Thursday, 12 May 2011
A new national pilot malting facility was officially opened at ECU, which will support industry and strengthen the competitiveness of Australian malting barleys at international markets.
The state-of-the-art facility, co-located at ECU’s Malting and Brewing Research Education Facility at the Joondalup Campus, will benefit Australian grain growers and the malting and brewing industries through improved research and development.
The new facility is a joint initiative between the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia and ECU, and will be managed within the University’s brewing science teaching programs. The facility is the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere and one of only five operating worldwide.
The facility is set to provide the Australian barley industry with high quality research and educational opportunities, to ensure the close alignment of the production and processing sectors of the industry.
"We see this as an extremely important piece of infrastructure that will not only support teaching and research activities but also provide us with the opportunity to engage directly with the Australian malting barley industry," said Brewing Lecturer from the School of Natural Sciences, Mr Hugh Dunn.
"This project represents a considerable investment in time and money by both Edith Cowan University and our project partners, the Department of Agriculture and Food WA so it is great to see it finally come to fruition with the official opening today."
ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, believes the new facility puts ECU at the forefront of brewing research and education in Australia.
"The National Pilot Malting Facility is a wonderful educational and industry resource, which will not only provide students with state-of-the-art learning opportunities, but also will put Western Australia at the cutting edge of research and development, ensuring Australia remains internationally competitive with its malting barley."
"ECU is proud to join with our government partners as we strive to lead the way in this international industry," said Professor Cox.
The facility was officially opened by Agriculture and Food Minister, Hon. Terry Redman, attended by representatives of Australia’s barley producers, breeders, malters and brewers, who were encouraged to participate in opportunities arising from this Department of Agriculture and Food and ECU innovation.