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THE dust has settled on the Loxton
Research Centre’s grand re-opening
earlier this month, however a
former centre employee says a
‘communication centre’ would be a
more appropriate title for the building.
Loxton plant pathologist Peter
Magarey worked at the centre for 30
years before, like many, he was made
redundant in 2009.
Mr Magarey said despite the fan-
fare created by the facility’s reopen-
ing he feared for the future of the
state’s agriculture sector, claiming
less research was occurring in the
region than when the centre originally
opened in 1960.
“About 55 research staff worked at
the centre back in the day, and others
who were connected,” Mr Magarey
“The sadness about the little picture
of the redeveloped centre is there is
only a small handful of researchers
working there now.
“The new building won’t be fully
utilised because there isn’t the person-
nel to do the research – which there is
a tremendous need for.
“The government these days has
industry groups talking amongst
each other and sharing information –
which is good and full marks for that
but the issue is, unless there is any
research being done, there will be no
new technology and no further effi-
“Unless you have new information
to share, you are soon going to be
chewing old bread, and the industries
will not be advancing in the way they
used to be advancing.
“The new extension of the centre
has saved the original building from
“It would be great if rather than
a communication centre, the Loxton
Research Centre lived up to its name
and became a research centre again.”
A Primary Industries and Regions
SA (PIRSA) spokesperson said
three PIRSA research staff current-
ly worked at the Loxton Research
Centre, with a number of additional
PIRSA farm managers, extension and
“Industry tenants and existing
PIRSA staff are using the on-site lab-
oratories and farm,” the spokesperson
“The State Government recently
funded $4 million over four years for
almond research linked to the Centre
of Excellence for the Australian
Almond Industry – with the research
to be located at the Loxton Research
Centre and nearby experimental
“This project will involve a team
of seven research staff (working from
Loxton and Adelaide).”
The spokesperson said the
South Australian River Murray
Sustainability Program (SARMS) had
also invested $2.9 million into nine
research projects, which are actively
addressing agricultural research prob-
lems across the region.
“Research for these projects is
occurring across a number of research
institutes and locations – including
Loxton,” they said.
“PIRSA’s own research arm –
the South Australian Research and
Development Institute (SARDI) is
actively working with research and
development corporations, includ-
ing Horticulture Innovation Australia
and Grains RDC, to collaborate in
research programs, which will
increase research activity at Loxton
little picture of the
redeveloped centre is
there is only a small
handful of researchers
working there now...
- Peter Magarey
“The centre is nearing full utili-
sation, with seven tenants and more
“It’s no longer just an office with
government staff, but a hub for gov-
ernment, industry, community and
research staff to co-exist and use the
co-habitation to drive better commu-
nication and collaboration for the ben-
efit of the region.”
Nevertheless, Mr Magarey said
“not enough voice” was coming out of
“The general view is we need to
use what money we have got for
health, education and roads, rather
than agriculture,” he said.
“There is a bigger picture we need
to look at, especially the fact the
centre has gone from 55 researchers
down to a small number coming from
“Industries are being relied on
more and more to do the research
“We need to go to the community
at large and say ‘do you want efficient
food production? Do you want quality
“But the government needs to pay
“They are not listening to the
agriculture voice, they are listening to
the health and education voices.”
Former Loxton worker questions redevelopment
Research or just
A former Loxton Research Centre employee has questioned
the amount of research being undertaken at the newly
redeveloped facility. INSET: Plant pathologist Peter Magarey
said the centre used to employ about 55 researchers,
expressing his concerns that only a ‘handful’ are working
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