$18M centre could hold answers to State's water future
Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development The Hon Andrew Fraser MP opened the Smart Water Research Centre at Griffith University's Gold Coast Campus.
The project is jointly funded by major partners the Queensland Government, Gold Coast City Council and Griffith University, and brings to fruition the vision of nine consortium partners including local government, academic and private sector companies.
"Water is the lifeblood of every community and being able to guarantee its supply and its reliability is paramount," Mr Fraser said.
"With water restrictions now a way of life for many Queenslanders we now have a greater appreciation of our finite water resources and the need to look at better ways to manage them.
"This centre will bring together experts from academia, industry and water authorities to develop solutions and new technologies to help guarantee we've got enough water to keep pace with our State's growth at some 2000 people a week.
He said research and testing at the centre would focus on sustainable water supplies, safe drinking water, better water management and policy solutions as well as the use of alternative water sources.
"This centre will provide a great opportunity for students to work in state-of-the-art facilities alongside researchers and industry experts - taking projects from concept through to research stage and ultimately commercially-viable products."
Smart Water CEO Larry Little said Smart Water would form the nerve-centre for water supply research and development in Queensland.
"Australia experiences regular cycles of extreme weather and it's too late to start looking for solutions when the next drought or a disease outbreak hits," Mr Little said.
He said Smart Water could tackle the spectrum of water challenges by uniting chemistry, biology, hydrology, engineering and business professionals.
Griffith University's partners in this project include: the Queensland Government, Gold Coast City Council, Central Queensland University, University of the Sunshine Coast, the International Water Centre, Wide Bay Water Corporation and Aqua Diagnostic.