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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh
    Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland
    The Honourable Tim Mulherin

    'SUPER FOODS’ HEALTH AND FOOD SCIENCES PRECINCT OPENS

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland
    The Honourable Tim Mulherin

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    'SUPER FOODS’ HEALTH AND FOOD SCIENCES PRECINCT OPENS

    A new Health and Food Sciences Precinct in Brisbane will work to develop ‘super foods’ to tackle issues such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

    The new centre was officially opened by Premier Anna Bligh, Federal Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister of State, Senator Joe Ludwig and Queensland Primary Industries Minister, Tim Mulherin today.

    Premier Anna Bligh said the new $100 million facility, which is located at the Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services Campus in Cooper Plains, is an Australian first.

    “This will be a brain centre for 150 State Government and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) scientists,” said Anna Bligh.

    “These scientists will work to protect Australia’s international reputation for clean, safe and high quality food and animal products.

    “That will include creating ‘super’ foods to combat disorders such as diabetes and degenerative eye diseases.

    “They will also work to enhance animal health and biosecurity by finding new ways to protect against emerging and exotic diseases and contaminants in food.”

    She said that the recently announced Queensland Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (QCEID) would be based at the new Precinct.

    “Our $1.5 million commitment over three years to QCEID means important research into emerging diseases such as Hendra virus can continue,” Anna Bligh said.

    The new Health and Food Sciences Precinct is part of a total $377.9 million investment by the Queensland Government and Federal Labor, which includes the new Ecosciences Precinct at Boggo Road Urban Village and Dutton Park, which will be opened later this year.

    “These two precincts will enable Queensland and Federal Government researchers to collaborate like never before in new, world class facilities,” Anna Bligh said.

    “This investment has dramatically increased opportunities to build closer ties with industry and universities and attract leading scientists to Queensland. It has also created 2900 construction jobs over the life of the two projects.”

    Federal Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister of State, Senator Joe Ludwig said the Precinct is a great example of how Federal and State Governments can work together to support the health and wellbeing of the Australian community, as well as the sustainability and viability of the Australian food industry.

    "The co-location of CSIRO and Queensland Government scientists will benefit Queensland industries and communities through improved collaboration and access to CSIRO’s food and nutrition research capability from across Australia," Joe Ludwig said.

    Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland, Tim Mulherin, said bringing together animal and human health diagnostic capabilities and food research, has many advantages.

    “The precinct will enhance the sustainability and international competitiveness of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, mining and tourism industries in Queensland,” Tim Mulherin said.

    “It will create a vibrant knowledge centre for health and food in Queensland.”

    To date the Queensland Government’s $3.6 billion investment in research and development and innovation in the State has resulted in 39 new research institutes and more than 230 research-related projects, research scholarships and fellowships.

    For more information visit www.science.qld.gov.au/healthandfoodsciencesprecinct

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