Ensuring that Australian cities are more water-sensitive is the aim of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRC-WSC) - a goal that is more likely as the Centre gains a new partner.
The University of Western Australia recently welcomed the Department of Regional Development (DRD) as a new member, joining other water-aware partners from local governments, State Government departments and private companies pioneering research that will guide water management reform in Western Australia.
CRC-WSC is a national research program that will deliver the planning, technology and decisions required to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of urban water systems in water-sensitive cities across Australia. It has research hubs in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Singapore, with the Western Region research hub based at UWA.
The new partnership represents a nine-year commitment to working with CRC-WSC, and particularly the research team at UWA, to address water issues faced by Western Australia.
DRD support for the transition to Water Sensitive Cities in Western Australia furthers its mission to facilitate the development of sustainable regional communities.
"The Department of Regional Development is pleased to be working with the CRC-WSC on developing innovative solutions to some of the challenges facing regional development in Western Australia. Collaborating with other industry and research centres is important in order to achieve the best outcomes for the State," DRD Director General Paul Rosair said.
CRC-WSC has a research budget of more than $100 million and is driven by researchers at three key research hubs centred at UWA, The University of Queensland, and Monash University. It will help guide capital investments of more than $100 billion by the Australian water sector and more than $550 billion of private sector investment in urban development over the next 15 years.
Associate Professor Anas Ghadouani (Executive Director, Western Region, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities) (+61 8) 6488 1015
Michael Sinclair-Jones (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 00 700 783