Whitby Falls Farm progressing well June 22, 2015 Murdoch University’s $3 million investment to restore Whitby Falls Farm in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has been completed. The University has been managing Whitby Falls Farm since securing the lease from the National Trust of WA in November 2013. The 230 hectare site was first earmarked by the University in 2012 as a site to support teaching and research in veterinary, life sciences and agriculture. Senior Executive Director, Steven Dickson, said the lease of the Whitby Falls Farm significantly strengthens and expands Murdoch University’s capacity to deliver world-class research and teaching. “The farm will offer high quality educational, research and cultural experiences for students, researchers and the wider community delivering local and regional economic benefits,” Mr Dickson said. “Research themes will include food production, human and animal health, intensive agriculture, environmental sustainability and adaption.” The University’s investment included civil works associated with water storage and reticulation, in-ground services, stock fencing, a cattle-handling facility and a new farm manager’s house. The site already provides valuable rotation capacity for grazing animals across the South Street Farm and at Whitby Falls. The Whitby Falls Project Steering Committee was formed in 2013 to identify concepts for the broader uses of the site and to guide development in a way that is consistent with the University’s Strategic Plan and research priorities and heritage value. The Committee is nearing completion of the Masterplan which will identify the future phases of development. Once finalised, the Masterplan will be made available for public comment. 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, International students, Research, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Research, school of veterinary and biomedical sciences Tags: masterplan, national trust of wa, shire of serpentine jarrahdale, steven dickson, whitby falls, whitby falls farm, whitby falls project streering committee Comments (One response) Ann June 25, 2015 Recently I joined an OCU Know Your Campus event down to Whitby Falls to look at what the university is achieving there. I urge all staff to take this opportunity if it occurs again, as it was extremely enjoyable and well worth visiting. 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!