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JCU Fletcherview Research Station

Fletcherview Research Station is JCU's fully operational outback cattle station located two hours west of Townsville in North Queensland. With an iconic landscape and unique environment, the station provides educational experiences for students and researchers to help them transition to job-ready graduates.

Here are two ways to support Fletcherview Research Station:

Operating a research station is a costly activity that is vitally important to our students and researchers. Whilst JCU covers the operational expenses, there are often special projects that the station manager would like to undertake that would enhance the student and research experience. This might include upgrades to accommodation facilities, shade for work areas or specialised equipment. Each calendar year the station manager will identify the project of greatest need and all donations raised in that year will be spent on that project.

Sometimes our students need a little extra help to gain a hands-on experience or complete their research at the Fletcherview Research Station. Donations to this fund provide grants to JCU students to enable research and vital study experiences or to alleviate financial burdens associated with visiting the station.

JCU is a teaching and research-intensive university that aims to create a brighter future for life in the tropics worldwide though graduates and discoveries that make a difference.

Real-world experiences undertaken within our region at JCU Research Stations like Fletcherview help our students transition to be job-ready graduates whilst building connections with the communities where they will go on to live and work.

JCU is a leading tertiary institution in Australia and the Asia Pacific and among the best universities in the world.

Fletcherview runs approximately 600 head of high-grade Brahman cattle: 300 breeder-aged females and 300 yearling cattle. For over 25 years we have been breeding the herd to be genetically similar, meaning less variation in genetic performance and better results from research studies.

Bred with impeccable temperaments, the cattle are ideal for helping support research, learning and teaching. Our main operation is to supply these livestock to the James Cook University College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences. We ensure our cattle are representative of the Northern Australian beef industry and all research on our station is transparent to the rest of the industry.

Fletcherview hosts a variety of researchers such as cattle production researcher A/Prof John Cavalieri, and technology and innovation researcher Prof Ian Atkinson from JCU’s eResearch Centre.

Students are at the heart of our university and our place is powerful. JCU students go on to become the leaders and change-makers of the future.

Your support of our students and hand-on experiences like those provided at the Fletcherview Research Station help make positive change for our region, for Australia and for the World.

James Cook University is an Australian registered Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), which means donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible.