• Hannah Phillips

New Grains Centre for Wimmera Southern Mallee

A Networked Grains Centre of Excellence in the Wimmera Southern Mallee region is likely to become a reality, following a funding announcement from the Victorian State Government.

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford, has announced $250,000 towards developing a business case for a centre in the region, to build on its industry networks.

Ms Pulford said the grains industry in the Wimmera Southern Mallee has a proud history of government and industry partnerships in grains innovation.

“The business case funding will help create a focal point to connect and attract industry to the region, and will be centred at Horsham’s Grains Innovation Park.

“We’re continuing to invest in our food and fibre producers and in the heart and soul of our grain growing wheatbelt.

"There’s no better place for science and innovation for our grains industry than in the Wimmera,” she said.

The Networked Grains Centre of Excellence will be a virtual centre with a focal point located at the Grains Innovation Park (GIP) in Horsham.

GIP was established as a partnership between the Victorian Government and industry in 1960, and provides the local grains industry with access to technology and expertise to support innovation.

The Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership identified the Networked Grains Centre of Excellence as a priority in 2016, and the Labor Government provided funding in the 2017/2018 Victorian Budget.

The funding announcement follows last week’s joint funding deal with the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and State Government for a renewed five year, $52 million research agreement.

Regional Development Victoria and Agriculture Victoria have worked closely with the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership to develop a working group for the project, who will convene later this month.

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