ABOVE: I.A. Watson Grains Research Centre Director Prof. Richard Trethowan, Ron Campey, Grains Research and Development Corporation deputy chairman Kim Halbert (Geraldton WA) and Wheat Research Foundation chairman Jim Watson (Parkes) nephew of the late I.A. Watson.
The purchase of Ron and Gloria Campey’s Bingara Road property ‘L’lara’ by Sydney University in January opened the way to much wider research programs, yesterday’s Narrabri Plant Breeding Institute Annual Field Day audience heard.
Plant Breeding Institute Director Dr Peter Sharp also announced that the new additional acreage would be known as ‘Campey Farm’ in the future in recognition of a Campey family bequest.
Following the property sale, Mr and Mrs Campey gifted $400,000 to the University’s Faculty of Agriculture and Environment to support grains research through research students’ scholarships.
The new Campey Farm sign was unveiled at the Field Day.
The acquisition of the 2000 ha L’lara will allow the expansion of grains research through an irrigation development funded by the GRDC.
There are 325 ha of potential irrigation area.
In the future, the Wheat Research Federation (WRF), will buy back from Sydney University the part of L’lara developed for plot work so the property becomes ‘industry owned’, as is the WRF owned plant breeding institute property, and protected for the purposes of grains research on behalf of the growers and industry forever.