DPI&F Minister Tim Mulherin said the new development, expected to start mid-year, would ensure that Queensland would remain a leader in aquaculture research.
"This is another example of the Bligh Government's planning for Queensland's future," he said.
"The redevelopment will complement other state government Knowledge- Based Research and Business (KBRB) projects such as the Ecosciences Precinct at Boggo Road and a Health and Food Sciences Precinct at Coopers Plains.
"Our fisheries scientists will be able to continue their research into a range of freshwater and marine species in collaboration with other national research agencies using the most up to date facilities.
"Innovative technology such as recirculation systems will allow re-use of both seawater and freshwater.
"Plant operations will also involve ozone treatment of wastewater before discharge, minimising any nutrient runoff.
"To further reduce operating costs and our carbon footprint, the roof will be designed to house solar collectors or other renewable energy equipment.
"When completed, the 650 m2 tank and aquarium building will be able to withstand the harsh beachside environment at Woorim.
"By using concrete and timber, the building will be far more resistant to the local effects of salt and will have reduced maintenance costs."
The new building will house:
- up to 64 tanks with a 10,000 litre capacity
- 30 glass aquariums
- two temperature controlled experimental rooms
- a "wet" laboratory
- a cold room
- walk in freezer
- quarantine area and other features to ensure strict bio-security.
The Minister said the new complex would also feature additional office accommodation for up to ten fisheries staff, extra vessel storage and wash down facilities, car parking spaces, and an expansion of existing tea room and seminar facilities.
"This redevelopment is part of the Queensland Government’s plan to develop world class research infrastructure in our state," he said
Construction time for the redevelopment will be 30-40 weeks, and the new facility is expected to be operational in early 2009.