July (No. 498)
SA Government commits $9.5m to R&D
The South Australian Government has recognised the importance of the wine industry with $9.5m in funding that will allow the development of a Wine Innovation Cluster, located on the Waite Precinct in Urrbrae. This Cluster will bring together the leading R&D groups for the wine industry, which will underpin the industry for the next phase of growth.
The purpose-built state-of-the-art facility (Wine Innovation Cluster) will be a new home for The
Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), will include space for Provisor Pty Ltd (the major national research facility), SARDI viticulture staff, and grape and wine scientists of The University of Adelaide and will link to the existing CSIRO Plant Industry building.
Collocation of these grape and wine R&D and innovation leaders will ensure national-scale, unified and collaborative direction of direct benefit to the Australian wine and grape industry.
The Australian Wine Research Institute, celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2005, has outgrown its existing facility with older parts of the building near to “falling apart” according to professor Sakkie Pretorius, managing director, AWRI. “We welcome the South Australian Government’s support of providing appropriate accommodation for the AWRI. This funding has secured AWRI’s presence in South Australia, and also facilitated an opportunity for closer collaboration with other wine and grape R&D providers”, said Pretorius.
“We have been serving the national wine industry for 50 years and these new facilities will assist Australia to maintain its wine leadership role. The Wine Innovation Cluster will be able to accommodate and attract the brightest scientists from Australia and around the world to apply their skills for Australia’s benefit.”