Agricultural Scientific Collections Trust Act 1983 No. 148
Aims and objectives
The Act provides statutory protection for the scientific collections of Industry & Investment NSW (I&I NSW) and ensures their long-term maintenance and improvement. At present, the collections vested in the Trust are the Plant Pathology Herbarium and the Insect and Mite Collection, both housed at Orange Agricultural Institute with small collections in other departmental research offices throughout the State; the Forest Entomology, Plant Pathology and Wood Sample collections, housed at West Pennant Hills; and the National Collection of Domestic Animal Pathology housed mainly at the Elizabeth McArthur Agricultural Institute, Menangle. The entomological and plant pathology collections are used in research work on the taxonomy and identification of insects, mites, fungi and other microorganisms harmful to agricultural and forestry plants and in providing advice on the identification, host range, distribution and biology of these organisms. The animal pathology collection is a physical record of animal disease occurrence in New South Wales and is used as a research and teaching resource by departmental veterinarians and university Veterinary Science departments.
The Act is administered by I&I NSW on behalf of a six member Trust representing the department and outside stakeholders. Trust members are appointed by the Minister for Primary Industries for a period of five years. Current membership of the Trust is given below.
No Regulations, rules or other instruments apply to this Act.
Director of the Collections
Agricultural Scientific Collections Unit
Orange Agricultural Institute
ORANGE NSW 2800
Business hours: 8.30 am - 4.30 pm.
Telephone: (61) (02) 6391 3943
Fax: (61) (02) 6391 3899
The Director of Collections is Dr Murray Fletcher.
The Secretary to the Trust is Dr Michael Priest.
Former Director, Health Science & Strategic Alliances
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust,
CEO, Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity
University of Canberra
The Annual Report of the Agricultural Scientific Collections Trust for the year ended 30 June 2009 is available for download below.