The work of the Goyder Institute for Water Research has been recognised with the Australian Water Association (SA Branch) Research Innovation Award at a ceremony on Friday 14 November, 2014.
The award acknowledges the Institute’s innovative research model as a demand-driven research Institute coordinating research with the Adelaide University, Flinders University, the University of South Australia, and the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources in collaboration with the CSIRO, to address key water management issues faced by government.
Goyder Institute Director Dr Michele Akeroyd said South Australians know better than people from other State just how critical water security is to support the State’s economy, environment and wellbeing.
“In its four years of operation, the Goyder Institute has delivered a number of significant achievements across industry, environment, urban water and climate change. Each of these successes reflects the benefits of a research broker connecting government to research to business right here in South Australia," Dr Akeroyd said.
"The Goyder Institute has proven its worth as an independent expert science advisor to Government on water-related issues.
“Most significantly, the work on the science supporting the new Murray Darling Basin Plan demonstrates the Goyder Institute’s ability to deliver focused expert analysis and advice, under short deadlines, to support policy considerations and decision-making by governments.
“This is only able to be achieved because the Institute’s operations are based on established trusted relationships between scientists and between scientists and government.”