Water research hub launched in South Australia

A new Aus$ 50 million (US$ 41 million) water research institute will be established in South Australia to help secure and manage the state's water supply.

Premier Mike Rann and the federal minister for innovation, Senator Kim Carr, announced the new Goyder Institute for Water Research, which will be in Adelaide, on 27 May 2010.

The State Government will provide Aus$ 25 million over five years for the institute, which will be matched in kind by the CSIRO, the University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide and Flinders University. It should position South Australia as a world leader in water innovation and science.

The institute will provide independent scientific advice on South Australia's water system, improving the state government's ability to forecast threats to water security and develop an integrated approach to water management.

Premier Rann said, "The Goyder Institute will produce cutting-edge science to develop innovative water management strategies for the ongoing water security of all South Australians. Research outcomes from the institute will also enable us to develop new strategies to support further economic development and protect our environment."

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