University’s innovations and research on display during parliamentarians’ visit to Wagga Wagga

15 MARCH 2023

University’s innovations and research on display during parliamentarians’ visit to Wagga Wagga

The University hosted parliamentarians in Wagga Wagga this week, including National Party leader David Littleproud, as they toured the University's facilities to see research and innovations first-hand.

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Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga proudly displayed its latest innovations in research and technology during a visit by The Hon. David Littleproud, MP, Member for Maranoa and leader of the National Party.

Mr Littleproud was joined by Member for Riverina The Hon. Michael McCormack, MP, and NSW MLC The Hon. Wes Fang for a tour of facilities and presentations by University researchers before a reception at Charles Sturt University Winery.

Innovations that were on display included the University’s eXtended Reality Centre, an immersive innovation aimed at solving real-world problems using Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality.

Mr Littleproud, Mr McCormack and Mr Fang also toured the National Life Sciences Hub (NaLSH) to learn about the Training Hub promoting Regional Industry and Innovation in Virology and Epidemiology (THRIIVE).

THRIIVE is a $3.99 million project aimed at developing research capacity and skills to combat zoonotic diseases, and Lactoferrin, an iron-binding product in mammal milk that Charles Sturt researchers are currently working to develop to extract its health benefits for animals and humans.

Mr McCormack said it was fantastic to see first-hand the great work Charles Sturt University is doing in Wagga Wagga.

“Charles Sturt University is doing a power of work in the research space, particularly in fields which are important to regional and rural communities,” Mr McCormack said.

Mr Fang said it was good to see the innovations and projects of the University in action first-hand.

“Charles Sturt University are leaders in providing better outcomes for our regions and to be able to witness first-hand some of their cutting-edge technology and practical coursework was a real privilege,” he said.

Charles Sturt Vice-Chancellor Professor Renée Leon said the University is leading the way on numerous innovative research projects and it was great to have the opportunity to showcase some of those.

“The University is always striving to make meaningful contributions through research and technology and we are delighted to host special guests who want to see what those developments are and the real-world impacts they will make,” Professor Leon said.

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The Gulbali Institute of Agriculture, Water and Environment is a strategic investment by Charles Sturt University to drive integrated research to optimise farming systems, enhance freshwater ecosystems and improve environmental management, to deliver benefits across Australia and globally.

Photo caption: Charles Sturt Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Mark Evans, the Hon. Wes Fang, Charles Sturt second-year veterinary science students Sophia Dummer, Patrick Davis and Zac Stewart, the Hon. Michael McCormack and the Hon. David Littleproud in the teaching labs at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga.

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