Home sweet home: New research station for the Wide Bay region

Date Posted

19 August, 2019

Posted by

Cathy Weis

Sugarcane industry stakeholders are invited to attend an open day for Sugar Research Australia’s new research station for the Southern Region of the Australian sugarcane industry.

The open day is on August 29, 2019, running from 10am to 1.30pm at the SRA Research Station, Welcome Creek.

SRA CEO Mr Neil Fisher said it was the first major event for the research station, and was an opportunity for SRA Members, Investors and industry stakeholders to view the purpose-built facility.

“The station is the new home for our research and adoption staff for the Southern Region, and completes the transition from SRA’s former facilities at Ashfield Road, Bundaberg,” Mr Fisher said. “The open day will be a chance to view these facilities, meet with the local research and adoption staff, and to hear more about how SRA is delivering outcomes for our investors. It is also a chance for industry to meet with the SRA Board, who will be in attendance on the day.”

Mr Fisher said the move to the new site positioned SRA to continue to deliver on the long-term needs of growers and millers across the Bundaberg, Childers and Maryborough growing areas.

“We have built modern facilities that will enable SRA to continue to deliver services in agronomy, entomology, extension and adoption, pathology, and other vital industry requirements,” Mr Fisher said. “The research station is also being established to modern and best practice standards, including the installation of lateral-move overhead irrigators.

“This precision equipment allows SRA to deliver quality trial results and research, leading to optimum outcomes for growers and millers.”

Mr Fisher said the move to the new site was necessary because of increasing urban encroachment at the Ashfield Road site on the edge of Bundaberg, which had been the former home of sugar research in the region. The previous station’s location had been re-zoned as ‘emerging communities’, and it had become increasingly difficult for SRA to conduct research activities on the site.

The new 56-hectare station allows SRA to establish for the long-term.

RSVP is required to Dr Veronica Chapman on vchapman@sugarresearch.com.au.

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