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Water research node launched

The Western Australian government launched a collaborative research centre focusing on water supply on 24 October.

The Western Australian Node of the Monash University-led Cities as Water Supply Catchments Research Program will be based at the University of Western Australia.

Researchers at the node will aim to deliver better management of storm water resources in urban environments.

“The WA Research Node brings together significant expertise, including researchers from UWA and scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and Edith Cowan University, who will work with 19 WA consortium partners to deliver industry relevant science which is suited to WA conditions,” said state water minister Bill Marmion.

The state government has committed over AU$1 million for the three-year programme, and the 19 consortium partners have committed a total of AU$1.7m. The University of Western Australia will contribute a further AU$600,000.

Stakeholders include the Department of Water, Water Corporation, the Department of Housing, Swan River Trust, LandCorp, Armadale Redevelopment Authority, ChemCentre, Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare and 10 local government authorities.

Five states are currently members of the Cities as Water Supply Catchments research programme, which started in 2010.