THE uncertainty over the Hamilton Red Meat Innovation Centre may have been a misunderstanding between the Agriculture Minister and research staff.
Western Victoria MP and former Victorian Farmers Federation president, Simon Ramsay said some comments from Agriculture Minister, Peter Walsh, may have been misinterpreted.
“Mr Walsh might have said to staff in the past that the State Government might provide new laboratory facilities for Hamilton DPI, but that decision is still being considered,” he said.
“The $2.4 million for the animal house and the $3.5 million announced by Mr Walsh are two separate budgets, but I would find it highly unlikely that the new money will go towards capital building works.
“The $3.5 million will go towards research projects at the centre and in the field over the course of four years.”
Mr Ramsay was part of an advisory committee to Mr Walsh which discussed the red meat centre during a meeting in October.
A senior member of the Hamilton DPI research staff told The Spectator last week that a laboratory complex with a budget at least equivalent to the animal house was in the planning stages.
Comment is being sought from Mr Walsh’s office.
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