A new agricultural education and research facility at Dalwallinu has been officially opened on Thursday 9 August to support the northern agricultural region's $800 million grains industry.
Construction of the purpose-built research hub was part-funded by the State Government, with $200,000 awarded to the Liebe Group through the Wheatbelt Regional Grants Scheme.
The Liebe grower group was established by a small group of progressive farmers in 1997 to focus grains research and development on the specific needs of the northern agricultural region.
The group supports about 100 farm businesses across one million hectares, and has been highly successful in informing and supporting farmers to adopt the latest advancements in grains research.
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan attended the opening on behalf of the State Government.
The new research and education facility will provide current office accommodation for 11 staff with capacity to expand, leased office space, a boardroom, a large meeting and training room, a research workshop and a future laboratory.
It will provide for a collaborative space for organisations interested in undertaking research and development or extension activity, including the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Wheatbelt Development Commission, The University of Western Australia, Curtin University and CSIRO.
Minister MacTiernan said the facility demonstrates the effective partnerships between industry, with funding from the Grains Research and Development Corporation, State and Federal governments and private investment.
"The Liebe Group's work with the region's farmers in research and education is helping to inspire and attract new agricultural research and education opportunities,” she said.
"Advancing our agricultural industries through scientific innovation and new technologies is a key focus for the McGowan Government, ensuring we stay internationally competitive and driving more prosperous and resilient regional communities."