Dookie Diary: University of Melbourne leading bid to create Murray-Darling Basin research centre

A large team is developing a proposal for the establishment of the One Basin Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), which will seek funding under the Federal Government’s forthcoming call for new research centre bids, expected later this year.

The team includes University of Melbourne Dookie campus Professor in Residence Timothy Reeves, who discussed the One Basin CRC in his latest Dookie Diary monthly column for the Country News:

“This hub will focus on working with industry and farmers to identify the highest regional priorities for research and development aimed at building more profitable, efficient and sustainable agri-food and farming systems that are more resilient to future water, climate and economic shocks.

“It will be all about making things happen at the ground level, and we will have a team of researchers focused on working with other expert groups to deliver these new adaptation solutions to farmers, to industry and to regional communities.”

The One Basin CRC will comprise five regional hubs. Professor Reeves leads the Goulburn and Central Murray Hub.

Three major programs are proposed:

  • The Basin Foresight Program will provide the information, tools and resources required by agribusiness, communities and governments to manage climate and water related risks
  • The Water Solutions Program will grow and diversify water sources and optimise the treatment, storage, delivery and use of water by developing on- and off-farm digital and engineering infrastructure solutions
  • The Adaptation Solutions Program will co-design services and strategies to support successful adaptation of farm enterprise and rural communities.

You can read Professor Reeves’ full column in the Country News.

This month, he also discusses how the staff and students who were based at the University’s Dookie agricultural campus, including PhD candidates and other graduate researchers, have adapted to social distancing.

Banner image: The Goulburn River in Victoria, Australia. Professor Reeves leads the Goulburn and Central Murray Hub.