The GRDC opened its new regional office in Dubbo, New South Wales, on 6 April as part of its commitment to have a greater regional presence. The Dubbo office was officially opened by Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and attended by GRDC managing director John Harvey, chair Richard Clark, deputy chair Kim Halbert (WA) and GRDC board members Dr Andrew Barr (SA), Dr Helen Garnett (NT), Roseanne Healy (SA), David Shannon (SA), Dr Jeremy Burdon (ACT) and John Woods (NSW).
The office opening and board tour demonstrate the GRDC’s commitment to deliver on industry calls for regionally relevant, locally coordinated and transparent levy investment, as well as the fostering of greater engagement with growers, grower groups, advisers and researchers.
GRDC Northern Panel chair James Clark said the office represented a milestone for the GRDC in its drive to better service the research needs and priorities of local growers through targeted regional investment and extension activities.
“All [research and investment] options are subject to a rigorous process of regional situation analysis, research gap analysis and, finally, the establishment of regional research priorities.”
The GRDC’s other new regional offices are at Adelaide, Perth and Toowoomba.