The Western Australian Government has locked in $320 million for new world-class biosecurity and research facilities to protect and grow the State's primary industries for future generations.
A new metropolitan facility for the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will be built on Murdoch University's Perth campus, featuring modern laboratory and technical workspaces for about 350 staff.
It will replace outdated and interim laboratory facilities in use at South Perth – many of which date back to the 1950s – with the new permanent facility expected to be complete in 2027. The facility will be located on 11.3 hectares at Murdoch University, in the south-eastern corner of the campus, within an existing agricultural precinct.
Premier Mark McGowan said this is a once-in-a-generation investment which will serve WA and our primary industries for many decades to come.
"This will be a modern facility delivering world-class science, which will strengthen our biosecurity capability and access to valuable export markets into the future," the Premier said. "It will help to keep WA's farmers at the cutting edge of science, backing their important contribution to our State."
Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said WA's primary industries make an enormous economic contribution to our State and especially the regions, valued at $11.7 billion and growing.
"Research and development has been critical to supporting our farmers to increase profitability with ongoing climate challenges," Minister MacTiernan said. "As we become more integrated globally, we see biosecurity risks increasing exponentially. We must have the best tools to protect our industry." More... Source: WA Government | Photo: DPIRD [From left: DPIRD Director General Heather Brayford, Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan, WA Premier Mark McGowan, Murdoch University Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Deeks.]