15 February 2013
The Federal Government has contributed $85.8 million towards the new $100 million building which will further enhance La Trobe University’s excellence and expertise in molecular science, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Chris Bowen MP, and Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills, Sharon Bird, announced today.
Ms Bird today officially opened the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Sciences (LIMS) building, made possible under the Government’s Education Investment Fund.
“This building is another example of the transformation of Australian universities that is happening under the Gillard Government’s Education Investment Fund,” Ms Bird said.
“We fully recognise the importance of world class infrastructure and facilities in helping our students and researchers perform at their best to reach their potential.
“La Trobe’s growing excellence in molecular science research and teaching will benefit immensely from this facility and it will contribute to a growing centre of scientific excellence across the university.”
Mr Bowen said the funding underlined the Government’s commitment to higher education and science.
“The Education Investment Fund is a major component of the Government’s Education Revolution, ensuring landmark investment in tertiary, science and research infrastructure,” Mr Bowen said.
“We want to ensure students across Australia have access to world class facilities such as the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Sciences (LIMS) building.”
State of the art research laboratories, accommodation for more than 400 researchers and teachers and a 180 seat auditorium are just some of the impressive features of the new building.
“Molecular science, biotechnology and nanotechnology offer solutions to many of the big problems facing Australia and the world,” Ms Bird said.
“The LIMS building will help Australian scientists understand and deliver solutions to do with issues such as human health, disease management and agricultural sustainability.”
The Gillard Government’s support for LIMS and many other projects like it around Australia is evidence that it is serious about supporting the higher education sector and providing it with the infrastructure and resources it needs.