Investment to enhance Liebe Group R&D facilities
Author: Natalie Lee | Date: 13 Nov 2017
A Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) investment will help boost the complexity and scale of research and development (R&D) that can be conducted in Western Australia’s Northern Agricultural Region.
GRDC Chairman John Woods said the Liebe Group had received a $94,500 GRDC Grains R&D Infrastructure Grant to establish a research workshop attached to its new Agricultural Research and Education Facility at Dalwallinu. The GRDC investment will also help fund a ‘clean laboratory space’ in the facility.
He said co-contributions specifically for the research workshop and laboratory space comprised $18,600 from the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) – a component of a total of $616,500 previously pledged by the NSRF for the facility - and $5000 from the Liebe Group through pledges received from members and supporters.
The Royalties for Regions Regional Grants Scheme had also previously pledged $200,000 for the Agricultural Research and Education Facility. Liebe Group members had pledged monetary support and members Elma and Nod (Lewis) Southcott had donated land.
Mr Woods said the Grains R&D Infrastructure Grant was part of $15 million the GRDC Board had agreed to invest in a strategy to build national research capacity.
“The purpose of the grant program is to boost capacity and capability in Australian grain R&D through funding key infrastructure, and to create enduring profitability for grain growers,” he said.
Mr Woods said the GRDC investment and co-contributions would increase the functionality of the Agricultural Research and Education Facility - a ‘collaborative research hub’ for R&D providers including the Liebe Group, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), CSIRO, The University of WA, Murdoch University and other industry partners.
“It will meet a real need in the region as Dalwallinu, where the Liebe Group is based, has previously been a long way from modern, applied R&D facilities,” he said.
“The GRDC Grains R&D Infrastructure Grant and co-contributions will provide an essential ‘step up’ in the functionality of the facility and put the Liebe Group in a strong position to continue and expand on the delivery of relevant, local R&D now and into the future.”
The GRDC investment and co-contributions will:
- Enhance and upgrade a basic storage shed into a fully functional research workshop that provides a workspace for improved management, measurement and storage of trial samples, equipment and data.
- Improve the functionality of a laboratory in the Agricultural Research and Education Facility infrastructure from a shared sample management and storage space to a collaborative research facility that offers clean spaces to undertake accurate sample testing and data collection.
Liebe Group President Ross Fitzsimons said the new facilities would provide exciting opportunities for the group and enable it to continue delivering valuable services, research and information to growers.
“The Liebe Group, which celebrated 20 years of operation in 2017, is excited about the potential opportunities and connections that will be facilitated by the new building and workshop,” he said.
“The infrastructure will increase our capacity and capability to support improvement of our farming businesses and provide a collaborative space for our community and the wider industry.”
The GRDC's purpose is to invest in RD&E to create enduring profitability for Australian growers. It invests in projects and partnerships that drive profitability and productivity within Australia’s grains industry.
Kylie Dunstan, GRDC
0428 864 934
Bec McGregor, Liebe Group
08 9661 0570; 0425 871 724
Natalie Lee, Cox Inall Communications
0427 189 827