The Goyder Institute for Water Research held a successful Roadshow in Mt Gambier that brought together researchers and the local community to explore the outcomes of the Institute’s South-East research and development program.
Over two days Goyder Institute researchers demonstrated water management issues pertinent to the South East community, including, members of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), SA Water, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Natural Resources Management boards, local councils and representatives from other industries.
Delegates learnt about the Institute’s work in Environmental Water and Wetlands, Climate Change Data Projections and Applications, Stormwater, Water Sensitive Urban Design, groundwater research and regional models, as well as modelling of the catchments and drainage network in the upper south-east.
DEWNR facilitated a workshop during the event to identify issues to be considered in the regional NRM Plan to improve water management and fill knowledge gaps.
Goyder Institute Director Dr Michele Akeroyd said it was extremely pleasing to see interest from a broad range of stakeholders wanting to learn about the body of research undertaken by the Institute since 2010.
“The presentations sparked a lot of discussion and many new connections were made between the researchers and representatives of local organisations,” she said.
“These discussions are shaping our thinking about our next visit to the South East and the knowledge products that would be useful and relevant to local decision making.
“I would like to thank the South East Natural Resources office, in particular Tim Bond and Jennifer Schilling, for their support in organising this important event.”