Heritage farm to become University teaching and research centre July 2, 2012 Whitby Falls photo courtesy of National Trust of Australia (WA). Murdoch University has been given in-principle support by the National Trust to lease the heritage working farm at Whitby Falls, near Perth, Western Australia. The 230 hectare site in the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale has significant historic and cultural value to Western Australia. It will be maintained and utilised by the University to support teaching and research in veterinary and agricultural sciences, as well as other disciplines such as environmental science and conservation. The Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University, Professor Richard Higgott said: “Whitby Falls is a remarkable site and we are extremely pleased to become its new custodian and advocate. “This partnership with the National Trust presents an exciting opportunity for Murdoch’s students and researchers and will benefit the local community in various ways. “We will manage the property as a working farm and teaching centre, whilst maintaining its important cultural heritage. Public access to Whitby Falls will be maintained and the University will be working closely with the National Trust and the Shire to ensure that this unique site is preserved for future generations. “Initially we plan to expand the activities of our School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences to Whitby Falls, which will particularly benefit teaching and research in farm animal health, welfare and production, and in equine studies. “Students will have more opportunity to work with animals and study the rural environment. Other projects will follow.” Murdoch University plans to invest $1.7m into the infrastructure needed to re-establish a working beef cattle and sheep farm, and will be seeking further investment and support for the development of teaching and public-use facilities. The University will be working closely with the National Trust on funding applications. The estate’s establishment as a pastoral property dates back to 1848. The National Trust said: “We are delighted to secure the future of this important heritage site. We are confident that Murdoch University has the know-how and resources to ensure the property is well managed and we are very supportive of its plan to make it a multi-disciplinary educational facility that preserves the heritage value of the site.” The University plans to have students working on-site in 2013, with expansion of this activity increasing as facilities are developed. Print This Post Media contact: Hayley Mayne Tel: (08) 9360 2491 | Mobile: 0400 297 221 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, Research, Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics, School of Environmental Science, School of Environmental Science Research, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Research, agriculture, school of veterinary and biomedical sciences Tags: agricultural sciences, national trust, richard higgott, shire of serpentine jarrahdale, veterinary sciences, whitby falls Comments (One response) harvey holman August 12, 2012 Great to see the farm has been aquired by Murdoch Uni. I lived at (not in)there from 1936 to 1953 when my father Syd Holman was farm foreman from 1932 until his retirement in 1954. cheers Harvey (VIC) Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!