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WORK has begun in Roseworthy on a brand-
new state-of-the-art grain research facility, set
to rival anything else like it in the world.
The facility, which will cost more than $10
million, is earmarked for completion by the end
of the year and will form a national logistics
hub for the country's largest and market-leading
wheat-breeding company, Australian Grain
With the development approved by Light
Regional Council in March 2016, the project
received the final go-ahead by the AGT Board
of Directors late last year, allowing Kennett
Builders to commence groundwork shortly
AGT chief executive Haydn Kuchel said the
new facility, spread across two sites near Leitch
and Flett roads, will allow AGT to expand its
"We have been wheat breeders primarily
in the past and have recently expanded into
barley and lupin breeding. We will be looking
at opportunities to breed other crops into the
future," he said.
"We want a facility that will be able to serve us
better now, but also something that will act as a
platform for the next 30 or more years.
"We are really pleased to be able to take
our company success and invest it back into
something that means we can deliver even better
results to farmers in the future.
"It's going to be a really unique facility and it
will be one of the largest and well-equipped
breeding centres in the world, and certainly one
of the most cutting-edge in Australia."
Designed by Adelaide-based Ashley Halliday
Architects, the development will entail a
laboratory and administration building,
machinery shed, four-hectare bird enclosure,
glasshouse, 11-hectare demonstration and
agronomy block, and 13-hectare plant nursery.
AGT has been located at the University of
Adelaide's Roseworthy campus for some 15
years, with breeding operations
also in Narrabri and Wagga
Wagga, New South Wales, and
Northam, Western Australia.
Mr Kuchel said the site for the
new facility was chosen for its
close proximity to AGT's current
"We have had a long-standing relationship with
the University of Adelaide and really appreciate
being part of the wider university team," he
"We were keen to stay in the area because it
works well for us. We have trials in the area and
on university land, and we want to maintain our
close link with the university."
AGT infrastructure manager Phil Keatley said
the plan is for the new research facility to be up
and running by early 2018.
"It will mean AGT can improve the rates of
genetic grain through our breeding programs,
increasing the value that is able to be delivered
to the farmers," he said.
"It means better varieties more quickly into
the future and it allows us to expand into new
crops, something that will be good for not only
the district, but for the farming community in
South Australia and nationally."
Cutting-edge research at Roseworthy
INSET: An artistʼs impression of AGTʼs new research facility,
depicting the main building and shed. ARTWORK: Supplied
LOCAL Adam Schmidt is
still waiting to return home
from hospital, just over a
week after sustaining injuries
during the Falls Festival at Lorne,
Mr Schmidt, along with two
friends, Rhys Schirmer and Josh
Rentz, all from Freeling, headed
away for the four-day festival in
late December, never imagining
they would end up being directly
involved with the event stampede,
which saw approximately 80
Mr Schmidt said the incident
unfolded very quickly as he was
exiting one of the stage arenas.
"Well, we were just walking out of
the Grand Theatre going to see the
next act on the Valley stage when I
heard some screams coming from
the front of us," he said.
"Before I knew it I was pushed
over on the floor, getting dragged
with what felt like 10 people on top
"The actual incident happened so
fast it's hard to recall it all."
Mr Schmidt sustained serious
injuries, which have him still
hospitalised in Victoria.
"My foot got severely crushed, I
have a big gash on the side of my
foot all the way deep into my big
toe joint. I am still in hospital in
Geelong, having just had a skin
graft," he said.
"I don't have a day for departure
yet, I am waiting to see how the
skin graft takes."
Mr Schmidt said the scariest part
of the ordeal was not knowing how
his friends faired.
Mr Schirmer said he narrowly
escaped the incident as he was
separated from Mr Schmidt and
decided to leave through one of the
Grand Theatre's other exits.
He said after not being able to
locate his friends he went to the
medical tent to see if they were
there and if they were okay.
"I didn't really see too much, just
a lot of sorry souls and people who
just looked miserable and they
were awaiting treatment," he said.
Mr Rentz also sustained some
Localʼs Falls Festival injury
AGT infrastructure manager
Phil Keatley at the site of AGTʼs
brand-new grain research facility.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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