Sugar re­search land bought

South Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

SRA will have a new re­search farm in the South­ern grow­ing re­gion with the pur­chase of a new prop­erty at Wel­come Creek.

This will see SRA able to fo­cus its re­search ac­tiv­i­ties to one site and will al­low the tran­si­tion from the pre­vi­ous re­search fa­cil­ity at Ash­field Rd at Kalkie.

In 2016, SRA sold its land at Ash­field Road, which was a vi­tal step in en­sur­ing that SRA was able to con­tinue to pro­vide on­go­ing re­search, de­vel­op­ment and adop­tion ser­vices for the South­ern grow­ing re­gion.

“The land at Ash­field Road was sold as it has be­come in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to fully utilise the site for re­search pur­poses due to its close prox­im­ity to nearby res­i­den­tial en­croach­ment, with in­creas­ing com­plaints from the neigh­bours about dust, noise and the use of agri­cul­tural chem­i­cals,” SRA chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Neil Fisher said.

“This new site is away from ur­ban en­croach­ment and will mean that SRA can ef­fi­ciently re­sume re­search.”

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

RE­SEARCH PRO­JECT: SRA has bought a new block to fur­ther de­velop their sugar in­dus­try study.

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