Australia placed to be world water leader

May 14 / 137

Improved water productivity and increased export incomes are at the heart of a new National water management blueprint launched at the University today.

It is hoped the Blueprint for Regional Water Productivity launched by Environment minister Greg Hunt will position Australia as a world leader in water resource management. 

The Blueprint was developed as part of the Carlton Connect Initiative led by Professor Peter Scales from the Melbourne School of Engineering, who said it would provide an innovative and collaborative framework which would be relevant for individual farms through to national level projects, and would guide efforts to tackle a range of water management issues.

“We have some major objectives in mind. We want to look at irrigated and rain-fed agriculture that takes maximum advantage of variable water availability. We need to move towards environmental water management that is underpinned by strong evidence,” he said.

“The project will also look at efficient water distribution and markets that promote multiple benefits and planning that will enrich regional communities.”

Achievement of the objectives will result in a more sustainable approach to economic development and help create more resilient regional communities.

The Blueprint for Regional Water Productivity (PDF) is available for download online at

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