Whitby Falls Farm progressing well

June 22, 2015

Signage smallMurdoch 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.

 

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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.

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