Primary industry R and D bodies create a hub in SA

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 22 Apr 2016

The importance of Adelaide as a centre for primary industries research and development will be underlined today (Friday, April 22), with the official opening of new offices for the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC).

The two RDCs have established operations within the National Wine Centre of Australia building which also houses Wine Australia.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, South Australian Senator Anne Ruston, will officially open the new offices this afternoon.

Also attending the event will be SA Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, David Ridgway; representatives of the three RDCs; and various wine, grains and fisheries industry personnel from across Australia.

Minister Ruston says she is delighted to be formally opening the offices, stating that the move will boost the prosperity of local economies and communities.

“This is a positive move, relocating agencies with a strong rural focus closer to the industries that they serve,” Minister Ruston said.

“The move to South Australia to increase regional presence will certainly go a long way in boosting jobs and growth in areas connected to rural and regional Australia.”

South Australian Minister for Agriculture Minister Bignell said the new GRDC and FRDC offices reinforced South Australia’s position as a major centre for grains and fisheries research.

“GRDC and FRDC are key partners of the South Australian Government and this move will allow us to work even closer on a number of important initiatives, including the $50 million bilateral agreement with GRDC,” Mr Bignell said.

“This agreement through the South Australian Research and Development Institute will help to deliver high quality, locally relevant grains research over the next five years.

“South Australia is also hosting the 2020 World Fisheries Congress which is excellent news for our state – it will provide an international stage for Australia-New Zealand to showcase our strength and reputation in fisheries science and management internationally.

“The South Australian seafood industry is a vital part of the state’s economy, generating revenue of $876 million.”

The GRDC is increasing its presence and outreach to growers in the southern cropping region through the opening of a dedicated regional office.

The office at the National Wine Centre will service the three states that comprise the GRDC’s southern region – South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.

The office houses five staff, with more positions likely to be added over time.

GRDC Chairman Richard Clark says the establishment of the southern regional office enables the organisation to enhance its existing relationships with growers and other grains industry personnel, including grower groups, advisers and researchers.

“The GRDC is complementing operations at its central office in Canberra by setting up regional offices across the country. These offices will foster a stronger connection to our growers and allow us to improve the delivery of outcomes from research and development that are of most benefit to local growers,” Mr Clark said.

Renata Brooks, FRDC Deputy Chair, said there were clear opportunities for the three very progressive organisations to work together and deliver clear outcomes for their respective primary industries. “This partnership is a good first step,” Ms Brooks said.

“The opportunity to collaborate, particularly with Wine Australia in terms of marketing and promotion, is an exciting prospect. And we are especially pleased to now be in such close proximity to South Australia’s vibrant and important fishing and aquaculture industries.”

Chair of Wine Australia, Brian Walsh, says his organisation is delighted that the FRDC and the GRDC are joining Wine Australia at the National Wine Centre.

“This will create further opportunities to work closely together on innovation and cross-sectoral collaboration to deliver value for our levy payers,” Mr Walsh said.

Media contacts

Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli, on behalf of GRDC 
0409 675 100 
swatt@porternovelli.com.au

Patrick Hone, Executive Director FRDC
02 6285 0410 / 0419 628 400
patrick.hone@frdc.com.au

Hannah Bentley, Communications Manager, Wine Australia 
0428 930 865 
hannah.bentely@wineaustralia.com

Notes to media:

Media are invited to attend the office opening, from 3.30-5pm, on Friday, April 22, at the National Wine Centre, corner of Hackney and Botanic Roads, Adelaide.

Photos from the event will be available. Please contact Sharon Watt at Porter Novelli on 0409 675100 or email swatt@porternovelli.com.au

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