Following on from the recent opening of the Large Animal Facility work is due to commence on Phase 1b of the Animal Husbandry Facility in early March. Funded by UNE, The Animal Husbandry Facility is one component of the $46 million Integrated Agricultural Education Project (IAEP) which includes $29 million dollars funding from the Commonwealth Government’s Education Investment Fund.
Bennett construction, an award winning commercial building company operating in Northern and North West NSW, have been approved as the Principal Building Contractor to build this component of the IAEP. The program of works begins with the demolition of some existing run-down and out-dated buildings before moving on to construction of the new facilities. Work is expected to be completed early 2015.
This key teaching, working and research component of IAEP includes: • New animal surgery • New teaching facilities including a 60 student teaching laboratory with viewing glass to the new animal surgery for teaching and demonstration • New milling and feed room • New sheep housing facilities with purpose-built quarantine and laboratory areas • New walkways linking the buildings • New sheep raceways improving links between buildings • State of the art environmental measures including air filtration, noise and pollution controls, water recapture and improved waste disposal
The new Animal Husbandry Facility will provide UNE with animal facilities that are compliant with current Australian Standards, numerous animal ethics requirements and the Disability Discrimination Act. This modern infrastructure will allow for increased collaboration, research funding and student numbers ensuring UNE continues to provide outstanding graduates in the fields of agriculture and animal science whilst strengthening UNE’s already internationally recognised agricultural, environmental and animal science teaching and research.
More information about IAEP can be found at: https://staff.une.edu.au/ wiki/display/IAEP/INTEGRATED+AGRICULTURAL+EDUCATION+P ROJECT+-+HOME+PAGE