Multimillion-dollar partnership between Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and Murdoch University.

The start of development at Whitby Falls.
The start of development at Whitby Falls.

A PICTURESQUE picnic area in the heart of Whitby Falls will mark the beginning of a multimillion-dollar partnership between the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and Murdoch University.

Whitby is set to accommodate a state-of-the art Murdoch University campus specialising in veterinary and biomedical sciences.

Shire President Keith Ellis said the council has worked with landowner The National Trust of Western Australia to help negotiate an $8 million dollar deal between the Trust and Murdoch University to establish the facility at the site.

“There will be considerable social and economic benefits arising from the completion of the Murdoch campus,” he said.

“The project will include a sustainable, contemporary working farm and enhancement of the significant cultural heritage of the site.”

Mr Ellis said the Shire was still in discussions with Murdoch University regarding the extent of the project but the completion of the 700m Whitby pathway will allow the community to enjoy the natural area surrounding Whitby Falls Farm and Manjedal Brook Valley.

“Future stages of the project will be quite significant to the area in terms of providing local employment and supporting the existing agricultural industry within the Shire,” he said.

“It will also promote Serpentine Jarrahdale as a key region for agricultural education and development.”

For more information, visit www.murdoch.edu.au/Whitby-Falls-Farm.