$3 Million Boost Delivered to Infectious Disease Research in Geelong

Media Release

JB049/2014

06 June 2014

Joint release with:

Sarah Henderson

Member fo Corangamite

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and the Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson today announced that the Australian Government has delivered $3 million to the planning and construction of the Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Hub through the Australian Government's Community Development Grants Programme. 

Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, who represented Mr Briggs at the announcement today, said the Centre would co-locate multi-disciplinary teams to work on the many challenges of emerging infectious diseases.

“They will adopt world's best practice in their research on the movement of diseases between wildlife, livestock and human populations.

“Initiatives will include targeting the health of staff in high-risk occupations such as abattoir workers, stock transporters and hide processors, and their research could go so far as saving lives in the event of a pandemic.”

“Importantly construction of the Centre will create more than 100 jobs during construction and another 30 permanent jobs in the longer term, providing a significant boost to the local economy in Geelong

“The project is an example of collaboration between government and private sector to deliver broad benefits to the community as well as the country”.

“Deakin University will invest $2 million, Barwon Health will contribute $1 million and the City of Greater Geelong will contribute $100,000.

“In total, all three contributors and CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory will provide in-kind contributions totalling $6.025 million,” she said.

Mr Briggs said this funding demonstrates the Australian Government's committed to providing long term improvements in community and economic infrastructure for communities across Australia.

“We are getting on with the job of delivering up to $314.2 million toward almost 300 community infrastructure projects.

“A further $1 billion has been committed under the Australian Government National Stronger Regions Fund to support productive economic infrastructure in the regions.”

Construction is expected to be complete by the end of August 2015.