WA College of Agriculture, Cunderdin farm expansion
Project status: In progress
Students will have better opportunities to study livestock and cropping, with new farmland to be purchased for the WA College of Agriculture in Cunderdin.
Under the proposal approved by the State Cabinet, more than 1000 arable hectares of nearby land will be purchased using $1.7 million in Royalties for Regions funding and $500,000 from the Department of Education.
The purchase will see the College's landholding grow to more than 3000 hectares, a size comparable to commercial-scale farm operations in the Wheatbelt.
With the increased farmland, the College will now be able to:
- Enable students to train in a 'real world environment', comparable to leading commercial scale farm business operations
- Be better positioned to meet and deliver the training demands of allied trades and agri-business services
> There will be increased provision of sufficient hands-on training and operation of modern machinery for students that will grow their technical expertise
- Ensure its long term sustainability
> Due to airfield expansion nearby, the existing College land surrounding the airfield will soon not be available for cropping.
> There will also be reduced logistical costs when utilising land closer to the College.
- Contribute additional resources to the Western Australian Agricultural Education Farms Provision Trust Budget
> The College is the greatest contributor to agricultural education across 17 public school sites.
> The larger cropping land will enable the College to achieve a sustainable balance between feed production and saleable product, generating greater commercial return.
There will also be opportunities for research and development trials, and professional development programs for commercial growers.
The WA College of Agriculture in Cunderdin is a residential and day education and training college for 120 students in Years 11 and 12.