Berrimah Farm Field Services Building opening

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Berrimah Farm Science Precinct redevelopment project hits major milestone.

Today’s opening of the newly constructed Berrimah Farm Science Precinct Field Services Building marks the first building completion as part of the Northern Territory Government’s $31.5 million investment to redevelop the ‘Berrimah Farm’ into the ‘Berrimah Farm Science Precinct’.

The Berrimah Farm Science Precinct redevelopment project is a multi-staged program of works to upgrade existing infrastructure and build new facilities to deliver a modern, innovative and technologically advanced facility for agricultural science, research and development essential to northern Australia.

The new Field Services Building will house livestock and plant research, industry development functions and post-harvest research facilities.

New laboratory facilities will create an epicentre of excellence in northern Australia for agricultural research, diagnostics, and pest and disease surveillance and monitoring. These facilities will provide additional capacity for biosecurity incursion response – strengthening our reputation for the best clean, green produce underpinning our current domestic and export markets and providing further opportunities to establish the Territory as a major producer and exporter of food and fibre.

The Field Services Building was constructed by local company Jaytex Construction Pty Ltd, which was awarded the $5,738,894 contract in May 2019. The construction of the Field Services Building has enabled Jaytex to employ 13 Aboriginal staff.

When completed, the Berrimah Farm Science Precinct will also house a Molecular Diagnostic Wing and a Science Services Building.

Construction of the Molecular Diagnostic Wing is underway as a joint venture between the Department of Primary Industry and Resources and the Australian Government building to house a purpose-built Quarantine Containment Level 3 (QC3) facility. The QC3 facility will be part of a biosecurity diagnostic laboratory that can host a biosecurity response with appropriate containment levels in the event of an incursion.

The final stage of the redevelopment is the proposed Science Services Building to replace the Berrimah Agricultural Laboratory and other associated infrastructure, with dedicated best practice labs. The building will be the epicentre of plant and animal scientific research in northern Australia.

This investment demonstrates the support for critical sectors that are essential to grow the Territory’s economy, such as agriculture, which was valued at $763 million in 2018-19,.

The redevelopment will ensure that the Department of Primary Industry and Resources is supported to continue to facilitate and drive sustainable, profitable development of primary industries underpinned by robust biosecurity and animal welfare practices.

Field Services Building - Berrimah Farm Science Precinct

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