- Rebuild of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's Merredin office to begin later this month
- McGowan Government committed to investing in agricultural research and development
The rebuild of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's (DPIRD) Merredin office and upgrade of the research laboratory facilities is set to begin at the end of this month.
The office was damaged during a severe thunderstorm in March 2018, and the McGowan Government is investing additional funds to upgrade six laboratories during the rebuild, as part of planning for the future scientific and management needs of the Wheatbelt region.
New lab equipment will focus on grains and soils research, including a soil processing area with dust extraction, a biological safety cabinet, root washing facilities, vibration proof benches for the use of microscopes and balances, dangerous goods cabinets, an autoclave and a sample drying oven.
DPIRD's Merredin staff will continue to deliver services from local temporary office accommodation throughout the rebuild.
Solution 4 Building Pty Limited will undertake the reconstruction work, engaging local contractors and suppliers where possible.
The work is expected to be completed and staff moved back into the building in early 2020.
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"The McGowan Government is committed to investing in agricultural research and development, to keep our farming industries at the forefront of international competition.
"Merredin is located in the heart of the Wheatbelt area, and is a key location for the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's grains research work.
"The existing facilities at Merredin were constructed in the 1980s and were outdated.
"We have taken this opportunity to invest more money into the rebuild of Merredin to provide staff with modern facilities and equipment to continue their vital research and development, biosecurity and business development work to support our farming sector."
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