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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

$4 million to support a national hydrologic modelling platform

Media release
29 May 2012

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, today announced that the Gillard Government would provide almost $4 million to support the adoption of the eWater ‘Source’ platform to aid water planning and management across Australia.

Opening the Source 2012 conference at the University of Canberra, Senator Farrell said that the adoption of the eWater ‘Source’ water modelling system would formalise a 2008 COAG agreement to develop a state-of-the-art national strategy to help ensure future water planning and management represents best practice. 

“Source links science, policy and management to help policy makers and operators consider future scenarios and alternative water management options for catchments, urban environments and river systems across the nation,” Senator Farrell said.

“It will provide national consistency in water resource planning across jurisdictions, by integrating the economic and environmental uses of water to better assist how we plan and deliver water for cities, irrigation, industry, mining, wetlands and waterways.”

The Australian Government’s contribution to this new initiative is matched by a combined New South Wales, Victorian, Queensland, South Australian, ACT and Northern Territory government contribution, bringing the total funding to nearly $8 million.

“The Australian Government places great importance on the need for consistency in river and water resource planning and operations nation-wide, particularly where rivers cross state borders,” Senator Farrell said.

“The development and adoption of ‘Source’ represents a significant step in delivering on this aim.
“‘Source’ is the culmination of more than 20 years of research and development and significant collaboration with governments, national water authorities, private industry partners and Australia’s leading hydrologic and ecological scientists,” Senator Farrell said.

‘Source’ and the National Hydrologic Modelling Platform support the National Water Initiative, Australia’s blueprint for water reform, by providing an integrated approach to managing surface, ground and environmental water in rural and urban catchments across Australia.