The Goyder Institute for Water Research Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Research Hub (the Hub) will officially enter its establishment phase on 1 July 2023, marking the beginning of the Hub’s research program to investigate the ecological, cultural, economic, and social values of the nationally and internationally important Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth region of South Australia.
Since the Minister for the Environment and Water, the Hon Tanya Plibersek, announced $8 million in funding would be delivered by the Australian Government in October 2022, Interim Director Dr Alec Rolston has been working closely with the Australian Government to progress the Hub. Through the Hub, the Institute will continue its work with First Nations, the local community, governments, and researchers to improve scientific knowledge which will inform management of the internationally significant Coorong Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth (CLLMM) region.
“This funding will allow us to build on previous collaborative programs within the Coorong and Lower Lakes region,” said Dr Rolston.
“It will provide a focal point for further developing the knowledge we need for the climate challenges which lie ahead by integrating the knowledge of First Nations, community, government, and researchers.
Further developing close relationships with First Nations and the local community will be critical to design and deliver the important work of the Hub.
“Together, we’re working to better understand water systems, drive evidence-based decision-making, and promote the long-term sustainability of our precious water resources,” said Dr Rolston.
“The Goyder Institute is a partnership between the South Australian Department of Environment and Water, CSIRO, Flinders University, the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide and we are very grateful for their support in making the Coorong Hub a reality.”
Contact Dr Alec Rolston, Interim Director, Goyder Institute for Water Research for more information about the Hub or visit the Institute’s website to read more about work being undertaken in the Coorong region.