New irrigation research collaboration

Murrumbidgee Irrigation (MI) is collaborating with Deakin University on irrigation and sustainable land use research at a new centre.

Deakin University established a new research centre at Research Station Road as part of the MI business complex at the beginning of 2016, filling a space left by CSIRO.

The University’s branch, the Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF), has also established a partnership with Irrigation Research and Extension Committee (IREC) to build a greater connection between research, development and industry needs.

MI CEO Brett Jones said working in partnership with CeRRF and IREC, who also reside in the MI business complex, would result in far better outcomes for the region.

“Working together with the Centre for Regional and Rural Futures and IREC will enable us to drive efficiency, enhance our regional advantages and grow the value of agricultural production in the region,” Mr Jones said.

“We look forward to continuing to learn from staff at the Centre for Regional and Rural Futures and IREC, and share knowledge between our two organisations.”

The CeRRF is being guided by former CSIRO researchers Associate Professor John Hornbuckle and Dr Wendy Quayle.

Dr Hornbuckle said, “We aim to be Australia’s premier research centre for agricultural productivity.

“There are currently seven staff at the Griffith Centre for Regional and Rural Futures and over the summer months that number will swell to around 12.

“Having Murrumbidgee Irrigation, one of the largest irrigation companies in Australia, in the same business complex, provides us with fantastic opportunity to work together in partnership with them as well on a range of irrigation research projects.”

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