New Cranbourne Horticulture Center

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Media Release

Date: 5 November 2009 

For immediate release

Horticulture industry to benefit from new 

Chisholm Institute facility

Controlled environment centre to revolutionise training

A new $1.2m horticulture facility to be built in Cranbourne will revolutionise horticulture training

in Australia and give local industry a state-of-the-art resource that’s truly world class.  

The Government-funded project, to be constructed at Chisholm Cranbourne in Melbourne’s

South-Eastern region, will feature a

giant commercial glasshouse containing the latest in

controlled environment training technology. 

“The facility is being developed to service the demonstrated training needs of growers in our

local and regional area, explained Chisholm horticulture trainer Tony Bundock. 

“It is vital that we are able to provide a facility that industry can easily access and draw

immediate benefit from.”

To achieve this goal, Chisholm Cranbourne has been working closely with the Hydroponic

Farmers Federation (HFF) and the Australian Hydroponic and Glasshouse Association


The training centre itself will see an initial construction of 1000 square metres of six metre

high commercial glasshouse. A further 1000 square metres expansion of glasshouse is also


Contained within this structure will be a high level of current technology in both environmental

and labour management, along with state of the art crop production systems. 

With the imminent new training centre currently attracting considerable industry


Netherlands’ based Priva, world leader in climate control equipment, was

among the first

large scale company to offer project support.

Meiny Prins, Priva’s General Manager and a significant figure within the industry, will be

visiting Australia to attend the 2010 HFF conference and to visit the glasshouse complex. 

Current and prospective Chisholm horticulture students will be using the facility as part of their

training, as well as industry-driven training.

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The facility will also contain specialised computer based and practical teaching resources

that will allow students to adopt a ‘hands on - learning by doing’ approach to their training.

Chisholm is committed to this venture and is scheduled to announce the approved contractor

for the glasshouse early in November. 

Construction is expected to commence in January 2010 with completion set for June 2010 to

coincide with Chisholm Cranbourne hosting the 2010 HFF conference. 

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For further media information contact :

Nat Tunbridge

Client Co ordinator

Marketing and Corporate Communication

Chisholm Institute 

Ph: 9238 8307

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