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Friday, 4 July 2008 089/2008


The Government plans to invest around $3.5 million in the redevelopment of the Defence food science facility in Scottsdale, the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, announced today.

"Defence is currently in the process of selecting consultants to prepare a project plan for the redevelopment," Mr Snowdon said.

"Final approval of the redevelopment plan is expected in October 2009 for works to begin in 2010."

Managed by the Defence Science & Technology Organisation (DSTO), the food science facility in north eastern Tasmania focuses on two areas of research and development -nutrition for soldiers' performance enhancement and the development of improved rations and rationing. It also produces specialised food items for ADF combat ration packs.

The proposed funding will enable DSTO to modernise its facilities and equipment to optimise and expand its research into the nutrition, health and performance of Australian soldiers 1r Snowdon said.

Among the facilities requiring redevelopment are the chemistry and nutrition laboratories, and the food technology area used for the pilot production of new meal options.

"It's vital these facilities are upgraded so that DSTO remains at the cutting-edge of nutrition and food technology research, and continues to provide a high level of support to the ADF," Mr. Snowdon said.

"A recent example of this support has been the special prototype ration pack developed by DSTO Scottsdale to suit the needs of our soldiers operating in hot climates."

Mr Snowdon said DSTO was also working with the University of Tasmania, CSIRO and local industry to explore opportunities for collaboration on food technology and rationing systems.

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