26 September 2023

Mosaics mark research facility reaching 125

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The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Hermitage Research Facility at Warwick has marked its 125th anniversary.

To celebrate the occasion, Queensland’s oldest agricultural research facility has unveiled two mosaics celebrating its work supporting science and the community.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Mark Furner said the mosaics were part of an upgrade to the visitor information hut at the facility.

“The mosaics are part of a package that also includes mosaicked picnic chairs and tables crafted from Yangan sandstone,” Mr Furner said.

“The package has been designed to encourage visitors to learn about Hermitage’s contribution to food production.

“This spectacular art installation is the result of a truly collaborative effort to capture the essence of how agricultural research, and traditional foods and food production systems have sustained people today and for the past 60,000 years.”

He said a local artist, Chris Hulme, had worked closely with Southern Downs Regional Council residents, Councillors, past and present Hermitage staff, local Elders, and Indigenous students from Scots College to craft the spectacular and inspiring pieces.

“These fabulous additions to the Hermitage Research Facility have been made possible through a Regional Arts and Development Fund grant, the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, and the Department,” Mr Furner said.

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