I want to take this opportunity to update you on exciting new developments at the NCGRT and in particular the finalisation of a new strategic plan renewing the NCGRT’s commitment to providing the science, data and new management techniques necessary to address high priority national and international groundwater challenges. Our Flagship Programs will include:
• understanding the potential impact of unconventional gas and hydraulic fracturing on groundwater resources;
• contributing to the successful implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan;
• exploring the role that groundwater can play in maintaining Australia’s water security;
• supporting the successful realisation of the Northern Australia development vision; and
• examining the impacts that climate change, climate variability and population change have on Australia’s groundwater reserves.
The new plan builds on the NCGRT’s success over the last five years in the areas of research, knowledge transfer and professional development.
The NCGRT’s success is attributable to the outstanding work of the researchers based at our partner organisations. I am pleased to announce that more partner organisations based locally and internationally will be joining the network throughout the remainder of 2014. Please check our website over the coming months for more details.
You can find more details about some of the exciting activities that we are currently working on in the articles below, and I warmly welcome any questions or suggestions that you may have.
Professor Craig Simmons