Narrabri Shire is home to 3 research organisations being the IA Watson Grains Research Centre which incorporates the University of Sydney and Australian Grain Technologies. The Australian Cotton Research Institute which incorporates the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Cotton Research & Development Corporation and the CSIRO as well as the CSIRO Australia Telescope Compact Array which is used for radio astronomy.
Each one of these organisations undertakes world class research in their area of endeavour. Any gain in these areas not only benefits the local agricultural or scientific economy but overall production and knowledge levels worldwide.
In 2012, the wheat research centre undertook an $8m upgrade of its facility. The expanding centre will draw a growing number of PHD students and build on its international links.
The Australian Cotton Research Institute assists the cotton industry to develop a sustainable future based on productivity and best practice natural resource, disease and pest management. The institute is gaining prominence as a partner in the national soybean breeding programme and the northern National Mungbean Improvement Programme.
The Australia Telescope Compact Array is an array of six 22 metre antennas used for radio astronomy. It is capable of receiving signals one thousand times higher in frequency than a FM radio station and is the largest and most powerful radio telescope in the southern hemisphere.
Public visitations are always welcome where you can view the telescope and look through the Visitors Centre. Admission is free.