating projects like AgriBio,” Mr Helper said.
“The construction of AgriBio will create 390 jobs during construction injecting around $620 million into the Victorian economy.
“Once operational in 2012 it will provide cutting-edge research to improve productivity, fight disease and reduce environmental impact to protect Victoria’s $11.8 billion agricultural sector.
“Research at AgriBio will significantly contribute to the protection of agriculture from disease threats.
“It will improve primary industries competitiveness and sustainability, and focus efforts on addressing challenges including climate change and drought.”
La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson said AgriBio would create a cutting-edge science hub in the beautiful natural setting of the University’s Bundoora campus. “This significant infrastructure will attract the world’s leading scientists and collaborators, and provide La Trobe’s researchers and students with access to the most advanced technologies,” Professor Johnson said.
Member for Bundoora Colin Brooks said AgriBio would cement Melbourne’s north as a major science precinct, and would produce flow-on benefits to the local community.
“AgriBio will bring together the largest agricultural research and development organisation in the state with one of the top universities in Victoria,” Mr Brooks said.
AgriBio is a joint initiative of the Victorian Government, through the Department of Primary Industries, and La Trobe University and will be located at the University’s Bundoora campus.
Plenary Research – consisting of Plenary Group, Grocon and Honeywell Services – will design, construct, finance and provide facility management services required for the operation of the facility over a 25-year period.