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  • Rikki Lambert

Ag research centre blaze to cost over $5 million to replace

Updated: Nov 6, 2022

Archival PIRSA image of the iconic Struan house saved from the weekend fire

The SA Country Fire Service estimates a weekend blaze caused $5 million damage to the state's agricultural research capabilities near Naracoorte in the state's south east.

Primary Industries minister Clare Scriven said the blaze that began at 12:24am Saturday morning at the Struan Research Centre had not injured people or animals thanks to the quick work of volunteer firefighters.

Whilst the Minister would not be drawn on Monday morning on the damage cost, later that morning the CFS advised the damage bill had been upgraded to $5 million.

Hear the full interview with Clare Scriven MLC on the Flow podcast player:

Historic Struan House was saved, as was forty years of agricultural research that had previously been digitised, the Minister said.

Fire cause investigators were on scene during the weekend.


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