Out with the Old

The Drosophilia Building and Animal Science Post Graduate Annexe to be demolished. Built in approximately 1962, the Drosophila building was initially the home of livestock husbandry. According to campus maps, the building then became the home of genetics research into the Drosophila (fruit fly) sometime after 1967. These insects are ideal for the study of genetics as they have DNA in their saliva and produce many generations in short period of time.

In 1958 the Belshaw Science block was destroyed by fire so the building that is now known as the Animal Science Post Graduate Annexe is believed to have been temporary accommodation for Rural Science staff and students. Rural Science moved into their current building in 1962 and Physiology then called the building home until the Animal Genetics Breeding Unit moved in around 1976. Animal Science post graduate students moved in around 1993.

Without doubt these two unassuming, worn-out buildings housed some talented scientists during their time including Stuart Barker, THE Drosophila man at UNE and Bill McClymont, founder of Rural Science. With an original estimated life span of 20 years, these buildings are no longer fit for purpose and were handed over to Australian Demolition and Scrap Recovery Pty Ltd for demolition at the end of January. The five week demolition program will ensure the safe removal of any asbestos and other hazardous materials before removing any salvageable items and combustible materials. As demolition progresses, rubble will be continually sorted into salvage, recyclable materials and waste.

In their place a new Agricultural Education building will be built containing: - Teaching and research laboratories - Sound proof and temperature controlled work rooms - Academic and administrative office space - Postgraduate space - Zoology teaching museum and Learning Resource Centre - Café

With funding provided through the Australian Government’s Education Investment fund the new Agricultural Education Building will provide the necessary facilities to ensure the University of New England’s proud history of producing outstanding agricultural and animal science graduates has a bright future.

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