The Loxton Research Centre has been officially opened by Premier Jay Weatherill, following a $7.5 million redevelopment.
An investment into South Australia’s Murray River region, the centre is set to become a key regional location for national and international research events, attracting delegations, businesses and their investment into the region.
As part of the redevelopment, existing facilities have been refurbished and modernised, including a new state-of-the art conference facility that seats up to 200 people, meeting areas, demonstration kitchen and flexible working spaces.
The Centre is already home to a number of private and government tenants, including:
- Primary Industries and Regions SA
- The Almond Board of Australia
- Biological Services
- Riverland Wine
- Growsmart Training
- Wisdom Data and Mapping
- Rural Directions
It is also the new home of the Centre of Excellence for the Australian Almond Industry, which is championing new research for Australia’s fast growing almond industry.
The project was funded as part of the $265 million Australian Government-funded South Australian River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) Program.
The centre was first opened in 1960 as a regional hub for the then State Department of Agriculture’s research, extension, and biosecurity services in the Riverland.
Over the past 56 years, the Centre has been the base for a wide array of ground-breaking irrigation and horticulture research, and as a result it has played a pivotal role in lifting the value of agricultural production in the Murray and Mallee districts to more than $3 billion a year.
Image Source – Loxton Research Centre Architectural Drawing