$20 million research program to promote healthy working rivers

10 July 2020

The Australian Government is seeking partners for a $20 million research program to increase knowledge around the Murray-Darling Basin and improve outcomes for communities.

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt said that the program is another demonstration of the Australian government’s commitment to ensuring decisions are based on up-to-date knowledge. 

“Now more than ever, the way we manage our rivers needs to be based on the best available science, so we can maximise the benefit of water use for industry, environment and communities,” Minister Pitt said. 

“New knowledge can help us better mitigate water scarcity and serious water quality problems that arise from extended droughts, which negatively impact ecosystems, businesses and communities. 

“Are there better management options available to help avoid water quality risks like algal blooms, for example?”

The government is also placing a strong emphasis on research that can be directly applied to create environmental and community benefits. 

“Applied research is about making sure that science lifts out from its research journals and spreadsheets, and becomes real tools that water managers, Basin farmers and our communities can use,” Minister Pitt said. 

The Murray–Darling Water and Environment Research Program is made possible by the $20 million commitment by the Australian Government to improve Basin Plan outcomes through targeted research.

A Research Prospectus outlines the broad research themes. The Australian Government is seeking partners to co-design practical research that can be used by water and natural resource managers in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Research partners will be selected through an open tender process via Austender. 

Please visit AusTender for more information on the open tender process or the Murray–Darling Basin Authority website for information on the Murray–Darling Water and Environment Research Program generally.