It has been another exciting year for the Goyder Institute for Water Research. Since my appointment in March, we have initiated a number of new projects and we’ve also made significant progress on our existing projects. Our teams are busy with their laboratory, field and desktop research and are moving full steam ahead into 2019.
We also finalised three projects during the year and their findings are now being used to support decision-making across the state and beyond. For example, outputs of the recently finalised project Science advice for restoring the Ecological Character of the South Lagoon of the Coorong are now being used to form the new Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin Action Plan.
We also continued to communicate our research findings through workshops, newsletters, papers and reports as well as sponsoring sessions at the Smart Water Summit, NRM Science Conference Water in SA and the Australian Freshwater Science Conference. Our projects were finalists in the 2018 Smart Water Awards and the SA Climate Leaders Awards, with Professor Seth Westra, who has been a key member of our Climate Action projects, winning the SA Climate Leaders Individual Award.
I congratulate all of our scientists on their outstanding work throughout the year.
2019 will be another big year for the Institute as we finalise all of the projects remaining from our second term and communicate their outcomes to industry through synthesis papers, fact-sheets and knowledge adoption workshops. Our Annual R&D Plan outlines the directions for 2019 across our Economic Development, Healthy Ecosystems and Climate Action Impact Areas, and we’ll be holding a series of workshops to identify additional research areas linked to State government priorities across urban water, coastal management (including blue carbon), the River Murray and the Coorong.
We’ll also continue to explore international opportunities, building on our relationships in China and beyond. In July and December the Institute joined the South Australian Water Trade Missions to China, which was facilitated through the Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment and Department for Environment and Water. During these visits, we identified a number of opportunities for future collaborative projects with key decision-makers and researchers in Beijing, Taiyuan, Jinan, Nanjing and Hong Kong. We will continue to pursue these opportunities in 2019.
I appreciate your support throughout the year and I look forward to continuing to build collaborative partnerships to advance South Australia’s water research outcomes and capabilities in the coming year.
Dr Kane Aldridge
Goyder Institute for Water Research