the-mighty-fitzroyThe $15 million NAWRA project looks at water resources in three priority regions in northern Australia, namely the Fitzroy catchment in Western Australia, the Mitchell catchment in Queensland and the Darwin catchments (Adelaide, Finniss, Mary and Wildman) in the Northern Territory.

Over the next three years, CSIRO researchers will examine the sustainable development of the region and look at ways to innovate, from soil and water availability through to expanding market opportunities.  To read more click here.

CSIRO Speakers include; Land and Water Forum Leader Peter Stone, Research Director, Land and Water and Cuan Petheram, Research Scientist will present on ‘Opportunities provided by different sources of water’.

Gary Fitt, Science Director, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity will discuss ‘Australia’s biosecurity future, implications for northern Australia’ and David Hansen, CEO Australian e-Health Research Centre, CSIRO, will speak on ‘Digital health in northern Australia’.

Marcus Barber, Senior Research Scientist, and Nerida Horner, Northern Territory Science Consultant will present on ‘Enabling equity of access and community development in northern Australia’ and Mark Paterson, Domain Leader Grids and Renewable Energy Integration will present on ‘Accelerating northern Australia’s energy future’.

Andrew Higgins, Principal Research Scientist, Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT), will present on ‘Application to $100 million Northern Australia Beef Roads Programme and other agriculture’. To view the Conference Program CLICK HERE.

The Developing Northern Australia Conference; Above the Line – unleashing the north’s potential will be held early next week 20-22 June 2016 at Darwin Convention Centre.

The Conference hosted by the Association of Sustainability in Business, continues the dialogue which began in 2015 following the release of the Australian Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia.

Providing a platform for business, industry, academics, NGOs, special interest groups, indigenous communities and all levels of Government to participate in shaping Australia’s future, participants will have input into the future of Northern Australia.

With a focus on building economic diversity, this year’s conference program includes a wide range of topics, covering the many issues facing sustainable development of the region.