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$9.5m Sought for $29m Research Facility in Adelaide

Australia’s wine industry has begun a campaign for a $9.5 million grant in the 2007 federal budget to secure the development of a world class research facility in Adelaide. The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) has made the grant request a key component of its annual pre-budget submission, and will lobby for the grant up until the 2007 federal budget.

The funds sought would secure the development of the Wine Innovation Cluster in the grounds of the Waite campus of the University of Adelaide. The proposed Wine Innovation Cluster would co-locate a group of research partners including the Australian Wine Research Institute and the research arms of the University of Adelaide and SARDI in a new world class research building. Also co-located on the site will be a research winery and expanded facilities for the Provisor research company.

Matching funding of $9.5 million each from the South Australian Government and the University of Adelaide has already been committed. The remaining $9.5 million contribution from the federal government will be required to ensure the $29 million development will proceed. For more information, contact Simon Birmingham of WFA on 8222 9255.

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