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Registration call for Biosciences Research Centre

The procurement process for the $230 million Biosciences Research Centre has begun with a call to the market for registrations of capability.

Agriculture Minister Joe Helper said the centre would aim to deliver internationally recognised research and development science for the benefit of Victoria.

“The Brumby Government is taking action to create jobs and this state-of-the-art facility will focus on cutting edge research to improve productivity, fight disease and reduce environmental impact,” Mr Helper said.

“It will also enhance Victoria’s capacity for preparedness, rapid detection, response and management of plant and animal pest and disease outbreaks, which threaten the state’s $8.4 billion agricultural sector.

“The Biosciences Research Centre is a joint initiative of the Brumby Government, through the Department of Primary Industries and La Trobe University. It will be built at La Trobe University’s Bundoora campus.

“The centre will be specifically designed with a working environment to enhance collaboration between scientists, and to facilitate a multi-disciplinary approach to issues of local, national and international importance.”

Acting Minister for Major Projects Jacinta Allan said the project would be delivered as a public-private partnership under the Brumby Government’s Partnerships Victoria, with procurement and construction managed by Major Projects Victoria.

“Considerable planning and preparation had gone into ensuring the project is market-ready,” Ms Allan said.

“This is a well-defined project where the clients really understand what is required and know what they want. There is a clear governance structure in place and delivery is being handled by an experienced project management team.

“This combination will deliver a high level of certainty for what will be a landmark facility of its kind.”

La Trobe University Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson said the Biosciences Research Centre would put the university within the top tier of Australian universities for science.

“The Centre will boost the national and international profile of La Trobe,” Prof Johnson said.

“We are delighted the BRC is being built on the Bundoora campus because it will also give students and staff new opportunities to collaborate with world-leading scientists.”

The Registration of Capability document can be obtained by visiting www.tenders.vic.gov.au.