Wollondilly Council welcomes plans for a Global Agricultural Science Hub

Wollondilly Council welcomes plans for a Global Agricultural Science Hub

Posted on: 21.12.2018

Wollondilly Council has welcomed today’s announcement of plans for a global agricultural science hub to be located at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute at Menangle.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and the University of Sydney will work together to create a centre for veterinary science, agriculture and soil research, agribusiness and training.

A Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations will be signed to guide discussions around the possible relocation of the University of Sydney’s current facilities at Cobbitty onto the DPI’s land at Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute.

Wollondilly Council Mayor Matthew Deeth said, “This is great news for Wollondilly and for South Western Sydney.”

“This agricultural science hub has the potential to deliver outcomes which will have a global impact and will bring the eyes of the world on us, provide smart jobs for our communities and support agribusiness in our area.”

“We envision that the existing university site will to continue to be utilised for agricultural pursuit and look forward to future discussions with the university,” he said.

In today’s media release, DPI’s Director General, Scott Hansen said talks will begin early next year about the prospective alliance that would supercharge the state’s ability to manage agricultural pests and diseases, train students and deepen our world-class understanding of veterinary and agricultural science.