16 March 2017

The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator Sinodinos, recently announced that the Newcastle University led bid for Federal funding of a Cooperative Research Centre for High-Performance Soils (CRC HPS) had been successful. A total of $39.5m in federal funds has been allocated to support the funding offered by the bid partners which included AORA.

This announcement is very significant to AORA and our members as the CRC HPS will, over the next ten years, research methodologies for increasing the productivity of agricultural soils. The role of organics matter is likely to feature highly in this research and our industry is a key source of organics material to enhance and supplement agricultural soils. One of the key outcomes listed in the bid application was the recovery of nutrients from organics material. The implications for the growth of our industry are clear.

AORA will be attending an initial planning meeting to discuss the way forward for the CRC HPS and to start the process of its implementation on 28th March. We will keep you informed of developments after that meeting.