Australien – $12.6 million funding boost secures future for Tasmanian science and research

Greg Combet, the Minister for Defence Science and Materiel today announced a $12.6 million funding boost for the redevelopment of Defence Science facilities in Scottsdale, helping to secure the long-term future of critical scientific research in Tasmania.

“The Scottsdale Defence Nutrition and Food Science facilities are an important part of the Australian Defence Force’s research arm,” Mr Combet said.

“The redevelopment will include important upgrades to pilot food production facilities, and chemistry and nutrition laboratories.

“These facilities will contribute to providing our frontline troops with the quality nutrition they need to perform at their best.”

Mr Combet said the new facility upgrades cemented the critical role Scottsdale plays in meeting the nutritional needs of the Australian Defence Force.

“The Rudd Government’s $12.6 million funding boost for Scottsdale’s Defence Nutrition and Food Science facilities will arm local food scientists with the resources they need to keep Aussie troops fighting fit long into the future,” Mr Combet said.

“This funding commitment also reaffirms the Rudd Government’s commitment to Scottsdale’s Defence Nutrition and Food Science facilities, local food scientists and the broader community of Scottsdale.”

Mr Combet said the facility upgrades would also have a direct benefit for the broader Scottsdale community, creating jobs and putting money into the local economy.

“The Rudd Government’s $12.6 million upgrade of the Defence Nutrition and Food Science facilities will also have a direct knock-on benefit for the community, creating about 50 construction jobs during construction phase while putting money into the local economy,” Mr Combet said.

The Member for Bass and passionate advocate for North East Tasmania, Jodie Campbell welcomed the announcement, saying the investment would help deliver real economic benefits for the local community.

“This investment in Scottsdale is good news local science and research, good news for jobs and good news for North East Tasmania,” Ms Campbell said.

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Press release
Ministerial Support and Public Affairs,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, Australia