The UWA Institute of Agriculture

Contributing to the local community

Further Information

  • Shire of Pingelly
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  • Pingelly is located on the western edge of the Central Wheatbelt and is part of Western Australia's rich colonial heritage.

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A key outcome for the Future Farm 2050 project is to be valued as a "good neighbour" by the residents of the local community.

To achieve this Future Farm 2050 will:

  • develop strategic and operational relationships with shire representatitives and local farmers
  • share our research with the local community via exhibitions at local venues
  • develop a program of open days where the local community can observe and participate in our research

Landscape architecture opportunities

Students of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts are working on landscape architecture projects for the local community. Students recently exhibited concepts for town development in the Pingelly town hall.

Economic development

Future Farm 2050 will have a major impact on the local economy. Whenever possible and practical, the Farm will ensure the Farm's business is serviced through local enterprises. Student projects will be developed to measure these economic outcomes.

Education and outreach

For the UWA Centenary in 2013, the Faculty of Science has ‘adopted’ the Pingelly-Brookton-Beverly trio of central wheat-belt towns.

The Faculty will work with the local schools and shires to develop school activities that will promote the UWA Future Farm 2050 message in the spheres of agriculture and conservation.

Social Farming

The overall aim of social farming is to build economic and social capital in rural and remote communities.

Social farming includes all activities that use agricultural resources, both crop and livestock, in order to promote social services. It offers people who avail of a range of social/health services or who experience social marginalisation, the opportunity to engage in farming and related social activities of their communities.

If you would like more information on how you can be involved in social farming in Western Australia, please contact Adjunct Professor Susan Bailey [email protected]