The Hon. Jack Snelling MP (Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education, Minister for Science and Information Economy, Minister for Road Safety, Minister for Veterans Affairs), visited the Waite Campus on Tuesday 7 December 2010. He was accompanied by his advisor Dr Tung Ngo and Carolyn Anderson, Director, Science and Information Economy, DFEEST.
The purpose of the visit was to showcase some of the Waite’s key agricultural research areas to the Minister. Professor Roger Leigh, Head of the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine, and Director of the WRI and Mr Martyn Evans, Director Community Engagement, UoA took the Minister to some key buildings at the Waite campus. They visited the Barley Breeding laboratories where the group was given an overview by Associate Professor Jason Eglinton, they then walked to the Wine Innovation Centre (WIC) building and were given a tour by Professor Dennis Taylor. This was followed by a demonstration of how populations of plants can be climatised using The Plant Accelerator (TPA) with Professor Mark Tester then it was onto the Plant Genomics Centre for a tour with Professor Geoff Fincher.
A luncheon was held on the main balcony of the Plant Genomics Centre and this was also attended by Mr Perry Gunner, Chair WRI and Deputy-Chair, Viterra, Professor Mike Brooks, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research), UoA, Professor Bob Gibson, Director FOODplus Research Centre, UoA and Professor Diane Mather, Plant Breeding and Genetics, UoA. During lunch there was a lively discussion about future developments on the Waite and their importance to South Australia.
All up it was a very informative and successful visit to the Waite and the Campus looks forward to Minister Snelling returning soon for possible follow-up collaborations.