Following the signing of a partnership agreement with Charles Sturt University in September, key academic staff have been appointed to deliver a degree in agricultural business management at Muresk Institute next year.

The agreement between CSU and C Y O'Connor Institute will secure the future of the Muresk Institute as a centre of excellence in agricultural education, according to the Director of the Higher Education Project, Dr Christine Storer.

“The Muresk Institute has supplied work-ready graduates, crucial to farming operations and agricultural businesses in Western Australia and nationwide for almost 90 years,” she said.

Dr Storer has a PhD and expertise in marketing, tax, accounting and information systems and was director of the agribusiness degree previously delivered at Muresk. She also works as a private consultant to industry.

The new appointees, Dr James Fisher, Dr Kathryn Egerton-Warburton and Ms Wendy Dymond, were valuable additions to the Institute’s staff. “ All are highly qualified, with extensive industry and teaching experience. “They are also passionate advocates for rural communities and live in the Avon region,” she said

Dr James Fisher is an agricultural scientist with a PhD and experience in applied research and development in agricultural production systems. He previously lectured, delivered practical classes and supervised students at honours and masters degree level at Muresk. He currently operates a private research and consultancy business focusing on the development of agriculture and regional communities.  

Dr Kathryn Egerton-Warburton has a PhD and a special interest in the application of science and technology to on-farm production. She has lectured in a wide range of subjects relating to animal science, agricultural production systems and arid land management at university level and supervised honours projects. She has also worked for the Department of Agriculture in locations including the Southern Rangelands working with pastoral producers.  

Wendy Dymond has a Bachelor of Business - Agriculture (Honours) and works with regional communities in the areas of agribusiness, tertiary education, mining and government. Her experience includes development and delivery of units of study at university level.  She has also co-ordinated graduate and undergraduate programs and is on the board of the WA College of Agriculture – Cunderdin.

Dr Storer said it was anticipated that a majority of students would study full time and live on the campus at Muresk Institute .   A number had already applied for enrolment by way of the 'principal's recommendation'. This pathway closed on October 31.

Options for enrolment still open to students include an ATAR of 70 or higher; a Certificate III with 3 to 5 years’ relevant experience; a Certificate IV or Diploma; TAFE tertiary preparatory courses; single subjects completed as proof of aptitude for tertiary studies and by way of a Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) for mature age students.

Students who enrol in the CSU Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management are eligible for a HECS loan to fund their studies, Dr Storer said.

Anyone with enquiries about eligibility or enrolments should contact Daisy Bulloch by email at, by calling 9622 6789 or visiting

ABOVE: Staff preparing for the degree at Muresk Institute next year (L-R) lecturer, Kathryn Egerton-Warburton; operations manager, Adele Simmons; project director, Christine Storer; lecturers, James Fisher and Wendy Dymond with marketing manager, Daisy Bulloch.